After the sacrificeVerizon is bringing back a version of the deal before 2022 as it tries to woo people over to the latest unlimited plans and 5G devices.
On Thursday, the carrier announced it will be offering up to $800 off a new iPhone 13, essentially a free iPhone 13 Mini or 128GB iPhone 13 or a heavily discounted 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max. As with previous promotions, you’ll need to trade in a phone to get the discount, with the exact value of the credit you get will depend on a number of factors, including what device you’re trading in on.
Verizon is making the deal available to both new and existing users, as long as they have an unlimited plan or upgrade to the Start, Play More, Do More, or Get More plans. The discount will be handed out as bill credits over the course of 36 months, prompting you to stick with the carrier. If you leave Verizon before the 36 months are up, you will lose any remaining account balances and will be required to pay off any balance owed on the device.
A list of devices was not immediately available and it was not clear whether broken devices would be accepted again. CNET has contacted Verizon for more details and will update when they respond.
While Verizon includes the cheaper Start plan in this deal, it won’t change its unlimited plans and those with the most affordable unlimited option still won’t be able to take advantage of it.(what it calls “5G Ultra Wideband”), even with an iPhone 13. To access all of the carrier’s 5G networks, you still need to have a Play More, Do More, or Get More subscription.
The new promotion comes just two weeks laterin the first quarter of the year. The carrier blames the losses on “competitive dynamics,” though it clearly hopes more competitive device offerings will help shift those dynamics in its favor and keep people committed to its network for years to come.