Switcher offers are one of the hottest mobile trends of 2015, and today Verizon has revealed a new switcher deal of its own.
Verizon says that it’ll pay customers up to $650 to switch to its big red network. To qualify, you’ll need to port your number in from another carrier, trade in a phone, and buy a new phone on a monthly device payment plan. Your trade-in must be in good working condition and worth more than $0, and you’ll need to keep your new line active for 6 months.
The $650 that you get will come in the form of a Visa prepaid card, and Verizon says that it’ll be mailed to you within 8 weeks after it gets your claim. The total that you get depends on what you have to pay your old carrier — up to $350 for ETF or $650 for device payment plan — minus the device trade-in credit from Verizon.
Verizon has offered discounted devices to switchers in the past, but so far the carrier has tried to ignore the ETF payoff offers that we’ve seen from companies like T-Mobile and Sprint. It appears that Verizon has finally given in, though, suggesting that maybe it’s getting tired of seeing consumers flock to its competition to get their ETFs and devices paid off. It’s nice to see Verizon finally offering its own ETF payoff program because it’s more competition among the carriers, which is good for consumers. And so if you’ve been thinking about jumping ship to Big Red, now seems like a good time to do it.