Verizon is making its Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans all the more compelling by throwing in a free Apple Music subscription, which normally costs $9.99 per month, into the mix.
Just to be clear, this isn't a free trial or anything along those lines. It's an additional perk with no cost at all.
Verizon Unlimited Subscribers Get Free Apple Music
In a press release, Verizon's vice president of marketing Angie Klein said that Unlimited subscribers enjoyed the free six-month subscription to Apple Music, which was launched when the carrier partnered up with Apple in 2018. Now the carrier is building on that and making the music streaming service free.
"[W]e're ramping up the value of our Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans by including Apple Music so you can stream more of the music you love on the network you deserve," she said.
However, it's applicable only to Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited Plans. The more affordable Go Unlimited plans down the tier will offer only a six-month trial as before.
What's The Deal?
In Verizon's statement, it says that "taxes apply" for the free Apple Music subscription, but according to The Verge, a spokesperson of the carrier confirmed that customers won't be charged more in light of this change. In other words, there doesn't seem to be any catch.
This move is similar to T-Mobile's free Netflix offering that's available to its subscribers on certain plans. If anything, this is a good way for Big Red to level the playing field.
Apple Music is available on both iOS and Android, including on Mac, Apple TV, HomePod, CarPlay, and desktop. It's expected to start rolling out on Jan. 17. Beyond Unlimited costs $50 a month per line and Above Unlimited is $60 a month per line before taxes and fees.
In other related news, Verizon is reportedly testing a Netflix-style cloud-gaming service for Android. It could give its customers access to a roster of big games such as Battlefield V and Destiny 2 on their mobile devices. Also, the carrier is expected to offer Samsung's 5G Galaxy S10 variant exclusively for the first few months, after reportedly winning a bidding war.