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Verizon Introduces New ‘Up’ Rewards Program With Perks Including Free Months of Apple Music

Verizon today introduced a new Verizon Up rewards program that offers customers perks for paying their monthly bills.



For every $300 spent towards Verizon products and services, including a phone bill, customers will receive one credit, which can be exchanged for one reward. Every month, there are six new customized rewards to choose from, with the selection changing on the first day of each month.

Those rewards include up to four free months of Apple Music for new Verizon customers, and one free month for existing subscribers, along with 20 percent off roundtrip JetBlue flights, three free months of HBO NOW, up to $10 per credit towards their next device purchase, up to 2GB bonus data, and more.

Other rewards partners listed on Verizon’s website include Amazon, EA Sports, Google Play, Nike, and Starbucks.

Verizon Up also provides customers with access to a limited number of tickets for events in sports, music, and entertainment, such as NFL games and Broadway shows, on a first-come, first-served basis. There also appears to be a chance to win tickets to major NFL events, including Super Bowl LII.

The rewards program is available to Verizon postpaid customers enrolled in the Verizon Selects marketing program and residing in the United States. Credits earned expire after 60 days, and all rewards have an expiration date. Additional information can be found on the Verizon Up website, video, and FAQ.

Verizon Up is available through the free My Verizon app [Direct Link] for iPhone and iPad.

Update: As a point of emphasis, the required Verizon Selects program uses personal information, such as the web addresses of the sites you visit, apps and features you use, device and advertising identifiers, and information from other companies, to provide targeted advertising and marketing.

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Study Finds AT&T and Verizon Have Slower LTE Speeds After Launching Unlimited Data Plans

In its semi-annual State of Mobile Networks report this week, OpenSignal claims that both AT&T and Verizon have experienced a decline in 4G LTE speeds since each carrier reintroduced an unlimited data plan in February. OpenSignal blames the slowdown on an increase in data demand now that caps have been removed.



From April through June, AT&T’s average LTE download speed was 12.92 Mbps, while Verizon averaged 14.91 Mbps, according to crowdsourced data from thousands of users with the OpenSignal app for iOS or Android.

By comparison, OpenSignal’s last report measured average LTE speeds for AT&T and Verizon at 13.86 Mbps and 16.89 Mbps respectively, based on crowdsourced data collected from 169,683 users with the OpenSignal app for iOS or Android installed between October 1 and December 31, 2016.

August 2017 Report

AT&T: 12.92 Mbps

Verizon: 14.91 Mbps

Sprint: 9.76 Mbps

T-Mobile: 17.45 Mbps

February 2017 Report

AT&T: 13.86 Mbps

Verizon: 16.89 Mbps

Sprint: 8.99 Mbps

T-Mobile: 16.65 Mbps

T-Mobile was declared as the fastest network in the United States during the testing period. The carrier’s average LTE speed was 17.45 Mbps, up from 16.65 Mbps in OpenSignal’s last report. Sprint’s average LTE speed also rose to 9.76 Mbps, up from 8.99 Mbps in the previous study.

AT&T or Verizon remained the fastest network in select U.S. cities, including Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, and San Francisco.

OpenSignal says its data is collected from regular consumer smartphones and recorded under conditions of normal usage, be it indoors, outdoors, in a city, or in the countryside. For this particular report, it said 5,073,211,200 data points were collected from 172,919 users between April 1 and June 30, 2017.

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