After nearly four years with T-Mobile, I switched to Verizon last year on December 15th when the Galaxy Nexus was released. I’ve only been a customer for a little over two months, but Verizon has quickly become my favorite wireless carrier and I would recommend them to any of my family or friends.
In our last Verizon buyer’s guide, we shared some current promotions which are set to expire soon. We only refresh our buyer’s guides once per month, so I wanted to make a special post to remind people that these deals are about to end.
Double Data Promotion – Expires February 29th
Last time when we mentioned Double Data we weren’t sure how long the promo would last, but we now know it expires on February 29th. With the special promotion, subscribers will get 4 gigabytes for $30, 10 gigabytes for $50 and 20 gigabytes for $80. Double Data also applies to mobile hotspot plans where subscribers can now get 6 gigabytes for $50 and 12 gigabytes for $70 a month.
I signed up for this deal back in December and I’ve found that 4 GB of data is enough for the average Android user. New tools in Android 4.0 let you easily monitor your data usage and there are also apps like Onavo to help with older phones still on Android 2.x.
Most 4G LTE smartphones are still $99 for new subscribers
When I purchased my Galaxy Nexus, it was retailing for $299 with 2-year agreement. Now that price is all the way down to $99. In fact, most of Verizon’s latest 4G LTE phones are on sale at Amazon.com and Verizon’s online store.
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus: $99 for new subscribers and add a line ($229 upgrades)
- Motorola Droid RAZR 16 GB: $69 for new subscribers and add a line ($199 upgrades)
- Motorola Droid RAZR 32 GB: $99 for new subscribers and add a line ($199 upgrades)
- Motorola Droid 4: $99 for new subscribers and add a line ($149 upgrades)
- HTC Rezound: $79 for new subscribers and add a line ($179 upgrades)
- LG Spectrum: $79 for new subscribers and add a line ($129 for upgrades)
Verizon Online Store
Both online stores include free shipping and a $35 activation fee per line. Seeing that Amazon has slightly cheaper prices and a wider selection of deals, I’d suggest them over Verizon.
Let’s state the obvious first. Verizon is not a value carrier and their plans will never meet the prices that Sprint and T-Mobile offer. As a long time fan of the smaller carriers, I can’t believe I’m rooting for Verizon but the size and speed of their 3G/4G network cannot be matched.
If you are looking for premium Android phones on a premium 4G LTE network, then Verizon should be your choice in 2012. According to our first Android Bowl, our hardcore audience agrees that Verizon is their favorite carrier.
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