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Verizon kills free 5G upgrade deal after reporting ‘increased’ 5G adoption

July 22, 2021


Just in case the best budget 5G phones out there are not affordable enough to get you to leave your outdated 4G LTE-only device behind at last, the big three US carriers have been throwing free flagships at their subscribers like crazy over the past few months to try to jack up those crucial 5G adoption numbers.

Unsurprisingly, that very simple and effective strategy appears to have worked like a charm for Verizon. The nation’s largest wireless service provider didn’t exactly enjoy the best year-opening quarter, losing 225,000 postpaid phone customers between January and March 2021, but somehow, Big Red managed to quickly turn things around, reporting a solid 197,000 phone net additions for Q2.

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