Verizon's Mother's Day deals go live with discounts on Apple, Samsung, Google products

Verizon has plenty of deals aimed at those looking to buy a smartphone at a killer discount. Obviously, every offer made by a carrier comes with some caveats and today’s deals are no exception to the rule.

Last week, we reported that Verizon put in place some BOGO deals on the Apple iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 2 XL, which would provide customers with one of the three flagships whenever they purchase one and commit to a 24-month payment plan.

The Mother’s Day deals at Verizon are live and you can choose from even more flagships than we initially reported, including …

What do you make of Verizon's bloatware apps deal with Samsung?

Well, well, well, Verizon, what you are doing with Samsung behind closed doors? Remember Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo? That one resulted in the Oath platform that folded the previous AOL acquisition for one big happy conglomerate of news, sports and various digital media undertakings.

Since people are consuming more and more of said media directly on their mobile devices, Verizon’s Oath department had to find a way to place its wares (and ads) front and center before the eyes of users. What do? Slap bloatware on the most popular Android phones du jour, …

Deal: Save $450 on Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Note 8

As of earlier this month, Verizon Wireless allows customers to save $300 on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, with no trade-in required. What you may not know is that you can save even more on Verizon’s Note 8 if you’re purchasing the phone from Best Buy. 
In addition to Verizon’s $300 off promotion, Best Buy offers a $150 instant discount on the Galaxy Note 8. However, this is available only on monthly payments for 24 months, with savings reflected in reduced monthly costs: instead of $39 per month, you’re paying just $20.25. 
After …

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are getting Android Oreo updates

If you own a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, we’re glad to inform you that your smartphone is being officially updated to Android Oreo! Verizon Wireless is rolling out the updates starting today, March 15, but some users might have to wait a few days before getting it. 
The updates bring Android Oreo 8.0 (not the newer 8.1) to the Galaxy S8 series, although users will probably not be too sad about this – after all, Verizon is the very first US carrier to deliver Oreo to its Galaxy S8 and S8+. The updates for both the S8 and S8+ unsurprisingly include the Samsung …

Verizon's new prepaid plan kicks in, compare it to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint

*prepaid plan prices are after an auto-pay discount, where available
Verizon’s new prepaid plan option kicks in today, and Big Red is giving $50 bill credit if you port your number over, and activate it on a prepaid plan until April 17th. After the two-year cell phone contract is all but dead, and after the dust from the unlimited data plans battle has now settled, the next frontier in the cutthroat competition among the major US carriers is the prepaid market. More and more folks are seeing that value, and AT&T acknowledged that fact by rebranding …

Crazy Deal: Save $400 on Verizon's Google Pixel 2 XL (today only)

Best Buy just revealed a pretty crazy deal for customers interested in purchasing a Google Pixel 2 XL on Verizon Wireless. Today only, the giant retailer is taking $400 off the price of the Pixel 2 XL, as long as the phone is activated with eligible monthly wireless service. The deal includes an instant saving of $100, plus savings of $300 reflected in reduced monthly payments.
Thanks to this deal, if you want to get the Verizon Pixel 2 XL 64 GB, you’re going to pay $18.74 (instead of $35.41) per month for 24 months, while the Pixel 2 XL 128 GB will cost you $22.91 …

Verizon's Moto Z Force Droid receives security update, but only to December 2017 level

Verizon subscribers toting Motorola’s 2016 flagship phone, the Moto Z Force Droid, received an update earlier today. Was it the long awaited (and promised) update to Android 8.0? Not a chance. Moto Z Force Droid owners received an Android security update. And while a security update might be helpful to owners of the phone, today’s update only took the Android security patch level to December 2017.

Since the January Android security update contains the patch protecting handsets from the Meltdown and Spectre exploits, the Moto Z Force Droid remains vulnerable to Spectre. The latter affects …

Deal: Verizon's LG G6 is now 50% off

As of today, Verizon Wireless allows its customers to save 50% on an LG G6 – not the newest smartphone around, we know, but this is still a powerful and well-made device. 
The new deal does not require you to trade in your old smartphone, but it’s valid only with a monthly device payment – you’ll be paying $14 per month instead of $28 (over 24 months) for the LG G6, saving a total of $336. Otherwise, the handset costs $672 if you want to buy it outright. 
Verizon says that this new LG G6 promotion is available only online and will …

Verizon's Go Unlimited plan to include Mexico and Canada starting on January 25th

As many of you know, Verizon offers two different unlimited plans, Go Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited. The former is the lower priced of the two options, and offers DVD-quality video streaming (480p) as opposed to the HD streaming (720p) available on the premium version. Another difference between both plans is the 15GB of high speed hotspot/tethering offered with Beyond Unlimited every month, compared to the 600Kbps speed cap that Go Unlimited subscribers experience for hotspot/tethering use.

However, Big Red is allowing Go Unlimited subscribers to match Beyond Unlimited users with one particular …

Deal: Save $250 on Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S8, and S8+

If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, or want to become
one, and you need a new high-end Android phone, Best Buy currently has a pretty
attractive deal for you. The retailer lets you save $250 on the Samsung Galaxy
Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, and Samsung Galaxy S8, as long as you’re buying
them with a monthly Verizon Device Payment.  


The $250 savings aren’t instant, but will be reflected in reduced monthly
payments over 24 months. At the end of this period, you’ll end up paying $686
for a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (instead of $936), $590 for a Galaxy S8+ (instead
of $840), and only …