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Since February 2, Verizon’s prepaid brand Visible has been running a promotion where new subscribers can get their first two months of service for $22 ($11 per month). For the first few days of the promotion, customers porting in numbers were usually eligible for a $200 gift card.
While short-lived, Visible’s $200 gift card deal may have been the most aggressive promotion I’ve ever seen from a prepaid carrier. After the initial days of the promo, gift cards were still available, but their values dropped to either $50 or $100.
On February 22, Visible is re-offering its $200 gift card deal. The offer is only available for 24 hours. You can find more details here.
Note that while bring-your-own-device (BYOD) customers were eligible for the initial $200 gift card deal, it doesn’t look like BYOD customers are eligible at the time of writing. This is a surprise to me, and I wonder if Visible might change the promotion’s policies before the end of the day.
To be eligible for a promotional gift card, customers must port in a number from an eligible carrier and make three payments. All the major carriers and most big MVNOs count as eligible carriers. You can find a full list of eligible carriers here. Google Voice and US Mobile are notably absent from the list.
More details can be found in my original blog post about the 2For22 deal.
With Visible’s 2For22 promo, new customers can get the first two months of service for $11 each. Customers who port in a number may also be eligible for a free gift card. Originally, Visible planned to offer a $200 gift card on February 2 only and a $100 gift card for the rest of the promotional period.
After experiencing technical issues that made it difficult for some users to signup, Visible has extended the availability of the $200 gift card through 11:59pm ET tonight. Skeptics might wonder whether Visible was planning this extension ahead of time. I don’t think so. People on Reddit reported signup issues. I also got an email yesterday afternoon asking me to temporarily take down my content about the promotion because of technical issues.
Starlink just announced Starlink Premium. The new service will deliver faster speeds and use a different dish than the standard Starlink service. Starlink says the premium service may deliver download speeds between 150 and 500Mbps (roughly double the typical speeds with Starlink’s conventional service). Improvements in latency are not expected.
While the standard Starlink service requires a $500 upfront payment for a dish and $100 per month for service, the new dish costs $2500 and service costs $500 per month. Starlink Premium is available for pre-order now with a $500 deposit.
Timelines & Multiple-Dish Accounts
Here’s what Starlink says on its main webpage about Starlink Premium:
There’s a long waitlist for Starlink’s conventional service. The opportunity to skip that waitlist may be a big selling point for potential Premium subscribers.
In an FAQ entry, Starlink mentions that the subscribers with the Premium service may manage several Starlinks from a centralized account:
6:47pm update: The period of this promo where a $200 gift card is available may be extended slightly. I’ll share a more detailed update later.
Second update: As pointed out by a commenter, BYOP customers are now eligible for just a $50 gift card rather than a $100 gift card.
Until February 24, Verizon’s brand Visible is running what might be the biggest promotion in its history. New customers can purchase two months of service on the carrier’s unlimited plan for just $22 ($11 per month). Two months of service normally costs $80 at full price (or as low as $50 with Visible Party Pay).
Free Gift Card
New subscribers during the promotion may also be eligible for a $100 gift card if they port in a number and bring their own device or purchase a select device during signup. Today only (February 2), the gift card amount is doubled from $100 to $200.
If you’re considering Visible, now might be the best time to give the carrier a try. With the reduced rate on the first two months and $25 per month after that with Visible Party Pay, a $200 gift card essentially works out to nine months of free service. For customers that take advantage of the promo between February 3 and February 24, the $100 gift card is worth enough to cancel out the cost of the first five months of service.
Visible’s 2For22 deal is one of the best promotions I’ve seen from a prepaid carrier. You can find more details about the promo here. Use the promo code 2FOR22 at checkout.
The 2For22 promo is only available to new customers. Customers must port in a number from an eligible carrier and make at least three payments to be eligible for the promotional gift card. All the major carriers and most of the bigger MVNOs count as eligible carriers.
The gift card comes as a virtual gift card, and it looks like customers can opt for a card from one of several companies. Gift card options at the moment include Mastercard, Amazon, and several other large retailers.
Here are the full terms from Visible:
Device & promo eligibility is subject to change. Specific gift card values are limited to a devices’ displayed gift card value at time of transaction, as found here. This promotion is fulfilled through a 3rd-party, Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc., and may be subject to additional policies and terms.
Limit 1 virtual gift card per member per device . [sic] The promo code is itself not a gift card and has no cash value. Promo code and redemption instructions will be emailed to the member after qualification. While supplies last. Limited time offer. Can only be combined with other Visible promos where indicated.
Visible reserves the right to change or terminate this offer at any time. If Visible, in its sole discretion, determines that a member has engaged in abuse, misuse, or gaming in connection with this offer, or that the member intends to do so, Visible reserves the right to disqualify the member from this promotion.
Gift card vendor list is variable and subject to change. Gift Card redemption promotion code is valid for redemption with third-party for 30 days. Valid for up to 12 months; unused funds will forfeit after expiration date. Gift card to be fulfilled digitally; physical cards will not be issued. Gift card vendor-specific terms and conditions may apply; see gift card for additional details.
Almost everyone porting into Visible will be coming from an eligible carrier. Exceptions include subscribers coming from Google Voice or US Mobile. Here’s the list of eligible carriers from Visible’s website:
- AT&T Prepaid
- Boost Mobile
- Consumer Cellular
- Cricket Wireless
- Google Fi
- Mint Mobile
- Net10 Wireless
- Page Plus Cellular
- Republic Wireless
- Spectrum Mobile
- Straight Talk
- T-Mobile Prepaid
- Total Wireless
- US Cellular
- Virgin Mobile USA
- Walmart Family Mobile
- Xfinity Mobile