Verizon Reportedly Adding Apple Music as Free Perk on Select Unlimited Data Plans [Update: Confirmed]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Verizon subscribers with an iPhone or Android smartphone and a Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited data plan will soon have unlimited access to Apple Music at no additional cost, according to documentation obtained by 9to5Mac.


    The report claims the free Apple Music subscription is not simply a trial but rather will be offered on an ongoing basis. Verizon's lower-priced Go Unlimited plan with reduced data speeds will continue to offer a six-month Apple Music trial, as the Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans currently do.

    The perk will be available to both new and existing subscribers starting this Thursday, January 17, the report adds. Verizon's documentation suggests there is no catch, with the monthly prices of Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans expected to remain unchanged, but we'll know for sure in a few days.

    The perk will compete with T-Mobile's offer of free Netflix to subscribers who have two or more unlimited data lines with the carrier.

    An individual Apple Music subscription typically costs $9.99 per month.

    Update: Verizon has confirmed that Apple Music will be included as a perk for its Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans starting on January 17.

    Article Link: Verizon Reportedly Adding Apple Music as Free Perk on Select Unlimited Data Plans [Update: Confirmed]
  2. Andronicus macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2008
    This is a good move. Much better than just offering 6 months free.
  3. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    My partner and I switched to unlimited back in August and got 6 months free. It’s about to expire so it’s nice to hear that we can potentially have it free forever!
  4. mlody macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2012
    Windy City
    Pretty excited about this. I wonder if this will work with the February Unlimited Plans
  5. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2006
    washington dc
    Wonder how this works for those of us paying for an Apple Music family plan but also with a beyond unlimited family plan. Guess we will have to cancel the Apple Music family plan and sign up for free individual plans?
  6. LarryNyquil macrumors member


    Sep 7, 2017
    The quoted prices in the article are the prices if you have 4 lines. If you have one line that price isn't going to be correct.
  7. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Meh. Not really an incentive for me to change. I’m happy with my go unlimited option. Just to get this offer I would have to up another tier and increase my price per line $20 per line. Not really worth it. I will just stick to buying iTunes gift cards at a discount. And use that to pay Apple Music.
  8. iGeek2014 macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2014
    === Nowheresville ===
    ‘Free’ as in you’re paying for the service through your monthly bill.

    I wish more companies would use different words and terms such as ‘inclusive’ but maybe I’m being pedantic....
  9. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    How does this work for individual single lines?
  10. Mick-Mac macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2011
    I say this with 110% certainty - Verizon (of all companies) give you precisely nothing for free. I’ll take a lower monthly rate without the Apple Music thanks very much.
  11. EM2013 macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2013
    With Netflix raising prices and me canceling their subscription and now free Apple Music, I’ll be saving an extra $20 a month lol
  12. spoa94 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2011
    New Orleans, LA
    Remember everyone, if you are for Net Neutrality you should be opposed to this.
  13. jfreak623 macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2007
    AT&T still sitting on sidelines wondering how to make even more money off everyone.
  14. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    Well this doesn’t apply to my old Verizon unlimited plan. The one from like five years ago. But no throttling, so I’m good.
  15. whyamihere macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2008
    Guess I'll just keep paying for my Apple Music subscription at the discount annual rate with discounted iTunes gift cards. I have the verizon unlimited plan from 2017 which is $20/mo cheaper yet gives the same specs as the newer "beyond" unlimited plan. Switching to pay more would make about as much sense as it did when these marketing departments decided to redefine the word unlimited.
  16. crisss1205 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2008
    Well the plan price is not changing and now I get Apple Music without paying more. So yea it’s free.

    Also, Verizon hasn’t publicly announced it yet so they never said “free”
  17. burgman macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2013
    Free as in no increase in plan price for added service.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 15, 2019 ---
    Be fair now they are giving free 5G banners on phones ;)
  18. Braderunner macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2015
    It DEFINITELY won't be free. Verizon nickels and dimes. You WILL pay. One way or another.
    p.s. Don't get too excited. It won't last.
  19. briko, Jan 15, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2019

    briko macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2015
    Actually, Net Neutrality is about whether or not providers artificially manipulate the speed/quantity of data packets that they delivered to users. It shouldn't apply to this new Verizon plan because the data used to stream Apple Music is not being treated preferentially compared to other services.

    This appears to be an unlimited plan (with data throttling) which includes an Apple Music subscription. This is simply an option to purchase bundled services. If a user happens to also subscribe to Spotify, they should expect to have the same streaming experience from both music services regarding data usage.

    Now, if Verizon began exempting Apple Music from data throttling, that should trigger Net Neutrality concerns because the Apple Music data would be treated preferentially. I know this is a small distinction, but it is still important. There were similar concerns in the past when T-Mobile began letting customers stream Netflix without counting toward their monthly data cap. If interested, you can read about that here. :)
  20. tennisproha macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2011
  21. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Let the battle of the wireless carrier giveaways begin. This freebie cost me $350 as I leave the house now to get that HomePod.
  22. rworne, Jan 17, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2019

    rworne macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2002
    Well, it's live. Just switched over our three lines a few minutes ago.

    Note this one caveat:
    If you decide to switch plans to an ineligible plan, they won't unenroll you. They'll just bill you $9.99/line until you notice it and shut it off. No idea if they will warn you about it if you try to do so.
  23. techiegirl macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    We currently have the family plan. When I click the link Verizon sent me, it says I already have Apple Music. How do I quit the family plan to join the free plan?
  24. rworne macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2002
    After signing up, Version sent me a text on my device to link my AppleID. Tapping the link in the text had my phone respond that I have an already linked account and I need to cancel one of them. Cancel the Apple account.

    After that, I was informed that my current Apple Music subscription is cancelled (actually renew subscription is turned off). Whether the actual switch occurs immediately (today) or the beginning of February is still a question.

    EDIT: Note that I have an individual account, not a family plan. I would hazard a guess that the owner of the family plan account needs to link then cancel the account.
  25. techiegirl macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    I received the text with the link. After I click the link, it says “You don’t have an Apple Music Service with your mobile service provider.” I did opt into Apple Music Service on my Verizon account.

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