Verizon sends free 4G flip phones to customers

After a few delays, Verizon seems poised to follow through on shutting down its 3G CDMA network at the end of this year. But the carrier is still contending with some customers who sat out the 4G LTE era and haven’t yet upgraded their 3G phones.

So, as 2022 rolls onward, Verizon is sending those wireless subscribers a free, fundamental flip phone to prevent them from losing connectivity when the 3G network goes offline.

According to its website, Verizon will provide customers with one of three phones: the Orbic Journey V, TCL’s Flip Pro, or the Nokia 2720 V Flip. The retail value for each device is under $100: the Orbic is $99.99, with the other two running for $79.99.

Verizon says customers can opt-out of the free 4G LTE flip phone by calling customer service and saying they’d like to “decline the free phone for CDMA sunset.” However, all three have received overwhelmingly negative reviews on Verizon’s website, with the highest averaging two stars. These are fundamental phones, after all.

The company also notes that customers can exchange the free phone for something else after receiving it. In addition, phones will automatically be activated 30 days after being sent out if customers fail to do so on their own.

Other U.S. carriers have taken similar steps to prevent customers on older devices from being left in the cold after a network transition. Last year, AT&T sent Samsung smartphones to some subscribers with 3G devices. Sprint LIn addition, the T.E. network was switched off just days ago, allowing those resources to be better used by T-Mobile.

The latter shut down its 3G UMTS network on July 1, saying, “across the industry, wireless companies are operating to retire older network technologies as part of an essential progression that will greatly improve the performance of 4G and 5G.”

Verizon is an American operator providing a wireless network that previously operated as a respective unit of Verizon Communications under Verizon Wireless. In a 2019 reorganization, Verizon pushed the wireless products and services into Verizon Consumer and Verizon Business divisions and quit using the Verizon Wireless name. Verizon is the most extensive wireless carrier in the United States, with 142.8M subscribers at the end of Q4 2021.

The company is stationed in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. It was established in 2000 as a joint venture of American telecommunications firm Bell Atlantic, which would soon evolve into Verizon Communications and British multinational telecommunications enterprise Vodafone. Verizon Communications became the sole proprietor in 2014 after buying Vodafone’s 45-percent stake in the company.

It works as a national 4G LTE network covering nearly 99 percent of the U.S. population. Won or tied for top accolades has each type of the RootMetrics RootScore Reports in the second half of 2020. Verizon Wireless provides mobile phone services through a variety of devices. For example, Its LTE in Rural America Program, with 21 rural wireless carriers experiencing, covers 2.7 M conceivable users in 169 rural counties. In addition, Verizon Wireless announced in 2015 that it was developing a 5G, or fifth-generation, network.

 American phone enterprise Bell Atlantic and British-based Vodafone Airtouch PLC suggested they would complete a new wireless phone service joint venture treasured at $70 billion. The joint venture was being designed as Bell Atlantic underwent a merger with GTE Corporation. In April 2000, the companies announced that the Bell Atlantic–GTE merger would take the name Verizon and that the Bell Atlantic–Vodafone wireless unit would be called Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Communications owned 55 percent of Verizon Wireless, while Vodafone retained 45 percent ownership. Regulators with the Federal Communications Commission authorized the Bell Atlantic–GTE merger on June 16, 2000, creating the largest wireless company in the United States. Verizon Wireless held this market position until Cingular acquired AT&T Wireless Services in 2004.

Majority owner Verizon Communications became the sole owner of its wireless business in 2014 when it bought Vodafone’s 45 percent stake. Vodafone received $58.9 billion in cash, $60.2 billion in stock, and $11 billion in other considerations. An article in The New York Times estimated Verizon Wireless’ valuation at about $290 billion.

In late 2014, it became known that Verizon Wireless uses deep packet inspection for server-side insertion of a customer-unique I.D. field into all unencrypted HTTP headers. The mechanism has been referred to as a “supercookie” or “perma-cookie.” However, it is technically not a cookie in that it does not hold information on the customer’s device and is transparent to the user.

In August 2016, Verizon hired Ronan Dunne, the former head of British provider O2, as the new president of its wireless business. In addition, in September 2016, Comcast confirmed that it planned to launch a mobile service using Verizon’s network as an MVNO in mid-2017.

In February 2017, in the wake of competition from Sprint and T-Mobile and initiatives to expand the capacity and improve the quality of its network by using macrocells and supporting carrier aggregation, Verizon announced that it would bring back an “unlimited” data plan. In addition, Verizon’s decision not to restrict the bitrate of video services prompted Sprint and T-Mobile to remove similar restrictions from their goals.

Verizon Family Locator is a subscription-based service and app that can track family members’ locations on a map for up to 10 devices. In addition, Verizon Family Base allows parents to restrict when and how their children use their phones, view their children’s contacts, and lock the devices. It also offers the GizmoPal, a wristband-worn phone for children restricted to only placing or receiving calls from one of two designated caregivers, and GPS tracking.

Other Verizon Wireless apps include Field Force Manager, which allows employers to manage employees with GPS, management timesheets, and oversees travel, Visual Voice Mail, and Roadside Assistance.