Free NFL Mobile is almost enough to convince me to switch cellular carriers. Being a football fan, it would easily be enough to convince my son to make the switch if he wasn’t already a Verizon customer. Of course, that’s not the only cool thing about Verizon and its plans that might be enough to convince people to switch. Is it enough for you, or will some of the other enticements tip the balance in Verizon’s favor for you?
What Is NFL Mobile?
NFL Mobile is your mobile gateway to everything NFL. One of the best features is that with a subscription and the app, you can have 24/7 access to all the NFL news you can handle. Pick your favorite team and the app will give you every tidbit of news concerning the team as soon as it hits the wires. Wondering if your favorite player is going to recover from that mild injury in time to play next week? You can find out on NFL Mobile and the app will push that information to you.
However, news tidbits aren’t all the app will do. If you’re somewhere that you can’t watch the game for some reason, like if you’re at work, you can get game highlights and scores. One feature I really like is the ability to review highlights during the game, so you and your friends can review that shady call the refs made. There’s also the ability to manage your Fantasy Football team(s) from within the app, so if something happens while you’re away from your computer that would or could affect your team, you can respond to it immediately.
Not in Front of a TV When the Game is About to Start?
No problem. You can also watch any games you want using the app. That’s helpful if your favorite team is playing a blacked out game. That means every Thursday night game, every Sunday game, and every Monday Night Football game. As long as your mobile device has an Internet signal, the game is only as far away as your device. On Sundays you’ll also get full access to NFL Redzone highlights. If you’re a fan of A Football Life, the app also gives you access to those shows.
Alright, What’s the Catch?
First, you have to be a Verizon customer and subscribe to their “More Everything” plan. Honestly, there are only two other than that, one pretty big, and one pretty minor. The minor one is that before this recent announcement from Verizon, “More Everything” subscribers only had to pay $5 more a month to get access to free NFL Mobile. If you’re not a “More Everything” subscriber, you can have NFL Mobile for that same $5.
The big catch is that all in-app data transfers, like watching the games and highlights, counts against your monthly data allowance. With the fact that a typical video stream transfers a few hundred megabytes of data per minute, that can add up pretty quickly.
Tell Me More About the “More Everything” Plan
As the name implies, Verizon’s “More Everything” plan gives you more of everything. Unlimited talk and text, including international text messaging are the foundations of the plan. International texting means I can text all my friends in Brazil, Australia, and Singapore without any extra charges.
You also get 25 gigabytes (GB) of cloud storage for music, movies, pictures, or whatever. Like most of their plans, you can add up to 10 lines and devices and they can share up to 100 GB of data monthly. Family plans run about $160 a month for four lines and they share 10 GB of data. Individual plans start at about $45 and go up. Of course, this is all on Verizon’s coast-to-coast 4G LTE network, so you know it’s reliable.
Subscribers can also use the tethering capability of their smartphones to create Wi-Fi hotspots at no extra charge. Of course, that “no extra charge” comes with the proviso “as long as you remain within your data allotment” since the hotspot will be supplying Internet access through the Verizon 4G LTE data network. There are also some pretty cool games and learning tools that subscribers have access to. If you have school-age kids, that might be enough to sway the decision. That’s a much better idea than tossing them a Gameboy or PSP on that long road trip.
Need a New Device? Verizon’s Got You Covered
It’s no surprise that you can acquire the most up-to-date smartphones from any cellular carrier. If you’re willing to sign a two-year contract, the company will give you a phone and apply its cost to your bill over the period of 20 months. This means that your new iPhone 5s, which has a price tag of about $200 will cost you about $10 a month. If you have a device that’s compatible with the Verizon network (one that doesn’t use a SIM card), you can bring your own, or you can buy a new phone outright.
A contract? But what if I want to upgrade my device before the contract expires? Well, if you have your own device, whether you brought it with you or bought it outright from the Verizon store, you can upgrade devices whenever you want. However, if you go with the EDGE payment plan, you can upgrade your device after 30 days have passed and you’ve paid at least 60 percent of the cost of the original phone/device. Also, if you go by way of the EDGE payment plan, you’ll get a credit of $10 a month off your bill, too.
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