Depending on your Verizon unlimited plan, you may soon get a new perk: free Apple Music.
On Tuesday evening, Verizon announced that starting on Jan. 17, it will be included Apple’s music streaming service for free for subscribers of its “Beyond Unlimited” and “Above Unlimited” plans. Verizon previously offered six-month subscriptions to Apple Music with its unlimited plans, which it will still do for its cheaper “Go Unlimited” plans.
As Verizon allows for each line to have a different version of its unlimited plan, it is not one Apple Music subscription per account but rather one for each line that has either the “Beyond” or “Above” unlimited plans.
If, for example, you have a family plan with four lines — two of its priciest “Above” unlimited plans, one with “Beyond” and one with the cheapest “Go” — the three lines with either “Above” or “Beyond” would be able to sign up for their own Apple Music subscriptions while the “Go” plan would be able to get a six-month trial but would then need to pay $9.99 per month.
You can set up your Apple Music subscription through Verizon’s My Verizon app or website. If you already have an Apple Music subscription, you will need to first cancel it through Apple and then re-sign up through My Verizon.
Verizon says you won’t lose your playlists during this process so long as you re-sign up for Apple Music using the same Apple ID your previous subscription was tied to.
By partnering with Apple Music, Verizon finally has an answer to rival’s AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, each of whom already offers a streaming service for some of their unlimited plans.
T-Mobile includes a standard Netflix subscription with plans that have two or more lines of its “T-Mobile One” service, Sprint bundles Hulu starting with its “Unlimited Basic” plan (and adds Tidal for its “Plus” as well as Amazon Prime for its “Premium” offerings), while AT&T offers 30 channels of live TV for its base unlimited plan and adds the option of either HBO, Starz, Cinemax, Showtime, Pandora, Vrv and Amazon Music for its premium plan.
Verizon’s plans start at $75 per month for a single line of “Go Unlimited,” $85 for a single line of “Beyond” and $95 for “Above.” For a family of four, a line of “Go” is $40 per month, “Beyond” is $50 per month and “Above” is $60 per month. Each plan includes unlimited talk, text and data with differences between them largely on the amount of high-speed mobile WiFi hotspot data and the quality of video streams over the company’s 4G LTE network.
The pricier “Above” plan also includes 500GB of storage in the company’s Verizon Cloud platform and five “travel passes” per month for using your phone in over 130 countries overseas.
Unlike T-Mobile, which allows for those who want Netflix’s premium 4K plan to pay the difference between it and the standard HD plan that it bundles, Verizon will not be subsidizing a subscription to Apple’s $14.99 per month family plan for Apple Music — which could’ve been useful for families who have kids on the cheaper “Go” plan but a parent line with “Beyond” or “Above”.
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