AT&T offers iPhone users 1,000 free minutes to stop switching

AT&T iPhone users can get 1,000 free minutes

AT&T iPhone users can get 1,000 free minutesIt looks like AT&T is going all out to stop people from switching to Verizon, as the carrier is offering some iPhone users 1,000 free minutes on credit.

According to 9to5Mac, some AT&T iPhone users are receiving text messages which say users can get 1,000 bonus rollover minutes at no cost. You simply have to reply “YES” by the end of march and your account is filled with free minutes.

This is obviously a move by AT&T to stop users from switching over to the Verizon iPhone. The Apple smartphone on Big Red sold out its preorder stock in just a few hours but the launch day was relatively subdued for an iPhone launch – even if it was a launch of a 7-month old phone on a new carrier.

This is just the latest move by AT&T to appease its iPhone owners, as it recently offered some users a free microCell to boost in-door coverage using the consumer’s broadband connection. Many users have told me that they wish AT&T would have done more to make sure its iPhone users were satisfied before they actually had a choice of another carrier.

Still, despite what Jon Stewart says about the Verizon iPhone, AT&T’s service isn’t as bad as many like to make it out to be. Sure, it’s absolute garbage in places like San Francisco and New York (where most of the tech press resides) but much of the rest of the country gets solid voice and data coverage.

Additionally, many AT&T iPhone customers are in the middle of a contract and when you factor in the early-termination fees, it’s quite expensive to hop over to Verizon. We’re also expecting Apple to show off a new smartphone this summer too and there’s no guarantee that it will land on Verizon this summer.

[Via 9to5Mac]

  • lol

  • I live in Houston, have ATT service, and it blows. I live near a stadium and on game days, forget about service. But guess who does? My Verizon friends.

    “…much of the rest of the country gets solid voice and data coverage.”–>> UNTRUE

    • The translation of that statement is… Where no one else lives, the voice and data coverage are superb. I love their counter-argument – where most people live, in densely populated areas, coverage sucks. This is a valid reason for crappy service. Not?

    • Rake74

      notice the word ‘much’?

      you happen to live in a shitty spot (or perhaps city) for AT&T. Meh, happens. I have excellent service in Seattle, but there’s still places where ‘whoops, no signal’.

      Most people /check/ if they have good service where they’re moving before they move now-a-days
      – and if it’s crappy then they it’s time to start thinking about
      – – ‘who else has coverage (maybe none)’ and
      – – ‘what’s my termination fee (from 0 to 200) to switch’
      – – and ‘is it worth it (either I deal and put on my girl panties OR switch service providers)’.

      Granted, I said ‘most people’. Some people tend to go on autopilot and expect the world to not require effort, work, or thought. YMMV.

      (One caveat – if they HAD good service then it went shitty, then it’s time to bitch at the company to either fix or waive cancelation fees – trust me, the effort will pay off either way. In this case, being upset would be reasonable – but the next step is still yours.)

    • Rake74

      notice the word ‘much’?

      you happen to live in a shitty spot (or perhaps city) for AT&T. Meh, happens. I have excellent service in Seattle, but there’s still places where ‘whoops, no signal’.

      Most people /check/ if they have good service where they’re moving before they move now-a-days
      – and if it’s crappy then they it’s time to start thinking about
      – – ‘who else has coverage (maybe none)’ and
      – – ‘what’s my termination fee (from 0 to 200) to switch’
      – – and ‘is it worth it (either I deal and put on my girl panties OR switch service providers)’.

      Granted, I said ‘most people’. Some people tend to go on autopilot and expect the world to not require effort, work, or thought. YMMV.

      (One caveat – if they HAD good service then it went shitty, then it’s time to bitch at the company to either fix or waive cancelation fees – trust me, the effort will pay off either way. In this case, being upset would be reasonable – but the next step is still yours.)

  • Trgergis

    so stop complaining and switch already. geez

  • Anonymous

    You can just text the word “yes” to that number and you will receive a thank you message and youll get 1,000 rollover minutes 🙂

    http://www.anon-toolz.edu.tc

    • Anonymous

      I love you

  • Lipton182

    I worked for AT&T before cingular took it over, then AT&T took it back. Anyways it used to be great working there. People called in, their phone was broken or not working, I fixed it and credited them minutes to make them happy. It was sweet, people loved me.

    Then they figured it was too expensive to just hand those min out… it was soooo dumb. From then on it’s been spiraling out of control.

  • Anonymous

    Sold my AT&T stock as soon as I heard that the monopolistic iPhone dealy was finally broken. I’ve never met a happy AT&T customer.

    • Anonymous

      I was a Verizon customer for 8 years. The best I can say is they definitely had much less dropped calls but AT&T after a short period of awful as been extremely good for me the past year. Anybody that says Verizon voice quality is better is full of sheeit, it’s been proven otherwise. Verizon is good for reliability and honestly AT&T has improved (but they have and in some places still sucked). Call somebody on a Verizon (or Sprint) phone that’s standing next to you. CDMA has like a 3 second delay that doesn’t exist on GSM and the quality is much less. Anybody who argues needs to be shot in the back of the head for being a troll, it is a friggin fact. 1,000 rollover minutes might be a joke to you but at least we have rollover minutes. Enjoy Verizon, the network you place on a pedestal. It’s still an evil corporation like any other including AT&T. Two sides of the same evil. Actually, AT&T the early 80s monopoly gave birth to Verizon, wouldn’t surprise me one bit if they are both the same still.

  • Sterl

    I threatened to switch to Verizon, and the AT&T rep gave me full credit for the previous 2 months of overage charges that I had on my last 2 months bills.

  • Bolthead88

    haha I just text the word yes to that number… and got the minutes cool

  • Priden07

    At&T has been eating away at my wallet for almost three years, $60.00 a month for unlimited minutes, $30.00 for the iPhone plan, $20.00 a month for unlimited texting. The took away teether just to bring it back and charge an insane amount for it, I am grandfathered in for the unlimited data, but the new data plans are garbage plus all the dropped calls….I am beyond sick of them.

  • Gregashlin

    Not only does AT&T offer horrible coverage here in the middle of the country (Nebraska), but they have GOD AWFUL customer service. I had Cingular when AT&T bought it out and immediately started having coverage issues/dropped calls (and I didn’t live in a tiny town…I was in the state capital at the time). Didn’t worry about it since I was moving to Omaha in a few months (which is bigger, btw). Actually moved literally downhill from an AT&T store…and had no service. Went to talk to AT&T and they told me it was my fault for moving, and there was nothing they could do…even though I moved to an area they are supposed to have coverage. Switched to Verizon which had GREAT coverage in the SAME PLACE. Ended up moving across town, and ended up with the same problem. Went to talk to Verizon, and they apologized and gave me a micro-tower. Service is great from Verizon, and I can actually use my phone. I will never go back to AT&T. I don’t remember a difference in call quality, but I can hear and understand everyone just fine on Verizon, so it’s good enough for me. I don’t pretend that Verizon is a perfect company (those don’t exist, btw) but compared to AT&T, they’re saints.

    Also, iPhone is dumb.

  • haha they think MINUTES will save them? How about offering unlimited data back?

  • Imnotahipster

    not an offical ATT promotion, its an advertiser…..it you answer yes, you are enrolling in a monthy subscription service for smilies or some bullshit..pay attention and do your homework before posting all over the internet that ATT is running a promotion like this

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