Best Verizon new customer deals for January 2023

As the second-largest cellular network operator provider in the U.S., Verizon is outsized only by AT&T; when it comes to network coverage, speeds, and reliability, however, Verizon is arguably second to none. Even better, Verizon offers year-round smartphone deals and other sign-up bonuses to prospective customers who are looking to switch carriers and possibly cut down on their monthly bills. If you’re in either or both of those camps, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got all the best Verizon new customer deals and offers right here (not all of which are actually limited to new customers, too).

Still keeping your options open? Check out our other roundup of the best cell phone plan deals to see what else is available.

Best Verizon deals for new customers

Free Beats Fit Pro when you buy an iPhone and an Apple Watch or iPad

The Beats Fit Pro wireless earbuds and their charging case.
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New customers who purchase a 5G iPhone with either an Apple Watch or iPad should also buy the Beats Fit Pro, as Verizon will give a full reimbursement for the wireless earbuds’ cost within eight weeks following activation. The Beats Fit Pro look different from other wireless earbuds because of their wingtips, but they’re very comfortable to wear and easy to put in your ears once you’re used to them. They use the same active noise cancellation and transparency technology as Apple’s AirPods Pro, and they offer excellent audio quality while you’re listening to your favorite playlists and receiving calls. The Beats Fit Pro can last up to 7 hours on a single charge, and up to 30 hours if you include the juice from the charging case.

Free Google Pixel 6a, plus some bonus items

Someone outside holding the Pixel 6a. We see the back of the phone.
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New Verizon subscribers will be able to get the Google Pixel 6a, the best affordable camera Android phone in Digital Trends’ best Android phones, for free when they sign up for a 5G plan, with the total cost of the smartphone to be applied as a monthly credit over 36 months. The Google Pixel 6a offers a compact and lightweight design, a 6.1-inch OLED panel with Full HD+ resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate, Android 12 out of the box, and a camera setup that includes a 12.2MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization (OIS), and phase detection autofocus, paired with a 12MP ultrawide camera with a 114-degree field of view, and an 8MP selfie camera. If you purchase the Google Pixel 6a from Verizon, you’ll also be able to enjoy a $100 discount on the Google Pixel Buds Pro wireless earbuds, and up to 40% off on accessories for the smartphone when you buy five or more eligible items.

Free iPhone SE

The Apple iPhone SE (2022) being held in a mans hand.
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The 2022 release of the Apple iPhone SE is yours for free when you sign up for a new 5G data plan on Verizon — no trade-ins required. It’s the best small smartphone in our list of the best smartphones with a 4.7-inch Liquid Retina display, but it doesn’t sacrifice performance as it’s powered by Apple’s A15 Bionic chip that’s also found in the iPhone 13 line and pre-installed with iOS 15. The latest iPhone SE is equipped with a single 12MP rear sensor and 7MP selfie camera, which are boosted by Apple’s software to enable better photographs.

Does Verizon offer free phones to new customers?

iPhone 12 models
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You bet, but temper your expectations — you’re not likely to get a brand new iPhone 12 Pro Max for free just by signing up. However, Verizon new customer deals and sign-up offers are a good way to score a more basic phone for free (like the 2020 iPhone SE or one of the Samsung Galaxy A-series devices, to name just a couple popular examples) which is a good option if you just want a solid handset and don’t care about the latest premium flagships sporting all the bells and whistles.

That’s not the say that there aren’t cheap Verizon deals on those phones, though. In fact, carrier sign-up discounts like these Verizon new customer deals are arguably the best and simplest way to snag one of those new flagships for a low price. These markdowns usually come in the form of bill credits and are only offered with unlimited plans, requiring you to buy the phone first and then get a discount on your bill. That might not sound as enticing as a standalone price cut, but that’s just psychological — you’re still getting the savings. You’ll definitely notice those savings as you rack them up with each (discounted) monthly payment.

There’s another way to score a free phone, though, and that’s by springing for one of the “buy one, get one” Verizon new customer deals that are almost always available. Like the bill credit rebates, you typically have to sign up for an unlimited plan and pay upfront for both phones — yes, that means you’ll have to pony up the cash for two — before getting the value of the second phone deducted from your monthly bill moving forward. Don’t turn up your nose at these offers; the discount is real, it’s just spread out over the duration of your contract, and these BOGO offers are pretty much the only way you’re going to get something like an iPhone 12 (basically) free.

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