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Verizon stealthily launched a startup offering $40-per-month unlimited data, messaging an
 

 
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Earlier this year, Verizon quietly launched a new startup called Visible, offering unlimited data, minutes, and messaging services for the low, low price of $40.

To subscribe for the service, users simply download the Visible app (currently available only on iOS) and register. Right now, subscriptions are invitation only and would-be subscribers have to get an invitation from someone who’s already a current Visible member.

Once registration is complete, Visible will send a sim card the next day, and, once installed, a user can access Verizon’s 4G LTE network to stream videos, send texts, and make calls as much as their heart desires.

Visible says there’s no throttling at the end of the month and subscribers can pay using internet-based payment services like PayPal and Venmo (which is owned by PayPal).

The service is only available on unlocked devices — and right now, pretty much only to iPhone users.



“This is something that’s been the seed of an idea for a year or so,” says Minjae Ormes, head of marketing at Visible. “There’s a core group of people from the strategy side. There’s a core group of five or ten people who came up with the idea.”

The company wouldn’t say how much Verizon gave to the business to get it off the ground, but the leadership team is comprised mostly of former employees, like Miguel Quiroga the company’s chief executive.

“The way I would think about it.. we are a phone service in the platform that enables everything that you do. The way we launched and the app messaging piece of it. You do everything else on your phone and a lot of time if you ask people your phone is your life,” said Ormes. The thinking was, “let’s give you a phone that you can activate right from your phone and get ready to go and see how it resonates.”

It’s an interesting move from our corporate overlord (Verizon owns Oath, which owns TechCrunch), which is already the top dog in wireless services, with some 150 million subscribers compared with AT&T’s 141.6 million and a soon-to-be-combined Sprint and T-Mobile subscriber base of 126.2 million.

For Verizon, the new company is likely about holding off attrition. The company shed 24,000 postpaid phone connections in the last quarter, according to The Wall Street Journal, which put some pressure on its customer base (but not really all that much).

Mobile telecommunications remain at the core of Verizon’s business plans for the future, even as other carriers like AT&T look to dive deeper into content (while Go90 has been a flop, Verizon hasn’t given up on content plans entirely). The acquisition of Oath added about $1.2 billion in brand revenue (?) to Verizon for the last quarter, but it’s not anywhere near the kind of media juggernaut that AT&T would get through the TimeWarner acquisition.

Verizon seems to be looking to its other mobile services, through connected devices, industrial equipment, autonomous vehicles, and the development of its 5G network for future growth.

Every wireless carrier is pushing hard to develop 5G technologies, which should see nationwide rollout by the end of this year. Verizon recently completed its 11 city trial-run and is banking on expansion of the network’s capabilities to drive new services.

As the Motely Fool noted, all of this comes as Verizon adds new networking capabilities for industrial and commercial applications through its Verizon Connect division — formed in part from the $2.4 billion acquisition of Fleetmatics, that Verizon bought in 2016 along with Telogis, Sensity Systems, and LQD Wifi to beef up its mobile device connectivity services.

Meanwhile, upstart entrants to challenge big wireless carriers are coming from all quarters. In 2015, Google launched its own wireless service, Project Fi, to compete with traditional carriers and Business Insider just covered another would-be wireless warrior, Wing .

Founded by the team that created the media site Elite Daily, Wing uses Sprint cell-phone towers to deliver its service.

David Arabov and co-founder Jonathan Francis didn’t take long after taking a $26 million payout for their previous business before getting right back into the startup fray. Unlike Visible, Wing isn’t a one-size-fits-all plan and it’s a much more traditional MVNO. The company has a range of plans starting at $17 for a flip-phone and increasing to an unlimited plan at $27 per month, according to the company’s website.

As carriers continue to face complaints over service fees, locked in contracts, and terrible options, new options are bound to emerge. In this instance, it looks like Verizon is trying to make itself into one of those carriers.

51 comments for "Verizon stealthily launched a startup offering $40-per-month unlimited data, messaging an"

 5 months ago '06        #2
1OverJordan24 237 heat pts237
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I might get on this

 5 months ago '10        #3
Shhon 1015 heat pts1015
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 5 months ago '18        #4
500nd59 
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So they on sum I got the hook the up shyt lol taxing they loyal fan base... That like finding out yo plug been serving Ps to the nighaz on the other side of town for 18 but u been paying 25 and u been fuccn with that nigha since 08 lol


 5 months ago '10        #5
dude hustles 
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Who got a access code

 5 months ago '05        #6
DrDeath 17 heat pts17
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Been getting unlimited everything for $50 a month the past few years. I might fu*k with this if it comes to Android. I always missed that superior Verizon call and data quality but I didn't like paying that 80-100+ a month for it.

 5 months ago '17        #7
JacobWatch 6 heat pts
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Somebody find a code on reddit so Bx can eat!

 5 months ago '04        #8
Big War|M 
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Damn, I just switched to Android last year...


 5 months ago '18        #9
Gang Sht 532 heat pts532
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AT&T $75

 5 months ago '14        #10
Sphynx 161 heat pts161
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Feds

 5 months ago '17        #11
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 Sphynx said
Feds

 5 months ago '16        #12
Congratulations 
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I need an invite code ASAP

 5 months ago '15        #13
216atlran 
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Yeah I'm on it

 5 months ago '05        #14
Daddy Black 2 heat pts
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Might throw this on my old iphone to see whats good.

 5 months ago '06        #15
Icee 35 heat pts35
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I Need an invite code, pm me.

 5 months ago '12        #16
Di Warlord 8 heat pts
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send me that invite too anyone if you can

 5 months ago '17        #17
SlumzGod 50 heat pts50
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0abfa

UNIVERSAL ACCESS CODE ANYONE CAN USE

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 5 months ago '06        #18
fabfob 3 heat pts
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It’s unlimited data but speeds up to 5 Mbps. Pretty much a startup to compete with the prepaid guys. Boost, cricket

 5 months ago '06        #19
NYC-Banga 114 heat pts114
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tried signing up but it keeps saying

"Your phone company says that the account number is invalid. Give them a call, we'll be here when you get back."

when i know its correct

 5 months ago '17        #20
Jay2Da 
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Fed trap

 5 months ago '16        #21
Homer Pimpson 
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iOS only

catch up nerds

 5 months ago '18        #22
ChrisPartlowFro 4 heat pts
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 Jay2Da said
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If you're insinuating that this is a front so that the boys can listen in on everyone's phone calls... You're confused because they do that sh*t anyway and more importantly, any info they would potentially get from this Visible sh*t would not stand up in court (if you have a halfway decent lawyer) AND when it would be uncovered that this is a trap, they'd have a class action on their hands.

Nah, government got the Patriot Act for that.

 5 months ago '16        #23
Proveone 
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Been on Ting for 5yrs now. Never paid more than $85, and typically bill is about $45. No contracts either. fu*k the big four soon to be big three.

 5 months ago '16        #24
Bantersmyth 3 heat pts
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If it sounds too good to be true. It is.

 5 months ago '15        #25
Madethagreat 8 heat pts
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Funny thing is Verizon has other prepaids

Like T-Mobile has like 5 other small prepaids that are even cheaper

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