July 23, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Verizon and Comcast have been competitors for home Internet, phone, and television service, but the two companies put that aside in the interest of gaining more money. Cable provider Comcast and the wireless unit of Verizon have expanded their partnership that rewards consumers who sign service agreements with both companies.
Earlier this year, Comcast and Verizon Wireless began selling each other’s services to their respective customer bases. When someone goes to add home Internet, television, or phone service at Comcast, the company tries to up-sell that customer to a bundle for Verizon Wireless services, and vice versa. Signing 2-year agreements with both companies then earns special service packages or financial rewards like a $300 Visa gift card.
The partnership has been available in select cities in Alabama, California, Michigan, and several states in-between. Today, Comcast and Verizon announced that the bundles are also being made available throughout Florida and several cities in Arizona and New Mexico.
One particular incentive for combining service is that customers who sign-up for Comcast Xfinity and Verizon packages can get 6 months of free HD-DVR service, 2 months of Xfinity Streampix, and a $100 Visa prepaid card. Buying one of the more expensive packages can lead to free upgrades for faster home Internet service, live TV streaming to a Wi-Fi device, or a Visa card up to $300 in value.
The Verizon-Comcast partnership benefits appear to mainly be about home services rather than benefits for joining Verizon. And though some bundles are available to existing subscribers of either company, it doesn’t make economic sense for existing Verizon customers to give up their current plans and switch to one of the more expensive wireless plans recently introduced.
Contact your local Comcast or Verizon sellers to get more information on these offers. Residents in the following states can also consider these bundles: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.