It is perfectly okay if you have never heard of Visible -- this new mobile service provider was after all quietly launched by Verizon Wireless some time this year. But to those who are curious what this new startup brings to the table, know that Visible’s services include unlimited data, voice call minutes, and text messaging for a budget friendly pricing of just $40 per month.
So how exactly do interested parties go about availing of Visible’s wireless service? They can begin by downloading and installing the Visible mobile app (right now, it is only made available for mobile devices powered by iOS), and then simply complete the registration process. It should be mentioned however that subscriptions as of the moment are granted on an invitation basis only, and the only way to get an invite is from somebody who is already a subscriber to Visible’s service.
But for those who manage to get their hands on an invitation, they should be able to receive a SIM card one day after they have successfully registered. Upon installation of the SIM, the user can then enjoy access to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, and start making phone calls, sending text messages, surfing the Internet, or streaming video content. According to Visible, there will be no throttling whatsoever at every month’s end. On top of that, customers are free to use web based platforms like PayPal (and its own subsidiary Venmo) for payments. Also, Visible’s mobile service will only work on unlocked handsets, and as mentioned earlier, only on iPhone devices.
According to a report recently published by TechCrunch, Visible is not saying just how much funding it got from the biggest wireless carrier in the United States (to know more about the Big Red, check out our 2018 review). But the fact that the industry leader has funded a startup presents an interesting development for several industry watchers -- mainly because Verizon has always put most of its attention in promoting its own branded postpaid mobile offerings. This is in contrast to the other members of the Big Four -- for instance, AT&T has its separate Cricket Wireless prepaid arm, T-Mobile has its MetroPCS brand, while Sprint even has a couple (Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile). But considering that the 5G era is just around the corner, it might not be that surprising for even Verizon Wireless to start making sure it is adequately covering all the important bases.
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