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Verizon launches Smart Rewards program, but there's a (privacy) catch

By Shawn Knight
Jul 21, 2014
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  1. Verizon has unveiled a nationwide loyalty program for its subscribers in which customers can earn points in a number of different ways that can be exchanged for a variety of rewards. The Smart Rewards program will be available to customers...

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  2. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 707   +168

    I won't be willingly spied on.
     
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,335

    Next time I visit the store for a free upgrade, I know exactly what I'm going to say when they ask about this program.
     
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

    NSA Rewards Program
     
  5. Let me think
    no
     
  6. I'm already enrolled in the NSA program. They told me my bonus is coming on April 15th.
     
  7. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    In a sense, this is just like a retail store's perks, advantage, or whatever card. Of course the big difference is that the cards monitor purchases at the store to figure out trends, where as Verizon will basically stalk your mobile activity to figure out trends and whatever else.

    In a way, Google kind of already does this too. Of course they aren't giving any free hotels for using their stuff.
     
  8. Frank Barnett

    Frank Barnett TS Rookie Posts: 61   +6

    Get your friends to over pay for phone service and get a free soft drink coupon.
    Get three friends to overpay and get a free tee shirt
     
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    What a scam. Who would want to give up privacy for some stupid rewards?
     
  10. Totally not worth it... **** verizon.
     
  11. So... basically they are being sued for spying... and now they make this program just to cover their s...
     
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,034

    **Newsflash** We all gave up our privacy years ago (albeit unknowingly) so whats wrong with reaping a few rewards now? That said I wouldn't be in the least bit interested in this, all wireless carriers are big crooks and I wouldn't dream of adding to their coffers. It's prepaid all the way for me so I'm automatically out of the running anyway. Too bad, so sad.
     
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  13. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,335

    Lots and lots and lots of people who "don't have anything to hide".
     
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    That is true technically.
     
  15. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Would you be able to expand on why prepaid is the way to go? I'm interested in doing the same.
     
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,034

    Well that depends on your usage, financial situation and to a large extent your graphical location. For some who are heavy users who rely on their phones more than they rely on oxygen and water for survival, a contract would make more sense but for me who isn't, a contract is way too expensive to justify having. Also where I live (South Africa) prepaid tariffs are far cheaper per minute than post paid. Carrier locked phones are illegal here so we have the freedom of choice of phones and carriers. The obvious drawback is you have to buy your handset outright and replace it when you feel it's time although it's no bad thing as far as I'm concerned. Wireless carriers make their money from contracts, prepaid is not a big money spinner for them hence they like to blind you with smoke and mirrors convincing you contracts are the alpha and omega.
     

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