Verizon has announced two free offerings: a thirty-day trial of unlimited data on its 5G Ultra Wideband network and BlueJeans Basic, a free conferencing service.
The thirty-day Ultra Wideband offer, which is open to those with unlocked and compatible phones, provides participants with as much as 100 GB of 4G LTE and 5G data. It includes 480p streaming on both the LTE and 5G networks and 4K streaming on the 5G.
Verizon made a similar offer, dubbed Verizon Test Drive last November. The thirty-day “early access” offer enabled nonsubscribers to scan a QR code that enabled downloading of the My Verizon app, which provided access to the free offer.
BlueJeans Basic enables free one-on-one or group meetings. Groups can consist of as many as 25 people. There is no time limit.
“At BlueJeans we’re always looking at ways we can be better partners to and for our customers,” BlueJeans by Verizon Vice President and General Manager Chris Lewter said in a press release. “We also realize there is no one-size-fits-all approach to business, just like one size doesn’t really fit all when it comes to the clothes we wear. To better fit the needs of individuals and small businesses that may not require enterprise-level services, we’re excited to expand on our BlueJeans Meetings platform with a solution that emphasizes the most important basics—better audio quality and HD video reliability—to help them grow their business.”
Verizon acquired BlueJeans Network in May 2020. About a year later – in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — the company introduced BlueJeans Telehealth, which it described as a data-driven way to extend care into the home. That was followed in September 2021 with what Verizon Business said was an “integrated virtual office for creating engagement and alignment.” This also seemed to be a reaction to the unique needs of the pandemic.
Updated to state that Verizon acquired BlueJeans in 2020