Seen, Verizon’s app-based low-cost arm, began promoting telephones as we speak after opening as much as a wider vary of handsets than its earlier iPhone-only method allowed. With low costs however strict velocity caps, Seen could be a straightforward on-ramp to Verizon’s community protection.
Seen’s recreation is to supply all of its providers via an app, for people who simply do not need to take care of getting out to a retailer or speaking on the telephone. The service additionally affords just one plan: an all-inclusive, limitless deal for $40 per line.
“Prospects do not all the time need to go to a retail atmosphere,” Seen CEO Miguel Quiroga says. “They need to handle and join providers from the consolation of their sofa.”
As of as we speak, Seen will begin promoting Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ telephones with its service, together with 11 completely different iPhone fashions. It can provide zero p.c financing and free in a single day transport. The app will even be out there to join service on present iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ telephones, so long as your mannequin is Verizon-compatible.
“We’ll rapidly comply with with extra Android units,” says Seen chief strategic officer Jeremy Bolton.
The seamless Seen dream has one large drag proper now: the bodily SIM card. As a result of you’ll want to get a bodily Seen SIM to make use of the service, you need to look forward to a SIM or telephone to be delivered, which breaks the corporate’s seamless, all-online mannequin. Seen is working to get Seen into the embedded eSIMs in upcoming telephones, which might allow you to change over to Seen simply by selecting an possibility off a menu. Proper now, the latest iPhones are the one US telephones with versatile eSIMs, however Bolton says he hopes to see extra.
It is Solely $40, However Additionally Sluggish
Seen is wholly owned by Verizon, however the knowledge speeds you get are worse than both Verizon postpaid or Verizon Pay as you go. Like Verizon Pay as you go, Seen clients are prioritized to QCI9, which places them behind postpaid (QCI8) clients if there’s an overloaded tower.
However Seen clients are additionally topic to a tough velocity cap of 5Mbps, the place Verizon Pay as you go clients can go as quick as they need up to an information cap.
It is a worth trade-off. At Seen, you get limitless, fairly sluggish knowledge for $40. At Verizon Pay as you go you get 3GB of a lot sooner knowledge, and then you definately’re choked right down to a barely usable 128kbps. TracFone’s Whole Wi-fi, which rents time from Verizon’s community, affords 5GB for $40 or 25GB for $50 with no velocity cap, prioritized behind Verizon postpaid.
Bolton factors out that Seen’s plans are for high-volume knowledge customers, “an very simple resolution for individuals who use a variety of knowledge.” However once I pressed him on the 5Mbps cap, Bolton urged it’d rise. “At Seen, we take heed to our clients and we’ll handle that.”