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Verizon Handing Out FREE Network Extenders? (Updated)

Now this is the announcement Verizon should have made today in NYC.  Anyone in need of a free Network Extender?  I may not be, but I know that many of you are and it’s looking like VZW is sending them out to people in low-coverage areas.  A few of our readers received this text over the the last week and according to one of them who responded, an extender is already on the way.  Now, I would never ask that you bombard the phone number listed above, but hey, might be worth it if your house, apartment or cardboard box struggles to catch a signal.

Update:  We’re hearing reports that you should only have been able to receive this promo if the text was sent to your phone.  We’re also hearing that the number has been disconnected and that users are waiting on line for up to an hour to be turned away.  Like we said, don’t bombard it!

Cheers IWearGenes08!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cristina-Weber/100002919574563 Cristina Weber

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  • Jeremy

    I just called Verizon today and complained about their signal strength in my house and area. I did say I am willing to leave them for Sprint or ATT in January when my contract is up.  They offered to send the network extender to me for free to keep me as a customer.  I am very excited to receive this and try it out.  Wish I would of called sooner.

  • Jeff

    Question: I see verizon wireless is selling them for $249, which I think is a bit pricey. I found a bunch on EBAY around $84-$100. Does anyone know if verizon will charge you anything to have it activated and put on your account so you can decide who has access to the extender, since it wasnt bought from them? Or if you even need to call them in the first place?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Carney/1004713533 Dustin Carney

    called verizon alot complaining still wont give me 1 i give up >.<

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=728426339 Justin Reeves

    I need one of these for everywhere I go. I rarely have more than one bar for more than a few minutes no matter where I go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vbrowningjones Vicki Jones

    I just called and it says the number is no longer in service

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  • IWearGenes08

    That is my screenshot above, and yes i did receive one and i am currently am using it. I do LIVE in ILLINOIS. And the model they sent me is the newer updated NE that does DATA and VOICE. so yes it has 3G built in.

    • Kiriuskris

      Where at in Illinois?

      • IWearGenes08

        Kankakee county/Bourbonnais…Summer Home of the Chicago Bears!!!!

  • Timmah

    I was turned down, from 611. Said that it isn’t be spread out by Verizon and they arnt actively promoting it.

  • Fyrmedic654

    I tried but was told that it was only for people in Illinois and I received the text in error. I’m calling BS but whatever

  • Anonymous

    I got one!

  • Anonymous

    I got one!

    • Timmah

      HEHEHHEHEHEHEHEHEHHEHE

      ~ Timothy

      • Anonymous

        haha

  • Kiriuskris

    I was on hold for 30 min dropped my call, then called back for 2 more hours. Then it dropped my call again. Sigh.

  • ShaneGiordano

    For illinois only right now is what they told me after being on hold for an hour….
    said to call back immediately after receiving a txt or email about it being available.

  • http://parker-cs.com/MediaManager.aspx Kwparker80

    Let me just ad my 2 cents here.

    I live in rural NC and for 3 years raised hell with VZ about the terrible service at my house (even in the yard). After 3 years they finally get the extenders in and offered me one for $249. After much arguing and threatening to drop VZ they finally agreed to sell me one for $200.

    I bought it, and for a year was pretty satisfied, even though it only boosted the data signal to 1x. At least I could connect and make/receive phone calls.

    Suddenly one day my wife and I both began having trouble making calls and sending/receiving text messages. All the lights were blue on the stupid extender, so I decided to unplug it and let it reset. First off, the thing would NOT reset properly and I was getting pissed as it was out of warranty. My wife all of a sudden gets a whole crapload of text messages, and my phone started ringing. I looked at both phones and both had 3 or 4 bars and 3G data signals. Apparently VZ had put up a new tower close to us and we no longer needed the extender.

    So, the moral of this story is:

    1. You can get a discount on the extender if you yell loud and long enough.
    2. The thing will help with voice AND data regardless of what someone above said.
    3. If they put up a new tower close to you, it will totally screw with your head until you unplug the extender and realize you don’t need it any more.
    4. This is an older version of the extender (like mine – 1.5 years old) which only does 1x, and they are probably just trying to get rid of them since there is a newer version that does 3G out now.
    5. Verizon sucks, but not as bad as the rest of them do where I live.

    Anybody want the one I have, it’s yours for $100. Let me know.

  • No More Icrap

    Purchased one on ebay set up and works great. Had to call Verizon to change from the original account it was registered to Went from no bars to a working phone.

  • Trombone Dixie

    Hopefully I can still get one of these. My home gets terrible service and 3G only shows up on the edge of my driveway.

  • Anonymous

    Been on hold 46 minutes.

  • Daniel Archibald33

    just tried to call back from a different line and the offices are now closed. Guess that promotion is now over

  • http://twitter.com/geeknik geeknik

    I just called, it is 4pm central time, and it says their offices are closed. WTF?

  • Bewing12

    i just called and they said they were closed for the day

  • Anonymous

    On hold for 45mins to find out they are only offering them in a small group of people…. in cretin area’s ( wouldn’t tell me which ones ) not all of them an Not Boston .. ;-/ If i wanted to buy one then i am welcome to at $250..

  • Sdfsdfdjsf

    I’m in San Francisco, no luck getting the extender. He said I didn’t qualify. Might try again later.

  • Sdfsdfdjsf

    I’m in San Francisco, no luck getting the extender. He said I didn’t qualify. Might try again later.

  • Anonymous

    Called. On hold for 40 min. DENIED! I didn’t get the text message but I tried calling anyway. They said i could get it for retail value and that if I received the txt it was an error and he apologized. Oh well. Worth a shot. Would love that Network Extender though. It’s spotty reception sometimes up here in the hills of TN!

  • Anonymous

    Called. On hold for 40 min. DENIED! I didn’t get the text message but I tried calling anyway. They said i could get it for retail value and that if I received the txt it was an error and he apologized. Oh well. Worth a shot. Would love that Network Extender though. It’s spotty reception sometimes up here in the hills of TN!

  • Anonymous

    Called. On hold for 40 min. DENIED! I didn’t get the text message but I tried calling anyway. They said i could get it for retail value and that if I received the txt it was an error and he apologized. Oh well. Worth a shot. Would love that Network Extender though. It’s spotty reception sometimes up here in the hills of TN!

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  • confused2much

    45 mins on hold…..no go for me, and I live in Illinois :(

  • thetrainconductor

    I just went in and changed my billing and service addresses to chicago, 37 minutes on hold and counting… let’s see if they fall for it

    • katie

      im curious if they fell for this?? i dont want or need one im just curious if it worked!

  • http://www.facebook.com/suggashane Shane Szczesek

    ive been on hold for 45 minutes hopefully this works lol no coverage in my house in charlotte NC

    • http://www.facebook.com/suggashane Shane Szczesek

      they did not send one out, she told me if i received the msg that she was sorry but i did not qualify for a free one but i did qualify for one for $249 :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/suggashane Shane Szczesek

      they did not send one out, she told me if i received the msg that she was sorry but i did not qualify for a free one but i did qualify for one for $249 :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/suggashane Shane Szczesek

      they did not send one out, she told me if i received the msg that she was sorry but i did not qualify for a free one but i did qualify for one for $249 :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1343061522 Jessica Wilkins Byerly

    I called (Rural NC) and was goign to charge me $250 for it…Sure wish I have the text message..I only have 1 bar in parts of my house and it is only with Tenfoil wrapped around my head with one leg in the air.

    • http://parker-cs.com/MediaManager.aspx Kwparker80

      Where in NC? I don’t need mine any more, will sell it to you for $100 !!

  • Gabejessforster

    no go for me. And I live in illinois.

  • Mr. Joe

    I could use this… PLEASE send me a txt vzw!

  • Mr. Joe

    I could use this… PLEASE send me a txt vzw!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Gombosch/100000570835158 Dustin Gombosch

    well i had 45 minutes of hold time and i gave up. couldn’t take that dumb music n e more. my god they need to change that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000093360380 Elik Namonyuk

    chicago and illinois residents only.. i called

  • tb2313

    Just got off the phone, 45min on hold, and they will be shipping it out in 3-5 business days. I love free stuff!

  • Princesation

    I was on hold for about half an hr . I was actually in the middle of my shower when they finally answered . Lol I turned off the water hella fast and had to do the whole convo on speaker . But ANYWAYS they said its only in Illinois and I live in cali so boo

  • sg.one

    Just got off the phone after a 35 min hold time. So for now it’s only in the IL area, but they will be sending out text notices as they become available in your area.

    Also note the promotion is one per account (texting will be to the primary account number unless you tell them otherwise), so for those of us with family plans (and family spread throughout the country) good luck!