Verizon has launched Yahoo Mobile, which is a new MVNO that will run on its network.
For some reason, Verizon still wants to hold onto and use the “Yahoo” name, and this time it is doing it as a way to get more customers onto its prepaid network.
Yahoo Mobile is owned by Verizon and will operate as an MVNO or Mobile Virtual Network Operator. Essentially giving you the same Verizon network experience, but at a much cheaper price. Similar to Visible and Straight Talk.
Yahoo Mobile looks to be a copy/paste of Visible
The way that Verizon set up Yahoo Mobile, it looks like it is a straight rip off of Visible. The irony here is that Verizon owns Visible too.
There is a single plan for Yahoo Mobile, and it actually doesn’t look to bad. For $40 per month, you are getting unlimited talk, text and data on Verizon’s network. Now, your data will be slowed in times of congestions, not after you hit a certain amount of usage. That’s one of the downsides to using a prepaid or MVNO carrier.
Yahoo Mobile also gets unlimited mobile hotspot, but you can only connect one device at a time, and the speed is capped at 5Mbps.
The only downside to this plan is that you do need to use a Yahoo account to use Yahoo Mobile. But you get Yahoo Mail Pro for ad-free email, and the Account Pro gets you 24/7 customer service from Yahoo. However, given how well Yahoo has treated its users in the past, that is going to be a big turn off for most people.
You can purchase a phone from Yahoo Mobile, or bring your own phone over to the service if you wish to do so. It will need to be unlocked and support Verizon’s network. Which, in 2020, is most phones, so that won’t be a big deal.
Verizon can’t just let the “Yahoo” name die
Even though Verizon was rumored to be looking to sell off Yahoo and even AOL, with the launch of Yahoo Mobile, it looks like that might not be the case now.
But one has to wonder why Verizon won’t just let the “Yahoo” name die. It’s a relic of the past, so Verizon is likely using it for nostalgia purposes. But given how well Yahoo was perceived in the past few years, after its death, it didn’t leave a good last impression on most people.
Over a billion of its Yahoo Mail accounts were hacked a few years ago. And that’s a big deal, and a big number. So you may want to think twice before you sign up for this plan.