AT&T Rewards Those Who Didn't Run to Verizon With 1,000 Bonus Minutes

AT&T continues to sweeten the deal for those who stayed with the oft-criticized carrier, rather than bolting for Verizon and the Verizon iPhone (or any other Verizon device). It's latest bonus: 1,000 bonus rollover minutes if you text "yes" to a certain number.

To get the bonus minutes, you just have to text "yes" to 11113020. Reportedly, AT&T iPhone owners are getting a text message sent to them telling them about the bonus minutes program. It seems that those without iPhones aren't getting the SMS, but they can still participate.

That's right, if you send a "yes" SMS from your AT&T phone to 11113020, you'll get the above message returned, pretty quickly, despite not having the offer text sent to your phone. That image above shows the confirmation message coming back to an AT&T Captivate.

AT&T is, of course, concerned that many will leave for the "most reliable" pastures of Verizon and the Verizon iPhone once their contracts expire. Verizon doesn't have a rollover minute program, period, and it also doesn't have the unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling that just went into effect on AT&T's network. It does have a "Favorites" list an end user can use, with unlimited calls to those on the list.

However, Verizon does have one thing that Verizon iPhone reviewers have noticed: better call quality and less dropped calls. Ironically, for the nation's fastest 3G network (as AT&T claims), the return SMS says it will take up to 4 weeks for the minutes to be applied.
Via:  9 to 5 Mac
Tags:  Apple, iPhone, ATT, Verizon
coolice 3 years ago

haha.... we'll give a 1000 mins to stay with us....

Anyone else think ATnT is worried? Though i'm glad the iphone monopoly is over in the US. At least up here, we have bell, telus and rogers and now virgin mobile who offer the iphone. Though all 4 of them have similar plans and prices, nothing competitive.

rapid1 3 years ago

Rofl; I just told my brother to send the message. He has not heard anything of it, but him and his wife are both At&t iPhone users. To tell you the truth they have seemingly not had any connection issues period in NW Atlanta where we live, or dropped calls.


He just called me back and said thanks it went through!

Xenokilla 3 years ago

Worked for me to!

Dave_HH 3 years ago

I just did it too. Hopefully it's not a hoax! :)

gibbersome 3 years ago

I checked with a CS rep, it's legit!

It worked for me even though i don't have an iPhone!

3vi1 3 years ago

1000 minutes with AT&T? That's like getting 6000 dropped calls for free!

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="3vi1"]That's like getting 6000 dropped calls for free![/quote]



coolice 3 years ago

coolice 3 years ago

I hope i'm not infringing on multiple copyright issues.... Star Wars and ATnT

For the record, i didnt make that pic... it was a quick search from google. My Pain skills are far worse than that!

gibbersome 3 years ago

Lol! Well done!

AKwyn 3 years ago

Well I can safely say that that image was from Gizmodo for those of you who're wondering.

infinityzen1 3 years ago

Are people actually still on plans where they have to worry about minutes? Wow, that is so last decade.

jgreco 3 years ago

Yes, people are actually still on plans where they have to "worry" about minutes.

It's really simple economics. We've got a family plan that's $39.99/month for the first line and $9.99/month for each additional line. 500 minutes. No free calls (not even within the account). We have no problems living within this with four phones on the account. We're paying about $70/month for four phones and they meet our needs.

To get your no-worry-about-minutes unlimited plans, that same thing would cost us $119.99/month for the first line and $49.99/month for each additional line. That's about $270/month. What exactly is that extra $200/month buying us?

Even on the currently offered family plans, which do include some free calls, we would be paying $20/month more than current. We'd be getting 50 extra minutes and free calls between our phones, but we don't really need it.

So we might be "so last decade" but we're also $200/month ahead, so we're laughing all the way to the bank.

Do we need 1000 extra rollover minutes? Probably not, but who knows, it's nice to have a buffer.

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