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Verizon’s unlimited data customers are getting six free months of Apple Music

Verizon this afternoon announced a new, “exclusive” promotion that it has worked out in partnership with Apple: customers on any of the carrier’s three unlimited data plans — Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, or Above Unlimited — will receive six free months of Apple Music. That’s double the normal free trial period you’d get with Apple’s subscription music service.

But this isn’t just for new listeners; the offer is good regardless of whether you’re a current, lapsed, or new Apple Music user; if you’re already subscribed, you won’t have to worry about paying for it for six months once the deal kicks in. The promotion starts on August 16th, according to Verizon.

In some sense, this can be seen as a counter to the free perks that Verizon’s rivals are including with their service: AT&T offers WatchTV and your choice of a premium subscription service (Apple Music isn’t among them).

T-Mobile gives you Netflix, and Sprint’s top plan bundles both Tidal and Hulu with its unlimited data package.

Verizon’s promotion is only for the six months, however, whereas those keep going.

But there might be more in the works between Verizon and Apple. “This first-of-its-kind offer is just the first step in an exclusive partnership with Apple,” Angie Klein, the carrier’s VP of marketing, said in today’s press release.

Apple Music now has well over 40 million subscribers as it continues the climb towards potentially overtaking Spotify, which it’s already outperforming when it comes to certain high-profile release.

Newton Mail is shutting down in September

Newton Mail is shutting down on September 25th, marking the formal end of the subscription-based premium email app.

Newton is the latest third-party email app casualty. It joins the ranks of gone-but-not-forgotten (by me, at least) apps like Sparrow and Mailbox as yet another victim of the fact that it’s really hard to come up with a viable business model for email apps.

As founder Rohit Nadhani explained in a Medium post, the company “explored various business models but couldn’t successfully figure out profitability & growth over the long term.” He cited the competition of free apps from Apple, Google, and Microsoft as too much to overcome.

Newton Mail — which began as CloudMagic — was originally a free service before it transitioned to a paid, subscription-based model in 2016. The service offered apps for Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows (a rarity for third-party email apps) along with a variety of clever features like automatic inbox organization.

With the impending shutdown, Newton is disabling new signups, and it won’t renew monthly subscriptions going forward.

The company is also working with the App Store and Play Store to issue partial refunds on annual subscriptions that will obviously no longer be valid come September.

Newton Mail is shutting down in September

Newton Mail is shutting down on September 25th, marking the formal end of the subscription-based premium email app.

Newton is the latest third-party email app casualty. It joins the ranks of gone-but-not-forgotten (by me, at least) apps like Sparrow and Mailbox as yet another victim of the fact that it’s really hard to come up with a viable business model for email apps.

As founder Rohit Nadhani explained in a Medium post, the company “explored various business models but couldn’t successfully figure out profitability & growth over the long term.” He cited the competition of free apps from Apple, Google, and Microsoft as too much to overcome.

Newton Mail — which began as CloudMagic — was originally a free service before it transitioned to a paid, subscription-based model in 2016. The service offered apps for Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows (a rarity for third-party email apps) along with a variety of clever features like automatic inbox organization.

With the impending shutdown, Newton is disabling new signups, and it won’t renew monthly subscriptions going forward.

The company is also working with the App Store and Play Store to issue partial refunds on annual subscriptions that will obviously no longer be valid come September.

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