Do you play games online? Stream high definition content from sites like Netflix or Hulu? Have several different devices, like your phone and laptop and tablet, that access the internet all at once? Create content for sites like YouTube or Twitch? Then you need something better than DSL or Cable. You need fiber optics. Stay away from lesser Internet Service Providers (ISP). Verizon is offering new customers who sign up for its 100/100 Mbps plan a $50 prepaid gift card, and the service is reduced to just $39.99 a month if you sign up for auto pay. This offer is exclusive to those signing up for service online, so if you try calling in you won't be able to get the pricing down this low. This deal expires April 30.

The 100/100 plan comes with a one-year price guarantee, meaning that you'll only pay the $39.99 plus taxes and applicable fees for the first year, though after that the price is subject to change. If you need faster speeds, or want to lock into a guaranteed price for a longer period of time, Verizon is also offering a 300/300 plan for $59.99 which comes with 6 months of Netflix service and locks you into that price for two years, or opt for the Gigabit plan which has a three-year price guarantee and comes in at $79.99 a month. The Gigabit plan also offers 1 year of Netflix from Verizon as well as a free router rental for the full three-year term. These deals will only be good through May 8.

Locked into a contract with your current ISP? Don't worry, Verizon is also offering up to a $500 credit to help you get out of your current contract so you can make the switch. The online offer also includes a waiver of the standard setup charge, which is another $99 value.

Having a fast and reliable internet plan is even more important these days than ever before. From keeping your smart thermostat and plugs connected to being able to handle all of your streaming needs, if you don't have an Internet connection you can rely on, you're going to find yourself frustrated about something that is avoidable. Be sure to consider all of the options that Verizon has to offer with this limited-time promotion, and don't forget to sign up online so that you can get the absolute best value.

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