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Verizon deepens ties with Apple, offers free Apple Music to some US customers

Key Points
  • Verizon said on Tuesday it will include free Apple Music subscriptions in some of its top-tier U.S. data plans, deepening its ties with the iPhone maker.
  • Apple is increasingly turning for growth to its services segment, which includes businesses such as iCloud storage, Apple Music and the App Store, and has been partnering with rivals in recent months.
A man dances to music being streamed on his Apple iPhone whilst framed against a wall bearing the Apple music symbol .
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Verizon said on Tuesday it will include free Apple Music subscriptions in some of its top-tier U.S. data plans, deepening its ties with the iPhone maker.

Apple is increasingly turning for growth to its services segment, which includes businesses such as iCloud storage, Apple Music and the App Store, and has been partnering with rivals in recent months. Two weeks ago, it cut its revenue forecast, blaming iPhone sales in China.

Verizon customers opting for its "Beyond Unlimited" and "Above Unlimited" plans will also get access to free Apple Music from Jan. 17, the U.S. wireless carrier said in a statement.

Last year, Verizon and Apple announced a partnership, giving some customers six months of Apple Music streaming service along with their data plan. The Verizon "Go Unlimited" plan will continue to get a six-month free trial of Apple Music.

Apple in the last few months has made its iTunes service available on some of Samsung's newer smart televisions and has made Apple Music available on Amazon.com Echo smart speakers.

The Cupertino-based firm is facing a saturated global smart phone market and many users are hanging on to their old iPhones longer than ever.

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5G reality check: You won't need a 5G phone next year

Key Points
  • Verizon, AT&T, Sprint have promised 5G devices for the first half of 2019, while T-Mobile says a nationwide network will launch in 2020.
  • 5G will offer faster data and longer battery life.
  • But network availability will be limited in 2019, and Apple's iPhone may not support it until 2020. Plus, you might not need faster 5G based on the way you use your phone today.