Verizon launches same-day delivery service in D.C., nine other cities


Verizon is expanding its same-day delivery service to 10 more cities, including Baltimore. (© Sean Gardner/Reuters)

There’s good news for Washington and southern Maryland residents who may need a smartphone right away but who can’t get to a store to buy one. Verizon announced Tuesday that it’s adding Washington and Baltimore to the list of cities where it will deliver a smartphones on the same day a customer orders one online.

The program launched last year in Philadelphia, New York, Dallas, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.

Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Diego and Seattle were also added to the program’s rolls Tuesday.

The service could be useful if a mishap leaves you with a shattered phone, for example, but it does come with some limits.

To take advantage of same-day delivery, customers have to order their phones or tablets through Verizon’s Web site by 10 a.m. local time, with delivery guaranteed by 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The same-day deliveries carry a $19.99 fee; it normally costs $14.99 for standard, one-day shipping.

The service also gives customers the option to select next-day delivery Sunday through Thursday, depending on the time an order is placed.

“We want customers to have multiple options to help them get the most from their wireless experience,” said Melanie VanderValk, the carrier’s vice president of national distribution.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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