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Verizon launching new prepaid plans for smartphones and MiFi hotspots

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Verizon launching new prepaid plans for smartphones and MiFi hotspots
Are you the sort of customer that hates being tied into a multi-year contract? If prepaid plans are the way you roll, Verizon has a new smartphone-friendly plan they’d like to try and pitch you. With their new plan you get unlimited texting and calling, along with 1 GB of data, for $80 a month. If you are looking to buy a smartphone at the same time, Verizon and Samsung have teamed up to offer the midrange Samsung Illusion for $169.99.

Verizon also announced the availability of the Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi® 4510L as a prepaid mobile broadband solution. The new MiFi will set you back $129.99, and you can then plans that give you 250 MB, 3 GB, or 10 GB for $15m $60, or $90 respectively.

For more details, the full press release is below:

VERIZON WIRELESS ANNOUNCES NEW PREPAID PLANS

Unlimited Talk, Text and 1 GB of Data Smartphone Plan for $80 per Month; First Prepaid 4G Jetpack Offers a Variety of Mobile Broadband Data Plan Options

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of a new prepaid plan beginning May 1, offering unlimited talk and text messaging, as well as 1 GB of data for $80 per month. This monthly plan, available on the prepaid Samsung Illusion™, provides customers with an affordable, flexible option to take advantage of the nation’s largest, most reliable 3G network without the commitment of an annual contract. The Samsung Illusion prepaid package will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $169.99. In the coming weeks, the Samsung Illusion prepaid will also be available at Best Buy®, Target®, RadioShack and Walmart.

Additionally, starting May 1, customers can purchase a prepaid Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi® 4510L and take advantage of new prepaid Mobile Broadband plans. With the prepaid Jetpack, customers can now create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. Prepaid 4G LTE Mobile Broadband plans are as follows:

• $15 for 250 MB of data weekly
• $60 for 3 GB of data monthly
• $90 for 10 GB of data monthly

The Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L prepaid package will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $129.99. In the coming weeks, it will also be available at Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart.

From keeping in touch with friends to surfing the Web, Verizon Wireless gives customers the power and flexibility to stay connected, with no annual contract, to America’s largest and most reliable high-speed wireless network. For more information on prepaid plan offerings, visit www.verizonwireless.com/prepay.

source: Verizon via Droid-Life

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posted on 30 Apr 2012, 15:48 6

1. Snap123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Good luck getting customers at that rate. I'd rather go to metro pcs where they offer unlimited talk, text, and web (4g LTE even if its slow) for $70 a month. Only reason i haven't gone to metro yet is because their phone selection is crappy at best.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 22:52

19. tuminatr (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


last time i checked metro does not offer coverage everywhere, however i agree those are expencive and I would not buy

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 15:57 4

2. atree (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 May 2011)


Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE $130
Samsung Illusion for $169.99

LOL i work in the wireless center at a 3rd party dealer, we sell each of these thru verizon for $40 and .10 cents , what a rip of verizon!!

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 16:07 2

3. Snap123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


im sure they are not selling it off contract at that price

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 19:46 1

13. Yanibaloonfag (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Read the article and see it is for prepaid, you dumb ape.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 16:10 4

4. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


really you can get 50 a month with tmobile

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 16:58 2

11. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Yes but only 100MB data. Works great if you don't need any data.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 22:05

18. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


what? It's 50$ for 500 minutes of talk, unlimited text and unlimited data throttled after 2gb.

edit, nvm I'm seeing unlimited talk/text/data for 50$.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 16:13 6

5. Robn07 (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


No thanks Verizon....a horrible deal compared to your competition.
I just left them and went to Straight Talk and have unlimited talk, text, and data
with a Samsung smartphone for $45/mo. It's on AT&T and even though no LTE yet where I live I am quite happy with the HSPA+ service that puts Verizon's 3G to shame.
You can bring the phone of your choice to their service (bought mine off eBay at a fair price.)

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 16:17 6

6. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Jesus, way to rob your customers. Page Plus gives a better deal may not have 4G but it's not this high.... Prepaid is not supposed to cost the same as your contract plans, at&t and t-mobile know that why doesn't Verizon? Even if you don't have a contract, which is nice you have to pay more for the phone, verizon doesn't offer them cheap either! I guess they can do whatever because they have better coverage , most of the time :(

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 16:20

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


$30 a month for 100 minutes and unlimited text/data with T-Mobile. Can't be beat. Plus you can use any tmobile phone you want.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 16:25 1

8. medicci37 (Posts: 622; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Tmobile is the only major carrier with a decent prepaid option. I would like 2 see more people move to the small carriers. So the big carriers would be forced to offer more choices at a better price. Like 1 gig of data. With limited call & txting for $50/$60 dollars a month. I personally, don't need unlimited calls or txting. & Usually only use about half the data i'm paying for.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 16:36 4

9. downphoenix (Posts: 2302; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


ahahahaahaha, Verizon ripping off its customers yet again, guess that just confirms that today is a day of the week that ends with day.

posted on 01 May 2012, 02:06

24. kaintae (Posts: 53; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


How's it a ripoff? If every carrier had equal pricing, and Verizon's prices were 2 dollars more than everyone else's, I bet you'd buy Verizon's...why? Because everyone and their mother knows their service is more reliable than their cheaper competitors.

Not everyone is cheap, and some people in the world are actually willing to pay for quality service.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 16:57 3

10. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


I am waiting till Thursday to see when the SGS3 is going to show up at Verizon, and if it meets enough of my requirements to convince me to hang around for it. Otherwise, I am leaning heavily towards moving to T Mobile Pre Paid. For $60, I can get 2GB and unlimited everything else at 4G speeds, so the $400 Samsung Galaxy Nexus seems like the best shot for me in the meantime.

$80 for 1GB? Please. I will miss Verizon's service quality for sure, but their pricing is just absurd. I use less than 100 minutes a month, but there is no plan smaller than 450.

My ideal plan: 150 minutes, 250 texts and 2GB for around $45. I think they should just sell it all ala cart though.

Ten bucks per hundred minutes up to $40 = unlimited.
Ten bucks per Gigabyte of data up to $40 = unlimited.

The most expensive plan would still be $80, but it would be true unlimited.

They shouldn't be able to charge for texts. It's just data. Tiny, tiny, tiny amounts of data.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 20:30

15. TheInfamousCJ (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


T mobile has a plan 30 a month for 100 minutes unlimited text/data 5 gb of 4g data. It's 10 cent a minute for each additional minute plus apps like Bobsled by T Mobile allow u to make calls through data. Compared to your ideal plan you will 35 a month for 150 minutes unlimited text and 5 gb of 4g data; extra 5 is for the additional 50 minutes.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 19:24 1

12. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)


I missed the part in the article where Verizon was putting a g un to my head and forcing me to purchase their crap. You got way better options for a lot cheaper, then go with that. What's the issue?

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 20:03 1

14. Yanibaloonfag (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


All carriers are rapists, Verizon just happens to be the worst repeat offender.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 20:46

16. Cha7520 (Posts: 210; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


Um...really? And you can get unlimited Talk, Text and Data on Boost Mobile for $55 and Virgin for $60? Sorry Verizon.....FAIL!

posted on 01 May 2012, 07:14 2

25. facelessbelief (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


I pay $45 per month for unlimited everything on AT&T's network, with my Atrix 2. No comparison.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 21:26

17. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


Why is everyone saying this is a bad deal? I think it's actually decent. It's the same price as Sprint's unlimited everything plan. Sure, there's only 1GB of data, but it's on Verizon's more reliable 3G/LTE network, AND it's PREPAID!

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 23:33

20. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Cmon even ATT has had this out for a while for $75

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 23:40

21. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Or how about ATTs $50 for 250 min unlim text 1gb data

posted on 01 May 2012, 01:10

22. theruleslawyer (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Wow. What a joke. That has to be just about the worst prepaid plan deal I've come across.

posted on 01 May 2012, 01:55 1

23. kaintae (Posts: 53; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Do people not see a correlation between price and quality? True,Verizon's services aren't meant for everyone. I get it, some people can't afford some of Verizon's services. There's a reason they have the biggest lte footprint and the most reliable 3G network. Building those things out isn't free, and that's the same reason you don't see the sprints, t-mobiles, or crickets offering the same quality you see with the more expensive carriers.

It makes me laugh when people talk about some of the lousy carriers' prices, when they know how comparatively bad the service is. Give it a rest. You don't have to cry about it...just don't buy Verizon's services.

posted on 01 May 2012, 11:31

26. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


A prepaid plan does not have to accommodate the cost of a subsidized phone, so it should be significantly cheaper than the other plans.

Example: You buy a flagship smartphone for $200 on a 2-year contract, with required $30/mo data, and optional talk/text plans. Phone MSRP is $799. Verizon needs to recoup $599 from you over the course of the 2 year contract to make back the cost of the phone. $599/24=$24.96 - so about $25/mo in charges account for Verizon making back their phone subsidy.

Let's say this costs you $89/mo for unlimited text and 450 minutes (because that is what my charge is). $89-25=$64.

Assuming $799 is the most expensive phone they could subsidize, no pre-paid plan should possibly cost them any more than $64 per month. Given that most phones cost far less than $799 but Verizon still hits it's customers with the $89 monthly charge, Verizon is basically screwing anyone over who chooses less than the most expensive phone. If you agree to pay more than $64 a month for a plan without getting a phone subsidized, you are getting royally ripped off.

posted on 01 May 2012, 11:44

27. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Conversely, (using myself as an example again), if I want to save money I can look into pre-paid plans. T-Mobile offers a Monthly 4G plan with unlimited Web (5GB)/Text with 100 minutes talk (I rarely go over 100 minutes). This plan is $30.

From my discounted rate at Verizon of $71/mo (before taxes and fees), this plan would save me $41/mo. If I want a $400 phone (Samsung Galaxy Nexus), I only have to stay with T-Mobile 10 months to "pay" for the phone. If I wanted a $700 phone, it would take 17 months. Any time I would keep my phone after that, I would be saving the $41/month.

Maybe Verizon's quality of service and coverage is worth some of that $41 per month, but with only 10 months of a "committment" to T-Mobile and my choice of GSM phones to take there, it is not hard to see why I am leaving Verizon, is it?

If I could stay with Verizon for the $25 less per month (their 24-mo phone subsidy charge), I would do it in a second, but for $9 less I can't really afford an off-contract phone.

posted on 01 May 2012, 15:16

28. USMCSPIKE (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 May 2012)


Verizons Prepaid plans for MBB are fantastic for those travling road trips and that sort of thing month on month off but what every one else is talking about is a full time provider at that point sign a contract get over it....

posted on 13 May 2012, 17:01

29. tyyo321 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 May 2012)


yea its alot but alot of the other carriers like boost mobile, virgin mobile, t-mobile...etc all have horrible coverage but when u go over to verizon they have the best coverage out of all of them

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