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Verizon says no to changing currrent prepaid service offering

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Verizon says no to changing currrent prepaid service offering
With their recent acquisition of Alltel, Verizon Wireless now reigns as the number one wireless carrier in the United States. Although there has been an explosion and growth in the no contract market, Big Red is choosing to not make any changes with their service. Verizon CFO, John Killian, states that the carrier does not “feel compelled or feel it's the right strategy for us to go with any kind of unlimited prepaid offering.” Instead, they are focusing their attention on postpaid because that's where the money is at. Recently Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile offered some really competitive unlimited plans which proved to be a hit. Verizon is looking to sit still in that arena and concentrate more in postpaid customers.

via DSLReports

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:43

1. Osukaru (Posts: 68; Member since: 02 Jul 2008)


I Believe this is the right move, even with unlimited offerings the carriers offering them are not really gaining much as far as market share goes, i think its a great idea for Big Red to stick to the current game plan.

posted on 22 May 2009, 15:30

4. ossirus09 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)


$3.99/day for pre-paid Unlimited 1 cent per text message, it's more than Boost/Metro PCS/ Cricket/ but the phone will work where and when you need it.

posted on 22 May 2009, 16:53

6. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Uh, as ossirus09 just said, VZW DOES HAVE AN UNLIMITED PREPAY PLAN. Phonearena is not doing their homework dear reader. 3.99 unlimited minutes only on the days you use it.

posted on 22 May 2009, 18:32

8. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)


Because it was said doesn't make it true, show proof of this option

posted on 22 May 2009, 18:48

9. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


How about you take the time to type in verizonwireless.com???? Seriously, you are going to take the time to write that post rather than simply look it up if you are in doubt? So, no, even though it is EVERYWHERE on vzw literature and on the website as well, I will not be showing you any proof. I do not believe in rewarding laziness.

posted on 23 May 2009, 00:17

12. allboutverizon (Posts: 66; Member since: 20 May 2009)


http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=prepayItem&action=viewPrepayOverview There ya go

posted on 23 May 2009, 00:20

13. jporterweb (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Jan 2009)


Seriously, you should read a little bit. There is no need to go get proof. This isn't wikipedia. As for the unlimited plan, it can also be supplemented with a messaging package if you do a lot of messaging (ie more than 1000 messages) there is a $10 and $20 package. Its great and I should do it, but I don't feel like switching. There are numerous days a month that I don't talk all I do is text. And if you don't talk you don't pay. But its not up to Phone Arena to do homework either... It was the idiot CFO that said it.

posted on 23 May 2009, 12:26

19. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


True

posted on 23 May 2009, 15:54

22. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


A VZW prepay plan with unlimited calling and txt/pix messaging is $140 a month, 20 more than the contract plan. That sounds pretty good when you consider its almost the same.

posted on 22 May 2009, 15:25

2. Arielnyc2006 (unregistered)


I like their current plans, I have the 1.99 daily plan with unlimited n/w. However, it woudn't hurt if they dropped the price from 3.99 to 2.99 on their unlimited talk plan.

posted on 22 May 2009, 15:27

3. The Godfather (unregistered)


they dont report how Boost mobile is not unlimited anything, there is major limitations to their internet usage and their text messages can sometimes take a half a day to be sent out. Virgin has no coverage so of course they are going to give you unlimited everything for cheap, since 60% of the time your not going to be able to use any of these really cool services. VZW and its network FTW

posted on 22 May 2009, 16:35

5. htsee (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2009)


boost is unlimited talk/text/walkie-talkie/internet (which is slow, since its on iden)... if you get coverage where youd use it, its a GREAT deal... and virgin mobile uses sprint's network (with vzw roaming agreements), so theyre coverage is pretty good, but it is pricier than boost and cricket... perhaps the real reason theyre not doing unlimited on their prepaid is because of the "bandwidth load" their network would receive...

posted on 22 May 2009, 18:30

7. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)


I know about the $.99, $1.99 and $2.99 InPulse plans but this $3.99 plan doesn't, exist to my knowledge, and I browse all the cell options in my area monthly

posted on 22 May 2009, 18:49

10. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Look again becuase its there.

posted on 22 May 2009, 20:03

11. secondcor517 (Posts: 94; Member since: 06 Oct 2008)


New! Prepaid Unlimited Talk Offers unlimited domestic voice calling to anyone on any network and 1¢ text messaging. http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/prepay.jsp

posted on 23 May 2009, 01:12

16. jporterweb (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Jan 2009)


The 2.99 plan has been gone for a couple of months. At least in the midwest area.

posted on 23 May 2009, 00:53

14. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


Well if Verizon would offer a decent prepaid plan such as the ones given by the other major post/pre-paid companies like Cricket, Metro PCS, Boost, Virgin Mobile etc. than that would be great. I think thats what this post is about. But Verizons prepaid definitely needs improvement. No one likes to top up there minutes every month. They should do something like T-Mobile's Flex Pay/Flex Pay Contract program. They have the Month-to-Month Plan but it requires a credit check and a deposit if the credit check doesnt come back good. If only Verizon would let its customers choose there phone and let them use the contracted plans for the months they want to use it. Simple monthly post pay. I think they used to have a plan like that but got rid of it and just left the impulse.

posted on 23 May 2009, 01:12

15. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


Verizons prepaid doesn't add up for those who use there phone daily. For the "New" Unlimited talk plan and 1 cent texting it adds up to $120 per month (if used daily) and then the "Plus" deal with 5 cent texts which adds up to $60 a month which is more reasonable but still way to expensive for prepaid and the other plans are pretty much only there for people who rarely use cell phones which isn't too bad of a deal. But the main point i'm trying to get across is that Verizon deffinitely needs a new prepaid program. Possibly one with unlimited texts or a limit of texts for however the price would correspond. Impulse is a bunch of junk to me. Verizon needs a monthly prepaid plan, not a daily access plan. I guess they did something right with the month-to-month no contract plan but it requires deposits, full phone pricing, and credit checks. You can tell Verizons main priority is to squeeze every last cent they can from poor recessed America. But i guess its good business for them though.

posted on 23 May 2009, 10:05

17. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Maybe their priority is to provide a quality experience to their customers. Virgin doesn't get to roam off of VZW's towers, only Sprint, Boost has massive delays in their text delivery. Contrary to popular belief, it does cost money to run a network. I do wish they would bring back something like their EZ Pay plans (I hate having to answer "how many minutes do I get for my $50? with an essay), but I would rather sell more expensive quality plans than deal with stuff that doesn't work.

posted on 24 May 2009, 06:27

23. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


Yeah I agree, they should have never gotten rid of EZ Pay. That was pretty much the basis of what the month-to-month program VZW has going on but without the huge deposits. Whats the point of running a credit check or putting a deposit for a post-paid account. If you don't pay, your phone gets cut off and you rightfully own the phone so why the need for a deposit? Maybe they should change that about the month-to-month plans.

posted on 23 May 2009, 10:59

18. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)


Alright, vzw has the most expensive, non-inclusive pre pay plan out. I'll concede that the $3.99 slipped past me but it's not like it's a great deal because all the plans still have to pay for messaging (pic/vid @ $.25 a message) and data so get off the high horse. They should've kept the $2.99, at least that one bundled n/w's, text and data w/cheap per minute peak minutes

posted on 23 May 2009, 15:06

20. remixfa (Posts: 14179; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the 3.99 plan has 1 cent texting as part of it. please KNOW what you are talkin about before you spout off at the mouth! for people with bad credit, they have to pay more for things, its part of having bad credit. if you dont like having bad credit, learn to pay you bills on time, otherwise quit crying. very few people with good credit go for prepay phones. you get higher interest on cars, credit cards, mortgages, and prepay plans are higher than post pay. it is life. protect your credit or quit crying.

posted on 23 May 2009, 15:54

21. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


A VZW prepay plan with unlimited calling and txt/pix messaging is $140 a month, 20 more than the contract plan. That sounds pretty good when you consider its almost the same.

posted on 24 May 2009, 06:33

24. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


Whos crying? Arent we all just giving our opinions here? Besides bad credit or good credit. The topic was on verizon's prepaid. For those not wanting to enter a contract. That has nothing to do with credit.

posted on 26 May 2009, 11:43

28. CODYPHOBIA (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Jun 2008)


Lets not forget the ability to add an unlimited text package to any prepay plan for $20. Making unlimited calls+text an average of $140/Month. Now lets go one farther... Standard accounts are $120+TAX = $140 Final answer...Prepay and Postpay = SAME PRICE! Whats wrong with that?

posted on 26 May 2009, 13:16

29. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)


And the $.99/day for web, that pre pay would would be way more than any post and you would not get any nav, tv or radio

posted on 24 May 2009, 10:28

25. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)


remixfa, you skipped over the clarification that pic/vid is $.25/message regardless of the tier. Legion, nothing about that $120/month which doesn't include $.99/day for web is ok in comparison to other pre pay options.

posted on 24 May 2009, 11:29

26. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Most web capable devices wont be able to be used on inpulse, so unless you plan on doing your surfing from a lg 5500 or an env2 at absolute best I dont see how it would really matter. True, it is extremely expensive I simply meant in comparison to a VZW postpaid plan with the same allotment. 120 + tax on postpaid = 135. 140 a month on prepaid. Those two compared to each other are in the same range but true it is far more expensive than other carrieers, still you get what you pay for.

posted on 24 May 2009, 18:04

27. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)


Legion, that "you get what you pay for" is the stoopidest and most self righteous argument. Is that part of vzw's training, I hear that on the phone w/them, in stores and all over these blog sites. Back to the pre pay, all of thier plans have a per text of $.01-$.20 and per pic/vid of $.25. I doubt anyone here will correct you on that web capable device thing but I will note the Blitz is listed among the phone option so an additional $.99/day for web is valid

posted on 27 May 2009, 11:41

30. metalpoet (unregistered)


I think the pre pay is a great idea for those who have crappy credit and i also think its good that verizon isnt really doing anything to push the pre pay stuff bcuz as a verizon employee i would much rather bring a customer to verizon with a great phone and then they can have the "new every 2" credit instead of having to pay full retail when ur on pre pay cuz u want a better phone.

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