Prepaid for all - Big Red starts offering its best and brightest at full price without a contract

Prepaid for all - Big Red starts offering its best and brightest at full price without a contract
Verizon ran the numbers and decided that with today's generation of mucho expensive smartphones, it is worth offering them at full price with no contract obligation. Therefore it is going all European - 15 of the best phones in its lineup will be available on prepaid starting September 2nd, if internal documents are to be believed.

All the DROIDs and the Fascinate are in this list, as well as a bunch of BlackBerrys. Only Windows Mobile is left without prepaid at launch, but that's quite explicable considering that WP7 is approaching.

You will still need to pay the full phone price upfront, choose a talk option, and get the smartphones a month-to-month data plan worth $30, or $10 for the "3G multimedia devices". Breaking the shackles of a two-year plan that ends up costing much more, though - priceless!

Have a look at the full device list below - no more "cheapo phones only" sign at the prepaid shelf.

source: AndroidDoes



7. JeffdaBeat unregistered

This is gonna be the one thing that I am glad Verizon did. Let folks buy the phones at full price and do what they want with it. Folks may think Smartphones are expensive, but think about it. Every two years or so, you pay $200 or $300 for a new phone with your discount. Sometimes that's the cost after rebate. Paying full price is generally only $200 more than the contract price. It's not a price where you can switch your phone out every month or two, but you could get a new phone every year or two. Can't wait until everything is LTE. I'll be one of those folks paying full price and moving to whichever company gives the best service with the best price. As much as folks hate Apple and now Google, I think those companies have the right idea. Apple didn't allow any carrier branding or software on the iPhone. So a hypothetical iPhone is visibly indistinguishable from an AT&T one. Google wanted to sell their phone at full price if you wanted to get it and I hoped it would spark manufacturers to start selling their own phones instead of me having to go to AT&T or Verizon and buy my phone through them with their rules. When everyone is on LTE and Apple can sell me an iPhone that works under all bands (for roaming purposes of course), I can take my phone where ever I want. Rawk...

9. Rico Dinero

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

What they aren't telling you is that you can currently buy a phone at full retail and activate it on a month to month plan.

10. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

Anyone who doesn't know that doesn't deserve to.

12. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I knew you could do it on AT&T...depending on what rep you get. Thing is, there isn't even small print that would let consumers know that the full priced option is something they can choose from. Generally folks have to ask. God help you if you activate online.

15. JJjj unregistered

so if this is correct you can buy a phone full retail put it ona prepaid plan and have to get the required data plan??

20. VZWINDREP unregistered

you can activate a smartphone or blackberry on a vzw prepaid account, the catch is you have to choose a monthly plan not a daily plan and you have to have the required $30 data package and everything has to be paid for before your month starts or you get no service. So yes its a good option if you require a security deposit and cant afford it or if you simply dont want a contract but even if you have a contract you can always buy a new phone at full retail price and activate it.

23. ggp unregistered

those customers would be postpaid, one reason many people choose prepaid is to avoid the credit check and security deposit of postpaid.

5. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

This is a pretty sweet option for those of us that don't really make phone calls. I barely even text anymore everything is done over wifi or 3g using Gtalk... hmmm

6. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I suspect those data options are additional features to the voice plan. BUT, you could sign up for the $/day or $.25/min plan, add a $30 pda plan, and $15/mo minimum for voice and have a PDA only plan for $45 a month.

13. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

You can't. PhoneArena forgot to mention that a $45 voice plan is REQUIRED. So if you want to have 3G data you'll have to pay $75 in total including voice. Also no text plan is mentioned, so I'm guessing it'll be $.10/text. Really doesn't sound like much of a deal IMO. Although I could live with just the voice plan since I'm always around wifi.

14. JJjj unregistered

so I may be lost here but i didn't see that mentioned anywhere??

18. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Engadget had a photo of the 8530's prepaid box on which it listed the required voice plans ($45-75).

21. VZWINDREP unregistered

the 45 plan is for only talk and its $.20 per text or you can do 65 for talk and unlimited text or add a $10 text package plus your require data for the month

3. sickofit unregistered

OK, how about the Fascinate, DROID X, etc. for a dollar, unlimited data, and unlimited talk and text for $29.99? This is another choice. People complain about the contract and data plans, and when another option is offered, MORE complaints. I hear the Jiterbug is a nce phone...

16. joeboo62

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

They still complain about Jitterbug, Then it switches from price to service or coverage. Noone wants to pay for anything unless its a Bmw. Then Its ok. If people would actually see the full price first then they would be kissing peoples feet to sign up for a 2 year contract. Even worse is when they find out that a company is a reseller and they call the original provider to complain instead of the reseller . No that takes nuts

2. Poprock1541 unregistered

The LG Clout 8370 has the data plan?

4. SPcamert

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 06, 2010

Has the option of a data plan.

19. CellPhone1234 unregistered

I am fairly sure you will need to have one of those data plans on there. I think the option applies to whether you want the $10 or $30 plan.

22. VZWINDREP unregistered

the clout requires at least a 10 data plan, you can chooose $10 or $30

25. all4qt323 unregistered

Actually the clout doesnt require a data plan...

1. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Pay full price on phone kids and parents don't have that kind of money, they may preferred 2 years contract and discount on phone.

8. Rico Dinero

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

Thats the whole point of it. They arent giving you a all in one price for pp like other carriers, its to get you to sign an agreement. Plain and Simple

11. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

I guess people looking for tiered data plans from VZW are still being let down...I told everyone VZ wouldnt go to tierd data like At&t poor decision making behind. Even this proves it, unlimited data even for prepaid..FTW

17. DroidCLH unregistered

Lte will be prepaid unfortunately

24. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I am pretty sure... but a VZW person can chime in as I thought it was 1yr pricing on all phones + $20 on regular/multimedia phones and 1yr pricing + $140 Smartphones. NO rebates. Example: Curve 2 (8530) $100 yr price +$140 = $239.99 for Phone. No rebate. Also the plans can not have Data Only. You have to have the monthly prepaid plan plus data for the devices that require it. If you do not fulfill the entire Prepaid monthly plan + the data, then your phone will be billed at the per minute rate until full amount is paid. Example 2: Curve 8530 $44.99/mo 450Min Prepaid plan + $29.99 data = $74.99/monthly must be renewed in full otherwise if you only pay less than that amount like for instance $50. Then you will be billed .45c/min for calls till your balance reaches the minimum plan of $74.99.

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