Verizon adds more data options for pre-paid customers, won't rollover unused data

Verizon adds more data options for pre-paid customers, won't rollover unused data
Following T-Mobile's recent introduction of Simply Prepaid, on Thursday Verizon added extra data and some more choices for its pre-paid customers. $45 a month now buys unlimited talk, unlimited text and 1GB of data, up from the 500MB previously offered. And if you agree to the carrier's Auto Pay service, you will receive 500MB of additional data on the house. You could receive 1.5GB of data each month for $45.

If you need more data, an extra $5 each month will give you 500MB, which must be used within 30 days. $10 more each month will add an additional 1GB of data to your plan, which must be consumed within 90 days. And 3GB of data can be added to your plan by paying an additional $20 a month. Again, you have 90 days to use the data before it expires.

Speaking about data expiring, is there any chance that Verizon will join T-Mobile and AT&T, offering customers the opportunity to rollover their unused data into the next month? Big Red's CFO Fran Shammo says that there is not a chance of this happening. "We’re a leader, not a follower," the executive said. He also added that rolling over unused data just to keep a price-conscious subscriber from leaving doesn't make "financial sense" for Verizon. In other words, when you're the largest carrier in the nation and you can afford to let some subscribers bolt for the competition, why institute a feature that clips your bottom line?

T-Mobile's Data Stash gives those customers using a Simple Choice plan with a 3GB data bucket or higher, 10GB of data to use. After that data is consumed, any amount of data unused each month is rolled over to the next month, and must be used within 12 months before it expires. Starting January 25th, AT&T's Mobile Share Value customers can roll over unused data to the next month when it must be used, or it will expire.

source: CNET, AndroidGuys



1. matty1323

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Translation - "F You, we're Verizon" I also find it funny that "they are a leader and not a follower" but followed suit with their upgrade program after tmobile...... Weird coincidence maybe?

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Which is why I will never ever join Verizon. The CEO says they are not followers they are LEADERS. How can u lead when AT&T ROLL OVER THEIR DATA? and how can they follow AT&T when they stop using UNLIMITED DATA?

20. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And that is exactly apples mentality. Verizon is the apple of carriers, and the fact that they didn't want the iphone unless they controlled it, proves it.

2. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Scammo, running his mouth again. Nobody is eating this up. With the exception of adding tablets to existing accounts, they're actually losing people. Dig into it a little...

3. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yup, they know they have the best network, especially if you travel. Their philosophy is go ahead, you'll be right back.

9. dj7u26

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

I just changed from $45 prepaid Verizon Wireless to Cricket $35. Cricket is AT&T. I literally had no service (zero bars) indoors in the lines at the Disneyland Indiana Jones ride or California Adventure Soarin over California ride. My girlfriend cannot even drive from Seal Beach to Torrance on Pacific Coast Hwy (Hwy 1) without getting two dropped calls on that less than 20 mile drive.

11. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Coverage maps are readily available and pretty accurate these days.

15. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Partially accurate... they are based on "theoretical" coverage

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

According to Verizon's map I'm fully immersed in 3G/LTE. Signal wise I get around -95 to -100dBm on 3G and -120 to -129dBm on LTE. That puts us in the fringe area, not in the middle like the map shows.

4. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

T-Mobile $80 Unlimited LTE is the best prepaid plan for Internet in the country. What they lack in coverage, they more than make up for in speed.

6. Nobodey

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 03, 2010

Unless you got grandfathered into the same plan for 70 dollars. ;) But ya, I don't travel a lot, so its perfect for me. =)

14. wilsong17 unregistered

Wrong tmobile $100 dollar line for 2 unlimited lte is the best

5. icdvtrvt

Posts: 43; Member since: May 05, 2014

Prior (3-4 months?) to getting 4G LTE on prepaid, he also said that prepaid wasn't getting access to 4G anytime soon. I believe him about as far as I can throw him, which I would like to do sometimes.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'd like to throw him as well...out of a plane.

7. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Please give an option without unlimited mins and text. Data is more important to us!

12. icdvtrvt

Posts: 43; Member since: May 05, 2014

Either that or make it cheaper and only have 1200 mins and 3000 texts/mms with 1 GB of data. I don't need unlimited talk and text.

10. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

He said the same thing about prepaid and LTE not that long ago...

13. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

This is Verizon being Greedy. They will lose a bunch of customer and then offer rollover data when its to late. Same thing happened when everyone else offered Edge before VZW. They all went to the service that gave them the most bang for their buck. Now Fred Samm-wow is banging your buck ya heard. LOL.

17. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I heard there used to be this company called Sprint. Has anybody heard about them?

21. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Don't they have something to do with NASCAR or something?

19. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

They're a leader and not a follower. Then, why did they come up with Edge program after T-Mobile introduced Jump?

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.