Verizon adds rollover data and more, to its revised pre-paid smartphone plan

Verizon adds rollover data and more, to its revised pre-paid smartphone plan
Verizon has announced a change in its pre-paid smartphone plan. Called Allset, the plan costs $45 a month for unlimited talk and text. The service comes with 500MB of data and additional data can be purchased. Interestingly, some unused data doesn't expire at the end of the month. Verizon is also introducing a new pricing structure for pre-paid data that it calls Bridge Data.

In addition to the 500MB of data that you get each month with the Allset plan, you can purchase an additional 500MB for $5, 1GB for $10 or 3GB for $20. With Bridge Data, you have 90 days to use the additional 1GB or 3GB of data that you've purchased. And Verizon is allowing you to purchase as many additional add-ons as you want and add them up. The 90 day period doesn't start until you've completely used up your previous data purchases.

Included with the plan is unlimited texting to Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico, and for a limited time Big Red is tossing in 1000 free voice minutes to Mexico or Canada. If you are toting a feature phone instead of a smartphone, the plan costs $35 a month and offers 500 voice minutes instead of the unlimited talk of the smartphone plan.

If you are interested, keep in mind that Verizon limits prepaid users to its 3G pipeline only, even if the phone being used supports 4G LTE service.


source: Verizon via GigaOM

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18 Comments

1. HASHTAG unregistered

I don't understand why Verizon won't run LTE on its prepaid service. AT&T lets you w/ its prepaid service...

2. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Keep trying Verizon, maybe one day you'll figure it out...

3. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

It's almost absurd that the top 4 carriers actually don't already offer rollover data on contracted plans considering that you pay for X amount of data whether you use all of that data or not. I'm not sure if AT&T still offers rollover minutes, however they did for an extended period of time, so why they couldn't extend the same courtesy in regards to data just speaks to their greed as I'm sure they'd much rather you pay an extra $10 per GB over than for you to use data you've already paid for & accumulated in past months. I can't tip my hat to Verizon often, but this happens to be one of those few occasions that they've actually set a reasonable precedent for other large carriers to follow. Now if they could only fix their overly congested network & poor selection of hardware..

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

T-Mobile and Sprint offer unlimited data....

6. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

This I'm well aware of, however when looking at everything, these are also the two carriers known for their limited coverage (T-Mo) & relatively slow D/L speeds (Sprint). Carriers such as AT&T/Verizon with (mostly) solid nationwide data coverage understand they can maintain & bring in new clientele on network availability alone without having to lure people in with the promise of unlimited data, so with that said, the next best thing would be to have the option to rollover data as I don't see AT&T/Verizon's data structure changing for the better anywhere in the near future. I'm located in a town with the biggest Marine Corps base on the east coast & T-Mo still ONLY offers 2G here. . No HSPA ..No HSPA+.. Certainly no LTE.. All of this with no definitive plans to upgrade the towers in sight. So for those of us forced to get in bed with the likes of AT&T for decent data speeds, it would be great for us to also get the absolute most out of money.

8. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

AT&T has Aio Wireless with unlimited data, soon Cricket as well. Throttle or no throttle, it's still unlimited everything on AT&T's network, $50 or less a month (depending if you do autopay or not) for 2.5GB at full speed. Verizon's just too tight, these schemes are a joke.

9. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Aio Wireless does not have unlimited 4G LTE data tho, you can get a 70$, 7GB of data a month plan, then you get trottled down to 2G speeds.

11. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Data's not like minutes. You can burn through gigs over months or hours depending on usage. I think unlimited at lower speeds or nights and weekends type pricing would give more value and help with load distribution.

12. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

That's irrelevant to my statement. If you went to Subway for lunch, purchased a foot long sandwich, ate half of it in the store & upon leaving the manager trashed the remainder of your sandwich & told you if you wanted to take a sandwich home with you, you'd have to purchase a brand new footlong: Would you not be put off by this concept? It's the same concept with data: I pay for 3GB & most months I only use 600 - 900MB because I make healthy use of Wi-Fi.. Why shouldn't I be able to rollover what I haven't 'eaten' but definitely paid for??

17. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I agree with you there. Karma hotspots operate like that. On the backend, though, they probably won't because of subscriber amounts. It's like a wifi hotspot that's bottlenecking at the router. The choice to speed it up starts at less people, less data or less speed. Eventually the backend will get upgraded, but there's a point that's not feasible. Telepathy is always an option.

4. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I think rollover data should be offered by every carrier. It would be so annoying to pay top dollar and use wifi all month, and when you finally use it, you go over your limit this one or two months out of the year. Which would happen to me all the time while Im on vacation.

18. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

If you're on wifi all month, why are you paying top dollar? Why not save money and then just bump up your data plan for those months?

7. emcdonald75

Posts: 163; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I would think that Verizon would want people on their 4G LTE network to make it easier for them to refarm their existing spectrum and implement Voice of LTE sooner. I would think that they wish to become an all LTE network for voice and data. Wouldn't this move interfere with that form of progress? Unless Verizon wishes to make as much money as possible with their 3G network before such a transition takes place.

16. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Verizon's most prominent marketing claim is that they have the largest 4G network in the country. Shouldn't they live up to that promise and offer 4G on ever plan?

10. genkidama20

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I just quit Verizon this week after being with them for 12 years. Will forgo their premium coverage for a $600+ per year savings. Unless the pricing scheme means being cheaper than the competition, I ain't going back. In this economy, I gotta pinch every penny.

13. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I just switched to Verizon Prepaid using the Moto G. I like the new plans. You can also use your phone as a hotspot now. Verizon CEO said last year that Verizon 3G network is a cash cow now. He also said 4G will remain for postpaid. This is a business. Not sure why people think Verizon owes them cheaper plans and prices.

14. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

If Verizon had this plan along with Moto G with hotspot feature a few months ago, I would gave stayed as a prepaid customer. What people don't understand is what Verizon charges and what you pay are two different things. Last week, Target had 5% off top up cards and with their 5% red card discount, you could save almost 10% bringing the monthly cost down to $41.50 and 3GB of extra data for $18. I would buy 4 to 6 months worth of service at a time. If you shop around, you can get 10% to 15% discount on top up cards. I loaded up my prepaid Verizon account to $400 before switching to post paid. Verizon wants your money so they don't card if you load up your account.

15. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

I just left Verizon after seven years. I am going to eat a huge helping of crow, but in my area AT&T's coverage is WAY better than Verizon. Verizon LTE has low latency, that is the only thing saving it right now. Over the last 1.5 years my speed tests went from 20/15 to 6/2. Now that I'm on AT&T I'm getting 35/20. I'll be the first to admit, even though I consider myself a power user, 6/2 is good enough. But when I can get much faster service, much better choice of phones, 6 more gigabytes per month, $20 less per month, and $100 bill credit for each line, it's a no brainer. Actually with my corporate discount I save even more. 25% off $100 = $75 + 2 lines ($30) = $105 + taxes.

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