Verizon adjusts its pre-paid plans by adding more data; video streaming limited to 480p

Verizon adjusts its pre-paid plans by adding more data; video streaming limited to 480p
Verizon has announced some changes to its pre-paid offerings starting on June 6th. On that date, Verizon's pre-paid service will consist of  five different tiers: 3 GB of high-speed for $40 a month, 7 GB of high-speed data for $50 a month and 10 GB of high-speed data for $60 a month. The carrier already has a tier with unlimited high-speed data for pre-paid subscribers priced at $80 per month. With these new plans, some old features remain available such as Carryover Data. Those with a record of paying on time can bank unused data for a month, and use it the following month. Always on Data allows users to stay connected, albeit at 2G speeds, even when the subscriber has emptied his bucket of data. And Verizon's pre-paid plans allow subscribers to share their data connection by tethering their phone using a mobile hotspot.

However, Verizon is capping streaming video for all of the plans at 480p. And once the subscriber's data cap is surpassed, the data speed drops to 128kbps for the remainder of the month. A slow down in data speed will also occur during periods of heavy traffic.

Verizon pre-paid means no credit check and no long-term contracts. And no longer does pre-paid mean that you have to use an outdated handset. Verizon pre-paid will work with phones like the Apple iPhone 7, the Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S8 to mention a few.

Verizon has an incentive for those who want to switch to Big Red. For a limited time only, port your number over to Verizon, activate one of Big Red's pre-paid plans, and you'll get a $100 credit (paid after the second month of service is paid).

source: Verizon

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10 Comments

1. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1263; Member since: May 01, 2017

Cricket still has the best pre paid plans. $40 will get you 4GB, $35 if you use autopay. Unlimited is only $60

2. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 965; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Cricket coverage is pretty weak though.

5. izim1

Posts: 1595; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Cricket runs on AT&Ts network. So youre saying AT&T has weak coverage? That's like 99% of Americans, isnt it?...

9. icdvtrvt

Posts: 42; Member since: May 05, 2014

At&t doesn't cover worth a crap where I'm from. My bro-in-law had At&t and had to stand by a wall in a certain room just to make a call, and that was in a major city!

7. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1263; Member since: May 01, 2017

In Arizona, AT&T coverage is just as good as Verizon

3. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Had Cricket, but in my area is also H2O. Uses AT&T network also. $40 for 8GB data. $36 autopsy. Same coverage, more data.

4. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

hahah terrible

6. icdvtrvt

Posts: 42; Member since: May 05, 2014

Depends on where you live. If you have good coverage with T-Mobile or At&t, then I'd agree. But, if both of those don't have the coverage, then Verizon is your only choice then I'd have to disagree. In my state you have to add roughly 20% onto your postpaid Verizon bill, so even if you have a corporate discount, your final bill is outrageous. Is Verizon prepaid the cheapest? No, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper than Verizon postpaid especially if you use Callingmart.

8. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I have Verizon prepaid, they do not slow down your internet speeds like other carriers do on prepaid. Also on my experience with AT&T the penetration inside a building was horrible, outside Verizon and AT&T were about the same but inside I would be sitting with no coverage and other person sitting next to me on Verizon had no issues....that said I went back to Verizon.

10. stuck_788

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

wow, this is actually a very good deal for Verizon! in the last 3 years, the pre-paid plans has improved a lot! not only with Verizon, but all the carriers... even At&t now has very good plans!

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