Verizon's prepaid plans get a much-needed data boost


Following in T-Mobile's and AT&T's footsteps, Verizon - the nation's largest carrier by subscriber count - announced earlier today that its prepaid plans now include more data at the same price.

Verizon's $45 prepaid plan, which used to include 1GB of data, was bumped to 2GB of data. The $60 plan also gets a similar bump, to 5GB of data up from 3GB. On top of these standard data buckets, customers can add 500MB for $5, 1GB for $10, or 3GB for $20.

The new plans continue to include unlimited voice and text, and just as before, Verizon will also throw in an extra GB of data if you're willing to schedule automatic payments for your prepaid plan.

Verizon's updated prepaid plans are pretty much on par with those currently offered by AT&T's GoPhone prepaid services. T-Mobile's prepaid offering, just like its postpaid one, is more affordable than what AT&T and Verizon currently have on the table, and that's before counting the extra benefits such as free music and video streaming and free data roaming in Canada and Mexico.

source: Verizon

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15 Comments

1. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Just added 40 bucks for 3GB of high speed LTE on Tmobile, so no thanks Vzw.

2. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Not "unlimited voice and data", it should read "unlimited voice and messaging"

3. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

So, does auto billing give you THREE Gigs of data for $45 and SIX Gigs of data for $60?

4. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

That is correct, now what I want to know if you already have prepaid will they automatically put me on the new plan or do I have to call and request it????

5. icdvtrvt

Posts: 43; Member since: May 05, 2014

The last time they raised the data amount you had to change your plan manually to get the extra amount of data. But only change your plan the day before your 30 days is up otherwise you forfeit any days you have left on your month and start your new prepaid month on that day.

8. PJH_S4

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 22, 2016

Probably call.

6. Mrniceguy633

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

How come the BYOD has different gb rates? Can I not use a CDMA device I already have, buy a verizon 4g LTE sim card and activate it to get 5GB +1GB for auto pay online?

7. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I don't see why not, give it a shot!

9. PJH_S4

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 22, 2016

Make sure it is truly a CDMA capable device. Even an iPhone for example that originally was sold by say AT&T or T-Mobile does have the HW to support CDMA, but it is not activated. There is a license that needs to be paid to Qualcomm for the CDMA part which is why it only gets activated if required. So the device at minimum will have to have been sold by a CDMA carrier.Also only LTE devices will have SIM cards.

10. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Verizon is likely to insist it is one of their devices (MEID in their system) and reject Sprint ones. Something like a Nexus device, even if bought from Google might still work.

11. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Verizon is likely to insist it is one of their devices (MEID in their system) and reject Sprint ones. Something like a Nexus device, even if bought from Google might still work.

13. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I read somewhere that Verizon Prepay does not support HD Voice, and I think Verizon is still using CDMA for voice so you may want to do some more research or find someone who already has the prepay and try their sim in your phone if its an Iphone from the USA it will work no problem, also some of tmobiles phones support verizons cdma voice but its not advertised

14. PJH_S4

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 22, 2016

VZW is still using CDMA for voice but it has also been using VoLTE "HD" voice for about 2.5 years now. If the device is capable of it and VoLTE is activated it should work. I don't think it should matter pre or post pay. As I said a bit earlier about the iPhones. Apple has separate SKUs for identical hardware that only differs on whether CDMA is active due to royalties due Qualcomm. I'd personally be surprised that if the most profitable phone manufacturer chose to avoid this royalty when not required, that the others would do otherwise. As such I'd be really surprised if any T-Mobile phone supported VZW 3G, 4G maybe.

12. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Why won't this page let me delete a duplicate post? For these prices, go to StraightTalk with a Verizon device and for $45 get 5GB. 5GB at high speed then throttled to 2G, but hey, still better than this.

15. icdvtrvt

Posts: 43; Member since: May 05, 2014

Maybe 1) someone doesn't need 5 GB of data 2) they don't want to give money to Slim 3) they want full 4 G speed and nothing throttled

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