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Both plans come with unlimited talk and text, but no 4G LTE

Verizon Wireless is betting its nation-leading network (in coverage and customers) will lure some to try its prepaid (no-contract) plan, despite relatively high pricing.

We brought word early last month that Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) was rolling out its own branded prepaid services, in addition to those of its joint-subsidiaries Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile.  Compared to Boost and Virgin, Sprint's $70 USD/month for unlimited data, talk, and text seemed pretty exorbitant.

But Verizon Wireless is offering an even stingier handout.  Verizon wants customers to pay either $60 USD/month for unlimited 3G talk and text, plus 500 MB of data; or $70 USD/month for unlimited 3G talk and text, plus 2 GB of data.  

Droid Illusion
The Samsung Illusion is priced competitive on Verizon, but the monthly pre-paid
data allotment isn't great. [Image Source: CNET]

The handset selection isn't that great either, with a smattering of outdated single-core Android Froyo handsets, such as the "Illusion" by Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) (a Galaxy S relative) or the "Droid Incredible 2" by HTC Corp. (TPE:2498).  "Most BlackBerry models" will also be included, but it's doubtful that BlackBerry Ltd.'s (TSE:BBnew BlackBerry 10 handsets will be offered.  It's unclear whether BlackBerry buyers will be forced to pay the extra monthly service fee that is typically charged.

One place Verizon does score a win, though, is pricing.  The illusion is priced at only $99 USD (versus $250 USD for the similar Galaxy S Victory on Sprint, or $149 USD for the Galaxy Rush on Boost Mobile).

Source: Verizon Wireless

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Same price as postpaid
By nafhan on 2/1/2013 4:19:13 PM , Rating: 2
Eh... this is the same price as their post-paid accounts.

Questions I have are:
1) Do they allow BYOD (i.e. used Verizon phones)?
2) Is the 3G limitation due to the devices offered being 3G only, or is there really no 4G?

I'd say that if they allow BYOD and and 4G, this service may be worth considering for people who want to avoid being locked into contracts.

RE: Same price as postpaid
By aurareturn on 2/1/2013 7:10:25 PM , Rating: 2
Completely worth less without 4G. Verizon 3g is dog slow.

RE: Same price as postpaid
By seamonkey79 on 2/1/2013 8:09:32 PM , Rating: 5
Greyhounds are pretty quick.

RE: Same price as postpaid
By mmntech on 2/1/2013 8:06:24 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a good deal to me. I'm paying $65/mo for 250 min and 500mb of data on contract here in Canada.

RE: Same price as postpaid
By kmmatney on 2/2/2013 12:28:57 AM , Rating: 2
My wife pays $35 for 300 min and unlimited text and data, with Virgin Mobile USA.

RE: Same price as postpaid
By Samus on 2/2/2013 2:05:29 AM , Rating: 2
Same for my sister in law. It's a great deal, especially if you want an iPhone.

Also, correction to the article, the Galaxy Victory on Sprint is LTE, the other phones mentioned are not, hence the high price tag for the Sprint model. The Sprint Samsung Conquer (although WiMax) is more comparable to the generation of the Illusion.

RE: Same price as postpaid
By vXv on 2/3/2013 4:57:40 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a bad deal to me. I'm paying €10/mo (~13.5$) for 2000 min and 2048MB of data (gets capped to 64k/s after I have used up the 2 gigs) and 1000 free text here in Austria.

RE: Same price as postpaid
By marvdmartian on 2/5/2013 9:37:26 AM , Rating: 2
Not bashing Austria in any way, and you certainly do have a nicely priced plan, but....

Austria is smaller in area than the US state of Indiana. Cost of building a network, then, is much smaller, so they don't have to pass along those expenses to the consumer.

Might make a difference, right?

RE: Same price as postpaid
By alpha754293 on 2/4/2013 2:57:15 PM , Rating: 2
Who are you with??? You can get 200 min and 500 MB of data with Virgin Mobile for $45/month WITHOUT a contract.

Sorry, but sounds like that you're getting ripped off. (That's one of the advantages with Canada - you actually CAN get a smartphone without a data plan if you really want to. If you can afford the phone outright, it's MUCH cheaper than ANY contract.)

(Or if you go on a contract, and then exit out of it immediately, and just pay the maximum penalty, depending on the phone, you end up saving about $30.) (I did the math when I got my iPhone 4 2 years ago. The actual savings is about $100 or something like that, but then you get dinged twice for the $35 activation fee. (once for the initial contract activation, and then again if you switch providers so that you can go on a MUCH cheaper plan with someone else).)

RE: Same price as postpaid
By Mint on 2/2/2013 11:44:43 AM , Rating: 2
Eh... this is the same price as their post-paid accounts.
I must be missing something. How can you get monthly prices that low with Verizon contract plans?

RE: Same price as postpaid
By Schadenfroh on 2/3/2013 5:13:20 PM , Rating: 2
Grandfathered plans and employee discounts combine to make Verizon pricing saner... for some.

RE: Same price as postpaid
By Schadenfroh on 2/3/2013 5:14:08 PM , Rating: 2
Employer discounts rather, I'm no Verizon employee, but my employer offers a 20% discount for personal Verizon plans.

RE: Same price as postpaid
By nafhan on 2/4/2013 10:39:21 AM , Rating: 2
That helps, but sharing data with multiple devices brings the per device cost down dramatically. I'm basically doing this:
4 smartphones x $40
4GB of data for $70
~$58 per line (or $63 for 8GB of data)

If you can swing it, getting on a family plan can save you some real money on the shared data.

RE: Same price as postpaid
By Dark Legion on 2/2/2013 8:31:21 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, you can get 300mb + unlimited talk and text for $80 or 2gb + unlimited talk and text for $100 for the on contract plans. To answer your questions:
2)there really is no 4g, no 4g phone can work on prepaid, plus there's no way to add a 4g sim card to a prepaid plan

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