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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The handset selection isn't that great either, with a smattering of outdated single-core Android Froyo handsets, such as the "Illusion" by Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.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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60$ for 500MB/month :o :o :o
By Anato on 2/1/2013 10:08:08 PM , Rating: 3
Great american dysfunctional "free markets" trololooo

Here in Finland I pay 14€/month for unlimited data (prob. max 50-100GB) and speed is up to 21Mbit/s. But then again here when you have to walk, snow touches your balls at winter :P

Here is one of the companies.

And still those companies manage to make profit...

RE: 60$ for 500MB/month :o :o :o
By Ringold on 2/2/2013 2:53:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'd hardly call anything telecomm related in America a free market.. There's endless meddling, the limited nature of spectrum (and infinitely higher population density fighting for that same spectrum compared to Finland), and regulators that went to the trouble of busting up the AT&T empire only to, almost, let it completely reassemble itself. The scuttling of the merger with T-Mobile is the possibly the only smart thing our government has done with respect to business in 5 or 6 years.

As for that speed you get, again, population. Ask any early-adopter of, say, LTE in America; when it was just them and, say, a population the size of Finland sharing their LTE spectrum, their phones were screaming. Now that everybody and their dog is on LTE, not so much. With our success, comes some problems. trolololooooooooooo

RE: 60$ for 500MB/month :o :o :o
By Erudite on 2/4/2013 2:24:43 PM , Rating: 2
Seeing your post reminded me of this:

I still crack up every time I see that.

RE: 60$ for 500MB/month :o :o :o
By kmmatney on 2/2/2013 2:01:18 PM , Rating: 4
Yes - but there are better choices here in the U.S., though. You can get Straight-Talk with unlimited talk, text and phone for $45. You can get Virgin Mobile with 300 min talk, unlimited text, and unlimited data for $35. I don't know why anyone would get these Verizon plans, and hopefully the "free market" will make these prices fail.

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