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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The handset selection isn't that great either, with a smattering of outdated single-core Android Froyo handsets, such as the "Illusion" by Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.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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This is a terrible price
By Varun on 2/1/2013 10:16:47 PM , Rating: 2
No 4G, and a huge price, plus you get to pay full price for your phone. Who is going to do this again?

RE: This is a terrible price
By lexluthermiester on 2/1/2013 10:34:04 PM , Rating: 2
People who have crappy credit.

RE: This is a terrible price
By xti on 2/4/2013 11:31:08 AM , Rating: 2
lol +1 ---- "PHONES ARE EXPENS..."

oh wait they arent. carry on.

RE: This is a terrible price
By kmmatney on 2/2/2013 12:37:10 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know why anyone would get this, when there is Virgin Mobile and Walmart Straight-talk...

RE: This is a terrible price
By Chadder007 on 2/2/2013 11:37:59 AM , Rating: 2
People that want better than crap coverage?

RE: This is a terrible price
By timothyd97402 on 2/2/2013 2:57:51 PM , Rating: 2
Virgin Mobile = Sprint. Same towers, same coverage. Sprint has reasonably good coverage in the U.S.

RE: This is a terrible price
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/3/2013 12:40:11 PM , Rating: 2
No, they really don't.

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