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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The handset selection isn't that great either, with a smattering of outdated single-core Android Froyo handsets, such as the "Illusion" by Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.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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No phone
By DrApop on 2/2/2013 1:36:02 PM , Rating: 2
And this is why I refuse to own a cell phone....or landline phone either. I have two wireless skype phones hooked to my router and pay $60 a year for unlimited phone to anyone in the US - land, cell, or internet.

I have the skype phone at home and a phone at work. If I'm not there you can leave a msg or email me. If you can't be bothered to talk with me on the phone then there is no need to text me. There is no one that I need to be tethered to 24/7. And I have plenty of access to internet/data from work and home.

I already pay $50 a month for crappy cable internet (no fios where I live and DSL here is still a decade behind the rest of the country as far as speed).

To have to pay a phone company $840/year just to communicate with others a couple of times a day and check my email or play a little game on a 3 inch screen....no thanks.

Seems the rest of the world has money to burn, all the while complaining about how bad the economy is. Gee, I wonder why.




RE: No phone
By ritualm on 2/2/2013 6:52:57 PM , Rating: 2
Retention plans > Skype

You lose.


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