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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The handset selection isn't that great either, with a smattering of outdated single-core Android Froyo handsets, such as the "Illusion" by Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.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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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.


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