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The handset selection isn't that great either, with a smattering of outdated single-core Android Froyo handsets, such as the "Illusion" by Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.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


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