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Verizon Announces New Prepaid Plan – Unlimited Talk and Text Plus 1GB of Data for $80


Verizon announced a new 3G prepaid plan this morning that at least at first glance, appears to be decent. Starting May 1 for $80 per month and no contract, you can take advantage of unlimited talk and text, along with 1GB of data. Normal prepaid plans are already “unlimited” for mobile-to-mobile, but this just says “unlimited talk” which comes off as meaning unlimited talk to anyone on any type of phone (we’ll know for sure tomorrow). On the data front, the current prepaid price for data is $30 a month to have unlimited. If you were to purchase the unlimited talk plan along with a data package, you are looking at a total monthly bill of around $130. So again, this new $80 plan doesn’t look all that bad.

Verizon also announced new prepaid mobile broadband plans at $15 for 250MB of data weekly, $60 for 3GB or $90 for 10GB of data monthly. 


Unlimited Talk, Text and 1 GB of Data Smartphone Plan for $80 per Month; First Prepaid 4G Jetpack Offers a Variety of Mobile Broadband Data Plan Options

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of a new prepaid plan beginning May 1, offering unlimited talk and text messaging, as well as 1 GB of data for $80 per month. This monthly plan, available on the prepaid Samsung Illusion™, provides customers with an affordable, flexible option to take advantage of the nation’s largest, most reliable 3G network without the commitment of an annual contract. The Samsung Illusion prepaid package will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $169.99. In the coming weeks, the Samsung Illusion prepaid will also be available at Best Buy®, Target®, RadioShack and Walmart.

Additionally, starting May 1, customers can purchase a prepaid Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi® 4510L and take advantage of new prepaid Mobile Broadband plans. With the prepaid Jetpack, customers can now create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. Prepaid 4G LTE Mobile Broadband plans are as follows:

· $15 for 250 MB of data weekly
· $60 for 3 GB of data monthly
· $90 for 10 GB of data monthly

The Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L prepaid package will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $129.99. In the coming weeks, it will also be available at Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart.

From keeping in touch with friends to surfing the Web, Verizon Wireless gives customers the power and flexibility to stay connected, with no annual contract, to America’s largest and most reliable high-speed wireless network. For more information on prepaid plan offerings, visit www.verizonwireless.com/prepay.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

  • isellphones

    a good deal? are you joking? I sell Phones at a major retail store,,,,,,I’m sure you can guess which one. anyways, all the major players ( t-mobile, virgin mobile, at&t ,straight talk, boost mobile) sell android smartphones on fully unlimited pre-paid plans ranging from $40-$55, which seems to be about what average consumers are willing to pay without throwing a fit (and honestly it seems like a decent price for the service). Now Verizon is offering less service for a more expensive pre-paid plan? how is this a good deal exactly. The unlimited talk and text is nice, but you only get 1gb of data AND it cost $80 a month!!!! its really no different from verizons contract plans at that price, and therein lies the trick.

    now lets be fair. admittedly out of all the carriers verizon has the biggest range of service/reception, so its no surprise they are gonna charge a bit more money because they provide better quality when it comes to coverage. And it was only inevitable they jumped into the smartphone/android pre-paid game to keep up with the competition,BUT, charging double the competition is insane, especially for only getting 1gb of data. if verizon charged $55-$60 for unlimited talk/text, and maybe gave you 5-10gb of data(or unlimited like the rest of the carriers), then I suppose it would be a fair deal. but currently its a rip off unless you just like to waste money

    I have nothing against verizon personally, and im not gonna play the “your just being cheap” game, I’m just talking from the mouth of an average consumer, and when I do the math its clear I’d just be wasting a bunch of money on this plan, plain and simple.

  • Live2pedal

    I am already on this plan for 55 bucks a month

  • ShopDroid

    $80/mo prepaid is not bad?  Come on.

    • A5effect

      To who’s pocket? Like I said. Not everyone is willing and able, but I respect someone more if they say I can’t afford it appose to its a ripoff. Why buy a Audi or BMW when a Honda does the same right. Same concept.

  • A5effect

    you guys are just cheap, stop complaining. If you like it then get it. If you dont then dont, but dont say its overpriced. its just not what you are willing to pay. many people are. those who find the benefit of verizon and not dealing with horrible services from other companies will get it and wont mind. Stop trying to compare verizon plans to other carriers just because some of you wont pay that much for what it comes with. Its not the same, it is what it is and there is obviously a reason why. Again there’s reason why they have over 110 million being the most “expensive”.

  • rsswga

    is this a April fools joke..dam..thats messed up

  • sahilm

    I wish that there were plans with really low minutes, like 100. 

    I use about 1 gig data / month, but only 40 minutes. 

  • Gramps

    Holy overpriced garbage Batman!

  • Pre-paid is also paying up front for service each month.  There is no contract with those types of pre-paid plans.

  • Samsung Illusion?  What POS phone.  If you want to go pre-paid, have options of a decent phone, pay less, and get “4G” speeds, then go with T-Mobile.

  • 1 gb data is just enough to make me mad

  • Or you go to Tmobile Prepaid.
    $30 gets you 100 minutes, unlimited text and data.

    You can also use an unlocked Galaxy Nexus which will get updates on time.

  • beez1717

    once again, they are trying to tempt users into tiered data plans. I hate that. If verizon ever goes onto family sharing plans then I’m going to be fighting very very hard to keep off of that plan so I can keep my unlimited.

  • Alex

    Correction to the title!  Not 1gb, 10gb!!!

  • A large portion of the prepay customers in my area are immigrants without a SSN. They can’t get a contract, but they all want smartphones. I expect they will all be doing this now. The same for teenagers with no credit. This plan will most likely be a hit. 

    • Wrong stereotype.

      Plenty of pre-paid subscribers are legal US citizens.  They do not want to get locked into a long term contract, nor do they want a surprise at the end of the month when they get their bill.  As a pre-paid subcriber, I pay up front and I know what my bill will be every month.  I do not get nickled and dimed by crooks like Verizon.

  • Joe monroe

    Am I insane for thinking that this is the worst pre-pay plan on the market?

  • Jimneezy

    GTFOHWTBS!!! (Get The #uck Outta Here With That BullS#it)

  • Butters619

    Do you have to buy a special pre-paid phone or will any of there phones work?

  • fauxshizzl

    Have we really been getting screwed that bad for long enough on our phone bills that any part of this looks like an even “decent deal” to you? I realize if your paying over an hundred dollars a month for you current plan anything under a hundred starts sounding like a godsend, but alas, that is the not the case here. This is still plain and simple rape.

    • Greezy

      A quote from R. Lee Ermey to Verizon from full metal jacket:
      “I’ll bet you’re the kind of guy that would f#ck a person in the @ss and not even have the goddam common courtesy to give him a reach-a-round!”

  • Spunker88

    Page Plus, who uses Verizon towers, sells the same prepaid plan for $55 a month. What would be the point of buying this $80 plan from Verizon when you can get the same plan with the same coverage for less.

  •  HAHAHAHA another Joke promotion from Verizon.

  • Yikes, for $33/month I get talk, North American texting, caller ID, voicemail, and unlimited data.

  • Dharma12

    You don’t get “unlimited” data for $30 anymore unless you are grandfathered in to the old plans.

    • trevorsalienarms

      Or it’s “unlimited” 3G data like on Sprint, but runs slower than dial-up. In that case, no thanks.

  • svan71

    Ive heard “unlimited” before, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN ! 

  • oxzide

    Does Verizon not know that Walmart has unlinked talk text and data for almost half the cost of this? Arrogance = failure

    • oxzide

      Correction, Unlimited

  • Michael_NM

    Dr. Droid,

    I love ya man, but I don’t see how this is a good deal at all.

  • Lovehate

    Be better to go to boost 50.00 a month unlim everything.plus every month you reup on time it goes down 5 dollars a month down to 35 dollars a month

  • Jackass

    1 gig would literally not last me a day, let alone a whole month.

    • Guest

       If you use more than 1 gigabyte a day you need out more.

      • Jackass

        Hotspot on my laptop plus Netflix will use multiple gigs in no time- so go fcuk urself. 🙂

        • Jackass’ Mom

          cuking urself… as someone that watches “multiple gigs” of Netflix each day i’m guessing your are the authority on that. 

          • BIONIC

            u r a dum arse.  It’s so easy to use up multiple gigs of data with 4g in a day- i am a CS major so i do a lot of work on my laptop and I have internet access everywhere i go with foxfi and streaming movies on netflix in HD WILL use a ton of data FAST. If you can make 1 gig last you a month then you dont even need to have a smartphone cause whatever ur doing can be done on a dummy phone.
            so go fcuk urself 🙂

        • Guest

           Sorry i guess i deserved that.

  • trevorsalienarms

    How long before the “average” plan is $250/mo. and no one thinks anything of it?

    Current phone/data pricing will be “the good ol’ days”.

  • GaryHBroadway
  • YourFriend

    Extortion at the low, low price of $80.

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  • that’s really expensive, but I guess it serves a porpoise for the 1% of people who actually would get this.


      well in that case i’d prefer a dolphin, myself.

    • Hahahporpoise

      Verizon – the carrier for Dolphins.

    • Butters619

      1% of America is 3.1 million….i could see that many people doing this lol

      • Assuming that 100% of America has Verizon. Reverse sizzle. 🙂

        • Butters619

          I wasn’t saying 1% of Verizon users.  That would be 1.1 million.  I could easily see that many subscribers. Haha