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Verizon Ups Data Limits on New Prepaid Plans, Likely in Response to Competitors

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Back on February 1, Verizon introduced a new set of prepaid plans that were laughable, to say the least. These new plans started at $60, which would get you unlimited talk and text along with 500MB of data. The second tier landed you the same unlimited benefits, but only 2GB of data for $70. Keep in mind that neither is capable of connecting to Verizon’s nationwide 4G LTE network and are instead stuck on their insanely slow 3G CDMA network. Also, prepaid offerings from companies like SmartTalk offer unlimited talk, text, and data for as little as $45 per month on HSPA+ networks. 

Outside of MVNOs, we have seen T-Mobile become the UNcarrier and AT&T launch their new AIO prepaid plans over the last couple of months, both offering services which crush the measly little data caps that Verizon set in initial prepaid plans. So, as any respectable business would do, Verizon has made some changes to those initial offerings.

Their prepaid plans now offer more data along with the same unlimited talk and text bundles. For $60, prepaid customers will start at 2GB of data instead of 500MB. At $70, customers will be bumped up to 4GB of monthly data.

Keep in mind that AT&T’s new AIO plans start at $55 for unlimited talk and text with 2GB of data, but then jump to unlimited (high-speed HSPA+ for the first 7GB) data for $70.

Via:  Verizon

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Or how about you just unlimit the data? {{-_-}}

  • VZWIndirect

    And yet, there are still better options with MVNO’s.

    Page Plus….runs on Verizon prepaid network, so it is, for all purposes, the same thing you get with VZW…$55 for 2GB, $70 for 5GB, and you can use any Verizon phone…including the iPhone 4 and 4s, and many LTE devices can be flashed to run 3G correctly.

    Next G Wireless. $60 Unlimited (with tethering and streaming restrictions), and they run without the roaming that you get with VZW prepaid and Page Plus. Same rules on phones…run whatever you want and / or can flash….this includes many Sprint phones.

    The lack of LTE sucks, but if you are on a tight budget, and or can’t pass the credit check, if you need VZW coverage, the worst option is VZW prepaid.

  • Mark Wilk

    I’m planning on riding this grandfathered unlimited plan into the ground and then switch to no contract with T-Mobile (or whoever has the best contract-free plan/coverage at the time).

  • hoodedEnt

    I have been getting some nice 4G speed here in seattle 18 Mbps down 9.1 Mbps up

  • bitlrc

    i’d imagine the only reason these plans are so expensive/lacking in quality is because otherwise they’d face backlash from in-contract customers. who would want to sign up for a 2 year commitment, when they get the same features for a lower (or even the same) price?
    Verizon’s solution: overcharge and under-deliver to everyone!

  • flosserelli

    Well they damn sure didn’t do it out of the goodness of their hearts.

  • Verizon Wireless

    We’ve listened. we know you guys want to pay more for less that’s one of the primary reasons we ditched unlimited data(well that and using data for all tasks is the future so we want to make sure we make add much money add we can, and our new fat shareholder bonus’)

    • michael arazan

      For an extra $20 a month we’ll apply lube to your ass before we stick it to you .and your wallet

  • Cowboydroid

    Verizon’s 3G is a joke. Even their 4G is becoming questionable here in Dallas. My contract is up this year, and there is no question I’m leaving Verizon.

    • Tim242

      I was in Dallas a few weeks back. I was only getting 2-4 Mbps on Verizon’s LTE. That was with full signal. The latency was 300-800. It sure left me scratching my head.

      • zwade

        So now do you believe me? Lol

        • Tim242

          Yep. I know Dallas is more saturated than Little Rock, but they should have enough towers to handle it better than that.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adclow Aaron Clow

      It’s amazing how quickly their LTE network degraded. I had a Thunderbolt when they first launched LTE and it was blazing fast. WIthin 6 months, it was just “eh.” T-Mobile is faster at my house than Verizon LTE was. Of course, now that T-Mobile is adding more subscribers with their great deals, who knows… But as long as Big Pink continues to do the “right thing,” I’ll give them my money. With Big Red, it was one bend over after another.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adclow Aaron Clow

      It’s amazing how quickly their LTE network degraded. I had a Thunderbolt when they first launched LTE and it was blazing fast. WIthin 6 months, it was just “eh.” T-Mobile is faster at my house than Verizon LTE was. Of course, now that T-Mobile is adding more subscribers with their great deals, who knows… But as long as Big Pink continues to do the “right thing,” I’ll give them my money. With Big Red, it was one bend over after another.

  • http://www.facebook.com/oldblueeyes182 Joshua Bailey

    T-Mobile’s coverage is only going to get stronger. My wife and I will be leaving Big Red’s cruel practices this Winter…cannot wait.

  • http://twitter.com/jdk2 jdk2

    Not likely due to competetors….definitely due to competetors.

  • Tim242

    Come on DL, this is 3 day old news.

    • http://twitter.com/jdk2 jdk2

      It’s Monday. They don’t work on the weekends. Sorta like our government :)

      • Tim242

        I know. But it was Friday news. Friday news on Monday afternoon seems recycled and filler.

  • jbdan

    3 of us on family plan just left vzw and I know several more that are taking the same path. All to the UNcarrier. It’s been pure bliss. What a weight off our shoulders.

    • JetBlue

      How’s the service in your area? I ask because the service according to the T-Mobile coverage map only has 2G in my area but my school 30 minutes away has 4G

      • jbdan

        I’m in a small suburb of Atlanta GA. Coverage is great. Better than vzw at my home location and equal to in surrounding areas. The only + for vzw’s coverage is building penetration. There was an instance where my vzw gs3 held on to LTE albeit slow (1-2Mbps down .5 up) and where my tmo gs4 drops to edge. Mind you this is deep inside a building and a scenario I might see 5-6 times per year. I’m very impressed with tmo coverage in and around Atlanta. Pleased you might say :-)

        • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

          Yeah you can’t beat Verizon when it comes to penetration.

      • VZWIndirect

        My personal experience with T-Mobile has been great, but it is a personal choice.

        I have very fast (faster than VZW or AT&T LTE) HSPA+ at work and in town. I have a very solid voice and EDGE data at home, but I have wi-fi at home, so data is a non-issue.

        I get to carry a great phone (N4), and I pay $50 for Unlimited with a 5GB soft cap.

        For me, it works fine, but for some, having LTE everywhere is a “must”. I have no problem giving up data speed while traveling, in exchange for a 1/2 price bill.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adclow Aaron Clow

      Yep. We have been with them three months now. Saving almost $100 a month, no complaints. We all love it. Even when I use up my 500MB of high-speed data, it’s still fast enough to stream Pandora, use Maps or check email. I’m not going to be watching video, but for the savings, we love the UNcarrier! Speeds at home are actually faster than our Verizon LTE was. ONLY negative is that the T-Mo spectrum doesn’t penetrate buildings as well, but I use Whats App and use Google Voice so I get texted if someone calls.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adclow Aaron Clow

      Yep. We have been with them three months now. Saving almost $100 a month, no complaints. We all love it. Even when I use up my 500MB of high-speed data, it’s still fast enough to stream Pandora, use Maps or check email. I’m not going to be watching video, but for the savings, we love the UNcarrier! Speeds at home are actually faster than our Verizon LTE was. ONLY negative is that the T-Mo spectrum doesn’t penetrate buildings as well, but I use Whats App and use Google Voice so I get texted if someone calls.

  • moelsen8

    but can you still only use a few crappy phones verizon chooses to allow on it? can you bring over one from postpaid (even if you can only use 3g)?

    • http://twitter.com/qlr Quint

      From what I can tell, yes. I tried to activate an ancient 3G flip on an old prepaid plan and I was prompted change to one of the new plans.
      LTE phones will now work… Just older 3G only devices.

  • santy83

    May God Bless competition

  • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

    AT&T AIO is available like in couple of cities in the south, right?

  • Capt. Crunch

    Give me 4GB at $50 and I’ll be happy

    • zoobey746

      How about 5GB for $30? #Uncarrier

      • Capt. Crunch

        Who offers that? BTW the only thing I’ll miss about Verizon is the network coverage.

        • http://profiles.google.com/adclow Aaron Clow

          Zoobey is referring to their 100 minute talk plan w/5GB data and unlimited text, I think.

        • http://profiles.google.com/adclow Aaron Clow

          Zoobey is referring to their 100 minute talk plan w/5GB data and unlimited text, I think.

  • Bob Buttons

    I’m guessing still no LTE? It doesn’t say.

    • Blue Sun

      No LTE. It states it in the second to last sentence of the first paragraph that neither plan connects to 4G LTE. They are still stickin’ it to ya.

      • flosserelli

        With no lube.

  • pubasnacks77

    Verizon has been kicking people in the face way before Miguel made it hot…

  • Josh Oberg

    Where are these plans for us schmucks who are in contact

  • Droidzilla

    So, basically Verizon’s added a bit of lube before they do their thing.

    • Stevedub40

      Just a smidgen, they still like to see us squirm.

    • ArrowCool

      I guess you could consider the Icy-Hot lube…

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        FYI don’t try it. It burns like a MOFO

    • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

      Good luck finding your own device that is on their whitelist…

      • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

        Yeah I don’t get why they don’t just allow any device and throttle it to whatever speed they want like AT&T and T-Mobile do. Why do they care if your using a 4G phone as long as it’s only using the 3G network?

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      A little bit of anti-seize

    • Alex Goodwin

      BOHICA!!

  • http://twitter.com/eddieruko Eddie Rivera

    smart talk = straight talk?

    • Eddie2

      Yeah, should probably edit the article, DL.