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Verizon Prepaid is Finally Getting 4G LTE, Likely on July 17

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According to sources of ours, Verizon prepaid is finally getting access to the carrier’s massive 4G LTE network come July 17. As those of you in the prepaid game know, Verizon has lagged behind others in terms of prepaid data speeds, leaving their customers on 3G-only, which is painful on Big Red’s incredibly slow CDMA network. That is about to change, but you now have to decide if their plan is worth considering. 

On July 17, Verizon’s ALLSET prepaid plan, which features unlimited talk and text plus 500MB of data for $45, will gain 4G LTE access. BRIDGE DATA can be added to that plan to help grow the data bucket. Verizon’s site currently sells BRIDGE DATA at 500MB for $5, 1GB for $10, or 3GB for $20. Assuming those plan add-ons do not change before the 17th, you could get into Verizon prepaid with 4G LTE and have 3.5GB of data for $65 per month. Verizon is also running a promo that can land you another 500MB of free data just for signing up for auto-pay, so we could be looking at 4GB of LTE data with unlimited talk/text for $65.

Once ALLSET with 4G LTE is live on the 17th, you will be able to sign-up through Verizon’s website, direct/indirect channels, and by calling customer service.

Come launch, Verizon will sell new postpaid 4G phones that can be activated with prepaid pricing, there will be certified pre-owned devices like the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 available, or you can bring your own Verizon 4G LTE device.

A couple of questions we don’t have answers to are, “Will the speeds be full 4G LTE or throttled?” and “Will pricing for BRIDGE DATA change by July 17?” Hopefully the answer to both is “no.”

In related news, the screenshot below was taken from Verizon’s Testman site, which clearly shows that the LG G2 (which is a 4G LTE device) will be available on prepaid once it launches.

g2 prepaid 4g verizon

  • Sammy Chon

    Hi: which phones can we use in the BYOD option? Galaxy note 3? Lg G3? Assuming its CDMA? thanks for any feedback

  • HeatFan786

    I’ll take it w/ Verizon. LTE speeds are better than 3G. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint cannot get a damn signal at my house. At least Verizon can.

  • M Baker

    Anybody read the discussion over on HowardForums?

  • Rick O’Shea

    I am a long-time Verizon customer with unlimited data. Approximately 2 years ago, Verizon axed their unlimited data plans for the tiered system.

    I have been grandfathered, but I expect that Verizon is getting ready to give the axe to Grampa in the near future when all those 2 year contracts expire.

    WRT forced plan changes, Verizon only needs to provide 30 days notice to their grandfathered customers with a “take it or leave it” option. You can either accept the new plan that Verizon will force you into, or you can leave – no ETFs or other penalties. By waiting for all those 2 year contracts to expire, VZW will avoid a bunch of headaches.

    My guess is that this new pre-paid plan is laying the groundwork for that transition.

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  • M Baker

    I’m in. Totally.

    Bought a DROID Maxx off Swappa. Will use it with cricket HSPA service until this comes to fruition

  • Itchy_Robot

    Too late … I was a Verizon customer for the last ten years and finally kicked them to the curb for Ting. I just had to change my mindset from unlimited data consumption to a chinzy penny/data pincher. So far so good. I just utilize Wifi much much more and set up all my apps to download on Wifi only … Dropbox camera upload, pin my favorite albums to download to my phone, etc. Also found a cheap GPS app for data-free navigation. After making these changes, it was surprisingly very easy to keep my data under 500mb/mo. And I got all my friends and family using Hangouts, so I don’t run up my text count. So far I am able to keep a $21 to $30/mo bill with Ting. With a little change in the way I view mobile phone use, I am now saving a decent bag of change.

    • hoosiercub88

      Sounds pretty effing miserable.

  • Tony Byatt

    Took long enough…Welcome to 2012, Verizon…

    smh…

  • duke69111

    Great. More users will not be sucking the already slow 4G speeds in Wichita.

  • TylerCameron

    The speed won’t be throttled.
    By law, as per FCC block C regulations, they may not throttle the network.
    So no. There will be no throttling.

    • S. Ali

      Their saturated network is already throttled, but they can do it on AWS.

      • Nunyur_Biznezz

        Saturated because of unlimited data users using hundreds of GB per month.

        • anthony_ciav

          Will you shut up with blaming unlimited users for a slow network. Unlimited users are spread far and few. And can you please tell me where it says verizon can’t throttle 700mhz?

          • Nunyur_Biznezz

            A) Unlimited data users are still about 20%. I’ve seen some brag on the Verizon messagebaord with screen shots showing 900 GB in a month.

            B) The FCC clearly stated whoever won the block C spectrum( 700 MHz ) had to abide by certian rules

            Verizon can NOT “Block, degrade, or interfere with the ability of end users to download and utilize applications of their choosing on the licensee’s Block C network”.

            Throttling by definition would “degrade the ability of end users to download and utilize applications”

          • anthony_ciav

            You’re wrong.
            Open applications: Consumers should be able to download and utilize any software applications, content, or services they desire.
            No where does it say they can’t degrade the service “throttling.” It only says the must be able to download any app they want. For example, a tethering app.
            Unlimited users made up 20% of plans in 2012 not now. If someone is affecting your usage or someone else’s than verizon can boot them off the network if they are really impacting other people’s usage.
            Stop going around forums blaming unlimited users for slow speeds. You did it on the Verizon forums with the name Brian_68 and then made a new account with the name anonymous or something.
            Anyway, you stated you had the 150mb plan and never switched to the unlimited plan before it ended and you were then forced off your 150mb plan and onto a 2gb plan. I bet you are angry you never switched to an unlimited plan and since you can’t have it, you want verizon to end it completely. So top whining about unlimited users slowing down the network when there isn’t a lot of them and not all of them use 900gb.

          • Nunyur_Biznezz

            Nope not angry. I’m on a 6 GB More Everything Plan shared with 4 other lines. We use 3 GB or less COMBINED. I’m under 50 MB just halfway into my month. And I’m not wrong, I posted what the FCC rules are. If I wanted an unlimited plan I would have gone on one to begin with since it was available when I got my first smartphone in Nov 2010. Fact is there are people on the old nationwide plans that are paying $30 for 2 GB of data and other paying $30 and as I said, using 900 GB. Somehow that’s a bit unfair. And I’m not even involved in that situation but I can see how f–ked up that is. Hell even my cable internet limits me to 250 GB a month. Who needs 900 GB on a friggen phone?

          • anthony_ciav

            Can you show me a link with the FCC rules and where it says verizon can’t degrade or throttle the service because I do not see it?

            I got my first smartphone in Dec of 2010 and got the unlimited plan and obviously it paid off. I have not used into the double digits with my plan, even with my hotspot. If verizon has a problem they can just terminate their account if they’re really impacting other users. I saw someone use 5 terabytes on VZW and is still on verizon. http://forums.androidcentral.com/verizon/388159-terabyte-club-3.html

          • Nunyur_Biznezz

            I did apparently you can’t read. And yes a person using 5 TB and you don’t think that doesn’t impact others? 5 TB is nearly 1/4 of a tower’s total capacity for a month on the 700 MHz band? That’s just ONE person. That’s fair? How about the 1000s of others that might want to use that tower? People using that much need to get a REAL internet connection and quit mooching. They’re probably on foodstamps and other government assistance too.

            Once again from the FCC

            “Specifically, a C Block licensee may not block, degrade, or interfere with the ability of end users to download and utilize applications of their choosing on the licensee’s C Block network”

            Obviously throttling is doing exactly that. If I want to watch Netflix and I’m throttled I can no longer to do that, thus my ability to “utilize applications of my choosing” is interfered with.

          • anthony_ciav

            Obviously he is not interfering with other users or verizon would have probably terminated his account and he probably lives in a more rural area. Verizon words their network optimization as not throttling but something different. That is why I can’t see verizon implementing blanket throttling like AT&T.

          • Nunyur_Biznezz

            quit arguing. you’re wrong. Fair is fair doesn’t matter if he’s interring or not. not sure which part f tat you don’t get yet.And I’m going to see if there is an ignore feature so I don’t have to read your stupid posts anymore.

          • anthony_ciav

            My stupid posts? You’re the one who has been going on and on about this for TWO OR THREE YEARS! Who does that? First you did it with your brian_68 account. Then you made another account called anonymous or something. Now you’ve been on here for a year now still ranting and whining about people who have unlimited data.
            I’m sorry that I’ve been a customer long enough to have unlimited data. I was smart enough to see back then that my mobile usage would only increase, so instead of getting the 150mb plan, I got the unlimited. Since you were to stupid not to get it, you have the “if I can’t have it, nobody can” mentality. So you just keep whining.
            “Quit arguing. You’re wrong. Fair is fair,” you sound like a whining liberal Democrat or socialist, whatever you call yourselves now. You probably voted for the idiot in office that we call our president too.

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          • anthony_ciav

            Ahahahaha. Loser, you deactivated your account….AGAIN! And the best part is, you never denied any of it.

          • anthony_ciav

            But your nunyur_bizznezz account shows up below

          • anthony_ciav

            And you said you weren’t angry. Yea right. Bum

  • mcdonsco

    So wait, would that mean you can buy a NEW LG G2 for $50? That couldn’t be right?

    • clobberedchina

      I’m with you. That’ just can’t be, can it?

    • Disqus_n00b

      “Starting At”

      • clobberedchina

        “Starting At”
        Fair enough. I will be interested to see if they do include and new G2 with this plan and how much exactly that might cost. This could get interesting.

    • Nunyur_Biznezz

      I’m pretty sure the $50 is for SERVICE not the phone. So maybe 4G has a $5 surcharge.

  • br_hermon

    Seems like several of you are all saying the same thing, so I’ll throw out my “me too” statement.

    I had VZ for over a decade. The service / coverage was second to none. I can’t dispute that. But the problem with VZ has never been the quality of the network, it’s always been the phones. Their CDMA network handcuffs them, though most of the customers are unaware. And 4G or not, they’re still dependent on CDMA. GSM & LTE is where the true freedom is, not only of carrier but a CONSIDERABLY wider selection of phones to choose from. At this point, affordability and phone selection trumps service quality (though I’ve been perfectly content with my AT&T straight talk coverage).

    • Jeremy

      Agreed. I left them mainly because of the phone selection. Not to mention their prices were through the roof compared to prepaid carriers and even AT&T BYOP plans. Now I can have my nexus devices and swap my sim as much as I want.

    • hoosiercub88

      At this point, the only phone Verizon is missing out on is a Nexus. They have all the Galaxy phones, all the iPhones, all the Moto Phones, HTC, and LG’s G phones.. Verizon is moving to VoLTE eventually, and will nix the CDMA backbone.

  • Miguel

    If this is true is a good deal but knowing Verizon you won’t be able to use a Nexus 5 since it doesn’t support their CDMA network so it won’t get certified, I hope it does since Verizon 4G is more reliable and faster that the one I’m using now which is straight talk.

    • akellar

      Except you wouldn’t be able to make calls or send texts so…why?

      • Miguel

        Only if you lose the LTE signal but that happens a lot.

        • akellar

          Calls and texts go over CDMA not LTE. VoLTE doesn’t exist yet.

  • droidify

    This sounds like a good deal…..therefore, I’m certain there will be a catch since it’s verizon

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    For me…. Pre Paid has always been about “Freedom”. If I don’t want to be on a particular network, I can just pack up and leave WITH MY PHONE. I can also buy mostly any device and put a SIM in it. You don’t get this kind of Freedom with Verizon. The fact that you have to buy a Verizon specific device… means you should probably just go ahead and sign a contract because you can’t leave the network with that device anyway.

    • Droid22

      You can, but you won’t have any LTE service.

    • r0l

      Plus this will likely be be capped a “regular LTE” speeds and not support XLTE once again giving users a double handicap. Slower speeds and no portability.

      • mcdonsco

        Honestly I don’t see that as a “handicap” as you say, standard LTE is plenty fast; especially when you don’t have unlimited data.

        • ImmaDroid

          Yea I dont think that XLTE is at my house because i haven’t noticed any differences. But even if not, my LTE speeds are plenty fast which is fine by me. Upwards of 60-70mbps, more than I need. SO if isn’t throttled then it will be worth it

        • JMonkeYJ

          VZW LTE is very slow in my area (SF bay area). You can’t even stream YouTube in HQ :-(

      • Nunyur_Biznezz

        Actually it would most likely be the opposite. Verizon is not allowed to throttle their 700 MHz spectrum. The main reason why they haven’t offered LTE on pre-paid. It could be these pre-paid phones only have the AWS radios in them.

        • TylerCameron

          But then Verizon won’t be able to claim best prepaid data coverage.

          • Nunyur_Biznezz

            I’m sure Verizon will like to have the ability to cut off a pre-paid person that decides to use 100 GB in a month.

          • chris125

            No they will just rake in the overage charges. It’s not unlimited.

          • Nunyur_Biznezz

            How are they going to charge you overage on a pre-paid account?

          • chris125

            Because unlike the other carriers they don’t throttle. It’s Verizon so I’m sure they have a way

          • Jeff Nims

            They will do the same thing GoPhone does. Once you hit your cap, your data is cut off. All you’ll have is talk, SMS and MMS. It’s simple.

          • gonzo183

            No. Once you use your paid amount of data, you can no longer use the cellular data, and thus must purchase more data. There are no overage charges in prepaid.

          • Nunyur_Biznezz

            That would be cutting off 4G service which is a no no for Verizon on it’s 700 MHz spectrum.

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      • hoosiercub88

        I still regularly pull 20Mb down on regular old 4GLTE with my Moto X.. so you’re saying that like they’ll be on dial-up.

    • br_hermon

      Well said!

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      Verizon LTE phones are unlocked though, so that helps to some degree. Doesn’t necessarily mean they are 100% compatible elsewhere. Verizon iPhone 5s/5c can be used perfectly at AT&T and T-mobile and their respective MVNOs but not Sprint. The Verizon Moto X will also work but it’s a bit more iffy than the iPhone when switching networks.

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  • Isaac W

    Hope that means they will start letting carriers like Straight Talk access their 4g network…

  • Adam Stockett

    this is great news. but are there any unlocked phones that have CDMA radios that verizon will active on their network? are you stuck having to use a verizon crapware loaded phone?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Verizon phones. They still run voice through CDMA, so you need Big Red approved devices if you want to use their network.

      • Droid22

        Let’s hear it for VOLTE.

        • SJ

          VoLTE shouldn’t exist yet unless it hands-off to CDMA when the signal dies. Otherwise, NO THANKS! And if it does, then what’s the point, you’d still have to have that tech in phones… (Basically no change from now)

          • hoosiercub88

            It does and it doesn’t. We know Verizon has been testing VoLTE on their network. The point it to have a phone with phone kind of cell radio in it, rather than two. Utilizing their LTE spectrum, including the new AWS XLTE, and allowing there to be no more handoffs. That’s why Verizon was such a proprietor in stating that their entire CDMA 3G footprint would be covered in LTE, so they can do just this. We’re still a ways off from a Verizon enabled phone that will work solely on LTE, without a CDMA radio, but that is the direction things are heading in for all carriers, VoLTE will be the future of mobile.

  • ThatBabyAintMine

    What’s the difference between the 500 MB of ALLSET data and the 500 MB of BRIDGE data? The article says you’re paying $5 more for the same exact thing.

    • GBRunner24

      The “bridge data” as it stands can be used over a period of 90 days. So if you purchase an extra 3gb that extra $20 could potentially span you 3 months of use, rather than purchasing more data every month. Silly for power users, but great for people who use a lot of WiFi but want the peace of mind of not having only half a gig.

    • Nunyur_Biznezz

      the base data plan( ALLSET ) is 500 MB. That’s $45 a month. If you need more than that you can buy BRIDGE DATA. Either 500 MB for $5 ( must be used within 30 days ) 1 GB for $10( must be used within 90 days ) and 3 GB for $20( must be used within 90 days ) you can buy up to 2 BRIDGE DATA packages in a month. So the 1 GB and the 3 GB data will carry over for up to 3 months if you don’t use it all in a month. Since you can buy up to 2 packages a month one could use up to 6.5 GB per month( 500 base data and two 3 GB bridge data packages )for $85.

  • Joseph A. Yager

    Just in time for their special version of the G3!

  • LoL

    Umm.No.