The plan appears identical the "Unleashed" trial that the operator has been running in parts of Florida and California since April. The main limitation of both plans is that only certain rather basic phones are allowed to be used. In the trial there were only three phones available (left to right above) the $39.99 LG Accolade a basic flip phone, $79.99 Pantech Caper QWERTY bar phone and the $99.99 LG Cosmos QWERTY Slider. Ms. Raney there will be four phones allowed on the new unlimited plan, although she didn't say which ones, and that some older Verizon prepaid phones will also work.
I'm somewhat underwhelmed by this plan mostly because of the limited handset selection. I can understand not allowing Smartphones to force power users to postpaid but the lack of any sort of touchscreen feature phone doesn't make any sense. Verizon AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint (though its Boost subsidiary) all have $50 unlimited plans and several MVNOS have unlimited priced as low as $40/month and all have or allow touchscreen and Android smartphones. Still I expect this plan to be popular. The Verizon name means something to a lot of users and Verizon does offer some advantages, including superior coverage and 24/7 telephone support.
To put the Verizon offering in perspective, here's a table showing how it compares with the competition;
|Operator||Plan or Package||Network||Monthly Cost||Available Phones.||Data|
|Boost Mobile||Unlimited||Sprint||50.00 - 35.00||touch, non-touch, Android||unlimited|
|AT&T||Unlimited||AT&T||50.00||any||unlimited for feature phones. |
5 MB - $5,
200 MB - $15, 500 MB $25
|T-Mobile||Unlimited||T-Mobile||50.00||any||Unlimited (throttled after 100 MB/month)|
|Straight Talk||Unlimited||Verizon, AT&T, Sprint||45.00||touch, non-touch, smartphones||unlimited|
|Page Plus||Unlimited Talk n Text||Verizon||44.95||any||20 MB, Overage $0.10/MB|
|H20 Wireless||Unlimited Talk Text and MMS||AT&T||40.00||most including smartphones||100 MB - $10, Unlimited - $20|