Contrary to earlier rumors that claimed that the Motorola Citrus and the Samsung Illusion would be available with this plan, Verizon's press release only mentions the Illusion shown at left. Which is probably just as well, the Illusion (specs) is the better phone by far. It will be priced at $169.99. The phone and plan will be available tomorrow May 1 at www.verizonwireless.com and will also be sold by BestBuy, Target and Radio Shack in the comming weeks. coming.
This plan is not very competitive. PagePlus offers the same unlimited voice and messaging and 1 GB of data on the same Verizon network for $55/month. And you can use any Verizon postpaid phone on Page Plus. I can't see why anybody who knows about PagePlus would spend $25/month more for the same thing. Verizon is counting on the fact that most have customers never heard of PagePlus.
In the good news department, Verizon also announced a new prepaid 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot, the Jetpack MiFi 4510L for $129.99 and much improved mobile broadband data pricing. Here are the new and old Verizon Mobile Broadband prices.
|New Verizon Prepaid Broadband Pricing||Old Verizon Prepaid Broadband Pricing|
|$15 for 250 MB of data weekly||$15 for 100 MB of data per day|
|$60 for 3 GB of data monthly||$30 for 300 MB of data weekly|
|$90 for 10 GB of data monthly||$50 for 1 GB of data monthly|
|N/A||$80 for % GB of data monthly|
While monthly prepaid mobile broadband users will be paying $10 more per month under the new plans, they will be getting three times as much data. But the biggest improvement is the availability of LTE, which is about 10 times faster than Verizon's 3G, on prepaid.