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Verizon To Offer $80 Prepaid Android Phone Next Week

At a conference call for financial analysts earlier this week Verzion Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo revealed that the carrier would offer an $80 prepaid Android phone starting next week. The phone would be bundled with a plan that includes 1 GB of data per month. So far no other details about the plan or phone have been released.

Android phones are nothing new on Verizon prepaid. For over a year the carrier has let you activate most of its non-LTE Android devices on a 3G Prepaid Smartphone Plan which includes unlimited data and messaging 450 minutes for $94.99/month or unlimited everything for  $124.99/month. The 1 GB cap signals that this is a brand new plan. We should find out the details next week.

It's hard to say what the plan will be. Verizon has never been a low cost carrier and has always been careful to not to make their prepaid offerings attractive enough to draw away lucrative postpaid users. I think the best we can hope for is a new prepaid Android plan with unlimited voice and messaging and 1 GB of data for between between $60 and $70 per month. The plan new plan will almost certainly be restricted to basic Android phones.

As for the $80 phone, I'm guessing that it will be a basic model from a low cost Chinese brand like Huawei, ZTE or Alcatel. Something along the lines of the Cricket's Huawei Ascend II or ZTE Score or Virgin Mobile's Alcatel Venture (l-r below).
I'm sure an $80 Android phone on a $60-$70 Verizon unlimited Android plan will be very popular. Smart shoppers know that they can put any Verizon Android phone on Page Plus' $55/month plan that includes 1 GB of data and unlimited voice and messaging on the Verizon network. But for most users, the familiar Verizon name combined with the convenience of being able to buy an $80 Android phone from any big box retailer or Verizon store will be worth the extra 5 to 15 dollars.

Source: Fierce Wireless

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  1. "Smart shoppers know that they can put any Verizon Android phone on Page Plus' $55/month plan that includes 1 GB of data and unlimited voice and messaging on the Verizon network."

    Will this phone work with Net10 as well?

    http://www.net10sim.com/

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    1. No, Verizon phones are CDMA and don't use SIMs.

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    2. Page Plus is going to 2 GB plan starting June 6th...

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