Verizon has quietly started to allowing the iPhone 4 and 4S on its $80/month No Annual Contract Smartphone Plan. The iPhone 5 is still not permited on the prepaid plan. This is a welcome change as previously iPhones of any kind could not be activated on any Verizon prepaid plan.
This change is the second time Verizon has loosened device restrictions on the $80 plan. When the plan launched in April, the $149.99 Samsung Illusion Android phone was the only permitted device. In August, Verizon started allowing non-LTE Android, BlackBerry and other Verizon smartphones with the exception of the iPhone.
The $80 plan includes unlimited voice calling, text and picture messaging and 1 GB of data. It also includes unlimited text messaging to Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Off network domestic roaming is available at 20¢/minute.
The new policy was discovered by a Howard Forums's reader who heard it from Verizon prepaid customer service. I've independently confirmed the change in an online chat (transcript below) with another Verizon representative.
Please hold for a Verizon Wireless sales representative, we appreciate your patience. Your current estimated wait time is 0 min 10 secs.You are now chatting with 'Esther'Esther: Hello. Thank you for visiting our chat service. May I help you with your order today?You: Hi, I heard that Verizon is now allowing iPhones on the $80/month prepaid plan. Is this correct?Esther: I'd be happy to assist you.Esther: Yes, only the 4 and the 4S.You: Will Facetime and Visual Voicemail work on the prepaid plan?Esther: Yes it will still work; but that only has 1gb of data and once that 1gb gets used up it's 5 cents for the overage charge.You: That's all for now, Thank you
While I consider the $80 plan horribly overpriced, I hope it signals that a change will be coming in the carrier's policy toward the iPhone on its Mobile Network Virtual Operators (MVNOs) The MNVOs resell service on the Verizon network, usually at lower prices than are charged by Verizon. For example, Verizon MVNO Page Plus Cellular's flagship plan includes voice and messaging and 2 GB, twice as much as Verizon, for $55/month. However, Page Plus and all of Verizon's other MVNOs have a stated policy of not allowing iPhones.
I'm sure the no iPhone rule is imposed on the MVNOs by Verizon. Even though iPhones aren't allowed, there's apparently no programming in place to prevent their activation and many users have reported successfully activating and using iPhones on Page Plus. But as long as the ban is in place there is the risk that Verizon might force the de-activation of iPhones on its MVNOs.
Verizon Now Allowing Any Smartphone on $80 Prepaid Plan Except iPhones and LTE Devices
Updated: iPhones On Verizon MVNO Page Plus "Could" Be Kicked Off at Anytime
Source: HowardForums via Prepaid Reviews