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Verizon Now Allowing iPhones on Prepaid

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.

Related:
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

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  1. This would be big news if there weren't already alot of iphones being used on Page Plus.

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  2. Just use an AT&T iPhone 4 or 4S with Straight Talk. Problem solved, not to mention you will have MUCH faster 3G speeds with Straight Talk's iPhone service. If you go with Verizon's iPhone 4/4S, Data speeds will be 3.1 Mbps Down MAX. Compared to AT$T's 3-5 Mbps Down average. Not to mention Straight Talk's ($45) monthly service is half that of Verizon's ($80). In my opinion, iPhones are WAY over rated. Android and even WP7's are more advanced and user friendly. Not to mention much cheaper and universal accessory friendly.

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    1. That's true Sean, however the Verizon network has way better coverage. I was using the Net10 BYOD on the ATT network and had to switch to the Proclaim phone so that I could get the Verizon network because with my travels the ATT network did not give me enough coverage. There was just too many dead spots.

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  3. Why do android lover's feel the need to chime in on everything Apple?
    Clearly there is a prepaid market for Iphone lover's. Verizon is just trying to keep some of there customer's from leaving for Page Plus. But they need to up the data to at least 2GB a month on that plan. I use Verizon's network on Straight Talk with the Samsung Proclaim. I will never use another network.

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  4. Straight Talk limits you to 100mb of data a day and 2.5 gb per month. Forget it. Page Plus rules.

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  5. Not true, I replied to this same remark under another article on this site. Here is a copy of what I said:
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    "I have been on Net10s Samsung proclaim now for about 5 monhts and have used over 100MB per day on many, many occasions and have never had a problem with them throttling my speeds or contacting me about it. I don't know where this comes from but I stream music alot and watch You tube videos on occasion with no problems. I have been over 2mb only once, but again it was no problem. Here is a you tube video that addresses this issue":
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMuOV7vT9b0&feature=channel&list=UL

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    1. The 100MB/2GB caps may only effect Straight Talk and Net10 users on the AT&T network. All the reports of capping that I've seen are from AT&T Straight Talk or Net10 users. The video reports one user's experience wit a Straight Talk Verizon phone.

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  6. My brain hurts thinking about a $80 prepaid plan. For me the reason for prepaid is to avoid $80/month plans.

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  7. I'm looking for a good pre paid cell company other then virgin I've been having problems and I'm switching next month got any idea :-) ??

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    1. No one company is best for everyone. It depends on where you need coverage and how many minutes, texts and MBs of data you use. Start your research here: How to Switch To Prepaid and Cut Your Cell Phone Bill in Half.

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