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Verizon's Walmart Exclusive $50 Smartphone Unlimited Plan Works With Phones Not Purchased at Walmart

A couple of days ago we reported on photos a reader sent me showing a Walmart point of sale display promoting a hitherto unknown $50/month Verizon Wireless Unlimited Smartphone plan.

The displays indicated that the plan included unlimited talk and messaging and 1 GB of data. Previously, the least expensive Verizon prepaid smartphone plan was $60 for unlimited talk and messaging and 2 GB.

The new plan was described as a "Walmart Exclusive" and a "Limited Time Offer".  There was a lot of speculation in my initial post and in the comments about what exactly those phrases meant.

The biggest question was whether the plan was available only with Verizon prepaid phones sold by Walmart or if phones from other sources including devices added to Verizon Prepaid using the carrier's "Bring Your Own Phone" (BYOP) program.  We now have answers thanks to a statement I received today from Verizon Corporate Communications:

The Exclusive Price Plan is available on all eligible VZW 3G Smartphones, such as the iPhone® (4/4S), BlackBerry® (3G) and Android TM (3G) devices

A subscriber who already has an eligible Smartphone does not need to purchase a new Smartphone from Wal-Mart

The Exclusive Price Plan is only available at Wal-Mart and the subscriber will need to purchase a $50 Card (or a multi-denominational card that is loaded with $50) from Wal-Mart

Subscribers will remain on the Exclusive Price Plan for as long they continue to replenish their accounts with at least $50 every month

“Limited Time Only” means that subscribers will be able to add this Exclusive Price Plan for a limited time, but if they add the plan during the availability period, subscribers can keep the plan for as long as they continue to replenish their accounts with at least $50 every month.
A Verizon spokesperson also confirmed to me that once a user is active on the $50 Smartphone Plan they do not need to use a Walmart card to renew the plan. Renewals can be made using Verizon prepaid top-up cards or PINs from any source, including local stores or online sellers like callingmart.com. $50 Smartphone users can also set up and use auto pay online at My Verizon, however they are not eligible for the $5/month auto-pay discount.

So there you have it. You can get the $50 plan by purchasing a Verizon prepaid smartphone phone at Walmart. If you didn't purchase your phone at Walmart you can use a special $50 Smartphone Plan airtime refill from a Walmart store or Walmart.com to activate or switch to the $50 plan.

In addition to Verizon Prepaid smartphones, you can also activate any non-LTE Verizon Smartphone, including BlackBerrys and the iPhone 4 and 4S on any of Verizon's prepaid Smartphone plans. In addition to the $50 plan there are $60 and $70 unlimited smartphone plans that include 2GB and 4GB of data respectively.  BlackBerrys on the smartphone plan can access BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), which is required by BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), BlackBerry Email and some apps.

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  1. Thanks a lot for such a detailed explanation. Helped clear up all the questions one can have!

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    1. Maximum of 3g data speed kills the deal for me.

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  2. Another great post!

    This is what I'm going to do:

    1) Not purchase my smartphone from Walmert, but another MVNO, such as Page Plus, Selectel or a wireless dealer. Maybe even craigslist. The ESN should be fine with any smartphone purchased from craigslist.

    2) Purchase the first $50.00 card from Walmart. I have to remember to purchase the "correct" card, you know, the one that says "limited time only" and includes 1gb of data.

    3) Establish service and plan with Verizon Wireless and bring along my not purchased from Walmart smartphone as BYOP.

    4) Every month after that, I purchase a discounted $50.00 refill pin from callingmart.com.

    I'm still confused, as well as the pr hack from Verizon Wireless who reads these posts...lol

    HELLS_BELLS

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    1. HELLS_BELLS:

      As the person who supplied the photos in the first place, I learned a couple lessons here:

      1) It doesn't pay to add helpful information since I will be labeled a "pr hack" so thanks for nothing.

      2) If you probed the deal like I did, the Walmart angle doesn't add much value. On the $60 a month plan, without going through any hoops, is only $55 with auto-pay. That means, I save $5 with the Walmart plan but I also lose 1 GB of data each month.

      In summary, don't expect me to tip off a Samsung Ring is going for $130, the original photo of $5 auto-pay sticker with Verizon smartphones, or any really good deals that I find in Walmart. With people like Hells_Bells, why bother.

      Cheers.

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    2. I for one, greatly appreciate your tips and hope you continue to leave them.

      I'm certain that HELLS_BELLS was referring to the Verizon representative, not you, as a "PR hack". A slur which is unwarranted for a someone who took the time to write an unsolicited personalized response to the questions I had raised in the original post. The Verizon rep also responded promptly to my follow up questions. Very professional and far from being a stereotypical "PR hack".

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    3. I really appreciated this tip, the informative articles and clarifying info from the Verizon rep. Thanks for your efforts.

      (I try to ignore people who make long posts sharing their uninformed opinions or restating the obvious, then waste everyone's time defending any of their points when somebody posts a different view.)

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  3. My reply was "tongue-in-cheek", sorry that some didn't "catch" the humor. I thought the tip-off would be my comment about all ESN's are good from craigslist.

    Yes, I still stand by the term "pr hack". Most pr types just give you a bunch of hot air. Verizon is no exception. Dennis says that this one Verizon pr----person was far from being a stereotypical pr-hack. But the key word here is "stereotypical".

    To Anonymous: My comment was not directed toward you, and thank you for the great information! I thought I made note of your contribution in my earlier replies. But since there are sooooooo many Anonymous posters, it's hard to determine which Anonymous poster should receive the credit.

    Getting back to Verizon and the pr-hacks, have a look at Verizon's own operated message boards, both Verizon Telecom and Verizon Wireless. Most of the replies coming from the pr-types are at best lukewarm responses to genuine customer questions. More often than not when the pr-hacks reply to a question, it's a non-answer.

    But pr-types/hacks are there to present the company message, regardless of how wrong it is, and stay on message. Most would qualify as press secretaries in Washington, D.C.

    Yes, I suppose in this one instance, the Verizon Wireless pr-----person provided Dennis with a reasonable and fairly quick response on this subject. It's too bad that the same information is not as forthcoming from Verizon Wireless employees, chat representatives or the Verizon Wireless operated message boards.

    Hopefully in the future, the Verizon pr------person will be as forthcoming with information as he/she was with this subject. I might even upgrade the pr-hack to pr-flack!

    A win for prepaidphonenews.com, Dennis and the Anonymous poster!

    HELLS_BELLS

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  4. You actually save $5 by doing this, but lose 1 GB of data when compared to the $60 plan. I don't use but about 500 MB of data due to being around wifi most of the time, so still a good deal even if you lose the $5 auto-pay credit.

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    1. Yes, and you save $4 more, or $9 compared to the $60 plan with auto-pay if you buy your PIN at Callingmart using an account there (1% extra discount).

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  5. Wow, you are some penny pinching guys.

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    1. And why not? This big 3 pinch every cent out of us, but for a lot of people don't use their plans or phones to the fullest extent, this is perfect. My wife for one only used about 200-300 MB's of data, so why pay for 2 GB if you don't need it. I'd love it if they had a 500 MB plan for $10 less, I'd jump on it in a heart beat. Not everyone has money to spare, so good for you if you don't have to pinch your pennies, but I have to.

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  6. @ Roy, Have you tried Page+? the $30 plan sounds like a great value.

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    1. Thanks Zach, I've been with Page+ for over a year now on the $30 plan and will probably never sign another contract if I can help it. I signed up for a discount program that cost $50, but I get a 7-8% discount on my renewal every month through kittywirless dot com a Page+ seller (no joke either, funny name but has treated me right). My wife's mom is still on a 450 min/month plan, so she wants to stay with Verizon since you give up free Vz-Vz calls, otherwise she'd be on it as well. Just wish Vz would allow 4G phones on Page+ w/out flashing them.

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  7. I have a question about Verizon Prepay Plans. If I go with this $50 plan and want to put additional $10 or $20 on my account to cover roaming charges, will the additional $ expire in a set amount of time. I have Page Plus and keep extra $ in my cash balance to cover roaming. Every month I add a new monthly plan with page plus my cash balance expiration date keeps getting pushed forward. With this Verizon $50 plan , will my cash balance expiration date work the same as Page Plus ?

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    1. Where would you incur (roaming charges) in the U.S.?


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    2. The Verizon Prepaid Coverage Map shows the roaming areas clearly. Lots of roaming areas in KY, WV, OK, WY, WI.

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  8. What makes this a Walmart exclusive if you can use an outside phone and a refill service such as Pinzoo?

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    1. Now, can you use the top up card's to keep on the $50 plan? Or does it have to be a $50 smartphone plan card.

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    2. The $50 card that you need to start the plan is available exclusively at Walmart. Once you are on the plan you can use tip up card or PINs from any source to renew.

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    3. Pinzoo doesn't have this one... They only have the $60 & $70 smart phone cards...


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  9. If you already have Verizon prepaid, will the initial pin from Walmart switch you to the $50 1GB plan?

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  10. I've tried to buy this card twice on Walmarts website and both times it refunds my payment saying there was a problem. I tried two different credit cards both with more than enough money on them. Any ideas on how I can get it to work?

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  11. Ive tried to buy the card a few times from walmart.com and every time it refunds my money and says there was an error. Has anyone bought it online and is there any ideas how i can get it to work?

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    1. That seems to be a common problem when buying Straight Talk refills from Costco. I think there's something broken with their credit card validation system. The only solution is to buy the card at a Walmart store.

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    1. It's a known issue with Straight Talk refills from Walmart that might also be affecting Walmart Verizon refills.

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  13. Verizon Wireless will be an American-owned company soon. All it takes is $130B dollars worth of stuff to 45% co-owner Vodaphone. This gives Verizon full control of its wireless operations. US Gov will collect $5 Billion in tax dollars on the sale. That might run the Gov for 5 - 10 minutes.

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  14. Tried to buy this $50 plan on the Walmart site last night, without success...
    Tried using paypal and VISA card neither worked. Appeared to go through, then got a msg there was an error.
    I sent them an email asking what the error was.

    No problem buying my normal $60 plan direct from Verizon!

    Maybe you could run this by your Verizon contact...


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  15. My advice is to never purchase a plan or product when it is first introduced--there are always teething problems. Let others work out the issues, and sign up later unless you like dealing with thorny problems.

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  16. So this is running on Verizon's Prepaid network? Isn't that "lower tier" like Pageplus? You have to have a 3G phone like Pageplus? What's the advantage over Pageplus which iseems to be cheaper? Thx.

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    1. The main advantage is that phone support is 24/7 and Verizon corporate stores will usually help you too. Plus you can use brand new verizon prepaid phones which are available at good prices.

      Also, when Verizon postpaid customers on non-unlimited plans call you it's a M2M call.

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  17. It doesn't seem like anyone else has had the same problem I have so here it goes. I bought my $50 monthly plan card from Walmart a couple months ago, the card states that if you are currently in a plan and you activate the plan on this card then you will forfeit the remaining days on your current plan. I knew that with only a day left on my plan I activated the card it asked me if I wanted to change my plan I hit "Submit" and then it asked me a few more questions and then asked me if I wanted to add the money to my account. I did, now I waited and waited and restarted my phone, and still all the card did was add the $50 to my account without changing my plan. So I ended up adding more money to my account so I could pay the $60 before time ran out. So I took it to my local verizon store where he told me that at the end of the month when its time to renew to call *611 and the option should be there to change my plan.... Nope that would be today, hence why I am seeing if anyone else has had this problem. Someone let me know, I don't want to buy another card if I don't have to.

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