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Big Changes Coming to Verizon Prepaid Monthly Plans March 2

According to documents leaked to phoneArena.com, Verizon will be doing a massive revamp of its prepaid monthly plans, effective Mar 2.

It looks like the current monthly smartphone plans with unlimited voice and messaging and 1 GB, 2 GB or 4 GB for $50, $60 and $70 respectively are being replaced by a single $45/month plan that includes unlimited talk and text and 500 MB of data. Additional data is available in the form of three "BRIDGE DATA" add-ons: 
  • $5 - 500 MB good for 30 days 
  • $10 - 1 GB good for 90 days 
  • $20 - 3 GB good for 90 days 
The ALLSET plans include several new perks:
  • Mobile Hotspot - customers will be able to use all or part of their data for mobile hotspot. There's still no LTE however, only EVDO 3G.
  • Visual Voicemail on iPhones.
  • From Mar 2 to June 30, 2014, new ALLSET activations will come with 1000 minutes of free calls to landlines and mobile phones in Canada and Mexico until Dec 31, 2014
The smartphone plan changes seem entirely positive. The minimum plan price is lower and there's more granularity in the data options. With ALLSET most customers should see a lower monthly cost. The included hotspot is a big win for consumers and hopefully marks an end to the carriers absurd practice of charging extra to tether using the data they have already paid for.

For customers still rocking a feature phone, Verizon's prepaid monthly plans for basic phones are also getting an ALLSET revamp. As before there are two plans:
$35 - 500 minutes, unlimited texts and MMS and 500 MB of data
$45 - unlimited minutes, texts and MMS and 500 MB of data
The unlimited plan, currently $50, is $5 cheaper. But otherwise, these plans seem like a step backward compared with the old basic phone plans which included unlimited data. I doubt that many feature phone users use more that 500 MB per month but if they do the same BRIDGE DATA options are available for feature phones.

It looks like switching to ALLSET will be optional and users will be allowed to keep their existing plans if they wish.

There are no changes to the pay as you go and pay by the day plans. As before, all plans include unlimited no extra cost texting to Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Related:
Prepaid Operator Profile: Verizon
Verizon and Verizon MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared

Source and images: phoneArena.com

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  1. It's amazing how fast changes are occurring on cell plans. I'm hearing that Red Pocket will have a $19 plan with 300 mins, 1gb data and unlimited text on Verizon signal.
    I'm loving it!!

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    1. The unconfirmed "confirmed" rumor is that it will cost $19.95/month.

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    2. I'm curious, where on Red Pocket is there a Verizon plan option? All I'm seeing is for CDMA Sprint and GSM At&t. I do remember looking at Red Pocket 5-6 months ago and I saw a Verizon or Big Red option, but am I thinking of another MVNO that covers all the big 4?

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  2. The only big change I want to hear is that Verizon is going to add 4G LTE to it's prepaid division. But that's not going to happen. If they do, they'll probably raise the price.

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  3. I wonder if they will still offer $5 off if you sign up for auto-pay.

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    1. What plan do you have? How much do you end up paying? If I'm on the $60 plan do they only take $55 automatically? Or $60 and get a $5 credit towards next months balance?

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    2. I have the $50 plan with 1 GB of data. I was on the $60 ($30 less than a single line on postpaid and that was even with a coporate discount. Nebraska has one of the top 5 highest taxes and fees.) but my wife was barely using 400-500 GB of data. Under the $60 plan I was paying a total of $64.80. I believe you get a $5 credit, I'm not sure you get a credit on the next months bill, you'd have to call Verizon CS. I've actually added a couple of top off cards from Callingmart, automatic 7% off and no taxes or fees, so I get my "credit" right away.

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    3. Correction to comment on February 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM.
      Sorry, but the Callingmart discount is 4% then I applied an additional coupon of 3% to make it 7%. If you can find the coupon codes by Googling then it's worth the savings. I'm not sure how often there is a coupon code, I'm new to Callingmart and I've bought enough to last at least 3 months so I haven't had to replenish my account yet.

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  4. Will u be able to activate ebay used Samsung galaxy nexus 4g lte SCH-I515(for example) on the 3G service w/o problem?(ie flashing).

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    1. Verizon has never allowed LTE phones to be activated on prepaid. Nothing in the leaked document suggests that policy is changing.

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  5. Just finished my first month on Verizon prepaid and I used less than 400 MB of data. Not feeling the new plan, but will stay with Verizon Prepaid. I thought the $50 1Gb of data plan was perfect. I wonder if they will grandfather me to the $50 plan.

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    1. According to the article you might be grandfathered into the $50 plan, but why would you if you only use less than 500 MB of data? I know, it's penny pinching, but saving $5 is like having your 9th month free. Especially since it will cost you the same to have the extra 500 MB added if you go over the 500 MB that is already given by the new plan, than if you stay with the $50 plan you are on now.

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    2. How much did you end up paying when refilling the $50 account? I did it through the phone dialing 611 and they ended up charging me $54 and some change, something about a 911 fee. Did you get any surcharges?

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  6. Why? My usage may vary. The weather had me home more during the past month. I use callingmart, so I paid $48.50. The new plan does give you some flexibility, but I rather just buy the 1GB of data for now.

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    1. Why? You would have saved $6.65/month after the 7% Callingmart discount. If you go over 500mb, you pay just .01/mb or less, and would never pay more than you are paying now. The math is not too hard.

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    2. "The math is not too hard."

      However, math isn't everything. There are other factors at play. I went from Verizon prepaid to a 2-yr contract on Verizon for $70 a month w/ 450 min; 0 Texts, and 2 GB of LTE a month. Now, I have the ability to switch to the $45 a month plan and get unlimited Talk & Text and 250 MB of data each month with data overage at $15 a month for each 250 MB. The math clearly shows I should make the move. If I keep my contract for the full two years, then each month about $18 is the cost of the phone subsidy and if I don't stay the full 2-years, then $10 is reduced from the ETF.

      I also have the ability to switch to T-mobile with unlimited 4G LTE for $70 a month.

      In a couple of days when my new month starts, I will probably stay with Verizon and go with the $60 a month plan with unlimited Talk & Text but with 1 GB of LTE data with data overage at $15 per 500 MB each month.

      I did the math and the savings at $45 were compelling, but I knew I couldn't keep myself to under 250 MB a month; that was completely unrealistic. At the $60 plan, I will have to make some adjustment and will get under 1 GB a month. Right now, I use 1.6 to 1.8 GB of my 2 GB allotment.

      The math may not be hard, but math isn't everything.

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    3. I think you are mixing apples and oranges. We are talking about prepaid not postpaid. In my state I estimate about 15-20% extra in taxes and fees on postpaid. So my math for the 1GB postpaid comes to $60 + about $12 in taxes and fees = $72. 1GB prepaid comes to $50 + $4 taxes/fees - $5 credit for autopay = $49. Or if you want top off using Callingmart instead of the autopay, you can save at least 7%, which comes out to $46.50. So all in all, you have the potential to save at least $20/month, quite a bit of savings for me and my family. It just depends on what you want. Not everyone cares about LTE or the latest and greatest phone. I would love to have both, but when I do the math and figure out the savings for the year, I'll take prepaid any day with no contract.

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  7. Are they ever going to get 4g or at least let us start using the decent phones but on 3g data I'm not that worried about speeds I just want a nice phone besides the moto g which is just okay

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    1. LTE some day, but not soon. If you want a nicer phone on Verizon network, get a 4G phone flashed or buy a Straight Talk iPhone 5 or any iPhone 4S. Activate the ST iPhone 5 on Selectel or PagePlus. They work fine.

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  8. If you really do the math on the new $45 plan. If you buy the 3GB of data for 90 days, that's works out to $52 a month and 1.5GB of data. Which beats the $50 plan. For medium data users, that like Verizon Prepaid this is not a bad deal. It beats the $50 and $60 current plans.

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    1. Dennis said it all: "The smartphone plan changes seem entirely positive."
      Vzw may have cut the base price to equal their limited, $45 postpaid promo with 250mb, but I doubt it. That plan is only good if you want a new phone with LTE service and don't use much data (works for a few). Same goes for the Vzw $60, 1GB "loyalty" postpaid plan. You have to pay taxes on both of those and stick around for a couple of years, unless you buy out the phone or switch to a carrier that pays the ETF. T-Mobile requires you to trade in your phone and buy a new smartphone from them before they pay off the ETF, which eats into the savings.

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  9. I'm wondering after the roll out of the new plan what the quality of the 3g will be after folks flock to it?

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  10. I hate Verizon prepaid. After having some issues with my Moto g I went to my closest verizon store for some help. Once they found out that I was a prepaid customer I was almost invisible. No body wanted to help me and after waitting for about an hour I was giving the 1800 number and was told that they didn't deal with prepaid that I had to call.
    That made me so angry that I went to a Boost Mobile store and received great service and switched to them. Great job Verizon, you just lost about 6 lines.

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  11. I wish AT&T covered my home it says it does on their website but I had it for one month and could not even send a text message, only Verizon works and we can't even get a decent phone on prepaid. Iphone 4s and moto g are not exactly groundbreaking devices, they are low end as are all the phones they offer.

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    1. You could get a ST iPhone 5 like my wife uses. Then put it on Selectel to get postpaid coverage and excellent pricing with US-based CS. They are good to dealers. I use Freedom Wireless of Bay City, and they are excellent. They fix and flash phones and offer most of the best prepaid services. They help with porting from one of their services to another, and got their PrepaYd customers moved in time. They can also flash a regular Verizon iPhone 5 to work on Selectel or PagePlus. Find a good dealer who can give you choices and support them.

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