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
- 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.
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Source and images: phoneArena.com