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Verizon's New ALLSET Plans Now Available, 500 MB Bonus For Auto Pay Users

Those new Verizon Wireless ALLSET plans that were rumored to be coming Mar 2 arrived today, a day late. As expected there are only two price points, $35 and $45 per month. The plans are:
  • $35 - 500 minutes, unlimited texts and MMS and 500 MB of data, only available with basic phones
  • $45 - unlimited minutes, texts and MMS and 500 MB of data with tethering and hotspot allowed at no extra cost on smartphones.
For additional data users can add the following "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 BRIDGE add ons have their own expiration independent from the basic plan activation. You can "stack" two add ons and the second one will be held in reserve until the first one is used up or expires. 

The ALLSET plans replace Verizon's current monthly $35, $50, $60 and $70 plans, although current users can keep their old plans if they wish. ALLSET looks like a better deal than the old plans although keeping track of separate plan and data expiration dates does add some complexity. The price of the plan combined paired with a comparable amount of data is about the same as before. But the 90 day data expiration and the ability to add data as needed rather than being locked into a fixed number of megabytes per month should mean less data wasted and a lower average monthly cost.

Verizon is throwing in some perks for activating or switching to an ALLSET plan. 
  • 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 good until Dec 31, 2014. (All Verzon prepaid plans already include unlimited no extra cost texting to Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico.)
  • Also until June 30, 2014, Verizon will give $45 ALLSET smartphone users an extra 500 MB per month for using auto pay.
  • One free month of Redbox Instant streaming movies and TV shows.

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  1. Since this is Verizon prepaid, does it still mean no LTE?

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    1. Can you even use 4g phones just with 3g speeds, I wouldn't see why not

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    2. It's never been possible to use a 4G LTE phone on Verizon. They are blocked from activation by MEID serial number.

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  2. Does anyone know if the "Share Name ID" feature is available to Verizon prepaid customers?

    http://support.verizonwireless.com/support/faqs/FeaturesandOptionalServices/faq_share_name_id.html

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  3. I had autopay with the $60 plan and it added an extra $4.85 to my bill. Not sure if it was more of a "convience" fee for Verizon or what. But since I was already on prepaid, I signed up on Sunday (if you change plans, the $45 option was the only thing there) and since I had a couple of top off cards stacked on my account from Callingmart, it only took out the $45. So, "giving" you 500 MB if you sign up for autopay is a little misleading. I plan on stacking the top off cards here and there and sticking with the original 500 MB that doesn't seem to get all used anyway and save a little cash.

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    1. The $4.85 is probably state sales and e911 taxes. Verizon has a presence in all states and is required to collect sales tax. If you are in a high tax state or don't need the extra 500 MB buying PINs online will be cheaper.

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  4. Do they offer the $5 credit if you sign up for autopay? Or is the free 500 MB replacing that.

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    1. The $5 auto pay credit is only on the $60 and higher plans. It isn't available with ALLSET.

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  5. So with auto pay you get 1GB of data. That means it's cheaper than the $50 1GB plan? I wonder if you still get the $5 off with the auto pay.

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  6. Dennis, I've read that the hotspot feature on the Moto G & Legend are not accessible to the user. How will Verizon turn these on existing customers? Is a software update needed? Am I reading misinformed user complaints? Thanks!

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    1. I'd be surprised if Verizon pushes an update to enable hotspot. With most Android phones it's possible to use a 3rd party hotspot app.

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  7. Unlike Selectel Wireless which uses the Verizon postpaid coverage map and includes domestic voice and text roaming at no additional cost, Verizon Prepaid charges .20c per minute to roam outside of Verizon's own native coverage areas.

    Also, Verizon Wireless has not updated the FAQ's to include specifics about the new ALLSET plans.

    http://support.verizonwireless.com/support/faqs/CallingPlans/prepaid-smartphone.html

    Now that Verizon Wireless is 100% owned and operated by U.S.-based Verizon Communications after completing the purchase of Vodafone's 45% ownership equity, it appears that the "new" Verizon Wireless is on a tear as of the past month, and has been uber-competitve, both in single line prepaid and postpaid plans.

    Now that Vodofone is out of the way, Verizon Wireless can shake-up their pricing models somewhat, balancing not to tip over their very lucrative and revenue generating locked-in customers already on contract, as well as their large national and government accounts.

    Even though Verizon Communications effectively had day-to-day operational control over Verizon Wireless, there is no more "London Calling" anymore for Verizon Wireless.

    Goodbye Vodofone...for now.

    HELLS_BELLS

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    1. If you understand how the industry works, then you know Vodafone (had they not sold their interest) would have agreed with Verizon's latest moves given what Tmobile and others are doing in the industry. The Golden Days of fat revenues and profits from texting are over and are never coming back.

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  8. I disagree. Verzion Wireless whether now entirely owned by Verizon Communications, or previously as a joint venture with Vodafone has long operated based on the tenet of the highest reveune per line in service of all of it's postpaid competitors. That will continue for the forseeable future. Just slightly over half of the lines in service are 3G, and those are ripe for upgrade and/or eventual conversion to LTE, with capped data plans.

    Verizon is salivating at the bit.

    With the small scraps they offer the MVNO's, the F.C.C. will not come down on Verizon Wireless for unfair play, as they have given the MVNO's the largset network to sell, even though data is limited to 3G, and the phone/device choices are becoming fare and fewer.

    Nope, I don't know how the industry works, as I was around when we had party lines....

    HELLS_BELLS

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  9. As I understand, the iPhone 4S CPO sold by Verizon prepaid are not allowed on MVNOs like PagePlus, ever. Does having Verizon prepaid service for some months take it out of the MVNO blacklist? Also, does Verizon use the same policy of being active in service for 60 days to unlock the SIM slot for international travel use, even in prepaid?

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    1. I've seen some claims that using a Verizon prepaid phone on Verizon prepaid for six months allows it to be used on Verizon MVNOs. However people who have tried it say it doesn't work.

      I don't know if Verizon would unlock an iPhone 4S for a prepaid customer or not. Their written unlocking policy doesn't mention prepaid at all.

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  10. The new Verizon ALLSET plan is priced a lot better than Sprint Prepaid. I guess there might be a few people who need native Sprint coverage vs Verizon, and want LTE on prepaid.

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  11. Regarding the Auto Pay 500 MB bonus is it perpetual (as long as you enroll before June 30th) or only till June 30th?

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    1. I believe it's only until June 30 unless Verizon extends it,

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  12. Hold on: if you think Verizon will REALLY honor your "free" 500 mb each month for signing up for auto-pay, I have some swampland in Florida to sell you. I signed up, and got the typical big-corporation response. They failed to honor their promise, then the sales person at the same place I signed up disavowed knowing about the promotion, then -- when pressured to look it up -- he said Oh yeah, you're right. He then claimed that I wasn't actually on "auto pay," although Verizon did take money from my account for the next month's service already... if taking money from your credit card is not "auto pay," then it's outright theft. He suggested I might want to pay for the extra 500 mb, and "next month" the auto-pay bonus will kick in. Yeah right, I'll hold my breath, and when it doesn't happen, I'll spend another 2 hours at the Verizon office. Eventually, Verizon knows I'll give up and just pay them their $5 for the 500mb, because it isn't worth my time. THIS IS CORPORATE AMERICA FOR YOU, get used to it, or get mad.

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    1. maybe better to NOT get used to it, or get mad. but resolve to MOVE ON.. unless absolutely no other carrier works for you.. (even then maybe only use their cheapest MVNO....) Do they likely care about what you think of them as long as your money keeps going into their pockets!!! or will they ever.. if more just keep paying up more for less...and do as the commentator seems willing to do: "Eventually, Verizon knows I'll give up and just pay them..."


      but if more keep telling the stories and hassles.. get friends to dump too maybe eventually .... well at least future customer are better informed..

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  13. Hi I was pretty sure it was on this website (im sure im wrong) that I read that you could add up to 3 $20 "BRIDGE DATA" add ons. But this article specially says "You can "stack" two add ons". I just wanted to reassure was so is it up to 2 or 3 Data Add ons at a time, thanks.

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