Verizon Wireless has confirmed that effective this Thursday July 17, customers will be able to activate any Verizon LTE phone on the carrier's $45/month ALLSET prepaid plan. Until now only non-LTE devices were allowed on Verizon prepaid plans.
Verizon will apparently be allowing all of its LTE capable phones. The announcement says that customers will be able to activate any Verizon LTE phones that they already own on the ALLSET plan. Or they can purchase new LTE phones, including the latest flagship Samsung Galaxy S 5 as well as the Motorola Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S 4, and HTC One. For a limited time the LG Lucid 3 and LG G2 will be available online and in stores at discounted prices of $149.99 and $299.99 respectively.
Verizon is not charging a premium for LTE, plan prices are the same for LTE phones as they have been for non-LTE phones since the ALLSET plan launched on Mar 2. The plan includes unlimited voice minutes, unlimited messaging (including SMSing to Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico) and 500MB of data for $45/month. For a limited time time, customers who sign up for auto pay get double the data, 1GB per month. Additional data is available as BRIDGE DATA all-ons which are priced at $5 for 500MB good for a month, $10 for 1GB good for 90 days and $20 for 3GB also good for 90 days.
Verizon says that prepaid users with compatible devices will have access to Verizon's higher speed dual-band XLTE data wherever it's available. Users can also share their 4G LTE connection with Wi-Fi enabled devices, like laptops, using the mobile hotspot feature that is included in the plan. FierceWireless was told by Verizon publicist Albert Aydin that prepaid customers will receive the same LTE "speeds and experience" as postpaid customers which I take to mean that there will be no throttling of prepaid LTE speeds.
With Verizon Prepaid finally offering LTE, I think it's just a matter of time before Verizon MVNOs, including PagePlus, StraightTalk and Selectel get it too.
Verizon's New ALLSET Plans Now Available, 500 MB Bonus For Auto Pay Users
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