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Verizon Confirms July 17 Launch of Prepaid LTE With XLTE and No Plan Price Increase

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.

Source: Verizon

Related:
Verizon's New ALLSET Plans Now Available, 500 MB Bonus For Auto Pay Users
Prepaid Operator Profile: Verizon


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  1. Which means it's only a matter of time until MVNOs get it. Yipppppeeeee!

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  2. No messing with apn settings= priceless!

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    1. Very true and hopefully the GSM carriers will follow suit soon as well!

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  3. Users can also share their 4G LTE connections with Wi-Fi enabled devices, like laptops using the mobile hotspot feature that is included in the plans.

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    1. You're right. Hotspot capability with ALLSET's flexible data opinions is a great combination for travelers and others would need to share data with a laptop or tablet occasionally,

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  4. This appears to be a better deal than AT&T GoPhone. I wonder if Verizon will also be offering some certified refurbished iPhone 5 phones for sale.

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    1. Yes... I bought one this week.. Referb. certified iPhone 5 16gig $349.00.

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  5. I'm curious to see how AT&T will react to this because Verizon's data doesn't expire after 30 days. 3GB for 90 days is more reasonable.

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  6. This is really big news! I'm curious to see how the other carriers react to VZW's change of heart.

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  7. Any idea if data speeds will be throttled?

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    1. Verizon isn't saying. I'm guessing there won't be throttling except possibly when the network is overloaded and Verizon might give postpaid higher priority

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  8. Can a Samsung SCH-i535 (Samsung galaxy s3) be activated on the $45 ALLSET plan and achieve 4g LTE data speeds?

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    1. If yes, does it require a sim card with VZW & where &how much would that cost?

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    2. Yes, if it's a Verizon phone, it should be usable on ALLSET provided it's not reported lost or stolen or blacklisted for non-payment.

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    3. Verizon LTE phones do require SIM cards. Verizon hasn't said how SIMs will be made available to prepaid customers. Probably by Verizon stores and/or online.

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  9. Can you use Verizon INPulse top up cards to pay for this? If so, you could have Verizon Prepaid Wireless with 4GB of data for 72.00 from Calling Mart.

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  10. If this Verizon announcement means that Verizon’s MVNOs such as PagePlus, Selectel, and Straight Talk will eventually get access to Verizon’s 4G LTE, then what about Tracfone’s BYOP plan? Does anyone feel that it will have any chance of being upgraded, too?

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  11. Wasn't the $10 1GB data add-on only good for 30 days? Did the Bridge data add-on's change?

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    1. No the $10 1GB has always been good for 90 days

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  12. Will users of Verizon Prepaid LTE phones which had LTE disabled by Verizon be able to activate LTE on those phones?

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    1. We will have to wait and see. Verizon would probably have to update those phones and they haven't said anything about doing so.

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  13. Via Fierce Wireless article: Verizon Spokesman said Verizon's prepaid customers will receive the SAME speeds and experience as postpaid LTE customers

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  14. I'm a Vereizon prepaid dealer and as a dealer perspective is not a good product to sell. Our master agent told us that starting July 17 if the customer doesn't stay for a minimum of 6 months then a charge back will be made to the dealer. Verizon is being ridiculous here. The average prepaid customers stays 2-3 months.

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    1. Verizon is probably confident in their LTE network that someone who joins on prepaid now will stay for at least 6 months. Im thinking about maybe going to verizon now that LTE is available on prepaid.

      What sucks now is getting charged back for people who want to just try it out or need something for a short trip that's better than what att or tmobile prepaid/mvno offer whereever they are going.

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    2. You might consider finding a new master dealer. You are correct about the average customer lifespan. As a prepaid user myself, I'm always looking for the best deal. I'm a GoPhone user but this deal isn't quite good enough to get me to jump ship. VZW prepaid doesn't get coverage in Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands or even, for that matter, Alaska. My travels take me there regularly. I do hope that AT&T improves its

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    3. Interesting, where do they go?

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    4. I wonder how Straight talk will respond, i want to leave once my 90 day card is up, and this looks great.

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  15. I'm curious if Verizon will continue to restrict the LTE phones they're selling on prepaid from being activated on postpaid.

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    1. I suspect that they will. Verizon's subsidized prices for prepaid phones are much lower that the postpaid no-commitment price for the same phone. Verizon uses phone pricing to lock in postpaid customers for a 2 year commitment

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  16. :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.:

    This is going to be a great gamechanger for MVNO's. Hopefully the pricing will be extremely competetive.

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  17. Not impressed with the low data allowance included with the Verizon Prepaid "ALLSET". Looking for something good to come along there...

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  18. Low data allowance. if you set-up Auto-pay you receive an extra 500MB of data for a total of 1000Mb s for $45.00 on ALLSET.

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  19. When will Verizon end their double data offer?

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    1. When the Allset plans were rolled-out earlier this year, the plans initially included 1000 minutes to call landlines and/or mobile phones in Canada and/or Mexico (through December 31, 2014), one month free of Redbox instant streaming, and 500mb of additional data if you signed-up for auto pay for new enrollments completed by June 30, 2014.

      During the past two weeks, Verizon extended the free 500 mb data for new enrollments through July 17, 2014, and now it appears, the free additional data promotion with auto pay is being extended with the introduction of 4G LTE/XLTE.

      I have not seen any announcement that the free Redbox instant streaming service and the 1000 free minutes to call landlines and/or mobile phones in Canada and/or Mexico has been extended.

      HELLS_BELLS

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    2. Correction:

      You did not have to sign-up for auto pay in order to receive the 1000 free minutes to Canada and/or Mexico or the Redbox instant streaming service. Only the additional 500 mb of data required auto pay.

      HELLS_BELLS

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  20. Does unused data from the Bridge data add-on rollover after 90 days if the account is refilled?

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    1. Nope, it disappears after 30 or 90 days.

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  21. Is XLTE faster then Sprint Spark?

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    1. XLTE and Spark are marketing speak used to hype multi-band LTE and carrier aggregation which are technologies that all four networks are adopting. In PCMag's real world testing Verizon LTE is currently the fastest of the four national networks, Sprint is the slowest. That might change in a year or two when Spark is fully deployed.

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  22. Id like to know if PagePlus dealers can re enable my 4G on my US Cellular Samsung Galexy S4 if they get 4G access? Do you know if they will have a trade in promo to encourage more customers? My PagePlus card ends July 1st.

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    1. Based on what little we know it probably won't be possible to flash a US Cellular s4 to get LTE on PagePlus.

      Rumor has it that PagePlus won't get LTE until fall and when they do it will no longer be possible to activate non-Verizon phones at all.

      It's up to individual dealers as to how much they will give you on a trade in.

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  23. Are there taxes or fees added to Verizon's $45 auto pay?

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    1. Yes, I believe it's just sales taxes and e911fees in all states that have them.

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  24. If Verizon stops allowing non-Verizon phones on their network and Sprint already does the same with non-Sprint phones won't that put phone flashers out of business?

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  25. I have a Wal-Mart straight talk iphone 5 that uses Verizon 3g network, will I be able to use it on the new LTE Verizon prepaid plan

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    1. No, Straight talk phones can't be activated on Verizon.

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    2. Why is it Straight Talk phones can't be activated on Verizon prepaid?

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    3. Straight Talk phones can't be activated on Verizon because their MEIDs aren't on Verizon's whitelist of approved devices.

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  26. Can Straight Talk phones be activated on Pageplus?

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    1. At least some of them can. The LG Optimus Fuel is fully functional on PagePlus, The StraightTalk Samsung Galaxy S III doesn't work. I don't if any other Straight talk phones will work on PagePlus.

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    2. ST IPhone 5 works on PagePlus.

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  27. If you plan on activating your prepaid 4g smartphone device on verizons website you need to get a sim off of eBay ($3.95 free ship) because it asks for the sim numerals after you enter in the IMEI. This if you plan on doing it yourself.

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    1. You can also get a free SIM at a Verizon store or by calling Verizon.

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  28. Dennis, can you activate any clean Verizon LTE device on prepaid? Like say I went and bought the Verizon LG G Vista outright for $400, will I be able to activate it on their prepaid services?

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    1. Yes, any Verizon phone. The LG G Vista should be OK.

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  29. How would I go about doing it though? Would I just go and purchase the Vista from Verizon and have them activate it via prepaid? The prepaid website's latest device that it sells is the Galaxy S5, doesn't even have the HTC One M8 for example which came out at around the same time.

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    1. Buy the postpaid phone from Verizon without a contract then you can activate it on Verizon prepaid or any Verizon MVNO like PagePlus.
      PagePlus has better rates. 1GB is only $40 and they will get LTE next month.

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    2. You can also use Verizon postpaid phones on Straight Talk and Tracfone BYOP
      Straight Talk's $45 plan includes 3GB of high speed data.
      Tracfone plans have good data rates and start at $20 for 90 days of service. They also offer monthly plans starting at $10
      Both on the Verizon network.

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    3. I think the hardest part might be buying the phone. When Verizon announced that LTE was available on prepaid they said that users would be able to buy any Verizon phone and activate it on ALLSET prepaid. But it's not obvious how.

      So I chatted with Verizon support:
      Angel M: at 17:24:11
      Hello, welcome to Verizon Wireless sales chat! My name is Angel M
      You: at 17:24:32
      How can I order the LG G Vista and activate it on the ALLSET prepaid plan
      Angel M: at 17:24:43
      you would have to purchase at full retail price.
      You: at 17:28:25
      Yes I understand that but the Website isn't letting me buy the phone with the ALLSET plan or no plan
      Angel M: at 17:29:18
      if you purchase it at full retail then you will have to purchase it with the more everything plan, but you don't have to activate it with that plan.
      You: at 17:32:24
      OK, thanks.
      Angel M: at 17:32:33
      you're welcome.

      I think Angel was right. When I add the phone and the cheapest ($80) postpaid plan I'm only charged for the phone mot the plan.

      Once you have the phone you should be able to activate it online at http://www.verizonwireless.com/activate. If that doesn't work you will need to call 1-800-922-0204 (press 0 four times for a live operator).

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    4. To the anonymouses who suggested TracFone, Straight Talk or PagePlus,

      Justin wants to use an LG G Vista which is an LTE phone and thus can't be activated by TracFone or StraightTalk. PagePlus could activate it but it would need to be flashed to work. I don't know if anyone can flash the brand new G Vista yet and even it is flashable it would not get LTE on PagePlus.

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    5. You're right. I meant to say after PagePlus, Straight Talk and Tracfone get LTE service and are able to activate LTE phones without the need to flash the phone.

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  30. Thank you so much Dennis as well as the rest of y'all, now I have the answers! After chatting with a rep online and going to my local store afterwards, I bought the LG G Vista at MSRP and you do have to set it up on prepaid, unless you already have an account (postpaid or prepaid), before walking out the door. They wont let you leave without activating it first in other words! I can also confirm that XLTE is available on prepaid and it is BLAZING here in Shreveport, Louisiana! Now I see someone mentioned above, earlier, that Page Plus will have access to Verizon prepaid LTE next month with better rates. My question for that person is: will Page Plus have access to Verizon's XLTE? If so, then I'm there!

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    1. When PagePlus gets LTE I'm confident they will get XLTE which is just an additional LTE band. I never heard of an operator blocking phones from a specific band.

      It's not a sure think PagePlus will get LTE next month however. It could be at year end or even later.

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  31. Right, that makes sense Dennis! Thank you so much for your help though, if you or anyone else have any question to ask me feel free to.

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    1. How can I buy a postpaid phone at full price on the Verizon website without setting up service?

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    2. You can't unless you already have service, then they'll just require you to log in with you account!

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    3. According to Verizon CS you can buy any phone on the postpaid site, choose the full price option and add a plan. When you place the order you are just charged for the phone not the plan. When you get the phone you can activate it on the ALLSET plan online or by calling. Because you never activated the post paid plan you won't be charged for it.

      I haven't tried doing this but it sounds doable.

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  32. I signed up for the Verizon prepaid 4g plan for $45 and enrolled in auto-refill while the 500mb promotion was still going on. When will this extra 500mb show up? It has been 28 days since I started my plan & 27 since I signed up for auto-refill I believe.

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    1. I believe the extra 500MB is supposed to be added as soon as you sign up. I would call or chat with Verizon CS if you didn't get yours.

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  33. The customer rep said it should have showed up when the first payment went through (which is not what the promotion said, but oh well). My payment went through on 8/20 and no data, so he credited me 500mb today and said it should pick up next month.

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    1. Can you use a Verizon lg G vista for prepaid

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    2. Yes, any Verizon phone can be used on Verizon prepaid

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    3. Yes, if the phone has been paid off.

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