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Updated: Verizon Prepaid Reportedly Getting LTE July 17

Android news site DroidLife, citing unidentified sources, is reporting that beginning July 17 customers will be able to activate and use Verizon LTE phones on the operator's ALLSET prepaid plan, presumably with working LTE. Until now, Verizon has not allowed any LTE capable phones on its prepaid plans.

The ALLSET smartphone plan is priced at $45/month for unlimited voice calling, unlimited messaging and 500MB of data. Additional "BRIDGE" data is available at $5 for 500MB, $10 for 1GB or $20 for 3GB. However, it's not known if the same pricing will be available for LTE devices.

Droid Life says customers will be able buy and activate new Verizon LTE phones on prepaid and that Verizon will also sell refurbished LTE phones, including the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4, as prepaid handsets.

The article makes no mention of whether BYOP (bring your own phone) will be available or not. Update, according to DroidLife, customers will be able to use their own Verizon LTE phones on prepaid. 

It's not known if or when Verizon will make LTE available to its MVNOs. However I suspect that at least some Verizon MVNOs will get access LTE soon.


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  1. Fierce Wireless says one can use existing LTE devices.

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    1. I saw that. However they cite DroidLife as their source and DroidLife never said anything about BYOP.

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  2. Dennis, You predicted this. About time they are doing this. However, airvoice has more coverage with AT&T, more data, and better pay as you go.

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    1. I've had the opposite experience throughout the Midwest and east coast. Verizon is superior.

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    2. Does AT&T have better coverage than Verizon now?

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    3. As always coverage is highly dependent on location. Some places AT&T is better, in others Verizon.

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  3. Very exciting. And no price increases?

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    1. Knowing Verizon, there will be some kind of price change.

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  4. Dennis, you missed this part in the original report and it's bolded for emphasis:

    "Come launch, Verizon will sell new postpaid 4G phones that can be activated with prepaid pricing, there will be certified pre-owned devices like the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 available, or you can bring your own Verizon 4G LTE device.

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    1. You're right! Thanks for letting me know, I will update my post.

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    2. Your page shows the Verizon Prepaid LG G2 for only $50 is that right?

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  5. Any word on Verizon mvno's like page plus and net10/straight talk?

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    1. Not yet. But I bet Net10 and Straight talk get LTE on Verizon first. As they did on AT&T and T-Mobile.

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  6. Maybe they will have access to LTE but not XLTE? I moved to AT&T six months ago and have never been happier. Data speeds are ridiculous fast on AT&T, more phones to choose from (OnePlus, Nexus, etc...), and much cheaper. My four person family plan shares 10G of data with unlimited talk and text at only $37.25 per phone. After my corporate discount and taxes. My discount is higher and taxes are only $3 per line with AT&T. And the biggest upside, I don't feel like I'm giving money to an awful company that hates their customers.

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    1. What does "hates their customers" mean?

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    2. Wow! That's a deal.

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    3. "What does "hates their customers" mean?" Probably holds a grudge, and is trying to convince self it's OK to spend all the extra money and tax on a competitor's contract plan (which cost the same now on that 'evil' network). Seems lost in a prepaid blog.

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    4. Verizon thinks and charges like their packets are better than everyone else's. I have news for them. In my area AT&T coverage is as good if not better than Verizon. It will probably take a few years for folks to figure that out and start migrating away from Verizon.

      I'm not in a contract with AT&T nor did I sign up for their payment plan. I bought mine and my wife's phones on swappa.com. My sister's phone (Moto X) on Craig's List, and my niece got a new Moto G directly from Motorola.

      If at any time Verizon has a better deal or superior coverage I'll be happy to switch back. But until then you can thank me for Verizon's lower prices. It's customers leaving like me that forced them to do it.

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  7. Dennis,

    What is your guess with Straighttalk doing these LTE phones? I don't know them, so don't know even if they have them or is it just the t-mobile/at&t side?

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    1. Straight Talk is likely to be the first Verizon MVNO to get LTE.

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  8. Where do you see the LG G2 for $50???

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    1. The other Anonymous was replying to Humberto Saabedra whose phonenews.com site has a screenshot of a Verizon test page that shows a $50 G2. Rest assured, Verizon will not be selling prepaid G2s for $50.

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    2. Phonenews.com on their Verizon Prepaid getting LTE page

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  9. Quiz of the Week. Happy July 4th!:
    We are one of the very oldest MVNOs, started 15 years ago. We are still run kind of like a family business, which is how we started. If you looked us up on Google Maps Street view, you might be surprised how small our building looks.
    We used to post our company mission, vision, goals and values on our website, but took them down with the latest big redesign. Some people thought they made us seem like too small of a company. What sets us apart is the way we treat customers when they call us for support. We do not transfer you. All our agents are trained to solve any problem. If you tried us, you would like our friendly, well-trained reps, who can always resolve your issues.
    We don’t have anything close to 1M subscribers, but still manage to offer two of the very best-value plans of any MVNO. One of the things we do to make this possible can annoy some people, but as a small business we have to control our costs, and one way to do that is to reduce the number of people who violate our terms of service.
    Who are we?

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    1. YES! You are the winner of the July 4 Quiz of the Week. -O.P.

      "Company History

      Airvoice Wireless is a leading prepaid wireless carrier that provides service within the United States. With headquarters in Bloomfield Hills, MI, our company operates independently; utilizing digital, nationwide GSM technology. Our mission is to provide dependable wireless service to our customers at an affordable price along with outstanding customer service.
      Founded in 1999, Airvoice Wireless originally only existed on the US West Coast with a limited coverage area. In the year 2000, Airvoice began offering service on the then cutting-edge TDMA technology. This allowed the company to provide nationwide service. Now able to reach more customers, Airvoice Wireless began to flourish within the prepaid market.
      In 2005, the company switched networks from TDMA to the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network. Now utilizing breakthrough SIM technology, Airvoice was able to provide its customers better network coverage and more digital features.
      Today, with a strong GSM network and dedicated team, Airvoice Wireless provides service to a large subscriber base, adding more each day. The company holds an impressive share in the prepaid wireless market, with agents and customers in over 40 states, as well as in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

      Our Mission
      The Management Team of Airvoice Wireless understands that living up to superior business principles is the key to success. Our vision and values reflect on the way we conduct business.

      To Our Customers

      -While providing quality phone service, Airvoice Wireless’ mission is to enhance and simplify the wireless experience for our customers.
      -We aim to provide our customers with outstanding cellular service at an affordable rate while offering superb customer and technical support.
      -Airvoice Wireless strives to understand, anticipate, and respond to the needs of our customers while providing innovative products and services.

      Airvoice Wireless is one of the few companies that still practice the philosophy of quality customer support. In fact, customer service is what sets Airvoice apart from the many other prepaid providers.
      The US based customer support is located within Company headquarters. When contacting our customer service, we can guarantee you will not be transferred around to different departments, having to explain your situation over and over again, until you are finally connected to the right person. Every representative is trained to assist customers on all levels of service.
      When calling other service providers for assistance, you often have to navigate a difficult menu and choose from options that may not relate to your particular issue. After choosing an option, you can expect to be on hold for at least 15 minutes before getting connected to a representative. This is not customer service! When calling Airvoice for assistance, you do not have to choose from a long list of options. Simply choose whether you need assistance in English or Spanish, and your call will be directed to a representative usually within less than a few minutes. With call waits significantly shorter than the average hold time for other service providers, Airvoice Customer Service has developed a reputation as the leader of customer support within the industry.

      Customers are not assisted only when contacting the support team. Each customer and their needs are taken into consideration on all levels of Airvoice Operations—from rate changes made by executives, to product distribution, to agent selection."

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    2. What are the two of the very best value plans of any MVNO?

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    3. AirVoice's $10/month plan is one of the very best PayGo plans. Their $30/month plan is also one of the very best values at the $30 price point, notwithstanding the "annoying" need to request the second half of your data (the big clue in the quiz). Note: Yesterday's article about Harbor Mobile reset the bar on $30/month plans, but it appeared hours after the quiz was posted. -O.P.

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    4. Yawn! Such a long Airvoice commercial.

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  10. Some presumptive math if no changes take place.
    $45/month on Allset plan with unlimited talk, text, and 500 MB data. Add the $20 3 GB bridge data good for 90 days.
    3 months Allset = $135 + $20 = $155. That's $51.67/month for unlimited talk, text, and potentially 4.5 GB data (or an average of 1.5 GB/month).
    Dennis, do you think this is a good deal? How would this rank compared to other prepaid deals assuming nothing changes with Allset?

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  11. That depends on whether Verizon MVNOs get LTE or not. If they don't ALLSET has no competition except Verizon postpaid.

    If Verizon MVNOs get LTE then Straight Talk's $35 for 3GB or PagePlus 1GB for $40 or 3GB for $55 at least look like better deals. But ALLSET has other advantages like availability in Verizon stores, competent 24/7 CS and probably highly subsidized phones that only work on ALLSET not MVNOs.

    Of course, if you don't need Verizon coverage just about every prepaid option is less expensive.

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    1. Also keep in mind that with ALLSET, you don't have any crazy service restrictions like no streaming and no hotspot usage. That alone makes paying VZW a little more very worthwhile.

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  12. Dennis, Straight Talk $35? Is that a typo? It remains to be seen if/and/or when the plan goes into effect. I love the Verizon network but competition is causing positive changes in the prepaid world. The cellular leader is boarding the lower price train. This is really good news!

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    1. Yes it's a typo. Straight Talk's plan with 3GB is $45/month not $35

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  13. Casey. Verizon has consistently placed number one in cust. Service. At&t usually dead last. It wasn't at&t who had the first large LTE network. It was Verizon. At they bot allowed to charge for that?

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    1. Verizon did an EXCELLENT job rolling out the first nationwide LTE network. With that said, it still doesn't cover the 3G network like they said it would by the end of 2013. Either network demand grew faster than expected or Verizon rested on their LTE laurels. I'm guessing a little of both. AT&T did the same thing when the iPhone started eating up their network. Verizon can charge whatever they want but don't expect the customers to stick around when an indistinguishable product exists for less. My only barrier was buying a new phone. Which is something I do about every year.

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  14. Casey ,in my area at&t in no existent , so my anecdotal evidence says Verizon is king , see how that works?

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    1. I'm sorry you assumed I was speaking for every market either/both offer service. If you honestly believe Verizon is a good company then please keep sending them money.

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  15. In Elizabeth City, NC you can depend on 3 cellular companies to give you deacent 4G. AT&T, Verizon (contract for now), Us Cellular (Contract for now). I had to flash my US Cellular Galaxy S4 to PagePlus 3G data (yuck) to continue using my S4. Since I run an internet Radio station playing Prograssive Rock, Classic Rock (The Legacy Nobex app) I need to have a stable 4G connection. My only hope is that when Verizon allows 4G data that PagePlus will have access and that I can get my phone re flashed to 4G. Fingers crossed.

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  16. The thing is that there are tons of good cheap older non XLTE/AWS capable Verizon clean esn postpaid Pantechs, LGs, and other Androids out there just waiting for a prepaid option like this. Till now you had to flash even a Verizon device to an mvno but that will change. still like the full byod that say Page Plus gets though but if its a Verizon lte phone, I know where I'm gonna use it.

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  17. Anyone heard a potential price for the certified preowned iphone 5?

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  18. I'd like to ask you guys a question: I got my Samsung Galaxy S4 flashed to PagePlus (3G for now). My my daughter in law bought (the same day I had my S4 Flashed) an LG Exceed 2 from Varozon. She is getting faster Data speeds than me and her signal and call quality is better. How can this be my S4 worked fine on US Cellular (Contract) but when I had it flashed to PagePlus I notice lower quality signal and Data than she gets. Doesn't PagePlus get the same access on 3G as the LG Exceed 2? someone please explain why this is the case.

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  19. Via Verizon Website PREPAID they may have SEPARATE prepaid plans for 3G Only Smartphones AND 4G Smartphones. Click - View Devices for Smartphone Plans/Choose Your Plan Type. Under - 4G Smartphone Plans it says COMMING SOON pretty much verifying 4G is coming to Verizon Prepaid

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    1. Separate plans for 4G likely means that 4G plans will be more expensive.

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