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Verizon Prepaid Increases Auto Pay Bonus Data to 1 GB

Verizon Prepaid Smarphone plan customers who enroll in auto pay now get an extra 1 GB of data every month. The auto pay bonus had been 500 MB.  Customers switching to auto pay will get the bonus after they make their first auto payment, current auto pay customers will receive it beginning with their net auto payment.

With the bonus data, auto pay customers on Verizon's $45 plan get 2GB of data per month and $60 plan users get 3.5 GB. Both plans also include unlimited voice minutes and messaging.

Verizon describes the bonus as a limited time offer but doesn't indicate when the offer will end. They do say that anyone who enrolls in auto pay during the promo gets to keep getting the bonus data as long as their auto pay is active.

Customers who need even more data can add one 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 
The increased bonus finally makes auto pay a better deal than buying airtime from an online airtime vendor like CallingMart.com. That's because Verizon charges taxes on auto pay averaging about 10% in most states.  Callingmart not only doesn't charge tax but they also discount the price of Verizon airtime by up to 7%.

Source: Verizon

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  1. Does anyone know how much are the taxes on Verizon prepaid (auto pay) in Chicago, Illinois?
    Thanks

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    1. Chicago, IL SALES TAX is 9.25% and the E911service FEE is an insane 9.00% so if you are gonna go with the $60 Dollar Allset Plan with Verizon Prepaid it would be around $71 in ChicagoLand.

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    2. Thanks. I'm on a $45 postpaid Verizon plan (with 250Mb of data) which was available only for a limited time last year and my regular charges (in Chicago) amount to $56.81 (as of last month) and keep growing by few cents every month. I was hoping the prepaid uses different rules - as I see there would be not much difference. I currently buy data from ST for $10/GB, so the 2GB of data I could tether would make the prepaid $45 plan a contender after my contract expires in July. The 18.25% charges - a deal breaker for me.

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  2. I will use callingmart and still come out ahead because no taxes!

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  3. If you do the math, Callingmart is still a better deal. You can put $65 in your account for $60.85. If you buy 3GB of bridge data using Callingmart, its will cost you $60.85 for 4GB of data and monthly plan. Plus that data can be used for $90 days.

    If you buy the 3GB of bridge data, and use 1GB of data a month for 3 months, your monthly bill would average out to be $48.05, No Tax for 2GB of data a using Callingmart. That will still be cheaper for most people.

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    1. Using callingmart pins $55.80 for the $60 Monthly Plan Which includes 2.5 GB. using callingmart pins $18.60 for 3GB of data that last 90 days. if you use 1GB a month of add-on data you monthly cost would be $62/Month.

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    2. I see. For the $45 plan with 2GB a month through callingmart with 7% discount, the final cost would be $48.05

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  4. Could you please Clarify this a little better Anonymous.

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    1. Google Callingmart.com and create yourself an account. If you use Callingmart to pay your bill, it will be cheaper than using Verizon auto-pay. The current promo code is mom157 for Verizon Prepaid. Click Verizon Unlimited Plan for the amount you want to add to your account. Callingmart will send you a pin number. Type that number into your My Verizon account.

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  5. Per the callingmart website, 3gb of data only last 30 days. Verizon sells 3gb that lasts 90 days. I called callingmart and they verified the 30 day expiration which is a deal killer unless this is a typo.

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    1. The CallingMart is a PIN seller for dozens of Prepaid operators, they don't have any control over or reason to care how long Verizon Bridge Data PINs last. CallingMart evidently has some incorrect or outdated information about Verizon Bridge Data.

      It doesn't matter how long CallingMart believes add-on data is good for because all CallingMart Verizon PINs, regardless whether they are labeled as Top Up, Refill, Monthly Plan or Data Plan just add cash to your Verizon prepaid account balance. That cash can be used to buy extra data, pay for roaming or international calls, top up a pay as you go plan or renew a monthly plan.

      The process to purchase extra data using a CallingMart PIN is:
      Call *611 and follow the prompts or log in to your My Verizon online dashboad
      Add the CallingMart PIN
      Add a Bridge Data package
      When asked out you want to pay for the package choose account balance

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    2. Calling mart description is incorrect it should say 90 days for the $10/1GB & $20/3GB. You get 90 days.

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  6. Excellent post. Verizon prepaid plus Callingmart is a stealth value. You really don't hear much about this anywhere else, thank you!

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  7. Does California get charged taxes on Verizon autopay? California doesn't charge sale taxes on prepaid usually not sure what taxes are being charged by Verizon

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    1. According to AT&T GoPhone E911 Information there is NO Fee imposed for California-based billing address zip codes.

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  8. Can anybody on current $45 plan in the Houston area or texas tell me what they are paying for specific taxes on their statements with autopay so I can compare to Callingmart discounted prices? Purchasing the equivalent CallingMart Verizon $45 plan (1GB) plus 1GB (good for 90 days) would be $51.15 ($41.85+$9.30) if using normally recurring 7% discount code that changes month to month. No taxes are charged. With new Verizon autopay adding 1GB totaling 2GB I'm curious to see what total price is for my specific area (Houston). The help would be appreciated.

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    1. I am assuming you are talking about a Verizon $45 POST-PAID plan here because you mentioned Statements which there are no statements with prepaid. Here is a Link showing all of Texas' taxes ,surcharges and fees. http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/additionalcharges/index.jsp?_requestid=8833

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    2. Let me rephrase...Can anybody on current $45 plan in the Houston area or texas tell me what they are paying for specific taxes for their accounts with autopay so I can compare to Callingmart discounted prices? Purchasing the equivalent CallingMart Verizon $45 plan (1GB) plus 1GB (good for 90 days) would average $44.95 ($41.85+$9.30 over 3 months average) if using normally recurring 7% discount code that changes month to month. No taxes are charged. In article above there is a misleading statement "The increased bonus finally makes auto pay a better deal than buying airtime from an online airtime vendor like CallingMart.com". I'm trying to show that this is not necessarily true. With new Verizon Autopay adding 1GB totaling 2GB I'm curious to see what total price is for my specific area (Houston) to see if its worth micromanaging account every month with Callingmart.

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    3. Texas State sales tax 6.25% , Local Sales tax - Houston 2%, E911 Fee 2% = 10.25% $49.61 with Verizon directly 1gb + 1Gb with auto pay for two GB. Using callingmart pin for $45 plan times 7% discount =$3.15 you pay $41.85 you get 1 gb of data. take your Pick.

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    4. Thank you for the replies on my original question. I will stick with my average $44.95 (over three month periods) purchasing $45 plans + 1 GB (every3 months) from Callingmart.

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    5. It would be cheaper if you brought the 3GB of data for $20 every 3 months on Callingmart. After the discount on Callingmart, they charge you 18.65 no tax, and the data last 90 days. Also, I don't buy my bridge data until I get under 100MB.

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    6. Where are you getting the 7% discount from? All I see is a 3% discount listed on the CallingMart website.

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  9. Thanks Dennis for clarifying the refill process. Great information on this site.
    FYI, I'm in MI and Verizon adds 7.9% to my refills.

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  10. State or Local E911 Fee Resource: http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/gophoneE911.html

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  11. If I have a Verizon LTE phone on Straight Talk Verizon LTE BYOP, can I take it to Verizon prepaid - at a later date? (Assuming I discontinue Straight Talk service and remove the phone from my ST account).

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    1. Theoretically yes. Many people have had a hard time getting Straight Talk to release phones so they can be used om MVNOs. That may not be an issue when going from Straight to Verizon itself. I haven't heard of anyone trying it though.

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  12. I was messing with one of my Verizon Straight Talk phones back when it was only 3G before activating it. For fun I dialed 611 and got a Verizon recording. I'm willing to bet they are VErizon phones to start with and one should be able to put in on Verizon really easy. The 4G ones its a matter of a sim card. I had a contract 4G phone I lost service on count of my Stepchild. Anyway the neighbor wanted my Droid 4 and she had an LG 4G phone with the same size SIM. We put her sim into my old phone and it worked. So I gave her the phone so she would have one. If I only knew prepaid Verizon would have ever allowed 4G I would have bought a SIM and activated it with the $60 plan.

    Moral of the story is I bet you could stick a Verizon or Page Plus SIM into the Straight Talk phone as long as its been 6 months and it should work. Same thing with GSM AT&T phones. I'd at least give it a try what do you have to lose? Page Plus and Verizon do have some nice phones in case it don't work. The Motorola LUGE is affordable and 4G. If you want a Galaxy S4 or an LG G2 you can get those at a nice price refurbished. I watch all the time in case my phone stops working and I'd have to jump and buy one ASAP on the count of my Radio Station.

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  13. Verizon will soon be a giant not a 'baby' Bell. They are buying AOL for $4.4 Billion. Don't expect the FCC to blink an eye. The lobbyists and contributions will get the job done.
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102670331

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  14. I’m on Verizon Prepaid using a 3G phone. As for 4G phones I see you need a SIM card.

    I don’t have a “My Verizon” account, I can’t use the app, I use the automated number to pay for my phone and access a few options.

    How are SIM cards activated, can I buy one at a Best Buy or Walmart and put it on the 4G device and will it work automatically? (With my 3G device I just opened the package and selected to activate my phone with a new number through the prompt.) Or do I have to talk to a rep and have it activated. I do know you can activate it online however that forces you to create a “My Verizon” account which is what I don’t want.

    Are phone numbers tied to the SIM card? If I wanted to change my number would I need a new SIM or could I get a new number automatically through the phone automated service like I can with my 3G device.

    If I wanted to continuously switch from a 4G phone to 3G and vice versa. Would it require a new SIM card whenever I re-activate the 4G device?

    Hopefully you can answer a few of my questions. Thanks.

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    1. You can get a SIM by calling Verizon prepaid support telling them you have an LTE phone you want to switch your account to and need a SIM. You should also be able to get one from a Verizon dealer including BestBuy or a Walmart that has a full service mobile center.

      To activate SIM you need to call Verizon Prepaid support or use the website to switch your service to the SIM.

      I'm not sure whether Verizon requires a new SIM when changing phone numbers or switching from a 3G phone to a 4G and back again. Some carriers do, some don't You will need to ask Verizon support that when you call them

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