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Verizon Adds $30 Unlimited Talk and Text Smartphone Plan With No Data!

Verizon Wireless made a number of changes to its prepaid plans yesterday. Verizon offers separate suites of plans for Smartphones and for Basic Phones and made changes to both.

Smartphone Plan changes include:

  • A new $30/month Smartphone plan with unlimited talk and messaging but no data and no option to add data either!
  • The $60/month Smartphone plan's data allowance has been increased from 2.5 to 3 GB
Verizon's plans for "Basic" phones have been completely revamped. The Basic Phone Plans only work with Verizon branded basic feature phones that don't support LTE and don't have full web browsers.

  • Verizon's old Pay by the Day and Pay by the Minute PayGo plans have been eliminated and are no longer available to new users. 
  • Also gone is the $35/month Basic Phone plan with unlimited talk, text and 500 MB of mobile web. 
The discontinued plans have been replaced by two new Basic Phone Plans for feature phones:

  • $15/month for a 300 total minutes plus texts plus MMS combined and unlimited mobile web. If you go over the 300 minutes and messages it will cost you 25¢ per overage minute and 20¢ per overage message.
  • $30/month for unlimited minutes, messaging and mobile web.
Data, aka mobile Web, on the Basic Phone plans only works with the preinstalled browsers and apps on Verizon's feature phones. According to Verizon, "Mobile Web does not provide full web browsing".

Current users on the discontinued plans are grandfathered and can keep their plans indefinitely.

The table below lists all of Verizon's current prepaid Plans:
Plan Monthly Cost Voice Minutes Texts 1 MMS Data
Basic Phone PlanPlan $15 300 total minutes plus texts plus MMS 2 unlimited mobile web 3
Basic Phone Plan $30 unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited mobile web 3
Smartphone Plan $30 unlimited unlimited unlimited none
Smartphone Plan $45 unlimited unlimited unlimited 1 GB 4
Smartphone Plan $60 unlimited unlimited unlimited 3 GB 4
Includes texts to Canada, Mexico & Puerto Rico.
2 Overage 25¢ per minute, 20¢ per text.
3 Mobile web is 2G and 3G only and only works with the browsers and apps.pre-installed on Verizon feature phones.
4 Auto pay customers get 1 GB of additional bonus data. Add on "Bridge" data packages are available at: $5 500 MB/30 days, $10 1GB/90 days, $20 3GB/90 days.

Other than a meager 0.5 GB data increase on the $60 plan, these changes seem mainly designed to help Verizon retain feature phone customers and improve prepaid average revenue per user (ARPU). Verizon has been losing postpaid feature phone customers to lower cost operators for several quarters. The new Basic Phone plans and the $30 Smartphone plan give Verizon retention specialists a new weapon to encourage talk and text only feature phone customers to stay in the Verizon family. Dropping PayGo raises the minimum monthly cost of Verizon prepaid from $10 to $15 which over time will push ARPU up.

Source: Verizon


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  1. It's odd comparing these prices to other services.

    Metro is truly unlimited at $60, Cricket is 5GB at $50, Boost is 2GB at $30, Project Fi has unlimited talk/text for $20, and RingPlus/FreedomPop have free service. The only benefit of these plans is Verizon's coverage, but you basically trade off a usable bucket of data just to get service. At that point you have to wonder if it's really worth the premium if you barely talk/text.

    I really hope T-Mobile and Sprint expand their service.

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    1. "....Cricket is 5GB at $50..."

      It's actually 10GB for $55 with autopay. Yeah, that's $5 more, but there's a huge difference.

      "I really hope T-Mobile and Sprint expand their service"

      I hope so to, but claims of improvement all seem to be smoke and mirrors.

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    2. Actually, a five dollar increase over a 30 day billing period amounts to very little.

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    3. Yeah, too bad it's not $20/mo instead of $30/mo. You wouldn't get wifi calling If my memory serves me right, but it'd be more enticing than Project-Fi with their "Bridge" data packs if they were an option with it. Verizon please learn from this!

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  2. This is a joke of a plan. Compare Verizon to Cricket or GoPhone as ATT own both those companies. Verizon still trying to capitalize on a so called better network. Keep on using tag lines like that and you will find yourself the same way RIM did with the Blackberry. Failure to stay innovative leads to huge churn.

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    1. Speaking of Cricket, I wonder what happened to the anticipated 2nd half of their holiday promotion plans? If that's it, I'm definitely underwhelmed.

      AT&T must be worried about Cricket cannibalizing the main brand

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    2. " Failure to stay innovative leads to huge churn."

      Verizon truly has the best network. If money were no object, I'd be with a deluxe Verizon plan in a heartbeat. Innovation, shminovation: there's really none needed in this market, is there? Things are pretty settled in data, voice, and text: no innovation, imagination, creativity needed: just provide the best value in those to succeed. Just like there's no innovation needed in selling water, electrical service, and white rice.

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    3. Well... geography is everything. If you use your phones mainly in urban areas, than Verizon does NOT have any advantage over AT&T, very similar coverage, cell tower count, etc. In the boonies however is a totally different story. Verizon has a MUCH better coverage, hand down.

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  3. Until they offer unlimited throttled data, there not an option. All the other carriers including Sprint prepaid now offer it, everyone doesn't have WiFi so being shut off after you reach a certain amount of gigs doesn't work.

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  4. Really wonder who will buy these plans.. Outrageously costly.. Just 1GB for $45?.. Giv mobile/PTEL gives same for $30 including intl call credit..

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    1. Giv/PTel only lets you use that data in a small part of the lower 48 (T-Mobile based)..leaving much of entire states, even east of the Mississippi, as places where the phone is useless... while Verizon lets you use that overpriced 1GB in the vast majority of the territory. That's one way this Verizon deal clobbers anything T-Mobile related. Now, the thing is, on the decent coverage front, there are other good values, such as Cricket,which don't make this Verizon deal a good deal just about anywhere.

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    2. The Tmobile network covers over 300M people now. It's never a "good value" to buy services you don't need. Verizon has to spread FUD to keep most of their customers paying more than they have to pay.

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    3. That's 300 million if they never leave their home addresses. A near worthless stat for MOBILE phones. Truth be told, T Mobile covers half of the area where Americans live, work, and play than Verizon does. It's always a good value to get service that you need: the ability to actually use the phone.

      Verizon customers pay a lot more than TMobile customers and they get a lot more for it.

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    4. You invent the ultimate strawman argument. Pretending that radio beams stop at people's driveways and end when they walk outside their office building. People are not that stupid, and know how to read coverage maps without your "help." Who is paying you to do this? Or is this the only thing you have to do with your time?

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  5. Wake me when Verizon really wants to play the wireless game! Like always, this plan is underwhelming!

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    1. "Wake me when Verizon really wants to play the wireless game! Like always, this plan is underwhelming!"

      They play by providing at least a few bars of service almost everywhere in the US.....and two of the major carriers (T-Mobile and Sprint) lose the game by forfeit with lousy coverage. The cold hard reality overcomes any hype.

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  6. I do not know if you already knew about these changes or used my tip from the comment I posted this morning to alert you of these changes. The web browser on the verizon basic phones is limited many web pages will not load. It is easy however to carry around a lightweight basic phone such as their Samsung Gusto 3 and stay in touch for $15/month. Stay in touch equates to 10 minutes a day for voice or text and check several lightly loaded webpages that the verizon browser supplies. For $30/month the new unlimited talk text data compares to the ATT $30 per month unlimited talk and text but with unlimited light web browsing included. So for $30 Verizon is the better deal. Also for $30 Boost Mobile, with auto refill and MetroPCS without auto refill have better plans than the Verizon basic $30. Overall the MetroPCS $60 plan can not be beat since it not only provides unlimited voice, text and 4g LTE but unlimited slow speed tethering with an upfront high speed 4g LTE until throttled. Customers can cut out home internet, home landline, home cable or satellite service and replace all with MetroPCS for $60/month

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    1. "Overall the MetroPCS $60 plan can not be beat since it not only provides unlimited voice, text and 4g LTE but unlimited slow speed tethering with an upfront high speed 4g LTE until throttled"

      It is easily beat in most of the US, because T-Mobile (the base of MetroPCS) won't provide coverage, while Verizon and AT&T will.

      All the good data deals are worthless if you get 0 bars in most places.

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  7. The 30 smartphone plan at lease should give you 500mb of data. But no data and no data add no. that sucks.

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  8. A smartphone plan with no way to add data is an idea from idots. Who authorizes these stupid plans they come out with? Total wireless is $25 unlimited talk and text and can add carry over data on the same verizon network.

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  9. The only problem with Total wirless is you got to buy a phone from them. The slection is thin. No go phone. They need to have a BYOP program.

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    1. They do. My Moto g is on it right now. Need a 3g phone though of course

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  10. The Verizon $30 prepaid plan does provide unlimited data on their basic phones but not on their smartphones. Many people in the USA pay for home internet, home landline, home cable TV or Satellite TV and their cellphone. The prepaid services of MetroPCS - $60/month, Boost Mobile $60/month, Tmobile $80/ month replaces most of those home costs And includes the cellphone.

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  11. The only way the Verizon plans are good is if you have to have their coverage because you can't get any other network in the areas you live and visit. If you are within T-Mobile or AT&T coverage, there is no reason to overpay with Verizon.

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  12. Verizon made $4 billion dollars in profits in 3 months. Which is more than AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile combine. So people must like their coverage and network. Clearly Verizon does not care or need to chase prepaid customers like the other carriers. And their plans reflect that.

    If you do some research the $30 feature phone unlimited plan would not be bad if you buy the LG Exalt or Exalt 2 feature phones. They come pre-installed with Opera Mini. So it could be more useful than you think. Opera Mini can get you on most websites with no problems. Opera mini works great on 1X data speed as well.

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  13. Verizon will outperform with these new prepaid plans. They are catering to those that can afford service quality, the same bunch that pays for cable, satelite, and or home phone and internet service. They do not want the undesirable freeloaders. Sprint, T-Mobile and the rest of the prepaid services can learn from Verizon and enjoy more profitable results from their prepaid consumers.

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    1. Verizon is in the prepaid basement, 4th place out of 4 and these changes will not do anything to change that. They are just trying not to sink even further behind, given the excellent prepaid changes made by the other 3 major carriers. Verizon will always underperform in prepaid.

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    2. If Verizon is doing so well, why even offer prepaid services if they don't need the "freeloaders" as you call them. That doesn't even make sense.
      If they are going to go into the prepaid services, they need to go all the way in and dominate that arena as well. So far their plans are nothing impressive aside from the coverage of course.

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  14. Dennis. Is it me or the people who comment on here have no clue on how a business is run. Verizon maybe last in the number of Prepaid customers they have on the books, which means nothing because they're are first in profits. That's like the people who brag about Samsung selling more phones than Apple, but Apple makes more profits from their phones than Samsung. It's all about profit's

    Yes, T-Mobile is adding more customers every quarter than Verizon, but their profits from that is next to nothing. Verizon does not need to chase Prepaid customers. It's as simple as that.

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    1. If you bleed customers every quarter you don't know much about business either. Apple isn't losing customers so their system works. Verizon needs to retain what they have got or profits disappear. Simple as that

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  15. Clearly you know zero about the phone business. Verizon made $4 billion dollars in profits for the quarter while losing prepaid customers.

    T-Mobile made only $100 million dollars in profits while adding way more prepaid customers than Verizon. You do the math. If you know how. Verizon losing prepaid customers is not effecting their profits. While T-Mobile gives away the store, adding low paying prepaid customers and not make any real profits from them. I hope the people making these comments dont handle the money in their family.

    BTW. Churn happens to every carrier, every quarter. But Verizon seems to continue to make billions of dollars in profits every quarter.

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    1. Yep sounds Verizon's fan club. Maybe you should realize there's more than T-mobile out there stealing verizon customers. Verizon is already reinstating activation fees to make up for losses. Don't see how your family has any money left if you overpay for everything. Maybe because you think you're smarter than the rest of America I guess

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    2. Yup. I'm a fan of Verizon the stock and the product. Again, I hope you don't handle the money for your family. Companies add fees for varies reasons. If you do some research before you post, Verizon will net $122 million in profits from that fee. So your point is what? They added a fee to pad their bottom line. Yup. Read below what a stock analyst said about that fee. You can hate on Verizon all you want, but Verizon knows how to run their business to a profit.

      Colby Synesael, analyst at Cowen & Co., noted that the activation fee will add a sizable chunk of change to Verizon's bottom line. He expects Verizon to make $189 million in additional revenue next year from the new activation fee, adding $122 million in profit.

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    3. Like I said give Verizon all your money. Then they will be sure to make more profit. I'd rather have the money in my pocket than in Verizon's but hey give them all you want professor. Just because you think you're smart doesn't mean you are.

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    4. I love internet hate. Why? Because 99% of all internet hate about people and products is never based on anything factual. The hate comments you see about people and products never have any facts.

      You do know there are premium products in multiple categories like cars, jewelry, clothes, electronics, services. Most consumers understand that if you like premium products, it will cost you more money for that premium. Some people feel Verizon is a premium product. Those customers are willing to pay more for Verizon because they feel Verizon provides them with premium service. Does that mean they're just giving their money away to Verizon? No.

      That's like if you stayed at Motel 6 on your vacation, and I stay at the Marriott, Does that mean I'm throwing my money away to Marriott? No.

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    5. If you use total wireless, it's like having a coupon to stay at the Marriott.

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  16. My two cents...
    There are better deals out there than Verizon prepaid unless you absolutely need their coverage.
    As a customer, I just want the best deal available no matter who provides our how many billion dollars they make in profits.
    I'm lucky I live in the city so any company gives me the coverage I need so for me, the less expensive the better. I know that's not the case with everyone so other people don't have that choice.

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    1. For those that absolutely need Verizon coverage there are better deals to be had on Verizon MVNOs than on Verizon prepaid. For the same $30 on Page Plus you can get 1500 min, unlimited text, 1 GB LTE data. Unless you talk more than 50 min on your phone everyday you don't need unlimited minutes. If you can get by with even fewer minutes then Tracfone BYOD on Verizon is an even better deal that comes out far cheaper than $30 per month.

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  17. I do use more than the 1500 talk minutes on average in a month. Mostly for work and conference calls on the go. I would need more minutes than that most months.
    Fortunately both AT&T and T-Mobile mvnos provide that service and the coverage I need.

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  18. Red pocket Verizon plan $19.99 and envie mobile $25 plan.. U can feature or smartphone

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  19. Do you know if the new $30 smartphone plan is able to receive and send MMS?

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    1. Of course it is. Use WiFi or a hotspot to send and receive MMS.

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    2. The question is a valid one. MMS requires cellular data not WiFi. On plans without data, GoPhone and T-Mobile Prepaid permit data use for MMS only, I suspect Verizon does too but the Verizon site doesn't say. We won't know for sure until someone on the Verizon $30 plan tests it.

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    3. I have the $30 Smartphone Plan: unlimited talk and text (Wi-Fi only) on an iPhone 4. When I first signed up, for the first few days, I was able to send picture messages to non-apple phones, but now I can only send picture messages over iMessage to other iPhones. I have tried every setting I could find and also completely reset the phone and it still will not send pictures to anything but an iPhone.

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  20. I was wondering if maybe you had any inside information on this.

    Before with Verizon Prepaid when on the $45 Allset Plan if I couldn't make the full payment I'd add $15 and it would let me use it as if it was Pay As You Go with $.25 per minute and $.20 per text message.

    Apparently the Allset Plans are gone now with the introduction of the new $30 plan. This month I added my $15 but I cant make calls or texts, it says that I don't have enough balance on my account.

    Do you have any information on Verizon Prepaid smartphone monthly plans no longer being used as Pay As You Go if the full monthly balance plan isn't paid.

    Thanks

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    1. I haven't heard anything about that, but Verizon Pay As You Go was discontinued 11/16/15 except for grandfathered users. I guess they don't consider monthly plan users grandfathered pay as you go users. It could also be a system glitch, try calling CS and see what they.

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    2. Oh really it was discontinued? That's probably why then. I just looked over the prepaid terms of service and there's definitely revision, the main one saying if you don't pay your full balance you cant use your phone at all. I remember before it said that you could still use it as a Pay As You Go rate.

      Alright thank you very much for the information. You saved me a trip to the store.

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