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 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.
- $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.
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||$45||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||1 GB 4|
|Smartphone Plan||$60||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||3 GB 4|
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.
- For more about Verizon Prepaid see our Prepaid Operator Profile: Verizon.
- For a comparison of Verizon Prepaid and Verizon based MVNOs see Verizon and Verizon MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared .
- To learn how to get an extra GB of data on the $45 Smartphone plan see: Verizon Prepaid $45 Plan Gets 3 GB With Walmart Double Data For Life Promotion.