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Verizon Prepaid $45 Plan Gets 3 GB With Walmart Double Data For Life Promotion

Verizon / Walmart Double Data For Life Promo
Verizon Prepaid is running a promotion through Walmart that gives new customers 2 GB of data (3 GB with autopay) on the $45 dollar plan.

Signs mentioning this promo were first spotted by several Howard Forums users last week. According to the signs the offer is for new customers only and  adds 1 GB of bonus data to the $45 plan, which normally includes 1 GB of data. Enrolling in auto pay adds another 1 GB giving the $45 plan a total of 3 GB of data per month. The plan also includes unlimited talk and messaging, including SMS to the US, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Walmart sales associates and Verizon Prepaid Customer Support reps initially seemed unaware of this new offer. But now at least some Verizon reps know about it. Industry analyst Jeffry Moore of Wave 7 Research sent me this quote from a Verizon support chat rep:
Customers who purchase a 3G/4G smartphone or BYOD SIM Kit will receive an additional 1 GB of data for life. The additional 1 GB of data will remain on the account if $45 Smartphone Plan and MDN remain active.
To be eligible for the offer customers must purchase a phone or SIM at Walmart by  1/17/16 and activate it by 2/16/16.

This offer is similar to one that Verizon Prepaid ran last year during the holiday shopping season. Last year the bonus data wasn't automatically applied for customers who bough a SIM or phone from Walmart. You had to call in and ask for the bonus. It seemed as though Verizon reps didn't have any way of knowing if a SIM or device was purchased at Walmart or not. Some current users were even able to get the promotional 1 GB by calling Verizon Prepaid support and asking to be switched to "the Walmart plan". I don't know if that will work again this year but there's no harm in trying.

Source, image: HowardForums

Related post: Prepaid Operator Profile: Verizon

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  1. Double what AT&T offers at the same price point on GoPhone. But what about the $60 plan?

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    1. The double data offer doesn't apply to the $60 plan.

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    2. It is not really the same price point with AT&T because GoPhone Auto Refill, it is $5 cheaper. I think AT&Ts' adding 466.000 prepaid subs in Q3 and Verizon losing 80,000 prepaid might have had something to do with this new Promotion, ironically for new customers only. You are still paying a additional $5 premium on the use of Verizons Network.

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    3. @Tonda

      If you look at what Verizon prepaid unit has been doing with its smartphone plans over the past few years, Verizon has become more aggressive and giving customers better deals over time. IMO, Verizon's prepaid deals are competitive with other carrier's prepaid plans.

      As Dennis wrote, they had this type of promo last year and that predates the Q3 sub statistics. In logic, we would call your assertion a "post hoc ergo propter hoc" error.

      And as for whether or not GoPhone is cheaper, it has to do with extra "high speed" or 4G data, On the $45 GoPhone plan, you PAY A LOT more than Verizon for those extra data.

      Here's what ATT says about the $45 plan: "Data: Includes unlimited nationwide data usage with first 1.5GB high speed; thereafter data speeds reduced to max of 128Kbps for the rest of the term. A 500MB high-speed data package is available for 30 days for an additional charge of $10."

      Under Verizon prepaid plan, a user could get extra 3 GB of data for $20 (or about $6.67 per GB) while the GoPhone customer is paying $20 for only 1 GB of extra data (due to the rate of 500 MB per $10). Another way to see the comparison is for the same $10, Verizon customers get 1GB of data while the GoPhone customer get only 500 MB of data.

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    4. Verizon just upgraded its prepaid plan which includes $45/monthly plan. Now they have 2GB data (previous plan has only 1GB), so it means customers who got Verizon $45/monthly prepaid SIM card kit from Walmart can gain 4GB every month for life?

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    5. Nope, Verizon just gave everyone the Walmart plan. If you already had that plan you will not get an extra 1 GB.

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    6. " IMO, Verizon's prepaid deals are competitive with other carrier's prepaid plans."

      Price competitive? Maybe. Network competitive? Verizon is more than competitive: it's the clear winner. Somewhat better than AT&T, twice as good as T-Mobile, and 3 times as good as Sprint.

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  2. Straight Talk Verizon plan is 45 for 5gb is still better deal.

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    1. Until you have to deal w/America Movil CS. Been there, done that. No thank you, never again for me or anyone I advise re providers.

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    2. Verizon prepaid has faster data speeds though.

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    3. What the point of faster data speeds when you only get 3gb of it. I rather have 5gb of throttle data then 3gb anyday of the week.

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  3. Straight Talk has a history of losing their customers active phone numbers and throttling your data speed long before you run out of your allotted data. I rather deal with Verizon Prepaid where I can thether, stream video with my data without worrying about getting throttled.

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    1. You aren't just whistling dixie. When I was exploring switching carriers, I asked someone at Straight Talk about their early-throttling policy. The guy there said they can and will throttle for any whim.

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  4. Verizon geta, more competitive. If they had 10 gb for this price, Sprint and TMobile would have few customers left. Those are the "customers put up with a bad network becuase it is so much cheaper" options.

    Once it isn't so much cheaper, there's no need for them.

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  5. This is Verizon LTE data (no XLTE)?

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    1. XLTE is included if your phone supports LTE band 4.
      XLTE is just a made up Verizon marketing name. It's just what Verizon is calling band 4 LTE. AT&T and T-Mobile also offer LTE on band 4 without giving it a silly name.

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  6. Pure Talk USA is on ATT network and they have always offered 2GB and unlimited talk and text. Im always on facebook and pinterest and I never go over my data. People often get more data than they need anyway, and I'm tired of wasting my money on the big guys who don't even know I exist. I'll choose pure talk any day.

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  7. The day they do what AT&T did with GoPhone and offer unlimited data, throttled or not, then it's worth something. Until then, Verizon and Fran Scammo can keep their greed to themselves...

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  8. Wonder if this will fall in the same line as last year where current customers were able to get the additional 1 GB data with auto-pay in Jan 2015. Think they will bump up the data to 2 GB? I was thinking of taking advantage of Holiday specials that are starting at Sam's Club on Sat (only) for post paid of course. Should I stay on prepaid or go to the cursed post pay to get a more up to date phone? Choices, choices, choices.

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    1. Current customers already get 2 GB on the $45 plan with auto pay.

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    2. I was saying are they planning on increasing our data from 1 GB to 2 GB without autopay? Correct me if I'm wrong, but last year around this time, wasn't Verizon prepaid data only 500 MB? Then they had a Wal-mart deal that doubled the data to 1 GB without autopay for new customers, but after the holidays then everyone's data increased to 1 GB? So I was just thinking, maybe the base data will increase to 2 GB without autopa and then add 1 GB with autopay for ALL customers.

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  9. Does this offer also apply to new customers who purchase their Verizon prepaid phone on Walmart.com?

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  10. New VZW Prepaid Smartphone & Basic Phone Plans Now available. Verizon clearly took notice of AT&Ts' Q3 Prepaid Additions (466,00) compared to their Q3 loss of 80,000 prepaid subscribers.

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  11. Dennis....is there any additional tax and fee added toward 45 plan if it signs up for auto paying? Ty

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  12. yes there are state and local sales taxes added also maybe e911 and/or prepaid wireless tax when you sign up on Auto Pay with Verizon Prepaid.

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    1. Thanks for sharing. Any idea how many percents is? Ty

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    2. Anywhere from 0 to 20%. It varies by state and city, county or town. Verizion generally charges the same tax as would be charged if you bought a refill card at a local Walgreens, Best Buy or Target.

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  13. Why didn't I receive double data?

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  14. Dennis...do you think new activation for this offer includes porting over number as well? Ty

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    1. A new activation is a new activation whether you port a number or not. However porting a number to an existing account is not a new activation.

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  15. Talked to Verizon support and they claim the double data for life is for contract customers. Everything I've seen says it's for prepaid $45 monthly plan only. What can I do?

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    1. The double data promotion is for customers who buy a Verizon Prepaid phone or SIM at Walmart and activate it as a new line of service on the $45 Verizon Prepaid plan.

      If you qualify and didn't get the extra 1 GB of data keep calling Verizon support until you get a rep who knows what they are doing.

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    2. You need to buy either the Verizon phone or SIM card kit on 45 plan only from Walmart during the promotion period. I aware that not all Verizon customer support seem to know about the promotion. However, my own experience when activating the SIM card kit is that once the SIM card number input on the system, the system will distinguish that the SIM is belonged to Walmart promotion and will add 1 GB bonus. Hope this will help.

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  16. I'm not finding this info... what if I run out of data on verizon prepaid. Do we get cutoff completely or slow speed?

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    1. Cut off. You can buy more data if needed.

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  17. I have $60 plan unlimited talk and text and 2 gigs of data on Verizon contract ends month 10 .. and I can get my free upgrade for a phone but would have to sign another contract .. would this new pre-paid plan be better does it allow you the same coverage ?!

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    1. No, unlike Verizon postpaid, Prepaid doesn't include free off-network voice and data roaming (aka "Extended Network") On Prepaid roaming calls cost 20¢/minute and roaming data is only available is some roaming areas.

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    2. I currently activated a Moto X Pure with the Verizon sim card from Wal-Mart. $60 for 6GB w/autopay.

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    3. I currently activated a Moto X Pure with the Verizon sim card from Wal-Mart. $60 for 6GB w/autopay.

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