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Verizon Adds More Data to Prepaid Plans

Verizon Wireless has increased the amount of data included with its prepaid smartphone plans:

  • The $45 plan's data allowance goes from 1 GB (2 GB with auto pay) to 2 GB (3 GB with auto pay).
  • The $60 plan gets bumped up from 3 GB (4 GB with auto pay) to 5 GB (6 GB with auto pay).
Both plans also include unlimited domestic voice minutes and messaging plus unlimited SMS text messaging to Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Data on Verizon Prepaid plans is hard capped. When you use up your data allowance, data stops until the plan renews. If this happens you can buy more data:

  • 500 MB good for 30 days for $5
  • 1 GB good for 90 days for $10
  • 3 GB good for 90 days $20.
Unlike all Verizon MVNOs, where data speeds are throttled to 5 Mbps maximum, Verizon Prepaid data is unthrottled. Download speeds as high as 95 Mbps have been reported, although 20 Mbps or less is typical.

There are no changes to Verizon's $30 Smartphone plan which includes unlimited talk and messaging and unlimited texting to Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada, but no data.  The $15 and $30 plans for basic phones are also unchanged.

Source: Verizon

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  1. Does anyone know how much are the taxes for the Verizon prepaid $45 plan?

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    1. Taxes vary by state and county, city or town. With Verizon taxes should be the same online as if you bought a Verizon Prepaid airtime card at a local store.

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    2. It's about time other carriers,including big Tracfone follow their lead.

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    3. there are zero taxes on prepaid cards.... that's why people choose prepay instead of post pay

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    4. exactly.... a 45. pre pay card is 45. when you purchase it at the register.... nothing added.... the plan should really be advertised as 35.+tax BC that's what it really is.... which is even a better bargain and what a post paid customer would pay on their bill

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    5. Most states charge sales tax on airtime cards, some also charge an e911 fee. If yours doesn't, lucky for you.

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  2. Verizon $60 5GB(6GB)
    AT&T $60 5GB
    T Mobile $60 10GB
    Sprint $55 6GB

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    1. How do the MVNOs compare to the MNOs price wise?
      I know that the speeds are decreased.
      Ckicket has 10 GB for $55 (auto pay)
      Rok Mobile is $50 for 5 GB plus unlimited premium music.
      I guess Dennis will update the list as he always does. :)

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  3. Roaming options available?

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    1. Text roaming is free
      Voice roaming is 20¢/minute
      Data roaming is officially not available but some Verizon Prepaid customers have reported getting LTE data for free while roaming on Verizon's LTE in Rural America partner carriers

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  4. Oh Verizon you guys just keep shaking up the prepaid industry and these new plans will surely keep Metro, Cricket and Boost on there toes, Not lol.

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    1. On thing for sure, Verizon is not trying to be the King of Prepaids. With Verizon, you are paying for coverage. Metro and Boost does not have Verizon's coverage. Cricket does have good coverage in comparison to Verizon.

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    2. They don't need to shake anything up, you don't know much about business.

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    3. Dumb comment, Verizon gets full speed data and a huge LTE network, you can keep your slow, 3rd class data.

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    4. I'm pretty sure I was just being funny and sarcastic in my comment above, you guys took that to seriously.

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  5. Additional data at the higher tiers will put more pressure on At&t's GoPhone as well as T-Mobile prepaid. Verizon is being sly by adding data but holding the price. Unfortunately, with the hyper competitiveness of the prepaid market, holding the price my not be an option.

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  6. 45 for 3gb on verizon is good. I might switch but i don't like not having to be able to switch sim on the fly to my other phones that i have. that why I like GSM better. It give you more option.

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    1. get a iphone or a nexus phone. they work on all carriers. I swap my sim between iphone and android all the time. works like a champ, on verizon prepaid.

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  7. Hey this is Good News for us folks who want stable networks and who want to be able to tether as a back up and not have to hack around the system in order to get it to work. When will I get the 5GB instead of 2 for my $60 plan as I paid for it on the 1st of this month?

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  8. I'll go back to vzw prepaid when they start offering insurance for their phones

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    1. Just keep an extra phone in a drawer just in case you lose or break your phone. Phone insurances are typically for the benefit of the insurers, not the insurees.

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    2. Do you shop on eBay? Best Buy has a store on eBay and their Verizon prepaid phones are usually cheaper than Verizon's store and have better sales PLUS you can get an extended warranty through Squaretrade, a waaaaaay cheaper "insurance" than Verizon. Now if you're looking for the accidental drop and spill insurance, i'm not sure about that part, but look into them, I have yet to be disappointed with Squaretrade.

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    3. Has anyone talked to a rep yet? This statement kind of looks like you ahve to be a new customer, "When you sign up for a prepaid plan and activate a smartphone, you’ll get 2 gigabytes of data for $45 or 5 gigabytes of data for $60." Or could it be translated as "When you renew your plan, blah blah blah". What does anyone think?

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    4. go to square.com and insure your phone! cheap too! Any phone

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    5. I think you mean SquareTrade.com. Square is for processing credit cards with your phone.

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  9. Looks like you have to buy a new phone or be a new Verizon prepaid customer to get the new prepaid plans from Verizon. I am currently a Verizon prepaid customer and I called customer support to change and they told me I would have to buy a new phone to get the plan.

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    1. Since it was just released I’m waiting for them to update the plan system. They usually put some sort of restriction for new users only, then in a few months its available to everyone. Im sure they’ll allow it soon enough otherwise other carriers provide excellent deals.

      Otherwise you can port your number out to Google Voice then activate your same phone as a new line and get the 2GB plan right off the bat.

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  10. What day are these plans go into effect? I renew later this week and have auto pay.

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    1. The plans changes went into effect 2/4/16. However current customers must call support to get support to get the added data, they will not be automatically upgraded.

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    2. you will be automatically upgraded!!! The next time your plan renews for the month!!!

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    3. It is live online right now! Just go into your Verizon account and change your plan the day of your renewal or the day before and change it to the 2 GB plan. If I remember right from last year when they doubled the data from 500 MB to 1 GB you had to manually do the change otherwise you are stuck on your 1 GB plan till next month.

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    4. But then again, since you are auto-pay do they upgrade you automatically? I have never done auto-pay so I'm not sure how that works, Dennis?

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    5. Verizon might upgrade you automatically or not. If I were you on the day of my renewal I'd go into my account and switch to the upgraded plan or call Verizon and ask to be upgraded.

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  11. I see on the Verizon Prepaid website they are offering a $25 credit for 3 months when you port in. Just wondering if anyone has followed up on this yet for more details. I'm mainly wondering if you have to buy the SIM kit from their website or if I can get it anywhere else...

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    1. I know this message is a month old but I just switched over and the sim card was overnighted to me for free. No charge for the sim.

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  12. It is policy for Verizon to NOT automatically upgrade. Since many older generation customers get very upset when their plans change, even when they get more for their money. If you are an existing customer, you must opt-in yourself, by choice.

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