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Verizon Rewards Auto Pay Prepaid Customers with Extra Gigabyte of Data

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This may be the perfect season for flowers to bloom and grow, but that's not the only thing growing this season. Earlier, Verizon announced that they will be increasing the monthly data allotted for each of their prepaid customers. The announcement shows that the carrier has plans of adding an extra gigabyte of data for Auto Pay customers as well as adding international calling options.

Customers under Verizon's $45 and $60 prepaid plans with Auto Pay will be receiving an extra gigabyte of data. Beginning May 15, customers who have signed up for Auto Pay will be getting 3GB and 6GB of data, respectively. It is also possible to purchase additional data for $10 per GB. 

This isn't the first time Verizon offered the extra gigabyte of data to its Auto Pay customers. Back in February, this had already rolled out but as a promotional offer. This time around, Verizon assures its customers that the pricing structure will be permanent.

Aside from the extra gigabyte of data, Verizon shares that its $60 prepaid plan will now come with unlimited talk to Canada and Mexico. Meanwhile, customers under the $45 plan may add 1,000 minutes of talk time to make calls to Canada and Mexico for an additional $10 per month charge. The two plans also come with unlimited talk and text in the US as well as unlimited texting to Canada and Mexico.

The extra gigabyte of data is an initiative of Verizon to make their customers happy with the services they provide. On its earnings call, the carrier admitted that it lost 177,000 prepaid devices during the first quarter. Executives at Verizon are aware that the loss is attributed to the fact that they have "above market" prepaid offers which isn't really "competitive in that environment." Addressing these, the executives are shifting its focus to make sure that their prepaid users are attended to.



Source: Wireless Week

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  1. Still not competitive! I hope Verizon continues to hemorrhage prepaid customers.

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    1. You get unthrottled data on prepaid though....

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    2. Useless comment.

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    3. Anonymous "useless comment" - NO, people need to know the difference between the two different services and the options they have available to them.

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  2. The price difference now gets smaller. It's definitely competitive: a cut above anything AT&T has, and significantly better than T-Mobile and Sprint (network wise).

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  3. Lol hilarious 😂

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  4. This isn't for the data hungry guys and gals, but for someone who needs the coverage it works out perfect. I'm on postpaid now and with a 6GB data bucket and I barely hit 4GB a month. $120 for two lines and 2 device payments.

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  5. Verizon needs to get over themselves, their coverage is not worth the premium price. I'd handily go without service than pay Verizon. People should put down their phones and enjoy their surroundings more.

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    1. Normally, I'd agree with you except that I'm a trucker and the smart phone makes my job so much easier.

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    2. That made absolutely zero sense. So what is at&t who tried to buy T-Mobile out, saviors?

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    3. Some people do need Verizon coverage at times, but they don't always have to pay Verizon to get it. Free voice-text roaming via Ting is one way to get access. Limited roaming on Sprint prepaid brands is another. And you use pay as you go roaming for a fee with RingPlus. Some people will just carry a low-cost prepaid phone as a backup; cheap plans are available for as low as $2.50-$5/month from PagePlus and MyTime CDMA-Red. MyTime's $5 for 100-100-100 is an especially good value for low use prepaid.

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  6. $45 for 3GB isn't super competitive nowadays but it's the same plan Straight Talk offered not too long ago, now it's 5GB. Only relevant if you really use more than 3GB per month, otherwise, Verizon Prepaid offers faster data speeds than Straight Talk Verizon-based (throttled to 5 Mbps) and AT&T-based which is often slower than Verizon, and much faster than Cricket's slow data speeds. Nothing running on the T-Mobile network can compete with the coverage of the Verizon network. Page Plus now offers 3GB for only $40 but it's throttled to 5 Mbps and Verizon Prepaid has better customer service than Page Plus, Straight Talk (both TracFone) and probably Cricket. Overall, Verizon Prepaid costs more (not too much more now) but it will most likely save you a bunch of headaches compared to most of the other options.

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    1. Couldn't of said it Any better myself. Cricket, Page plus and straight talk throttles your data. I think even Net10 does also. At the end of the day its Verizon service at half the price!

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    2. If Verizon prepaid were to come out with an Unlimited Plan they would be number 1 ! Att Gophone, Metro Pcs and even Cricket wouldn't stand a chance. Excellent service, prepaid and unlimited data, we can only dream

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    3. Yes, Net10 and all other Verizon MVNOs have their data throttled to 5 Mbps. It seems to be imposed by Verizon on all of its MVNOs.

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  7. Hope they add feature for international text and 128kbps speed data after reach the allotment.

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  8. Verizon may have coverage and brand recognition, but data hogs don't care about either of those things.

    They aren't going to drop their Cricket, Walmart, Family Mobile or Metro plans for this.

    And if you're a carrier, it's never a good sign when almost two hundred thousand subs are kicking you to the curb.

    Verizon either needs to devalue their postpaid plans by offering competitive prepaid data allotments, or they'll risk more losses as phone savvy customers switch to more accommodating carriers.

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    1. You're missing the entire point, Verizon just like at &t exists only to name it's investors money, emotions and anecdotes don't really come into play.

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  9. verizon ceo lately has stated that Tracfone is there prepaid service

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  10. TheCatDetectorVanMay 13, 2016 at 2:33 AM

    TracFone's 4GLTE through AT&T was miserably slow. However, I'm finding TracFone's 4GLTE through Verizon to be very satisfying. Slicker-n-Snot actually. Much faster than Virgin Mobile's 4GLTE through Sprint was in 2013-2015. .....Now where do I get me some Total Wireless SIM cards for their 5-GB $35/Month Verizon-4GLTE???

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    1. Careful, Total W is 3G only, not Lte

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    2. Not true anymore, Total Wireless has LTE now.

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  11. Hi Dennis....How it works on this Verizon Prepaid Plan? The customers who have signed up on autopay will get additional 3GB instead of 1GB? Thanks

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    1. The $45 plan has 2 GB, the $60 plan has 5 GB. Auto pay customers get one GB extra making the total 3 GB on the $45 and 6 GB on the $60.

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  12. Verizon's own hollier-than-thou attitudes and modest "upshift" of data on Prepaid will only lose them more customers. People are smart to Cricket, MetroPCS, and Boost now, depending on needs. Everyone has nearly caught up coverage-wise, it no longer holds water.

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