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Verizon Prepaid Disapears $30 Smartphone and $15 Basic Phone Plans


It looks like Verizon has killed off a couple of their least expensive prepaid plans. Sometime between Oct. 14 and today, the $15 feature phone plan and the $30 smartphone plan disappeared from the Verizon website. The image above shows the smartphone plan listings on the Verizon site before and after the change. The image below shows the feature phone plan changes.

The discontinued $30 smartphone plan included unlimited domestic voice minutes and messaging and unlimited texting to Mexico and Canada but no data. The $15 feature phone plan included unlimited mobile web and 300 minutes or texts.

I checked Verizon's device activation page and the only plan prepaid offered when I entered a LG VX3400 flip phone's ESN was the $30 Basic phone one. For a Palm Pixi's MEID the only choices were the $45 and $60 smartphone plans. That confirms to me that the $15 Basic Phone plan and the $30 smartphone plan are no longer available for new activation.

Verizon has always grandfathered users of discontinued prepaid plans so current users of the two discontinued plans should be able to keep them indefinitely as long as they keep the plans active.

Update: according to a Verizon spokesperson the two plans are not actually discontinued. They are still available at Verizon stores and by calling customer support.


Sources: Verizon, Internet Archive

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  1. Anonymous November 16, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    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.
    Anonymous October 31st 2016 - I suppose Verizon Wireless itself just SECONDED your motion.

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  2. I wonder if the $30 smartphone airtime cards and others got pulled out of retail stores already?

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    1. There are no $30 smartphone cards just $30 cards. Airtine cards just add finds to the users balance which can be used for plan renewals, roaming, international calls or data add-ons. The $30 cards are still applicable to the $30 Basic Phone plan.

      I doubt they will pull the $15 cards either, just stop printing new ones. That's what usually happens when a prepaid operator drops a plan. Grandfathered users will eventually buy the cards up.

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    2. I believe you can call in to pay by credit card.

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    3. Thanks Dennis.

      Minor typo in the last sentence of main article: has long should be as long.

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    4. Fixed, thanks for letting me know.

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  3. I think Verizon preparing to discontinue CDMA network. So however, their plan is crazy expensive.

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    1. Once that happens, the grandfathered $15/30 plans disappear as the device are no longer usable...

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    2. Actually sunset the 1X network

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  4. Net10 wireless matched the verizon cheap $15 per month takeaway by eliminating their low cost pay as you go $10 for 200 minutes over 90 days and replacing it with a $20 for 200 minutes over 30 days

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    1. H20 wireless has the $10 for 200 minutes pay as you go valid for 90 days and that is still the lowest priced plan on the prepaid market for $40 per year for 800 minutes.

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  5. I thought an article 3-weeks ago said Verizon prepaid had new plans? 5-6 GB/$50 & 10-GB/$70. Where are these plans?

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    1. Those plans are exclusively available with Verizon Prepaid Phones or SIMs purchased at Walmart.

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  6. Verizon prepaid is the most expensive and the least bang for your buck call the Carrier and why is that it seems that they don't even want to be competitive at all

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    1. When you have the best nationwide network, you can justify being the most expensive.

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    2. "When you have the best nationwide network..."
      That's true. A great network is a LOT of "bang for the buck".

      However, Verizon Prepaid is traditionally the highest price of the serious prepaid offerings (which doesn't sit well with prepaid cust-cutters) and it is not advertised well at all.

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  7. Dennis,
    The Walmart Verizon Prepaid plans are a great deal. For $50 you have 5GB instead of $60 and $70 for 10GB. Just in time for the holidays.

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  8. Probably want to push more customers onto VoLTE devices too so they can shut down 2G.

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  9. Start your plan at Walmart by buying The Verizon-Pre-paid chip or buy a new phone at Walmart for the first month. All new phones come with a chip. Then use calling mart after for the discount.

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    1. The Verizon Prepaid phone has to be recent phones (last six months) for the Walmart Exclusive Offers to come up on the phones' myVerizon App. Has something to do with, for sure the SIM ICCID and/or, maybe the IMEI from the device. If the Walmart Exclusive Offers do NOT come up in the myVerizon App from the Walmart Verizon Prepaid device, then you might have to call Verizon CSR to get the Walmart Exclusive Offers because the phone is older than 6 Months since released.

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  10. i just purchased a gusto 3 last week, so i cant activate it on the $15 basic plan anymore?

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    1. You can still get a $15 basic plan on Verizon towers with roaming through Selectel.

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    2. Not online, but try calling Verizon customer support. They can probably still activate that plan for customers who insist and say they bought the phone specifically for that plan.

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  11. Hmmm, I still have a Verizon prepaid Moto E sitting in the closet from last Christmas. Earlier this year you had to pay one month's service to Verizon to get it unlocked, so it was $30 minimum. I guess now it is $45? (don't care too much, have decided that Moto E's are too low quality)

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    1. The verizon prepaid phones are scanned when you buy them and recorded into the verizon system. After about 6 months if you do not open those verizon prepaid phones and activate them Verizon deregisters them for usage. Also the prepaid verizon cards if not activated also are deregistered. This has happened several times to people I know but neither of them knew how long the phones or cards were not used after purchase but both were more than six months. Does anyone know the exact time limit on activating verizon prepaid phones after purchase and also the same for prepaid cards?

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  12. I have the $15 plan on a 3g phone. Refill with credit card on My Verizon on a laptop. So if $15 prepaid cards dry up it's no big deal.
    I'll still have to switch by the end of 2019 to another phone since it will be obsolete with 1x going away...hope they will allow plans to carry over to a new device when that occurs. If not, will just port to a Verizon MVNO.
    Suspect Verizon has decided to just leave low usage customers to MVNOs.
    Still, it would be nice if they had at least one glove box emergency phone with an annual plan like AT&T GoPhone does with the SpareOne phone.

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  13. Just spotted the $15 basic phone prepaid plan on the Verizon website again. Wonder if it's for real or they are just working on their website...

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    1. The $15 basic plan is on the website on 11/14/16 so it is for real. The Samsung Gusto 3 is a large seller in retail stores, $20 in best buy and $12 in Walmart and Walgreens and most people prefer the $15 plan over the $30 plan because for the same $30 basic phone prepaid plan with Verizon they can use a Cricket or MetroPCS $30 plan with all taxes included and have 1GB of data included.

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