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Verizon Improves Prepaid Plan Lineup With More Data and A Price Cut

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Verizon Wireless is tweaking its prepaid offerings. Effective June 6:

  • The $40 plan's  high speed data allowance is increasing from 2 GB to 3 GB
  • The $50 plan's  high speed data allowance is increasing from 5 GB to 7 GB
  • The 10 GB plan's price will be reduced from $70 to $60
  • Verizon's unlimited data plan will remain $80. 
All plans include unlimited domestic talk and text, unlimited text to more than 200 international destinations. $60 and $80 plans also include unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada.  Hotspot use is permitted on all plans except the $80 plan. Non-unlimited high-speed data plans also include Carryover Data (unused data rolls over to the next month) and unlimited 128 kbps throttled data after the first 3, 7 or 10 GB of data is used.

In the not so good news, starting June 6, Verizon will degrade all prepaid customers video streams to 480p and when the network is congested, prepaid user's data is prioritized below that of post paid users. Prior to June 6, the 480p video restriction and data deprioritization policy only applie to the $80 unlimited plan.

Here's Verizon plan lineup with the June 6 changes indicated with strikeout and bold:
PlanMonthly CostVoice MinutesTextsMMSData
$40/Month Plan$40unlimitedunlimitedunlimitedUnlimited, 2 3 GB high speed  1, 2
$50/Month Plan$50unlimitedunlimitedunlimitedUnlimited, 5 7 GB  high speed 1, 2
$70 $60/Month Plan$70unlimitedunlimitedunlimitedUnlimited, 10 GB  high speed 1, 2
$80/Month Plan$80unlimitedunlimitedunlimitedUnlimited  high speed 2
1 Data speeds throttled to 128 Kbps after the high speed (HS) data allotment is used up. Unused high speed data "Carryover Data" rolls over to the next plan month. Carryover data is used before plan data and expires after 30 days.
2 Video streams degraded to 480p

Verizon Prepaid is also running a switcher promotion. Customers who port a non-Verizon based number to Verizon Prepaid at a Verizon store will receive a $100 bill credit after their second monthly payment. As always, you can use Wirefly to compare Verizon plans and plans from other carriers.

Source: Verizon


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  1. Very nice, now let's hear how Verizon should just give away service because they're evil (ignoring the tech giant monopolies).

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    1. I'm not sure we have that many tech monopolies at all, and what ones do exist (maybe Cisco?) don't get discussed here.

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  2. Glad to see a carrier is finally dropping price instead of cramming additional unwanted features as an excuse to keep prices high ($70 -> $60). I wish they'd do that on the lower end as well! Where are the $25, $30, or $35 options? The ARPU game is a big FU to consumers.

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  3. Thank you John Legere and T Mobile! I still think these plans could be more competitive. But it is a move in the right direction. I now believe this change matches the Wal Mart Verizon exclusive started a few months back.

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  4. Verizon prepaid is getting better but i need them to lower the unlimated everything to 70

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  5. Typo in the Title! Otherwise, fine reporting as usual.

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  6. I don't think Verizon permits tethering on the unlimited data 80.00 plan.

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    1. You're right, I've corrected the post.

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  7. Verizon(prepaid) has done this for the past 3 years, Whatever "Walmart exclusive" prepaid plans that they promote usually becomes a permanent plan after a year. So this coming holiday season (usually around Christmas time) look for a NEW "Walmart only" plan with even MORE DATA.

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  8. The chart shows the $80 Unlimited at $70 per month. Typo?

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    1. It was indeed a typo, since corrected. Thanks for reporting it.

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  9. is the $40 plan that amount if you set up auto-pay? meaning really higher if no auto-pay?

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    1. The prices are the same with or without autopay. Verizon currently does not offer an autopay discount.

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  10. Compared to the $50 plan now with 7GB, the $60 plan, formerly $70, should include more than 10GB. And they really need to introduce a $30 plan. It seems to me that the $40 plan now with 3GB opens the door for a $30 1GB plan. Maybe a new Walmart exclusive plan.

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    1. They Usually come out with a new Walmart exclusive plan around Christmas time, lets keep our fingers crossed

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  11. how abt walmart users who already getting 7gb on 50 plan. r they going to get 9 gb ?

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    1. I doubt it. In the past when Verizon has upgraded their regular plans, Walmart promotional plans did not change.

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    2. Yes the addtional Walmart 2 GB Bonus Data on the $50/$60 Plans will be will be applied. $50 - 7GB + 2GB Walmart bonus data = 9GB & $60 - 10GB + 2GB Walmart Bonus Data = 12GB.

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  12. Looks good. Now add roaming option on prepaid plan (canada and mexico)

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    1. "Looks good. Now add roaming option on prepaid plan (canada and mexico)"

      Yeah, that will happen, along with free iPhone 8's, jetpacks, and a chocolate factory for everyone.

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  13. I am one of those . This is not much but I take waht I cn get. I wounder if they'll reduce wholesale prices to MVNOs which will in turn be passed on to consumers.

    "On the other hand, this is a great improvement for those who're stuck in a Verizon-only coverage area."

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  14. Trying to figure out if the switcher $100 credit is already started, or if that only starts on June 6th when these data increases occur.
    Been on hold for 20 mins and then now have a rep who is struggling to interact with me.

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  15. THE 80 DOLLAR UNLIMITED REMINDS ME HOW MUCH I PAID POST PAID AT T-MOBILE. VERIZON DON'T NEED ROAMING BECAUSE ITS BUILT ON A LEGACY SYSTEM USE TO BE CALLED MA BELL. GOPHONE NEED TO ADJUST THE SPEED ON THAT 22GB PLAN AND INCREASE THE DATA ON THE REST. JOHN LEGERE TACTICS IS PAYING OFF WELL FOR US CONSUMERS.

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    1. Parts of Verizon were Bell Companies that merged, but very little of any "legacy" network you speak of, especially nationwide, was "Bell". The biggest piece of Bell that still operates is actually AT&T. Get your facts straight before you type a post in all caps.

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  16. Please don't post in ALL CAPS. It's hard to read and makes it look like you are yelling.

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    1. The hard to read part I find it hard to believe, and I wasn't attempting nor trying to yell Dennis.

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  17. Verizon and MetroPCS (T-Mobile) now charge the same price for 3GB?! Is this the twilight zone?

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    1. Big Red and Big Blue are using their prepaid services as a buffer against John Legere business tactics. So Verizon has made its move so that means AT&T GoPhone should be next to improve it offer.

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    2. Gophone already improved their plans.

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  18. Dennis: pls update the last sentence to this invaluable site for cell plan comparisons instead of Wi.fly

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  19. So is prepaid user depriortization and the 480 video limitation a big deal? I watch some YouTube but stay under the 5gb limit of my plan so its never an issue. I'd just rather prefer that it was my choice to make.

    It was my understanding that Verizon didn't reduce prepaid network priority in the past. Is this new? If I do nothing to change to the higher data allowance, do I stay at normal priority and keep the higher quality video?

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  20. If I keep my $50 5GB plan it should not degrade my streams to 480p correct?

    I don't even use the monthly 5GB so I always start with 10GB. I rather keep my 10GB and be allowed to stream in HD then to get an extra 4GB and be degraded.

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  21. No, 480p is retroactive to existing accounts.

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    1. So if that's true, there's basically zero incentive to stay on the older 5gb for $50 plan when the renewal date hits?

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  22. I just noticed a significant change that isn't mentioned here. My previous $50 for 5GB plan includes mobile hotspot. The new plan $50 for 7GB specifically excludes it.

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    1. The $80 plan is the one that doesn't include hotspot. Hotspot is included with the $40, $50 and $60 plans. You can confirm this on No Contract Cell Phone Plans | Verizon Wireless where only the $80 plan has footnote 6 Mobile Hotspot and Tethering not included.

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  23. "Hotspot is included with the... $50 plan"... I'm sourcing my information directly from the "my Verizon"
    webpage, where when you want to change your plan it compares and shows your current plan to what you're switching to before you confirm, and it explicitly excludes the Hotspot feature. I can send you a screenshot if you like. I didn't go through with the switch because of that.

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    1. Strange, Verizon's press release announcing the new plans says hotspot is included. Please send your screenshot to me (dennis at prepaidphonenews dot com) and I'll see if I can find out what's up.

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  24. Thanks for the link to the press release. I'm sending you those screenshots per your request now. Could just be an omission on Verizon's part, just don't want any surprises.

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    1. Thanks, I got the screenshots and agree that the new plan description does not mention if roaming is included or not. I'm hoping for a report from a new plan user as to whether or not roaming works.

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  25. I don't know about roaming. You mean Hotspot?

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