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Verizon Prepaid Walmart Exclusive 2 GB Bonus Data Plans $50 9 GB, $60 12 GB

Last week Verizon made some changes to its prepaid smartphone plans. The amount of high speed data included with the $40 plan was increased from 2 to 3 GB, the $50 plan's high speed data went from 5 to 7 GB and the 10 GB plan's price was cut from $70 to $60 per month.

When the change to Verizon's plans was announced, some of you asked what would happen to customers on the Verizon's Walmart exclusive $50 and $70 plans that included of 2 GB of bonus data. The $50 Walmart plan had 7 GB and the $70 plan came with 12 GB. I assumed that customers on the Walmart plans who switched to the new plans would lose the 2 GB bonus.

It turns out I was wrong. A HowardForums member reported that when he changed from  the old $50 5 GB + 2 GB bonus plan to the new $50 7 GB plan he ended up with a 9 GB plan (7 GB + 2 GB Walmart bonus). A prepaid Phone News reader sent me the photo above showing a flying he spotted at a Walmart store confirming that the 2 GB bonus applies to the new $50 and $60 plans. The Walmart bonus data is available to customers with phones or SIMs purchased at Walmart and activated on a new line of service after October, 2016.

Here are all on Verizon's prepaid smartphone plans with and without the Walmart bonus:

  • $40/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data with the first 3 GB at high speeds.
  • $50/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data with the first 7 GB (9 GB for Walmart customers) at high speeds.
  • $60/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data with the first 10 GB (12 GB for Walmart customers) at high speeds.
  • $80/month - unlimited voice, messaging and high speed data 

All four plans include unlimited text to more than 200 international destinations. The $60 and $80 plans also include unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada.  Hotspot use is permitted on all plans except the $80 plan. On the non-unlimited plans unused high-speed data rolls over to the next month (Walmart bonus data does not roll over). 

Verizon degrades all prepaid customer's video streaming to 480p and when the network is congested, prepaid user's data is prioritized below that of post paid users.  Verizon's throttled speed after a plan's high speed data allotment is used is 128 kbps.

Sources: HowardForums, reader submitted photo.

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  1. Thank you for the Verizon prepaid news. It is a good one.;)
    I also want to thank you for all your hard work to inform us the worlds of prepaid plans! ;)

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  2. If I already have a Verizon Prepaid phone from somewhere other than Walmart I can just buy a SIM from Walmart and put it in my existing phone and get the bonus Walmart data?

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    1. I think you can.

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    2. Did you try it? Let me know if it worked.

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    3. No it won't work

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    4. Worked fine last month for me and my wife. Bought sim kits from Walmart for phones purchased elsewhere.

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    5. ^^^
      Sadly it did not work this month. No Walmart bonus for non-Walmart phones despite Walmart sim(s).

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    6. ^^^
      Correction to above... using online chat I discovered my wife and I were subscribed to the Walmart promo, but the VZW plans needed to be updated to the new 7gb. After fixing that we both got an extra 2gb = 9. Non-Walmart iPhones!

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  3. So if I watch a hd movie trailer on you tube is it degraded to 480p ? And if it is, will I notice ?

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    1. Yes all video is throttled to about 1.5 mbps resulting in 480p video on Verizon Prepaid. You probably won't be able to tell the difference watching videos on the phone, but if you are streaming on a big screen using the phone's hotspot data you will definitely notice.

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  4. Terrible.

    Between Mintsim's $20/10GB plan, Gophone's $43/6GB plan and Metro's $50 unlimited plan, these new prices are absolutely abysmal.

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    1. Mintsim and Metro coverage thought. I will let you think about that one.

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  5. Is the $80 plan unlimited data throttle besides the video

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    1. Other than the de-prioritization when the network is congested, no.

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  6. This is not a good deal. Verizon isn't worth the premium any more. Their network is failing all across the country and the coverage advantage is shrinking everyday. Big red isn't good enough.

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    1. You're making stuff up.

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    2. Anonymous, you are not very good at math

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    3. The idea that the Verizon network is failing all over the country is outright preposterous.

      But it is true that the "coverage advantage" is shrinking: the difference between T-Mobile coverage and Verizon coverage is still large, but it IS shrinking rapidly. While Verizon coverage simply isn't expanding that much.

      Now, Verizon has and always will have a huge coverage advantage of Sprint, despite the claims of that smarmy guy on the TV sprint ads. Of course, Sprint is so bad that two kids with tin cans and a string can beat it, as well.

      Yeah, smarmy guy, I can hear you. But I wish I couldn't hear you at all. So here, take this Sprint phone, and call me with it.

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  7. I had the $80 prepaid unli plan and it was my biggest mistake. If you happen to be in a major city, expect your data speed to be very very slow. Your data speed will only improve if you leave the city. I only lasted a month then I swtiched back to cricket.

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    1. Cricket is fine if you never leave the city

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    2. Gophone works everywhere.

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    3. Cricket is AT&T and it works pretty much everywhere Verizon does, even well outside this mystical city you speak of. In fact, in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota, my Cricket phone seemed to work everywhere, my wife's postpaid Verizon phone did not. Another Verizon indirect agent spreading lies.

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    4. There's a definite difference between AT&T and Verizon (to the point where if money was no object, someone would be better off getting Verizon in the US if money were no object and coverage was important.

      But this difference is not huge and profound. Not like the differences between the two largest carriers and the next two largest.

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  8. I hope the next time they upgrade the plans they add a new one that is 5GB with no degrading to 480p stream.

    I'm more upset about the 480p stream than happy about the GB raised for data.

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