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Updated: Verizon Prepaid Adds New $40 2 GB Plan

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Verizon Prepaid has added a new plan to its smartphone plan lineup. It costs $40 per month for unlimited domestic voice minutes and messaging and 2 GB of high speed data. After 2 GB data speeds are slowed to approximately 128 Kbps, a feature Verizon calls Always-On Data.

The $40 plan joins Verizon Prepaid's existing $50 and $70 dollar smartphone plans. Here's how the plans compare:

  • $40 per month - unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 2 GB at high speed.
  • $50 per month - unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 5 GB at high speed.
  • $70 per month - unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 10 GB at high speed.

All three plans include unlimited international SMS to over 200 countries and Always-On data. They also include CarryOver data which means that if there's any unused high speed data at the end of the month, it gets rolled over to the next month. Rolled over data is used before plan data.

Verizon allows hotspot and tethering on the $50 and $70 plans. It's not clear if the $40 plan includes it or not. The press release announcing the new plan doesn't mention hotspot and the Verizon Prepaid smartphone plans page hasn't been updated to include the $40 plan yet.

Update 2/21: Verizon has updated its Mobile hotspot FAQ page to say that hotspot IS included with the $40 prepaid plan.

The $40 plan is hardly revolutionary but it does cut the cost of Verizon Prepaid by ten bucks a month for customers whose data needs are modest. That might be enough to draw a few customers from the competition.

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  1. I am not a big data user and would take the savings especially with the soft data cap. No tethering or hotspot would be deal breaker for me.

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    1. I believe that ALL prepaid smartphone plans have hospot (stated) and probably also tethering allowed (though not stated for any plan. According to "see additional plan detail" which is ONLY available via My Verizon App or Online prepaid accounts. It states this on ALL plans include hotspot - even the $30 Smartphone Plan: unlimited talk and text (Wi-Fi only). - "Mobile Hotspot"

      "Create your own mobile hotspot virtually anywhere! Included in Prepaid Smartphone plans." This detail is included in each and EVERY plans, respectively.

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  2. These are not competitive et all. Boost/virgin gives2-5GB for 30-$35 only..

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    1. Boost/Virgin operate on the Sprint network...

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    2. This Verizon plan competes well against the cheaper Boost plans on a network only half as good.

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  3. How long is data that rolls over retained?

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    1. My Current Plan: $30 Smartphone Plan: unlimited talk and text (Wi-Fi only).
      These are the MONTHLY PLAN(s) that come up as available right now in My Verizon Account.

      TALK & TEXT

      DATA


      $70.00/month Unlimited
      (Includes Canada & Mexico) 10GB(at high Speed*)
      Carryover Data** Included
      $60.00/month Unlimited
      (Includes Canada & Mexico) 5GB(at high speed*)
      $50.00/month & Unlimited 5GB(at high Speed*)
      Carryover Data** Included
      $45.00/month Unlimited 2GB(at high speed*)

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    2. "How long is data that rolls over retained?" One month.

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    3. Carryover Data automatically expires after 30 days, or if your plan renewal payment isn't received on or before your plan's expiration date.

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    4. My Current Plan: $30 Smartphone Plan: unlimited talk and text (Wi-Fi only). The $30 Smartphone Plan IS NO LONGER BEING OFFERED !
      Your current plan is no longer offered. If you change it today, you won¿t be able to switch back to it.

      These are the MONTHLY PLAN(s) that come up as available right now (Tueday the 21st) in My Verizon Account.

      MONTHLY PLAN

      TALK & TEXT

      DATA

      ALWAYS-ON DATA

      CARRYOVER DATA

      TEXT TO MEXICO & CANADA


      $70.00/month Unlimited
      (Includes Canada & Mexico) 10GB
      high-speed* Unlimited
      $50.00/month Unlimited 5GB
      high-speed* Unlimited
      $40.00/month Unlimited 2GB
      high-speed* Unlimited



      *Unlimited texting to anyone on any network in the U.S. and to participating carriers in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.


      * After high-speed data is used,your data speed will be limited to 128 kbps for the rest of the month,or until you purchase additional high-speed data. Your online experience may be impacted during high bandwidth usage,such as streaming video or audio.


      **Carryover takes place if you renew on time. Carryover does not expire as long as you stay active on a monthly plan that offers Carryover. You can only Carryover the amount of gigs on your monthly plan.




















































































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  4. The NEW $40 Plan will become available tomorrow Tuesday the 21st.

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    1. Where did you see or hear that? The Verizon press release doesn't mention that it's not available until tomorrow.

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  5. Does the new $40 plan drop to $35 with automatic payment?

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    1. Probably not since there is no bonus for people in auto payment currently in the $50, $70 plans.

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  6. Unlikely, the press release didn't mention a discount and there's no auo-pay discount on the $50 and $70 plans.

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  7. I am currently on Verizon prepaid on a ZTE Axon 7 (sort of supported on Verizon). About the only thing I don't like about the service is the voicemail. Visual voicemail is not supported on prepaid (might work for iPhone, but I'm an android guy). This is something you don't think you'll miss, but man, the old voice/dial prompts sure suck. I also missed being able to use the Internet while on a call (I tend to do some "tech support" for people and when I'm talking to them, sometimes I need to look something up), but VOLTE (what Verizon calls HD voice) solves that. Their plans are not price competitive at all, but they do have a good network. Also, I suggest not using auto-pay. If you buy airtime from a place like CallingMart, you don't have to pay extra taxes and fees. If you autopay, there are extra fees. The $50 plan ended up costing about $55 when I auto-paid.

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    1. Visual Voicmail is supported with VZW Prepaid Plans but only on iPhone.

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    2. Verizon Prepaid has HD Voice Service which includes video calls, calls over Wi-Fi, 6-way calling and the ability to surf the web while talking.http://www.verizon.com/about/news/prepaid-customers-get-crystal-clear-sound-wi-fi-and-video-calls-americas-largest-hd-voice

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    3. I thought the capability to talk while using the internet was common, because of the two antennas on the phone, one for each. I'm using a AT&T MVNO.

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  8. Better deal with Boom Mobile ( V netteok ) 2 GB soft cap plan for
    $35 /mo. Data speed limited to 5 mbs but you get roaming. I guess it just depends on your needs. The included roaming and makes Boom Mobile makes the Boom Mobile plan the choice for me.

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  9. Basic Phone Plan(s) - Get talk, text and mobile web on a basic phone for as low as $15 a month.

    $30 & $15 are still available.

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    1. The $15 plan is not shown on the verizon website only the $30 plan is and it shows that plan as "recommended". However the basic phones sold in retail show the $15 plan. If activating service automatically only the $30 option is there so what needs to be done to get the $15 service, speaking to a rep?

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    2. yep gotta call.

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  10. Off topic: CellNuvo is for the birds, and might be out of business by now. Calls to their 800 number say that it is closed now. Which is alarming, considering this is in the middle of the day of an average business week.

    I've been in am email conversation for two weeks with a guy there who is trying to find out for me how to buy a SIM from them.

    The email submission form is usually disabled.

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    1. The email form on the CellNuvo site never works! It just gives you an error message over and over again. They might as well take it down. Their online account manager (if you can call it that) doesn't let you do anything. You can't even update your payment method which is really weird. Their phone number always sends you to voicemail and they never respond to any messages you leave. The worst part is that the support email address they list on their site is wrong or not monitored. I found an email address they actually respond to by chance on some online forum. The address on their site is [email protected] I never got a response from this address. The email I did manage to get a response from last week is [email protected] but they don't always respond on this email either. Other times they respond within 5 minutes but I've found that if they don't respond within 24 hours, they never will and you need to send another email probably several more emails until they respond. So to recap, online account management is non-existent, the email form on the CellNuvo site doesn't work, their phone number is an unmonitored voicemail box, the support email address listed on their site is wrong, the real support email address gets a response only if they feel like it, and you need a promo code to avoid the $29 activation fee. Remember when people used to say RingPlus was bad? In case anyone missed it, the real support email address, which isn't listed on the CellNuvo site, is [email protected]

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  11. Same price as Fi, without the international coverage or taxes.

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  12. Currently on the $45 prepaid plan, plan renewed today, still on the $45 plan. I appreciate being grandfathered in when the prices go up but hey why not rollover to the new plan. I suppose I will have to contact them to do it.

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    1. I was able to change my $45 plan to the new $40 plan via my online Verizon account (didn't have to call or chat with a CS rep like last time). Log in first, then click on the sidebar item "Plan & Data" and find the link to change the calling plan. A list of plan options will pop up and the $40 one is at the bottom.

      Thanks, Dennis, for alerting us to the new prepaid plans. I saved $8 a month by switching and yet got a better plan.

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  13. Not really compettive with MVNOs but for some may be worth doing to buy a Verizon phone cheap . Sticking with it so that you don't have to pay the "ransom". Also I believe that call history is available online with VZW Prepaid.

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  14. Callingmart only has the $70 plan available for purchase as of now.

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    1. You can use the Verizon Impulse pins or RTR to add funds to renew a monthly plan

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    2. What about the data? We have the Verizon Unlimited $45 plan.

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    3. I don't know if the Data Plan PINs can be used to top up a phone plan. But CallingMart has a $45 RTR that you could use or you could use a $15 PIN plus a $30 PIN to fund your $45 plan.

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  15. Verizon now offering unlimited data prepaid plan for $80 $80 3G/4G Smartphone Monthly Plan Description -
    *Video streams up to 480p. We may prioritize your data behind other customers during times/places of network congestion.
    *Mobile Hotspot and Tethering not included.
    *Not available for machine-to-machine services.

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  16. $80 Unlimited Talk & Text to the U.S., Mexico & Canada, Unlimited Text to over 200 international destinations, plus Unlimited Data. Video streams up to 480p. We may prioritize your data behind other customers during times/places of network congestion. Mobile Hotspot and Tethering not included. Not available for machine-to-machine services. Domestic data roaming at 2G speeds. You must have sufficient account balance at time of renewal to cover the Monthly Access to use the service. Monthly Access will be charged on the same date each month. Verizon Wireless will suspend your service when your account reaches $0 or your account reaches the expiration date. Limit of 4 calling plan changes in a 30-day period. Visual Voice mail is included on iPhones. 69¢per minute while in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. International Roaming - Text Messaging 50¢ per message sent, 5¢ per message received. 411 Search - $1.99 per call. $35 activation fee may apply.

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