Since last October, Verizon Prepaid and Walmart have been running a promotion that gives an extra 2 GB of high speed data per month to Walmart customers. To get the bonus data you must activate a SIM or phone purchased at Walmart on a new line of service.
However the promotion has been dialed back a bit. A user on HowardForums posted a photo of a new sign he spotted at Walmart showing that the bonus data is now 1 GB instead of 2 GB. Yesterday a PrepaidPhoneNews reader sent me the photos above and below of the same signage at a different Walmart. Further confirming the change, the Walmart website has been updated to indicate the bonus is now 1 GB. It's not all bad news however as the bonus data is now available with Verizon's $40 3 GB plan. Previously it was only offered with the $50 and $60 plans.
It's too early to say for sure, but based on another HowardForums comment it looks like the 2 GB bonus is being grandfathered for users to activated their service before the bonus was cut to 1 GB.
Here are Verizon Prepaid's current smartphone plans, including the bonus data for Walmart customers:
- $40/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data with the first 3 GB (4 GB Walmart customers) at high speeds.
- $50/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data with the first 7 GB (8 GB for Walmart customers) at high speeds.
- $60/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data with the first 10 GB (11 GB for Walmart customers) at high speeds.
- $80/month - unlimited voice, messaging and high speed data.
All the above plans include international text messaging. The $60 and $80 plans also include unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada. Tethering and hotspot are allowed on all Verizon Prepaid plans except for the $80 unlimited data plan. On the $40, 50 and $60 plans, unused high speed plan data (but not bonus data) rolls over from month to month. Throttled data speed (after the first 4, 8 or 11 GB) is 128 kbps.
As noted in the fine print above, Verizon throttles prepaid customers' video to 480p quality. Prepaid user's data is prioritized below that of post paid users when the network is congested.