New Verizon prepaid plans launching February 1 for $60 and $70 a month
According to a leaked Verizon training document posted by Phone Arena, Verizon is about to launch couple of new prepaid monthly plans on February 1, 2013. New Verizon prepaid plans will be available for $60 and $70 per month. The $80 smartphone plan, with unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data, will be discontinued and users currently on it will be grandfathered unless they contact Verizon to switch to one of the new Verizon prepaid plans.
- The $60 monthly plan includes unlimited talk, unlimited text and picture messaging and 500 MB of data at Verizon’s 3G speeds.
- The $70 monthly plan includes unlimited talk, unlimited text and picture messaging and 2 GB of data at Verizon’s 3G speeds.
When users go over data allotment, they can choose to add additional 1 GB of data for $20 or to pay overage rate of $0.05 per MB. When it’s time for plan renewal and there is no enough funds on users’ accounts to renew their monthly plans, users will be charged pay-as-you-go rates – $0.25 per minute, $0.20 per text, $0.25 per picture and video (data charges apply) and $0.05 per MB – against any funds on their account. If there are no any funds on their accounts, users won’t be able to use their phones until they provide some.
It’s good that Verizon lowers the pricing of its prepaid monthly offerings but the prices are still much over the ones provided by Verizon MVNOs as Page Plus and Straight Talk. The phones available with new Verizon prepaid plans are probably the same that were allowed on $80 plan, any ESN-clean Verizon smartphone that’s not LTE-enabled including iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. BlackBerry phones are also included and provide access to BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) that Page Plus doesn’t offer.