Verizon adds DROID Turbo and Samsung Galaxy J1 to its prepaid phone lineup; DROID Turbo to get Android 5.1 update in mid-June
Verizon Wireless has recently enriched its prepaid phone lineup with two new smartphones, the DROID Turbo and the Samsung Galaxy J1. Motorola’s DROID Turbo can be purchased in a Black Ballistic Nylon for a $499.99. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat but will be updated straight to Android 5.1 Lollipop, possibly in mid-June, according to Jose Arturo, a device test engineer for Verizon. The Samsung Galaxy J1, mid-range Android Lollipop 5.0.2 smartphone, can be purchased in Blue for $99.99. Read more
Along with the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime and the LG Sunrise that was available through Walmart first, Straight Talk today added the ZTE Zephyr and the LG Lucky, another two affordable smartphones to its prepaid lineup. The ZTE Zephyr is a 3G phone that operates on Verizon network and it’s available for $69.99. The LG Lucky is actually a CDMA version of the AT&T compatible LG Sunrise. It uses Verizon network and can be purchased for the same price tag as the Sunrise, $39.99. Read more
Verizon Prepaid offers 1 GB of bonus data with Auto Pay for a limited time instead of previous 500 MB
Verizon Wireless has increased amount of bonus data added to prepaid customers’ monthly allotment when they sign in to paying their bills automatically to 1 GB of data. Previously, Verizon Prepaid was giving 500 MB of extra data to customers on auto pay. The offer is available for a limited time and it’s good only for the $45 and the $60 smartphone plans. The $35 basic phone plan was eligible for extra 500 MB of data when customers are on auto pay but it’s not eligible for 1 GB Monthly Bonus Data promotion. Read more
Verizon Wireless has the largest and most reliable network of all major carriers in the U.S. Verizon uses CDMA technology, which means that a phone swapping is not as easy as with GSM-based phones if customers are not happy with service or the phone itself. Verizon’s service is primarily focused on postpaid customers but in recent months they made quite a few changes to its prepaid offerings which made them more appealing to existing and potential customers. Biggest change is that Verizon has allowed access to LTE to its prepaid customers on July 17, 2014.
Verizon Wireless has done a great thing for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S owners. According to a user on Apple Forum, Verizon unlocked all iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S smartphones for domestic and international use. Since iPhone 4 is not a global phone meaning that it’s not a dual-mode, compatible with CDMA and GSM networks, it’s unlocked only for domestic use. However, iPhone 4S is a dual-mode smartphone and therefore is unlocked for both domestic and international use, including the use with US GSM networks, AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s. Read more
In the late August 2014, all prepaid news portals and blogs were buzzing about the unofficial rumor that Verizon MVNOs will soon get access to LTE. Actually, rumor started a bit earlier, on July 17, 2014, when Verizon Wireless announced availability of LTE on its prepaid Allset service plans. Since then, only one Verizon MVNO, Page Plus Cellular launched much-awaited LTE in October 2014. For other MVNOs including Selectel Wireless 4G LTE is still not available. There is no official info from the carrier about this subject. Read more
Prepaid division of Verizon Wireless will be adding a new $60 monthly smartphone plan, according to a source of Phandroid. The new $60 monthly plan will include unlimited talk, unlimited text, 2.5 GB of high speed data and unlimited text to Canada, Mexico & Puerto Rico. Besides Verizon prepaid launching a new plan, its feature phone plans will be changed as well. Read more
This week, starting March 15, 2015, Verizon prepaid phones on sale can be found on Amazon.com, BestBuy, Radio Shack, Target and Verizon’s website. Amazon.com andVerizon’s website offer free shipping, BestBuy offers free shipping on orders over $25 while RadioShack charges it $6.99 unless otherwise indicated. Also, RadioShack offers free ground shipping on orders over $50 and free ship to store. Walmart offers free shipping on orders over $50, $4.97 otherwise and free ship to store. Target offers free shipping on orders over $50.
Verizon prepaid has increased data allotment on its $45 ALLSET smartphone plan. The $45 plan now includes 1 GB of data instead of previous 500 MB. However, customers who enroll in Auto Pay will get additional 500 MB of data which makes their data allotment 1.5 GB of high speed data for $45 per month. This plan also includes unlimited talk, unlimited text and picture messaging and unlimited text to Canada, Mexico & Puerto Rico. Read more