Verizon Prepaid Plans Review

phonesVerizon’s prepaid plans and cell phones work with the latest phone models and are very cost-effective. Although a late-comer to the prepaid plans business, they are now up to speed with their new prepaid offerings and plans. Customers have the peace of mind knowing that their cell phone plans are through one of the fastest and most established networks in the country. An iPhone plan with unlimited talk and text cost as little $30/month for a start.

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Note: Plans and phone offerings change with time, so please visit Verizon Wireless’ Official Website to verify before you purchase.

Background


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It’s hard to imagine, but the Verizon corporate name did not come into existence until this century. In 2000, two telecommunications behemoths, GTE Corp. and Bell Atlantic Corp, merged to form Verizon. The company is currently based in New York City. Verizon’s prepaid network is CDMA. They also manage one of the country’s major all-fiber broadband networks, as well as the biggest 4G LTE wireless network. With its advanced technological infrastructure, the company can offer quality services to the US mainlands, Hawaii and Alaska.

Verizon is a multi-award-winning communication technology company. It is recognized for its diverse workforce, business sustainability and advocacy on environmental and social responsibility.

Why Verizon Prepaid?

Verizon’s prepaid plan offers several differences compared to their regular post-paid plans. Both prepaid and regular postpaid plans have no contracts. Since August 2015, Verizon has eliminated contract plans altogether for new phone activations. In the past, people flocked to prepaid since a main advantage is the freedom from being tethered to a contract.

Verizon’s prepaid wireless plans still make sense for other reasons. They are less expensive for individual users, and Verizon has also upgraded their prepaid plans to make them even more cost-effective. For example, they offer a smartphone plan that costs $40/month with unlimited talk/text, use of the mobile hotspot feature and 3 GB of high-speed data with auto-pay. A similar plan for a regular Verizon user with 1 GB of data costs $50 in comparison, without mobile hotspot tethering. With prepaid plans, there are also no credit checks and users have control over their monthly phone spend (no overage charge surprises).

Check out Verizon’s prepaid plans and phones – Type “Prepaid” into Search Box.

It’s not all rosy. Verizon’s prepaid plans have less options and flexibility than their regular plans. They have more limited options for international roaming as compared to regular Verizon plans. Their regular cell phone plans allow for sharing of plan minutes and data with friends and family.

Check out Verizon’s regular plans and phones.

Rates and plan details mentioned in this review is subject to change. For the current rates and details, please visit the Official Verizon Website.

Verizon Prepaid Phones

Verizon prepaid phones can be purchased directly from Verizon. Most Verizon (VZW) post-paid (ie regular plan) phones can also be set-up to work with a Verizon (VZW) prepaid cell phone plan. Although they have a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program, their prepaid plans are meant to work only with Verizon phones, and not any unlocked phone (like Straight Talk’s BYOD program). Purchasing a prepaid phone from Verizon is the surest way to get a compatible device.

Fortunately, Verizon offers a wide variety of prepaid phones, from noteworthy brands like Apple, Samsung, HTC and LG. These include smartphones and more basic phones. Getting a Verizon prepaid iPhone 6 can be a really good deal when you factor in the total cost of phone ownership plus the ongoing monthly cost.

The prepaid plans and their corresponding compatible devices are as follows:

Smartphones (iOS and Android) – Apple iPhones, including recent models, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 6s and older ones like the iPhone 5c, Apple iPhone 5s, HTC Desire 526, HTC Desire 626, Kyocera Brigadier, LG G Vista, LG G4, LG K4 LTE, LG Optimus Zone, Motorola Droid Turbo, Moto E, Samsung Galaxy J1, Samsung Galaxy J3, Samsung Galaxy Note5, Samsung Galaxy S, and Samsung Galaxy S7

Basic Phones/ Feature Phones – LG Cosmos 3, LG Extravert 2, LG Revere 3, LG Terra and Samsung Gusto 3. Verizon’s basic prepaid phones include Flip phones and slider phones with Qwerty keyboards. See Verizon basic phones and plans – Type “prepaid basic” into search box.

For a current selection of phones, please click here to visit the Verizon Prepaid Phones section of their official website (scroll down).

Verizon Prepaid Plans

Verizon’s no contract prepaid plans offer users flexibility and a lower cost when compared to typical regular no contract phone plans. Verizon has been very sensitive to competition in the market and they have continually improved their rates and plan features to very attractive levels.

As mentioned earlier, there are three classifications of Verizon prepaid plans. Below are the specifications of each prepaid plan.

Smartphone Plans

There are three prepaid plans under the smartphone category, which are good for iPhones and Android phones. The entry level smartphone plan is $30 monthly. It covers unlimited calls and texts to US subscribers as well as unlimited texts to Canada and Mexico. This is a budget option that limits the use of the internet or data to wifi connections. For another $15 a month, customers can upgrade to a plan with data included, as we describe below.

The second option is $45 monthly. Subscribers enjoy the same privileges from the $30 smartphone plan with an additional data allowance of 2 GB, or 3 GB with monthly auto payments. The third smartphone plan is worth $60. It also includes unlimited calls and texts to US subscribers. In addition, it offers unlimited texts and calls (not just texts) to Canada and Mexico. The data allowance given is 5 GB, or 6 GB with monthly auto payments.

What’s great about Verizon’s smartphone plans is that they allow for Mobile Hotspot tethering. If you are on the go a lot, this feature will allow you to connect other devices online and get your work done. This can be a very convenient to have, and their is no reason anymore to wonder about jailbreaking a phone to create a mobile hotspot.

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Basic Phone Plans

The basic phone plans are composed of two prepaid plans. The first one costs $15/ month while the costs $30/ month. The $15 basic phone plan allows subscribers to send and receive a total of 300 units of use, whether it is voice minutes, text messages, or multimedia messages. The $30 basic phone plan covers unlimited calls, texts and mobile web. Roaming charges may also apply.

Data Plan

Data plans are available for users of smartphones, tablets, iPhones and iPads. There are five options to choose from: 500 MB for $15, 1 GB for $20, 2 GB for $35, 5 GB for $60 and 10 GB for $100. The 500 MB plan will expire after a week while the 1 GB plan will expire after a month. The 2 GB, 5 GB and 10 GB plans will expire after 2 months.

Options to Refill a Verizon Prepaid Phone Account

Verizon makes it convenient for customers to refill their prepaid account. Customers can do this online or directly thorugh their phone. For a set-it-and-forget-it experience, customers can also set up auto pay and have their accounts paid monthly.

International Calling

While Verizon’s plans are geared towards US-based subscribers using their prepaid cellular services for domestic calls, they offer options for international calling/texting while in the US. Verizon offers prepaid phone plan options that allow subscribers to text or call someone in Canada and Mexico at domestic rates.

US-based VZW users can call someone in another country at per-minute surcharge rates (except for those who availed of the $60 smartphone plan where users can have unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada). The rate for calling a landline in Mexico is $0.10 per minute. Calling a mobile in Mexico as well as calling someone in Guam, Canada, Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands surchange costs $0.29 per minute. For those calling to Puerto Rico, the surchange rate is $0.25 per minute while calling to other locations costs $1.49 in surchange per minute.

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Calling back to the US when traveling internationally is not possible through the Verizon Prepaid service. That said, calls back to the US using Verizon Prepaid is possible from places like Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but extra charges apply.

International Texting

Smartphone plan subscribers can enjoy unlimited texting to someone in Canada and Mexico. However, certain messaging charges may apply if the intended receiver is based in another country. Each text message sent and received cost $0.25. Although $0.25 for a text message sounds high, it is still a great option compared to have sometimes. Some prepaid companies block international texting on their phones.

Note: Plans and phone offerings change with time, so please visit Verizon’s Official Website to verify before you purchase.

Limitation: We make every effort to share the most accurate information on this site but we cannot provide any warranties on this content. Please always do your own verification to make sure.

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