By Joe Paonessa Feb 21, 2017
Verizon went live today with a brand new prepaid plan, or lowered the price of a previous offering depending on how you want to look at it.
The new plan features unlimited talk, text and data with the first 2 GB at full 4G LTE speeds before they get reduced to 128 kbps. The plan also includes international texting to over 200 countries, and with autopay enabled, carryover data for up to one billing cycle. An add on is available for $10/month that adds 1000 minutes of calling to Mexico and Canada.
This new plan is nearly identical to Verizon's old $45 prepaid plan. The old plan included 2 GB of data, but with autopay enabled it got bumped up to 3 GB, a feature I'm sure that many appreciated.
Verizon also offers 2 other prepaid plans, one priced at $50 that includes 5 GB of high speed data, and another that includes 10 GB of data for $70. All plans include the same feature set, except the $70 plan includes unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada.
It seems to me that if Verizon really wants to compete in the prepaid wireless space, it still has some work to do. Verizon's prepaid plans seem best suited for those who absolutely require VoLTE calling, a feature that Verizon MVNO's currently lack, as well as full speed LTE data as Verizon limits the speed of its MVNO's to about 5 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload.
Joe is the founder of BestMVNO.com. He started BestMVNO in 2013, because like many of you, he was unhappy with the high price he was paying his wireless provider for cell phone service. After researching how to cut costs on his phone bill, he came across the terms 'MVNO' and 'prepaid wireless', and learned there was a way he could keep using his favorite network without having to pay a premium price for it. Since then, through BestMVNO.com, Joe has been sharing his research about MVNOs and prepaid wireless so that others can learn how to save money on their own phone bills. Joe's current provider is T-Mobile Prepaid. For inquiries Contact JP