Verizon Wireless introduced a pair of prepaid smartphone plans back in early February. At the time those plans were offering 500MB of data for $60 per month or 2GB of data for $70 per month. Both plans also included unlimited voice minutes and unlimited messaging. Flash forward till today and it looks like Big Red has announced an increase for the data.
The $60 per month plan is going from 500MB to 2GB and the $70 per month plan is going from 2GB to 4GB. The talk and text will remain unlimited. With that in mind, current customers will have these new data limits in place as of today. Otherwise, new customers will be able to sign up for these newly updated plans beginning on June 6.
Verizon hasn't said why they are offering the data incase, however it seems like this could have been done in an effort to keep up with some of the other recent additions to the prepaid market. Just this month alone we have seen ItsOne roll-out Zact and AT&T roll-out Aio Wireless, though it is worth mentioning that the Aio Wireless coverage is limited to a few markets at the moment.
Looking back, AT&T launched Aio Wireless for those inTampa, Orlando and Houston with the promise of more markets coming available later in the year. These plans are priced from $35 on the low end and up to $70 on the high end. Taking a middle of the line Aio Wireless plan and those interested could get unlimited talk and text along with 2GB of data for $55 per month. Zact on the other hand is pushing flexibility. In fact, they have fully customizable plans available with prices starting as low as $3.49 per month.
Shifting back to Verizon, there are phones available for these prepaid plans or you can bring your own. In fact, Verizon has said that a "new smartphone isn’t necessary" in this case and that a "no-longer-used smartphone sitting in a drawer at home can be activated on a prepaid plan with no annual contract." Simply put, Verizon seems like they are trying to make it easy for those interested to get up and running with a prepaid account.
SOURCE: Verizon Wireless