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Re: The big 4 can squeeze out MVNO's anytime
VZW *itself* has been in the prepaid market since 2004 - I pointed out that my original prepaid account was with VZW. However, it hasn't been until recently that you could get data (required by smartphones and even most feature phones) with a prepaid plan from *any* MVNO. How long have even Android phones been available on a prepaid basis? MVNOs resell/remarket on a regional (not national) basis except for TRACFONE/NET10/StraightTalk (and lifeline provider Safelink, which is operated by TRACFONE). Also, name an MVNO (or even a major prepaid/post-paid provider - AT&T Mobility, VZW, etc., that means you) that offers prepaid feature phones. (VZW has ONE smartphone in their pre-paid stable: SAMSUNG's Illusion. While it is powered by Android, its Gingerbread - and it's *not* upgradable to ICS; worse, it's not 4G LTE, either. On top of getting whacked for $80 monthly - thanks to the data requirement - the handset itself will set you back $170 online. Prepaid simply doesn't fly if you have data requirements OR you don't already own a phone.
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Actually VZW has been in the prepaid market since 2001. My first VZW phone (a VZW Prepaid Nokia 5185) that I carried around during my senior year of high school, which I graduated in 2002. They charged 35¢ per minute during the day on weekdays and 10¢ per minute on nights and weekends. They used to call it Freeup. I was only 17 when I signed up so Mom had to give VZW permission to put the prepaid phone in my name. Shortly after I graduated, they let me have postpaid with no deposit.