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Verizon Shakes Up Prepaid Plans, Offers Rollover Data
by Karl Bode 02:18PM Monday Mar 03 2014
Verizon today announced that the company is making a few tweaks to their prepaid data options, in the process providing users with roll over data. According to the Verizon announcement, the company's new "AllSet" prepaid pricing plans lower prices, but also lower the data allotments of their previous prepaid offerings.

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The plans start at $35 for basic phones and $45 for smartphones, providing 500 voice minutes (unlimited for smartphones), unlimited messaging and 500 MB of data. For a limited time, smartphone users will get 1 GB of base data if they enroll in auto-pay.

From there, users will have to choose from the following allotments for additional "bridge data":

• 500 MB for $5 with 30-day expiration
• 1 GB for $10 with 90-day expiration
• 3 GB for $20 with 90-day expiration

Any unused bridge data from a current billing cycle will be bumped to the next cycle. While an improvement for Verizon it's still not really beating a lot of cheaper options, where users can get significantly more for their $45. Verizon's primary focus continues to be on their postpaid offerings. You can check out more details on the new options here, and dump your thoughts on the plans into the comment section below.

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Mr Guy

@charter.com

small correction

The 500 minutes is for basic phones for smartphone it's unlimited minutes.
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Re: small correction

So now they go to prepaid which is "fixed" and then if you get close to going over, then you have to gamble on buckets and then TRACK when they expire. Sounds simple.

Most of the family is on H2Owireless now, and you can buy buckets for overages, but they don't expire and you can add then at any time. Oh, and you can use whatever phone you want, locked to AT&T or not.

I'm guessing this is unlike a lot of prepaid that throttle when you hit your limit, these guys look like they want you to pony up more $$$ (like H20), which runs on AT&T only charges $30 instead of $45 for the same thing, otherwise data gets shut off completely. I'm OK with that, but the short expiration is pure horseshit.

So this means Verizon is less flexible and costs 50% more (and no tax). Unless your coverage is superior where you live, this is purely another slot machine for Verizon at the Bellagio.
patt2k

join:2009-01-16
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS

Re: small correction

said by elefante72:

So now they go to prepaid which is "fixed" and then if you get close to going over, then you have to gamble on buckets and then TRACK when they expire. Sounds simple.

Most of the family is on H2Owireless now, and you can buy buckets for overages, but they don't expire and you can add then at any time. Oh, and you can use whatever phone you want, locked to AT&T or not.

I'm guessing this is unlike a lot of prepaid that throttle when you hit your limit, these guys look like they want you to pony up more $$$ (like H20), which runs on AT&T only charges $30 instead of $45 for the same thing, otherwise data gets shut off completely. I'm OK with that, but the short expiration is pure horseshit.

So this means Verizon is less flexible and costs 50% more (and no tax). Unless your coverage is superior where you live, this is purely another slot machine for Verizon at the Bellagio.

h20 is crap man.. just like red pocket.

dial up speeds.
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Re: small correction

I'm not sure 7 Mbps is crap (because that is what I see), they run on AT&T HSPA+ network, so maybe where you live AT&T network is not that robust--an if I recall you are in the City so I know that is not the case. ST uses AT&T or TMO and AT&T is LTE.

Even if you disgust in that, AIOwireless uses LTE network (AT&T since it is AT&T) and is still less costly.
Chubbysumo

join:2009-12-01
Superior, WI
Reviews:
·Charter

Re: small correction

said by elefante72:

ST uses AT&T or TMO and AT&T is LTE.

ST actually uses all 4 national carriers depending on where and when you buy it. For their BYOP plans, its AT&T and Tmo only, and the LTE on AT&T is lackluster. I have gotten, at best, 5mbps from the LTE, and 4mbps from HSPA+ down, and 3mbps up on the LTE, and 3mbps up on the HSPA+. Prepaid and MVNO carriers on AT&T are heavily throttled.
bugabuga

join:2004-06-10
Austin, TX

Re: small correction

It depends. In Austin, TX ST/ATT LTE gives about 24Mb down/3Mb up. In NYC speed varies _a lot_. Union square during the day is horrible. But go to Times Square in the evening and it's 10-12Mb down and 3-4.5Mb up. At least that's what I see these days (tests I ran were at the beginning of February). At night it goes back to 24Mbps (cause pesky tourists are sleeping, but then so do I)

I don't run into throttling as I use less than 2.5Gb of traffic, and I'm not sure how ATT allocates bandwidth as-is.
--
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Mr Guy

@charter.com
Then don't use Verizon pre-paid. Simple. There are plenty of options for pre-paid if you find Verizon's pricing and feature not to your liking.

hayabusa3303
Over 200 mph
Premium
join:2005-06-29
kudos:1

not bad

When will you launch LTE on prepaid.. never i bet..

Mr Guy

@charter.com

Re: not bad

said by hayabusa3303:

When will you launch LTE on prepaid.. never i bet..

As soon as the FCC let's Verizon throttle 4G like the other 3 carriers can. Blame the FCC not Verizon.

ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Evanston, IL

Re: not bad

why throttle? just charge overages
itguy05

join:2005-06-17
Carlisle, PA

Why go Postpaid?

Why would I go postpaid then?

AllSet - $45/mo unlimited talk/text + $20 for 3GB= $75/mo no contract
More Of your Paycheck - $40/mo unlimited talk/text + $60 for 3GB = $100 and 2 year shackles.

Why would I spend more $$ for postpaid?

3G is fine for me - I can get my e-mail, stream music, watch Youtube, etc.
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Re: Why go Postpaid?

Postpaid for 2 or less people makes absolutely no sense, because you will pay much more unless you have no wish to sell your own hardware. Once you start getting 3+ people on postpaid, the pricing scales much better and in some cases means newer hardware and LESS cost than similar prepaid offerings.

»www.h2owirelessnow.com/mainContr···lanMon50

International texts, international talk.

This is AT&T LTE: »www.aiowireless.com/shop/plans.html

I won't get into TMO, but end of the day these prices are sky-high compared to what is being offered.

And if you must have Verizon, Pageplus or Walmart (Straighttalk) have plans much less that than also.

Verizon BY far is the most hostile to prepaid, and just try to get a circa 2012 or newer phone to work, unless you have to buy the stripped-down Verizon version they sell for prepaid.

Mr Guy

@charter.com
Because it's 3G and you're limited to 3G phones. Not tethering, no unlimited international texting no 25 GB is free clod storage if those are important to you.

And sorry the "More Of Your Paycheck" plans DO save some of us money. I'd be paying more if I was on the old plans. So nice of you to assume no one saves.

Also you don't have to be under a 2 year contract with a More Everything plan. I'm not sure why people assume you do. You only have to be under contract if you take a subsidized discount on the phone.
itguy05

join:2005-06-17
Carlisle, PA

Re: Why go Postpaid?

said by Mr Guy :

Because it's 3G and you're limited to 3G phones. Not tethering, no unlimited international texting no 25 GB is free clod storage if those are important to you.

I'm fine with 3G. I can do what I want (stream music, stream video, get my email, navigate) just fine on 3G on my iPhone 4s.

Don't care about cloud storage as I have plenty with iCloud and it lets me share what I want (photos).

said by Mr Guy :

And sorry the "More Of Your Paycheck" plans DO save some of us money. I'd be paying more if I was on the old plans. So nice of you to assume no one saves.

Sure, people save but the majority of us would spend more. Wife and I use about 2GB Each on data and barely use 1/2 of our 700 minutes. I don't text and she has some old 1k message text plan. We pay $135/mo after taxes/fees with my 19% corporate discount.

Under a Share your Paycheck plan we'd be paying: $150 ($80 phones and $70/4GB) before taxes/fees and my discount. For stuff we don't use.

I'd assume the majority of people would save $0 or spend more under the new plans.

said by Mr Guy :

Also you don't have to be under a 2 year contract with a More Everything plan. I'm not sure why people assume you do. You only have to be under contract if you take a subsidized discount on the phone.

I did not know that but if I pay full price for a phone I better get a discount (and not the consumer unfriendly Edge program) on my bill as I'm not paying for a subsidy.
tkdslr

join:2004-04-24
Pompano Beach, FL
Reviews:
·T-Mobile US
·Speakeasy

Re: Why go Postpaid?

said by itguy05:

Wife and I use about 2GB Each on data and barely use 1/2 of our 700 minutes. I don't text and she has some old 1k message text plan. We pay $135/mo after taxes/fees with my 19% corporate discount.

Using the TM BYOD/Walmart $30 plan you could reduce your monthly expenses down to ~75$+sales tax.

TM BYOD prepaid plan offers 100minutes per phone, 5GB/mo of 4G, Over 5GB it's 2G unlimited per phone, unlimited texts, extra minutes are $0.10, all for just $30+sales tax per smart phone.

One would pay $15-20 for the extra 150 minutes of usage over the 200 minutes included... 30+30+15+state sales tax.. $(78-79) range.

The resulting $55 net monthly savings could pay for really nice new smart phones.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Tethering actually works on AllSet now.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Taking Cingular's idea of rollover...

And making it crappy. It would be nice if AT&T did it on data plans or something...

belawrence
They'll never let you in

join:2000-08-06
Santee, CA

no thanks

I'm getting about 12Mb dn/1Mb up on Net10 (HSPA+, AT&T's network) using, ironically, a Lumia 822 - a Verizon phone w/GSM capability which comes factory unlocked. Fast enough for me.

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

Great! Now all they need do is...

Add the feature to post-paid plans...

Add throttling to 2g speeds when you hit your limit...

Give free tethering...

Add free/discounted roaming in over 100 countries...

Allow one to easily use unlocked phones, and unlock the ones they sell you once the subsidy is paid-off...

Provide an optional international calling plan that is competitive with VoIP provider rates...

Add WiFi calling that costs nothing (other than international LD charges)...

and they might interest me.

Jim