Verizon announces new prepaid plan; exclusive to the Samsung Illusion for now

Those of you who aren’t fans of contract-based plans will be happy to know that Verizon is adding another prepaid option. The plan is exclusive to the Samsung Illusion for now, and will included unlimited calling and texts, plus 1GB of data for $80 per month. All things considered, it sounds like a very decent offering.

You can get the phone and plan bundled for $170 starting May 1st at Verizon stores and VerizonWireless.com, and third party retailers will be offering it shortly afterward. Read on for full press details.

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 30, 2012

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Brenda Raney

Verizon Wireless

908.559.7518

Brenda.Raney@verizonwireless.com

 

VERIZON WIRELESS ANNOUNCES NEW PREPAID PLANS

 

Unlimited Talk, Text and 1 GB of Data Smartphone Plan for $80 per Month; First Prepaid 4G Jetpack Offers a Variety of Mobile Broadband Data Plan Options

 

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of a new prepaid plan beginning May 1, offering unlimited talk and text messaging, as well as 1 GB of data for $80 per month.  This monthly plan, available on the prepaid Samsung Illusion, provides customers with an affordable, flexible option to take advantage of the nation’s largest, most reliable 3G network without the commitment of an annual contract.  The Samsung Illusion prepaid package will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online atwww.verizonwireless.com for $169.99.  In the coming weeks, the Samsung Illusion prepaid will also be available at Best Buy®, Target®, RadioShack and Walmart.

 

Additionally, starting May 1, customers can purchase a prepaid Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi® 4510L and take advantage of new prepaid Mobile Broadband plans.  With the prepaid Jetpack, customers can now create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously.  Prepaid 4G LTE Mobile Broadband plans are as follows:

 

  • ·        $15 for 250 MB of data weekly
  • ·        $60 for 3 GB of data monthly
  • ·        $90 for 10 GB of data monthly

 

The Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L prepaid package will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $129.99.  In the coming weeks, it will also be available at Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart.

 

From keeping in touch with friends to surfing the Web, Verizon Wireless gives customers the power and flexibility to stay connected, with no annual contract, to America’s largest and most reliable high-speed wireless network.  For more information on prepaid plan offerings, visitwww.verizonwireless.com/prepay

 

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

 

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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  • jerry-joe Johnson

    1gb? 80 bucks? Rip off

  • blest

    Mega expensive prepaid.

    • Aaron Peromsik

       Indeed, Verizon continues to miss the point: Prepaid is supposed to be cheap.

      More likely, they know they are not cheap, but they hope that some potential customers will not do their homework, and buy this phone, because it “must be” a great deal. After all, it’s prepaid, and prepaid is supposed to be cheap.

      Meanwhile PagePlus offers a similar plan for $55, as pointed out by prepaidphonenews.com … and it isn’t limited to one phone.

  • shabbypenguin

    indeed, on such a poor device. its liek teh blaze 4g on tmobile its not quite a sgs2 but not quite a sgs1… even metropcs has dual core phones on prepaid there is no reason for them to market off such a weak phone at 80 bucks a month (thats more than my sprint bill and my epic 4g touch cost me per month)

  • UniBroW

    “plus 1GB of data for $80 per month. All things considered, it sounds like a very decent offering.”

    funniest thing I’ve seen on the internet all day, and that is saying A LOT!

  • captain fap

    “All things considered, it sounds like a very decent offering”. Ummm no it doesn’t!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XLOQV53SI3PT755OOWWSBQPYFU Anon

       This!

  • S Smith

    If its $80 a month for the whole plan (talk, text and data) than yeah $80 isn’t that bad.

    $80 for the individual data package itself? Hell no!

  • Dean Politis

    T-Mobile has a $30 plan for 100 minutes talk, unlimited texting, and 5GB of Data (2G after).  Considering a lot of people don’t talk much on their cell phones these days (teens in particular), this is a great plan.  Beat that Verizon.  I dare you!

    • molomolo

      Good point. But sometimes  it needs a lot of minutes  (calls to support or so).
      The lowest I guess – Simle Mobile $40 (unlimited minute, text and data 3G).
      It’s the same network as tmobile.
      I heard the concerns about internet speed – going to verify it myself.

      http://www.mysimplemobile.com/plans-40-unlimited.aspx

      • Dean Politis

        Simple Mobile 4G is $60 for unlimited minutes, test, and data 4G).  Not sure where their threshold is

  • DarrenR

    Lets compare.  

    Straight talk is $45 a month for Talk Text and Web. But android phones run on Sprint

    T-mo is $50 a month for T,T,&W but throttles the data after a point. Includes Android phones

    AT&T is 50 for T,T,&W on a feature phone and on a smart phone the data is $25 for 1gb.

    So this Verizon plan isnt horrible, compared to the others, but still costs the same as a T-mo contract that has unlimited data.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XLOQV53SI3PT755OOWWSBQPYFU Anon

       I use the Straight Talk sim only plan where you can bring your own android device. I have the Galaxy Note international version and I get 9mbps on the down stream 90 percent of the time. I have only been pushed to edge once or twice for a minute or 2.

      I dont abuse it I use wifi when I am around it, and I get free wifi at ATT hotspots. Like I said its unlimted with limitations. 5gb from what I hear.

  • PsychoChild

    Straight Talk now uses att and Tmobile data which ever you want the sim card to be no need to unlock your phone either

    I’m using a galaxy note on straight talk and get faster speeds than when I had Tmobile on my sensation 4g at the time plus I go in the city of Chicago where on Tmobile I was lucky to get 800 I still got around 2300mbps

    I had 3 lines on Tmobile plus a discount from my employer and straight talk I’m still saving about another 30-40 bucks a month

  • nardva

    Verizon must think consumers are stupid. Nobody in their right mind would think this is a deal.

  • Jaswinder Singh

    It’s definitely not a great deal. If it’s unlimited everything for even $100 I would sign up but for 4G( 5 GB is plenty of Data)

  • DavidB23

    Pretty terrible plan for pre-paid.   Competition is generally $50 or $55 for the same thing.   Only reason to get this is if Verizon is the only coverage in your area.  Else; contract price for the same thing is only $10 more and you get a choice of much better phones.    Its clear verizon is not concerned with having a booming smartphone  no contract business.

  • Cenarl

    anytime when i would have to research if a prepaid plan is any better then a post paid plan thats probably a bad sign. Not to mention the fact that they only give you 1gb and a crappy phone to boot.

    i cant imagine telling anyone that this is a “Decent offer” with a straight face, must be an ad.

  • bishop0114

    Seems VERY high priced to me…  I currently have a 450 minute plan with free nights and weekends plus unlimited data and text for only $69.00 a month.  Since I primarily use data and text, it works very well for me.

    I have a D3 with only 3G though…

  • Montisaquadeis

    Apparently people are forgetting SPrints prepaid carrier Boost Mobile who is about $50 a month with unlimited everything and with shrinkage meaning your payments go down $5 every 6 months down to about $40 after 18 months of on time payments. And their selection of android phones is constantly growing. I currently have the samsung galaxy prevail through them and its a decent phone with a great dev community here on the android forums.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XLOQV53SI3PT755OOWWSBQPYFU Anon

       Not for the good androids you shrink to about 55. Featuer phones get the good shrinkage.

  • aantoine87

    T-mobile prepaid is $70 a month and has unlimited everything (5gb of data), why the hell would i choose that plan especially when its limited to that ugly ass phone

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XLOQV53SI3PT755OOWWSBQPYFU Anon

    Not good enough. Im staying with straight talk! 45 for unlimited with limitations lol. 5gb is the limitation, but I get my Galaxy note and my soon to be international gs3!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pik.collins1 Pik Collins

    yeah rip off i have verizon prepaid now 50 unlimited everything talk text and web they want 30 more just for 1gb data thats fucked offer atleast 3 or more come on now!!!!!!!!!!