Marketing is a pretty powerful thing and for your average customer, trying to decide which company and which network is best can be complicated. After all, they all boast that they have the “fastest” or “largest” or “most dependable” or even use “nationwide” in their advertisements. Easily the question I am asked the most–by people on both prepaid and postpaid plans–is, “Which network is the best?” And my answer is always the same: It’s complicated.
In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with the flagship killer Moto announced earlier this year. The Moto X Pure Edition 2015 started shipping recently and this flagship phone comes with some pretty nice hardware and a near stock Android experience in the software department. Better yet, it was marketed as being compatible with all networks and sold directly to consumers. In a very Sprint-like move, Verizon, however, doesn’t seem to be quite with the program.
One of the most expensive parts of most phone plans is the actually the phone. Whether the price of your device was bundled with your postpaid contract, set up as monthly installments, or one giant lump sum at the beginning, phones are expensive. Verizon customers in the past had little to no options with phones: it was a Verizon phone or it didn’t work. Well, it looks like Verizon is finally loosening up its requirements.
HTC has announced that it will be bringing two new devices to Verizon in the next few weeks. The HTC Desire 626, which is also available via T-Mobile’s prepaid brand MetroPCS, is expected sometime in the coming weeks while the slightly toned-down 526 should be available at Verizon stores already.
Out of the four carriers, Verizon probably cares about its prepaid the least. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time that we had any kind of real news about any changes to Verizon’s prepaid segment, and the company has by far the fewest MVNOs. Of course, when you have the biggest network in the country, I suppose you don’t really have to do as many promotions, right?
Verizon is one of those companies that I both love and hate. I deal with a lot of customer service reps from all different companies and with the exception of Tracfone, Verizon has some of the rudest and least helpful employees and media people I’ve ever encountered. It also has some of the highest prices. But, Verizon also has the best network. So what’s the solution? Well, prepaid, of course!
Prepaid plans are the cheapest way to go, and you can check our list of the Best Verizon prepaid MVNO plans to find one that’s right for you. But what about phones? Well, I went to Verizon’s website and found 5 of their most affordable phones that will give you all the functionality that you likely want without the sticker shock. Here are my top picks, in no particular order:
Verizon has, undoubtedly, the best coverage in the United States with the largest nationwide network. However, it also boasts some of the highest prices for both prepaid and postpaid. A lot of people interested in taking advantage of Verizon’s coverage turn to Verizon MVNOs, but options are pretty limited.
If you’re looking to get on Verizon’s network but want to leave the high prices behind, we’ve gathered some of the best plan options available right now, depending on your needs (Updated 9/4/15):
Verizon Prepaid has added yet another phone to its lineup this week. The Samsung Galaxy J1 is a compact, entry-level device aimed at users who are more interested in smartphone value and Verizon’s 4G LTE network than impressive specs. This affordable device is the latest iteration riding the wave of the Galaxy’s line’s excellent reputation.
Verizon and Sprint and their assorted companies (including Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Sprint Prepaid and Assurance Wireless) have been ordered to provide a refund to customers who were charged for premium SMS messages without proper notice or consent. The FCC, state attorneys general and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have charged the companies a total of $120 million.
It’s no secret that Verizon doesn’t really seem to care all that much for Windows phones. Regardless, the red giant has announced that it has added a new phone its prepaid and postpaid customers this week. One of only three Windows device Verizon offers, the LG Lancet is a budget phone that aims to make you feel like you’re using a much better device than you actually are. Similar to the HTC One M8 Windows version, the LG Lancet has a more professional look to it than most Lumia devices, despite being a cheery blue color.
A lot of MNOs and MVNOs offer some form of auto pay for their prepay customers, and there are a lot of reasons why signing up for auto pay is good for both you and the company. Not only do you no longer have to worry about remembering to top up at the beginning of your cycle, but many companies also offer some kind of incentive to their prepay auto pay customers. And, as of today, you can add Verizon to that list.
Verizon prepaid has joined Cricket, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile in announcing that it, too, will be carrying the LTE-enabled, second generation Moto E. This smart little device will be sold in Verizon stores for $100, and while the device is definitely an entry-level phone, it does have some pretty decent specs and prices.
If you have an iPhone 4s through Verizon, then I have great news for you: it’s now unlocked to be used on US and international GSM networks. You don’t have to call customer service and get lost in the black hole of Verizon holding music–it’s all been done automatically.
Of the four main carriers, Verizon has always been the last one to bother with the prepaid segment and I doubt most people even remember that it HAS one. But, regardless, they do still offer prepaid and starting March 1, Verizon is attempting to make their prepaid smartphone and feature phones a little more lucrative. I can’t say I’m impressed with it, myself, but you can decide for yourself.
Verizon Wireless is, without a doubt, the largest wireless provider in the country and, interestingly enough, has the fewest MVNOs and the most obscure prepaid segment of the other tier one carriers. Like other carriers, Verizon does allow for activation of compatible CDMA phones but if you’re looking for a good affordable new phone priced at $200 or less, then check out these top five picks:
Verizon Wireless has never spent all that much time or energy on its prepaid market, presumably because with the strength of its network most proceeds come out of the postpaid segment. Out of the four tier one carriers, Verizon undoubtedly has the simplest plan set up, the fewest number of MVNOs and no interest in the ongoing price and data war until now.
The sales and deals that you can get throughout the end of November and pretty much all of December are not only pretty much amazing, but they are also almost over. However, Verizon will be running a deal at least through the end of the year that could land pay-as-you-go and prepaid customers a pretty sweet deal.
Today is apparently the day for Verizon prepaid news. In addition to the debut of the new LG Transpyre on Verizon’s prepaid network, Verizon has also launched a new plan aimed at those with loved ones abroad during the holiday season. Verizon’s new Mexico and Canada Plan for Prepaid is a little deceiving, as it isn’t actually a plan–it’s more of an add-on.
Out of the four main postpaid carrier giants, Verizon Wireless tends to spend less time on their prepaid division than pretty much all of the others combined. They have by far the fewest MVNOs (not even in the double digits), and the bulk of their money is in postpaid.
Verizon Wireless has dubbed the day before Thanksgiving, when millions of people travel for the holiday, “Connection Day” and has announced several freebies available for all wireless customers, regardless of carrier. Verizon Wireless customers, however, can qualify for a few additional goodies o November 26.
You might remember a couple of months ago, we talked about AT&T doing research on cross-carrier VoLTE calls and speculated that there would be more than a few issues to work out before it would work. However, it appears that AT&T and Verizon are determined to tackle the problem together, and have joined in a brief partnership to make cross-carrier VoLTE a reality. T-Mobile, the other carrier to support VoLTE, doesn’t seem to be included at the moment although both Verizon and AT&T stated that they would be willing to work with other carriers in the future.
While most MVNOs share the prepaid network of their primary carrier, some of them skimp on coverage to cut costs, and very few of them offer roaming in areas with no network.
Out of curiousity, I went through all the main Verizon MVNOs and gathered up their coverage maps for a comparison. I must say, I was a little surprised at some of these–especially Red Pocket–and I think I might go through the other MVNOs with other carriers as well. Look for that in the coming weeks!
Page Plus has been saying that they would be getting 4G LTE services ‘soon’ for months. So much so, that we haven’t even really covered it much because I hadn’t seen any really valid evidence that it would be coming anytime in the future. However, Prepaid Phone News has posted a notice from Page Plus Cellular to their dealers stating that LTE will be available this October. Although the official announcement is lengthy and about half of it says that they don’t have all the details available, the announcement is quite exciting.
The Federal Communication Commission has closed their investigation of Verizon’s use of personal consumer information for marketing purposes with a settlement of $7.4 million dollars. In addition to the fee, Verizon has also agreed to include opt-out notices on all customer bills for the next three years to help remedy the issue. Seems like a bit of a slap on the wrist for such a huge company, but maybe that’s just me.
Since Monday the smartphone community has been abuzz with leaks of Verizon’s new 4G LTE-ready prepaid phone, the Motorola Luge. Aside from the rather odd name, something that caught everyone’s attention is the familiar design. And it should look familiar–it’s pretty much exactly the same as the Droid Razr M released in 2012, but with a few updated specs.
It appears that Verizon’s VoLTE (or voice over LTE) service might be launching nationwide before the end of the year, and, while the service looks pretty cool, Verizon has been extremely shy about nailing down any specifics about when we will get it. Fierce Wireless reported that Verizon has been talking about VoLTE services for more than two years. Yikes. Makes me wonder what kind of technical problems they are having to fix and whether or not the service is going to be reliable when it finally DOES launch.
While nothing has been officially announced, Android Headlineshas posted a rumor that Verizon might be expanding their LTE network to some of their MVNOs in the future. Currently, MVNOs on the Verizon network are limited to 3G and the coverage isn’t quite as fast or reliable as what Verizon postpaid customers enjoy. But, with two other smaller carriers expanding their LTE network to MVNOs, Verizon might not have much of a choice.
In case you missed it, Verizon has expanded their Allset prepaid plans to be compatible with 4G LTE phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and 5, LG Lucid 3, LG G2, Apple iPhone 5, Motorola Moto X, HTC One and more. All phones purchased through Verizon Wireless have overnight shipping for free. If you are looking for one of the high-quality phones, Verizon has a pretty good selection of refurbished phones for a lot less than the normal market price.
If you hadn’t heard, Verizon has officially launched their LTE data service availability for prepaid customers. The service will be available for their AllSet prepaid plans, with plans featuring unlimited voice and text and 500 MB of data starting at $45 per month. Of course, other mobile carriers have offered LTE services for prepaid customers for several years but it’s nice to see Verizon is finally hopping onboard and no longer limiting prepaid phones to their 3G network.
Like many cell phone companies, Verizon has expanded its range of services to include a variety of prepaid plan options. More and more customers are finding that a prepaid phone plan is much more conducive to their needs and desires concerning a phone service. And, flagship cell phone companies like Verizon has responded to this desire with plans to fit different needs and budgets. One of the most popular prepaid options is the use of a prepaid SIM card that can be loaded with credits or “minutes” to be used on a device compatible with the SIM card.
There are two prepaid Verizon phones available at Walmart online. The phones that are offered, only get service in select areas. Walmart asks that you put in your zip code before looking into purchasing the phone, this is to ensure that the phone will be able to get service if you buy it. Prepaid phone cards need to be purchased in order to add talk/broadband minutes to the phone. There are particular prepaid cards that can be used with each phone. There is an activation fee that is assessed when the phone is purchased at Walmart, but depending upon the sale that is currently running, the activation fee may be waived.
A lot of people are starting to opt out of paying contracts for their cell phone service. Cell phone contracts are getting increasingly expensive; people are also having a much harder time committing to the same phone for two whole years.
Verizon is an American broadband and telecommunications company based in New York City. The company has a number of mobile virtual network operators to deliver their services efficiently. Mobile virtual network operators provide mobile airtime, data services and messaging from one of the major operators and they usually offer such services at a lower price.
Walmart has twenty five Verizon contract phone offerings. These phones cover a range of prices and features. The least expensive cost option is .01 cent for a LG Enact phone to a more expensive 269.99 Droid Maxx phone. All phones are standard with the Android operating system or a proprietary company operating system. Some of these proprietary systems are based on Android so will have similar functionality. Of the Android phones, two use the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the operating system, others the Jelly Bean version.
Pictured above is the LG Optimus Exceed, one of two new Optimus that Verizon prepaid just added to its smartphone lineup. The Exceed is pretty standard, featuring a 4-inch display with Gorilla Glass, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture. Essentially this is last year’s mid-range option, which still isn’t all that bad. The price is right, too, at $129.99 with no contract. The other smartphone, the Optimus Zone, costs only $79.99, but is hardly worth discussing because it still runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. There might be a $50 difference in price, but the difference in performance is astronomical. Both are available on Verizon’s website.
The strategy became readily apparent last summer when Verizon prepaid began offering a 3G smartphone plan. It was a rudimentary offering at first, overpriced and with few handset selections. Since then it has expanded, and in a year it went from offering 1GB of data for $80 per month to offering 2GB of data for $60 or 4GB for $70. Since LTE services are not offered on prepaid, it appeared that Verizon was aiming to keep its existing 3G CDMA network profitable by populating it with prepaid users, while using LTE for higher-ARPU postpaid customers. Yesterday CFO Fran Shammo confirmed the company’s plans. So if you’re on Verizon prepaid, don’t expect to use an LTE phone any time soon.
It appears that the nation’s largest carrier understands the opportunities in prepaid. For the past year or so Verizon prepaid has made many moves that cater to a prepaid crowd. While their efforts started off as typically overpriced big carrier offerings, they’ve wizened up and started offering more data and more plans. Their latest move adds even more data to their prepaid smartphone plans. The $60 smartphone plan now gets 2GB of data monthly, up from 500MB. The $70 plan now gets 4GB, up form 2GB. Remember, these smartphone plans work only on 3G EVDO and not Verizon’s 4G LTE network. These plans will be available to consumers on June 6th.
It appears Verizon prepaid wants to compete on a higher level. In the past they have offered plans that haven’t quite matched those of other prepaid carriers, including those carriers that rent space on Verizon’s network. Tomorrow that will change when Big Red unveils a $35 prepaid plan. It includes unlimited web and texting, plus 500 minutes. Like the $50 unlimited prepaid plan, this new one will only work with certain feature phones: LG Cosmos 2, Samsung Gusto 2, Samsung Intensity III, and the LG Extravert. With name value behind the plan, Verizon could pick up some customers who have been averse to offerings from lesser known carriers such as Straight Talk. THe plan will be available tomorrow at Verizon’s website.
Verizon prepaid got with the times — somewhat — early last year when they announced a prepaid smartphone plan. Like most others it provided unlimited talk and text, but afforded users just 1GB of data for $80 per month, well above the market rate. They later doubled the data in a promotion that ends January 31. But the day after that they’ll introduce two new plans that will put them more in line with the competition. They’re still a bit more expensive, but these plans are much more palatable than the previous $80 plan.
When Verizon announced its prepaid smartphone plan back in May, we were underwhelmed. The $80 monthly fee for unlimited talk and text plus 1GB of data is only $10 cheaper than their postpaid version. Since prepaid users are not repaying a subsidy, that seemed like a pretty poor excuse for a viable plan. In an attempt to lure customers who are more drawn to smaller prepaid carriers, Verizon has started a promotion that doubles its data allotment to 2GB. The promotion lasts through January 31, 2013, and will remain effective for customers who continue paying their bills on time thereafter. Interested customers can sign up at Verizon’s website.
When Verizon announced its $80 prepaid smartphone plan earlier this year, it felt underwhelming. They already offered unlimited talk and text with mobile web for $50 per month. The new plan amounts to $30 per month for 1GB of data. Plus, they only offered it with a single handset. They later quietly added more handsets, and a few of them were enticing. But few were as enticing than the latest handsets: the iPhone 4 and 4S. The plan works best if you already have one of these handsets; to buy one outright is still expensive (the 4 is $450 and the 4S is $550).
When Verizion prepaid announced its $80 smartphone plan, most of us came away unimpressed. The plan added $30 to the already existing $50 unlimited talk and text plan, and provided just 1GB of data. Furthermore, it offered just one phone at first, the Samsung Illusion, which cost $170. The Motorola Citrus was also added, but that’s pretty much a non-factor in the Android realm. Thankfully, it appears that Verizon has made a number of handsets available on the prepaid smartphone plan. After the jump, a list of what’s eligible.
When Verizon announced that it would release an $80 smartphone I thought it was $80 for the phone itself. As it turns out, Verizon meant that it was launching an $80 smartphone plan, to go along with a more expensive Android handset. Yesterday we got the full details on that. The $80 plan includes unlimited talk and text plus 1GB of data — meaning the 1GB of data is essentially a $30 upgrade to the $50 unlimited talk, text, and mobile web plan. Verizon also announced the availability of the Samsung Illusion with the plan. The 1GHz phone is a mid-range Android handset. It will cost $169.99. Both the Illusion and the new plan are available now. You can find them on Verizon’s website.
I have to say, when I saw $80 prepaid smartphone in a headline, I did not think that Verizon prepaid would be the one to carry it. They were once a force in prepaid with their EasyPay plans, but they eventually junked them in favor of consumer-unfriendly pay-per-day plans that cost up to $3 per day. Now they have a $50 unlimited service that mimics the plans of many top vendors in prepaid. Now they’re apparently taking the next step by offering an ultra-affordable prepaid smartphone.
Verizon prepaid has a new handset that users can combine with the $50 unlimited plan. It’s the LG Extravert, and it’s a small touchscreen device that has a full-QWERTY sliding keyboard. It’s really nothing special — it doesn’t even run on Verizon’s 3G network. But it is a touchscreen device that is a small step above the other phones available for Verizon’s Unleashed $50 unlimited plan. It’ll cost $109.99, and it’s available on Verizon’s website.
For a while now Verizon prepaid has been testing a $50 unlimited plan in select markets. Last month we heard that Verizon might expand the unlimited plan, and just last week we learned that indeed they would. But we never had word from Big Red themselves. But yesterday spokeswoman Brenda Raney let us know the score. On Thursday Verizon will release Unleashed on a nationwide basis. As we know, the plan costs $50 per month and covers unlimited talk, text, and web — which is right in line with AT&T GoPhone’s $50 plan. Unleashed will be available at Verizon stores, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target. You can check Verizon’s website for more details.
Fans of flat-rate, unlimited plans got some good news a month ago when we heard that Verizon prepaid would expand its $50 unlimited plan from select markets to nationwide. It appears those plans will come to fruition next week. Mike Dano of FierceWireless reports that Verizon will make Unleashed a nationwide offering on September 12. There is no official comment from Verizon, though that’s pretty obvious; they’re not going to comment on something they haven’t yet announced. In any case, look for the announcement next Monday. Verizon figures to get a lot of play around this. $50 is pretty cheap for a big-brand national carrier.
It looks like big things could be afoot for Verizon prepaid. A few months ago they introduced a $50 unlimited talk, text and web plan in limited markets. While only Florida and California customers can currently take advantage of the deal, that might expand nationwide soon enough. According to a MarketWatch report, Verizon COO Fran Shammo said, “The Trial has gone very, very well for us.” He further noted that it didn’t eat into the postpaid sales, as they had feared. If Verizon does expand the plan, titled Unleashed, they’d bring some more competition to an unlimited field that already boasts players such as Boost Mobile, Cricket, and MetroPCS.
Earlier this week we learned that Verizon prepaid would release a $50 unlimited plan, mimicking many of its competitors. Verizon now has a landing page on its website for the service, dubbed Unleashed. It is available only in select locations right now, but expect an official announcement soon. As expected, the service features the LG Accolade ($39.99), the LG Cosmos ($99.99), and the Pantech Caper ($79.99). Those in Verizon’s Florida and Southern California markets can give it a try now, while the rest of us will have to wait.