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Verizon testing a $50 unlimited talk and text plan?

In the second quarter, Verizon Wireless reported subscriber gains, but those numbers didn’t tell the whole story. A number of their additions came from MVNOs that rent space on their network. These include, most prominently, carriers like Straight Talk and Page Plus. It now looks like Verizon wants to add its own prepaid subscribers. According to many users, they’re now testing an $49.99 unlimited plan in 11 markets. This is something similar to what Boost Mobile did a couple of years ago with UNLT’D. If rolled out nationwide, it could further change the prepaid wireless landscape.

The plan is not available online, even for customers within the test states. Instead, interested parties will have to call Verizon’s customer service line and speak to a representative. If you live in Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Oklahoma you can give the plan a test drive.

There is no data involved, which comes as no surprise. While going all the way down to $50 per month, it’s unlikely that Verizon ever includes data at this price point. It’s more like the new T-Mobile prepaid unlimited plan, in that it provides only talk and text. Still, for service on Verizon’s nationwide network, with support right from Big Red itself, I can see plenty of customers on board with this.

7 Responses

  1. mike freeman Says

    Hi Joe. Between this trial, rumors resurfacing of a Blackberry prepaid plan by the end of the year and and their new unlimited broadband prepaid wireless data launching on August 23, it looks like they’re starting to take prepaid more seriously. The combined effects of all that will definitely have an impact if they all come true. At this point only the unlimited data broadband wireless plan is confirmed to be real and permananet.

    Posted on July 22nd, 2010 at 3:34 am
  2. SCOTT Says

    Thanks for this info I called and I am now on the $49.99 plan !Thank you very much for all you do and letting us know whats going on with cell phones .

    Posted on July 24th, 2010 at 9:39 pm
  3. Marochita Says

    So question is, will Verizon be able to keep with the likes of TracFone? I’ve had TracFone for several years and I’ll be hard press to change. At $30 a month for 200 minutes, with a real good quality phone you really can’t go wrong. They’ve proven themselves to have the customer’s best interest in mind. Let’s hope Verizon can do the same but according to this article I hardly think so.

    Posted on July 24th, 2010 at 10:18 pm
  4. Scott Says

    OMG I did away with tracfone years ago I would never go back with tracfone Verizon is so much better !!

    Posted on July 27th, 2010 at 1:06 am
  5. Mike Kohl Says

    $50 a month with no data?? They are nuts. I have a tracfone with no data and I pay far less than that. Great service no drops and fine coverage. Verizon is nuts!

    Posted on July 31st, 2010 at 8:49 pm
  6. Kyle Says

    This $49.99 a month plan ended October 8th, for Georgia I know at least… I am not sure about other states.

    Posted on December 30th, 2010 at 10:59 am
  7. Trissie Says

    I think a unlimited talk and text would be great for verizon, considering all the other companys have a plan. I would def. buy the prepay plan.

    Posted on April 28th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

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