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Verizon Prepaid Wireless Cellular Service Review

Overview

Verizon Wireless is the largest cellular carrier in America, with over 100 million subscribers. In late 2010 they became the second U.S. carrier to launch an LTE network, and currently operate the nation's largest LTE network. Shortly thereafter they unveiled a $50 monthly prepaid plan.

Pros: Verizon prepaid offers not only pay-as-you-go and monthly prepaid plans, but it also offers its postpaid plans on a prepaid basis (with a small rate increase).

Cons: There is no straight pay-as-you-go option; the 10 cents per minute plan is on the 99 cents per day plan, which is very expensive.


Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.05 to $0.25  

Plans: Verizon Wireless offers three different prepaid plans. The first costs 50 dollars per month and provides unlimited talk, text, and web for basic devices. The second is a smartphone plan that offers two choices. The 60 dollar plan offers unlimited talk and text, plus 500MB of data. The 70 dollar plan increases that data limit to 2GB. The pay-as-you-go plan offers three different options. The basic rate is 25 cents per minute. For a fee of 99 cents per day that rate goes to 10 cents per minute, with calls to other Verizon customers for free. For $1.99 per day there are unlimited minutes.  Read more about Verizon Wireless plans

Customer Service: Customer service can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via email, a toll free number and from your Verizon prepaid cell phone without incurring airtime charges.  

Free Nights: Unlimited available  

Credit Check: None  

Free Weekends: Unlimited available  

Contract: None  

Daily Access Fee: $0.99 to $3.99  

Payment Options: Verizon pay as you go service allows you to pay via credit card or debit card auto pay, as well as allowing you to pay via credit card or debit card on their website. Additionally, you can make payments by phone or in person at Verizon Wireless stores or kiosks.  

Text and Picture Messaging: Text messaging is unlimited with the 50, 60, and 70 dollar unlimited plans. The basic pay-as-you-go rate is 20 cents per text message and 25 cents per picture message. The 99 cent daily plan reduces that to 10 cents for text and 25 cents for picture, and the $1.99 daily plan reduces it to 2 cents per text and 25 cents per picture.  

Data Plans: The 50 dollar unlimited plan includes unlimited mobile web. The 60 dollar smartphone plan includes 500MB of data, while the 70 dollar plan includes 2GB of data. For pay-as-you-go, mobile web costs 99 cents per day.  

Downloads: Verizon offers every type of downloable you can imagine. Ringtones, music, wallpaper, IM, email, web, ringback, voice guided GPS navigator, games, applications, vcast (which allows you to watch streaming videos and TV) and more. Prices vary based on service and phone. Downloads are subject to a 99 cent download fee, which is assessed for the first download in any 24-hour period.  

International Calling: Verizon allows international calling. Puerto Rico is not considered an international call. Verizon charges normal airtime rates for calls to Puerto Rico. International calling rates start at 29 cents per minute in additional to normal airtime charges. You'll need to check with customer service to get the rates of the country you plan to call prior to making international calls.  

Text Messaging Available: Yes  

Roaming Charges: Calls placed while roaming are charged an additional 69 cents per minute on top of regular airtime.  

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Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: Yes  

Calling Features: Verizon includes 3-way calling, call forwarding, caller ID, and call waiting with all prepaid plans.  

Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: Yes  

Activation Fee: There is an activation fee of up to 25 dollars to get started with service.  

Nationwide Long Distance: Verizon treats nationwide long distance calls as they do regular calls. There are no additional charges for making long distance calls to the United States or Puerto Rico above normal airtime charges.  

Unlimited Plan Available: Yes  

411 Calls: Directory assistance calls are charged a fee of $1.49 per call in addition to normal airtime charges.  

Earliest Minute Expiration: Minutes expire based on the denomination you purchase them in; $15 to $29.99 expires in 30 days, $30 to $74.99 expires in 60 days, $75 to $99.99 expires in 90 days, $100 and above expires in 365 days. If you refill your minutes before they expire and your existing balance will be carried forward.  

911 Calls: Yes.  

Phones: Verizon offers phones in a wide range of pricing and features. Feature phones are available for both monthly and daily plans, while smartphones, including BlackBerry devices, are available on the prepaid monthly plans.  

Standard Calling Features: call waiting, caller ID, 3 way, call forwarding  

Some Available Cell Models: Samsung Intensity ii (shown) Samsung Haven LG Cosmos Samsung Illusion Pantech Jest  



Cheapest Phone Model: varies  

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Cheapest Price Per Minute: $0.05 to $0.25
Unlimited Data Available: Yes
Unlimited Texting Available: Yes
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3 stars of 5 based on 618 reviews

Chuck U. Farley 12/8/2012
It's a fair complaint, everyone has, about the funds expiring, but you can't act like they don't tell you. The expiration dates are posted everywhere and any time you call in, the automated system tells you and the customer service people tell you. Also it's on the phone all the time. Press the "Up" key. It's right there. Make a payment and you get a text message telling you that. It's not even fine print. Getting mad that you didn't know is unfair to them, because they do tell you, in great detail. Every single complaint I read on this page (and I read all of them), misses this. Yes, I do work for Verizon Prepaid as a supervisor, but I'm also a very, VERY happy customer. I've spoken to people from other companies (and in my business, I talk to WAY more people about phone service then you do, I assure you), and I hate to sound like a shill here, but other companies are WAY more shady. Don't even get me started on hidden prices T-Mobile and Sprint pull. I do wish I knew WHY the funds expire. I've asked around, even talking to Verizon corporate people, and nobody knows. It most likely is a way to make extra money, for sure. But they aren't a bank. And even if they were, banks charge you for holding onto your money.

Chelsea 12/4/2012
Yes, the phones are basic and boring, but the coverage and ease of the plan are unbeatable. It is super easy to pay every month and they make it so you can do it right from your phone if you forget and aren't near a computer or store to buy a reload card. I am going to hold out on buying a smart phone simply because the coverage and price are unbeatable. I bought my phone through Best Buy and get absolutely amazing customer service through them and just bypass verizon's.

juan 11/7/2012
not bad, the $ 50 prepaid plan is fine,the call quality is excellent,good reception,coverage nationwide.however there are still better prepaid companies that offers unlimited calling and texting for less like metro pcs,virgin mobile,pageplus.so at this point iam going to try another company and lower my bill

carolyn 7/2/2012
have no complaints about the $50 prepaid. the service is great. warning: dont even think of considering it as a primary source for your web.
most of the apps are free trials...and verizon has blocked you from unauthorized downloads. you will be limited on their "unlimited" plan. other than that..well...let me say that when everyone around me is trying to stand where they can get a bar...and i have great service...i dont mind doing without the emails and games...

Pamela J 3/24/2008
I have the easy pay plan. For me to txt is .05 so that's cool with me. I don't talk that much, but occasionally I tend to overdue it on the Vcast downloads. It's trial and error, you know exactly how much you got on your card and what you can indulge in and what you can't. You overindulge you have no minutes; you learn to resist and you've got enough to sustain until your next paycheck. I've got the cherry chocolate slider and it only cost me with tax and all $107 and some change at Walmart. Considering what you have to pay on the plan it's a bargain for me. They just got in the Juke at Wallyworld to for $124.85, but I don't like that one because of the "switchblade" action so to speak. Looks like it would break easy. Cons with the phone, hard to find a cover for the slider sometimes. In the mall I know they sell some. I bought a "PLAYBOY" slider cover, but just for one it was $16! I usually by a $50 card and it can last me for the month. This prepay plan fits right in with our budget right now; we really can't afford a plan with expensive texting. I'm 42 so like I said I don't txt or talk that much so it works for me.

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Cheapest Price Per Minute: $0.05 to $0.25
Unlimited Data Available: Yes
Unlimited Texting Available: Yes
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