Likely as a response to the increased competition from T-Mobile and several prepaid carriers, Verizon has announced new prepaid plans under the ALLSET name, with pricing for smartphone users starting at $45 a month (plus tax).
So what does $45 worth of prepaid coverage get you on Big Red’s network? Starting today, you can get your hands on unlimited talk, text and 500MB of data. Although this might be enough data for those who mostly access the web via Wi-Fi, Verizon is also giving users the ability to up the data through its so-called Bridge Data options. While the $45 fee is required every month to keep unlimited talk/text and the base data allowance, the data add-ons are an extra cost that you really don’t need to add until you go over your 500MB data.
The add-ons include 500MB for $5, 1GB for $10, or 3GB for $20. The 500MB add-on is good for just 30 days, while the others don’t expire for 90 days. It’s important to note that the expiration times don’t go into effect until after you’ve depleted the original 500MB of data. For those looking for a little extra free data, Verizon will boast your included data by another 500MB if you enroll for auto pay.
Ultimately, these new Verizon prepaid plans still don’t begin to compete with many GSM-based prepaid options out there, but the new rates are certainly a welcome change for those in areas where Verizon is the best option in terms of coverage. Best of all, these plans are fully compatible with the Moto G, which costs just $100 on Verizon’s network.