Verizon has announced the forthcoming launch of prepaid data for smartphones and new prepaid data plansfor LTE service. This comes months after it began offering its own flat-rate prepaid offering to compete with MetroPCS and Cricket limited to select feature phones.
The smartphone plan starts at $80 a month with 1GB of data access as well as unlimited voice and messaging service and is being marketed alongside the currently available Samsung Illusion Android smartphone, which is a midrange smartphone featuring Android Gingerbread and a 1GHz processor for $169.99. The phone and plan will be available starting tomorrow, May 1st online and in-store with a future rollout to Best Buy, Target, RadioShack and Walmart locations nationwide.
This marks the first time that Verizon Wireless will actively offer data access for smartphones on a monthly prepaid plan as the carrier was loathe to make any significant moves in the rapidly competitive sector for fear of cannibalizing its more lucrative postpaid sales. It’s previous attempt to offer service on a no-contract basis relied on a hybrid monthly plan that mirrored postpaid service and still required a credit check.
In addition the carrier will also offer prepaid LTE service via the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L. Prepaid 4G LTE Mobile Broadband plans are as follows and mirror postpaid plans save for the weekly option:
$15 for 250 MB of weekly access
$60 for 3 GB of monthly access
$90 for 10 GB of monthly access
The Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L prepaid package will be available in-store and online for $129.99 and will also be available at Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart.