Rumor: Verizon launching 5 GB prepaid data, FiveSpot in August

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| July 21, 2010

Verizon FiveSpot

Prepaid is often a great choice for many people when it comes to mobile, especially when it comes to data.  Some users only need to use a data stick once in a while and most carriers offer some sort of prepaid data options, although the plan options can sometimes be sparse.  According to Engadget, that may soon change for Verizon prepaid data customers, as the carrier will reportedly be soon adding a 5 GB option to its current prepaid data lineup.  The plan will launch August 23rd and will cost $80, which may be a tough pill to swallow for some.  That's the price you have to pay, though, if you want lots of gigabytes on the go.

Speaking of mobile data, what better way to launch a new prepaid data plan than to release a new mobile hotspot device at the same time?  The FiveSpot, which we reported on yesterday, is also going to launch in late August, says Engadget, although the exact date is still up in the air.  The FiveSpot will also be replacing the the beloved MiFi when it launches, so if you were planning on picking up a MiFi and don't need international data, you'd do well to grab one soon.

While an $80 charge for 5 GB of data may seem outrageous to some, it's definitely a good option for those of us who hate to be locked into any sort of contract, especially for a data stick that won't be seeing any kind of frequent use.  As for the FiveSpot, I'm sure there are plenty data users out there who are excited for the device.  The ability to use Verizon's network in the U.S. and then take the same device when traveling abroad is certainly an attractive opportunity.  So, are any of you jetsetting data lovers going to pick up the FiveSpot when it hits?

Via Engadget