Samsung Illusion

Verizon today took the wraps off of new prepaid plans, including an $80 smartphone plan and a trio of hotspot offerings. First up, Verizon is launching a new prepaid smartphone plan on May 1st that'll include unlimited talk and text as well as 1GB of data for $80 per month. The plan is compatible with the Samsung Illusion (shown above), which Big Red will be offering both in stores and online in a prepaid package for $169.99. The Illusion prepaid pack will also be available at Best Buy, Target, RadioShack and Walmart in the coming weeks.

Also announced today is the prepaid availability of the Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L along with a set of plans that'll work with it. Users that opt for the prepaid MiFi 4510L will be able to sign up for one of three plan options: 250MB for $15 per week, 3GB for $60 per month or 10GB for $90 per month. The prepaid MiFi 4510L itself will be available for $129.99 at Verizon's brick and mortar locations and its website, and it'll also be hitting Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart in the near future.

So there's Verizon's new prepaid offerings. The new $80 smartphone plan seems like it's worth considering if you're looking to go contract-free and don't need more than a gig of data per month. but it is kind of a bummer that the Illusion is the only handset that's compatible with the new plan for now. Here's to hoping that more smartphones are eventually made available with the $80 option. Verizon's full announcement of the new prepaid plans is below.

Verizon Wireless Announces New Prepaid Plans

Unlimited Talk, Text and 1 GB of Data Smartphone Plan for $80 per Month; First Prepaid 4G Jetpack Offers a Variety of Mobile Broadband Data Plan Options

Customer Inquiries

04/30/2012

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of a new prepaid plan beginning May 1, offering unlimited talk and text messaging, as well as 1 GB of data for $80 per month. This monthly plan, available on the prepaid Samsung Illusion™, provides customers with an affordable, flexible option to take advantage of the nation’s largest, most reliable 3G network without the commitment of an annual contract. The Samsung Illusion prepaid package will also be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $169.99. In the coming weeks, the Samsung Illusion prepaid is also available at Best Buy®, Target®, RadioShack and Walmart.

Additionally, starting May 1, customers can purchase a prepaid Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi® 4510L and take advantage of new prepaid Mobile Broadband plans. With the prepaid Jetpack, customers can now create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. Prepaid 4G LTE Mobile Broadband plans are as follows:

$15 for 250 MB of data weekly

$60 for 3 GB of data monthly

$90 for 10 GB of data monthly

The Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L prepaid package will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $129.99. In the coming weeks, it will also be available at Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart.

From keeping in touch with friends to surfing the Web, Verizon Wireless gives customers the power and flexibility to stay connected, with no annual contract, to America’s largest and most reliable high-speed wireless network. For more information on prepaid plan offerings, visit www.verizonwireless.com/prepay.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.


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Benjamin Padilla @Dawn Murphy. Boost is Sprint...they use the same network so your drop call theory is either in your head or you had a bad Sprint phone...
Abel Lewis I want another prepaid plan.
Deborah Sperlunto Zadroga Doesn't that seem expensive when other companies are offering lower prices and no contract....
DeVon Burley I've got a Galaxy Note on Straight Talks prepaid plan.. contract carriers are pricing themselves out of the game..
Memo Mrtr No thank's I have HTC evo 3D on cricket for $ 60 a month & Unlimited everything ,also SMS Mms and calls to Mexico.
Francis San Pedro Employee line
Brian Jones still to high priced for prepaid
Craig Murphy Prepaid...Straight Talk for the wife, Tmobile for me.
James Vincent I'm on straight talk's byod plan with a captivate
Peter Dudycz Straight talk offers iPhone plans. Buy an AT&T iPhone or unlocked, a $15 sim and a $45 a month postpaid plan.
Peter Dudycz So I pay more for a cell phone plan even though I paid full price for the phone? Hells no!
Dawn Carman Murphy I have an Evo 3D that is jailbroken & rooted. I bought it on Craiglist for super cheap b/c somebody canceled their sprint plan b/c it got too expensive & so the Evo 3D had a bad esn #. I didn't care b/c I had my friend root & jail break it to BOOST MOBILE. I am now down to $40 a month for UNLIMITED EVERYTHING, even have my phone as a hotspot b/c my phone is rooted. I will NEVER go back to a contract. I LOVE Boost Mobile. Been with them just one year now. I've had more dropped calls with t-mobile & Sprint. For those who don't kno Boost Mobile, it starts at $50/month for unlimited everything & every 6 months you pay your bill ON TIME, your bill goes down $5/month. If you want a better phon than Boost provides, you can buy a nice Sprint phone for super cheap if it has a bad esn, then it's about $50 to have it jail broken to Boost. If you don't have a donor phone, people usually charge $100 but in the long run, your saving TON of $$$$. I'm waitng for Sprint to get a Galaxy Note. I really want that phone but to jailbreak to Boost, it has to be a Sprint phone.
Residual Hatred Verizon obviously dont understand what a prepaid plan should look like. I am with Virgin Mobile also. We only get 3G, but I am saving so much money with unlimited data. I wouldnt bite on any of Verizon's plan, post-paid or prepaid.
Alexander Dewitt And finally to answer their question I have Virgin Mobile (Sprint) $25/month plan with Optimus Slider. My brother has a Samsung Galaxy S on RedPocket (AT&T) with the $60/month plan
Alexander Dewitt The problem is they don't want people to be cut off at their limits. They want people to go over so they can charge them into bankruptcy in overages.
Tony Abiama Postpaid... Couldn't go back to prepaid. Only cuz their phones usually suck.
Patric Chemaly I feel both AT&T and Verizon could stand to upgrade their prepaid services. T-Mobile USA is only $70 for unlimited voice, text and 5GB of 4G data. MetroPCS offers 4G LTE service with unlimited voice, text and 5GB for $60. As the two largest companies Verizon and AT&T could easily offer a $60 month unlimited plan with 5GB of 4G/LTE data. Verizon's $80 smartphone plan isn't any type of bargain for the consumer when compared to other carrier's options.
Matthew Munson Ewwwww, As long as you buy your phone outright you should get 70 dollars for 2gb and 450 minutes.
Alexander Dewitt @FrankLin it's something that the carriers don't want because EVERYBODY would be going away from contracts. You can use one on Metropcs if you have their network in the town (home network, not travel talk...where you would get zero signal).
Stephen Wagner Because iPhones suck
Bill Gillespie It says do you have a postpaid or prepaid phone...? Post paid
FrankLin Soles Why aren't there any prepaid plans for iPhones?!
Alexander Dewitt Can get a slew of phones on PagePlus with their 3G and 1gb of data for $55




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