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by Derek Kessler Thu, 02 Sep 2010 12:51 pm EDT

Pre Plus and Pixi Plus

It really wasn’t all that long ago (i.e. yesterday) that we were talking about the possibility of Verizon offering prepaid plans for the Pre Plus, Pixi Plus, and other smartphones. Instead of spinning off a new sub-brand (ala Sprint and Boost Mobile), Verizon’s leveraging their own brand name and phones to offer prepaid contract-free wares, and now they’re adding smartphones to the mix.

The list of phones is by no means exhaustive, but it is comprehensive. In addition to Verizon’s webOS offerings, customers can also pick up their entire Android line-up and a whole slew of BlackBerry smartphones and several multimedia feature phones. All of these phones are eligible for a $30-a-month unlimited data pack (multimedia phones can opt for a $10 for 25MB (really) data pack) to be added onto one of Verizon’s already-existing pre-paid options.

If you’re mostly using your phone for web access and run with limited calls and texts, then this might be the option for you, as Verizon’s prepaid voice plans work on a day-by-day system where if you don’t use the service for a day, your pre-paid allotment isn’t charged for that day. In fact, if your peeps are on Verizon you could get away with paying $40 a month for unlimited Verizon-to-Verizon calls and texts ($10) and unlimited data ($30). Not a bad call, eh?

Source: Verizon; Via: PhoneScoop

19 Comments

they had this back before january.... guess they decided to bring it back

So you buy the device outright, then pay per month? Sorta like buying off contract, but you're paying a month in advance rather than arrears?

Yep.

Where's my webOS 1.4.5, Verizon?

Hmm, now I have to figure out how to get all my friends to ditch their iPhones and go to Verizon so I can sign up for that 40$/month deal...

This still doesn't beat Sprint's $69/mo plan, which includes unlimited data, unlimited texts, unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling to/from ANY network, and 450 daytime (landline) minutes. I can already call my colleagues on Verizon for free!

LOL, call them for free and burn up their anytime minutes? I tease my Iphone friends about that.

Don't forget the unlimited GPS (which actually works).

Yeah, what's the odds of that happening... sure I'll give up my nice Iphone for an old crappy unreliable Pre... I don't own a Iphone.

You're so blind with insecure rage. He didn't say he was recuiting Pre customers, just VZ customers. Don't feel threatened by our superior O/S, man up!

so 40$ plus 10$ for text plus 30$ for data? Am I understanding this correctly? How is that a good deal compared to unlimited calls to any mobile, unlimited texts and data all for 70$. I guess you get "the network" and crippled gps too though.../s

i think he meant 40 total... 10 for the "in" txting and calling and 30 for the data... but don't quote me...

If you use GV than you don't even need the txting plan....


just get unlimited data. and i guess don't call ppl. call ppl from ur laptop via gmail or something. lol.

double post.

I'm curious to see what this ends up looking like with the smartphone prices factored in.

I wonder if this is a way to get a cheap pre plus to use on sprint

VZ and Sprint units are not interchangeable. But I gather you could set it to wifi and use it as a Google Phone and keep it around the house or work as a portable "landline". But that's a lot of money for even that.

Monthly plans for a regular phone start @ :
$44.99 (450 min, only TALK).
$74.99 (UNLIMITED, ONLY TALK).

IF you wanna add texting is more money.

NOw this article talks about $40.00 total (ONLY VERIZON TO VERIZON mobile), and what if you get a call from a sprint user, you will probably be charged 1 dollar I guess LOL.

I dont think is a good deal to get trapped in one network

The point the article makes is that you also get unlimited text messaging and data for $40/mo.

But the info on unlimited Verizon-to-Verizon calling is wrong. You still have to pay the daily access charge if you make or receive any phone call on a given day (regardless of whether it's an in-network call). If you get the Basic plan, there is no daily access charge but you have to pay $0.25/minute for every call.

The only way you'll pay $40/mo. is if you don't make any calls. It's not clear to me whether data is also subject to the daily access charge.