Verizon blesses prepaid users with more data

In an attempt to keep pace with rival carriers, Verizon on Thursday added more data to its prepaid rate plans. Effective immediately, customers on the $45 and $60 plans get 3GB and 5GB of data, respectively.

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As an incentive, Verizon will throw in an extra gigabyte each month if you agree to sign up to its AutoPay service. In other words, let them automatically deduct your payment and you get free data. Should a user need more data, Verizon also offers individual buckets: $5 for 500MB, $10 for 1GB, and $20 for 3GB. The 500MB add-on is good for 30 days while the other two can be spread over 90 days.

Both rate plans also include unlimited talk and text as well as texting to Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

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