Verizon has unveiled a new set of prepaid phone plans this morning. The new plans include more data, and the largest plan, at $60 a month, features unlimited calling to the U.S, Canada, and Mexico.
“Whether you’re just starting out with your own wireless plan or simply love to have complete control of your wireless spending, prepaid plans give you the best network on the latest phones,” said Rob Miller, Vice President of consumer pricing for Verizon. “Prepaid plans from Verizon keep you in control without the worry of overages or hidden fees.”
The new data caps go up to 2 GB for $45 a month, and 5 GB for $60 a month. The original pricing plan offered 1 GB and 3 GB per month respectively. These new plans also include a bonus Gigabyte of data if you enroll in auto pay, bringing the cap up to 3 or 6 GB per month. Both of these plans include unlimited talk to the U.S., and unlimited text to the U.S, Canada, and Mexico.
There is a $30 per month plan as well, but that has no cellular data included and features only unlimited calling in the U.S. and unlimited texting to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. This plan requires you to use wifi to browse the web on your device.
Compared to the competition, Verizon’s new plans sit in the middle.
AT&T offers nearly identical services on its prepaid lines, although with five bucks off the bill instead of the bonus data for auto payment.
T-Mobile offers the best data for the dollar on prepaid, with its $60 plan offering up a whopping 10 GB of LTE data, although the international call and text costs extra.
Sprint sits a bit below the pack with higher costs, less data and no included international plans. Verizon is now in a good position to compete with most of these offerings.
These new plans are perfect for people looking to get a no-contract phone on the cheap, but still have a decent data pool to rely on. You still get the Verizon network and infrastructure including the app for monitoring your account, and a choice of phones including the Moto E, and the option to bring your own device as well.