Verizon brings unlimited data to prepaid

26 April 2017

Eyeing Verizon’s still-new unlimited data plans, but don’t want to commit to postpaid service? Great news: unlimited is now available on Verizon prepaid.

From today onwards, customers can sign up for unlimited talk, text and fast data for $80 per month for a single line. The plan also includes unlimited international texting to more than 200 countries, and unlimited calls to both Mexico and Canada.

Verizon’s prepaid unlimited deal comes several months after the company resurrected unlimited high-speed data on postpaid plans. The carrier’s postpaid unlimited plan is also priced at $80 per month, and includes unlimited talk, unlimited domestic and international text, and unlimited 4G LTE data, plus unlimited calling to Canada and Mexico.

Postpaid vs. prepaid: which is better for unlimited?

However, there’s a key difference between Verizon’s postpaid and prepaid unlimited options: video streaming. If you go for the prepaid unlimited plan, your video streams are restricted to 480p: decent enough for smartphone viewing, but not quite HD quality.

Postpaid unlimited customers won’t experience limited streaming, as video is available up to 1080p. And while Verizon's prepaid plans don't include tethering, postpaid unlimited customers can enjoy up to 10GB of fast mobile hotspot use each month.

Customers on both postpaid and prepaid unlimited plans should also be aware that Verizon will deprioritize users who exceed 22GB of 4G LTE data use in a single billing cycle. A detailed explanation of how this works can be found here, but basically, you may experience throttled data speeds in times of heavy network traffic.

Data, deprioritized 

Verizon imposes the 22GB cut-off for postpaid unlimited users, and although the company hasn’t explicitly specified that this will apply to prepaid customers, the fine print does warn of potential deprioritization when networks are congested. So it’s highly likely that prepaid customers will be subject to the same policy.

Unfortunately, this tactic isn't limited to Verizon. You can pick up unlimited prepaid data from carriers such as Boost Mobile ($50 per month), Virgin Mobile ($60 per month), or MetroPCS ($60 per month), but all impose deprioritization cut-offs of between 23GB and 30GB per month. So if you're looking at unlimited on prepaid, make sure you read up on what to expect from your prepaid data plan. 

If you’re not sure about unlimited, Verizon still offers tiered data prepaid options, starting from $40 per month for 2GB of fast data. You can also sign up for 5GB for $50 per month, and 10GB for $70; all plans include unlimited talk and text, unlimited slowed data (128Kbps), and carryover of unused fast data to the following month.

Verizon’s new unlimited prepaid plan is available now. To compare all of Verizon’s postpaid and prepaid plans, start browsing below.

About Verizon Wireless...
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Verizon Wireless is one for the "Big Four" cell phone carriers in the United States. The Verizon network uses the latest 4G LTE technology while also supporting HSPA & HSPA+ (2G/3G). Verizon was founded in 2000 and is currently the leading cell phone provider in the United States.

  • Network: Verizon wireless uses CDMA technology. Verizon uses bands 0 and 1 for 3G (850Mhz, 1900Mhz), and bands 2, 4, 13 (1900Mhz, 1700f, 700c) for LTE. 5G technology is coming soon.
  • Where to Buy: Verizon has over 2,300 retail stores nationwide, so no matter where you are, one probably isn't far away. You can also buy phones and plans online.  
  • Bring Your Own Phone to Verizon: Bringing your own phone to Verizon is easy. You simply need to have an unlocked Verizon-compatible device that supports the company's 3G and LTE bands. Check your phone's compatibility with Verizon here
  • Tethering: Verizon's unlimited plan includes 10GB for hotspot usage, after which, speeds are throttled. You can also purchase data-only packs to keep you connected on the go. 
  • Prepaid: Verizon offers prepaid plans in addition to their postpaid ones. 
  • Taxes & Fees: Verizon will charge state taxes and fees on top of your monthly cell phone plan cost.

Fact: When it comes to coverage, Verizon is king. The company's network canvasses more of the United States than those of any of its competitors. Learn more about Verizon via our carrier review

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