Verizon Logo In what seems to be a never ending line of "new plans", Verizon Wireless introduced their new Nationwide Messaging plans which are geared towards users who just don't seem to eat up their voice minutes (much like myself).  The plans are available for most handsets including PDAs and BlackBerry devices.  The new plans include unlimited text, IM, picture and video messaging, and offer per-minute voice calling rates.  International text messages will run at $0.25 per message.  Plan details after the jump:

Consumer Devices
Monthly Access: $34.99 (Includes unlimited text, IM, picture and video messaging, plus Mobile Web access and data usage)
Per-minute Voice Rate: $0.40

BlackBerry
Monthly Access: $54.99 (Includes unlimited text, IM, picture and video messaging, plus E-mail, Web browsing and data usage)
Per-minute Voice Rate: $0.25

PDA/Smartphone
Monthly Access: $54.99 (Includes unlimited text, IM, picture and video messaging, plus E-mail, Web browsing and data usage)
Per-minute Voice Rate: $0.25

“We developed these messaging plans in response to feedback from our customers,” said Robert Miller, vice president - marketing for Verizon Wireless. “We have a growing number of customers, particularly from the deaf or hard of hearing community, who are using their wireless phones to communicate via messaging. Our Nationwide Messaging plans offer an affordable solution for customers who primarily use messaging to communicate, giving them more choices to only pay for services they need.”

All in all a good bet if you really don't use your phone as, well, a phone.  Some users can mostly just use their home or business lines for voice calls.  This is a great way to save if you are more of a data-only user, but the voice rates can add up quick if you don't watch your usage. 

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