Verizon Wireless now offering prepaid data packages on 3G smartphones

By Adam Zeis on 2 Sep 2010 11:30 am EDT
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Verizon Prepaid Data Plans BlackBerry

Starting today Verizon Wireless will be offering new prepaid data plans on all of their 3G smartphones. The list includes the Curve 8330, 8530, Storm 9530, 9550, Tour and Bold 9650. The plans will run $30 for a month of unlimited data.

"These new data offerings will help our prepaid customers experience the full breadth of Verizon Wireless' robust device portfolio and the many engaging, informative and helpful applications that depend on a data plan," said Jim Sullivan, director of marketing for Verizon Wireless. "Our prepaid customers will now have the freedom to enjoy all of the capabilities that these phones have to offer, while controlling costs and without being tied to a contract." 

From the looks of it users should be able to just bring their own devices into a store and add on a prepaid data plan, with online options coming on September 28th. Read more after the jump

Available Today: Verizon Wireless Offers New Prepaid Data Package on 3G Smartphones and Multimedia Phones

Unlimited Monthly Prepaid Data Package Brings Budget-Conscious Customers the Benefits of Popular 3G Devices without a Long-term Contract

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today announced it will be expanding its portfolio of prepaid offerings to include a new 3G Prepaid data package that lets customers access unlimited data on select 3G Smartphones and Multimedia phones for $30 monthly access. Multimedia phone customers also have the option of selecting a new $10 monthly data package for 25 MB per month ($.20/MB overage). These new prepaid data packages will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Store today and online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Sept. 28.

"These new data offerings will help our prepaid customers experience the full breadth of Verizon Wireless' robust device portfolio and the many engaging, informative and helpful applications that depend on a data plan," said Jim Sullivan, director of marketing for Verizon Wireless. "Our prepaid customers will now have the freedom to enjoy all of the capabilities that these phones have to offer, while controlling costs and without being tied to a contract."

Following are the 3G Smartphones and Multimedia phones eligible for the new data packages:

3G Smartphones
-- BlackBerry® Curve(TM) 8330
-- BlackBerry® Curve(TM) 8530
-- BlackBerry® Storm(TM) 9530
-- BlackBerry® Storm2(TM) 9550
-- BlackBerry® Tour(TM) 9630
-- BlackBerry® Bold(TM) 9650
-- Palm® Pre(TM) Plus
-- Palm Pixi(TM) Plus
-- DROID by Motorola
-- Motorola DEVOUR(TM)
-- DROID X by Motorola
-- DROID 2 by Motorola
-- DROID Eris(TM) by HTC
-- DROID Incredible by HTC
-- LG Ally(TM)

3G Multimedia phones
-- LG enV® TOUCH
-- LG enV®3
-- LG Chocolate® TOUCH
-- LG VX8360
-- Samsung Alias(TM) 2
-- Samsung Renown(TM)
-- Nokia Twist(TM)
-- Casio® EXILIM

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. For additional information on Verizon Wireless prepaid plans, visit www.verizonwireless.com/prepaid.

13 comments

r1ckynutz

so does mean i can have a datapackage only device for the 30/mo?

jcastilloalonso

If only they were a GSM Network, it would be a awesome news for people flying to the States... Either way pretty nice to see a pay as you go unlimited data plan, and even nicer to see it's the same price as the postpay one (one wonders, if postpay shouldn't be cheaper then?)

aindik

Of course, you go to verizonwireless.com/prepaid and there's nothing there about data plans at all.

Way to have all your ducks in a row.

I get that it won't be sold online until 9/28, but at least say something.

I wonder if I can get data with a daily prepaid plan (which actually saves money), or if I need a monthly prepaid plan (which gets me out of a credit check and a long term contract but doesn't save money).

jlb21

I have a couple of questions:

I too wonder if they are doing this instead of the rumored "tiered" data plans? But then all this is is giving prepay customers the ability to add data, right?

I still want to see VZW go tiered data as I don't need tht unlimited (thanks to wi-fi)and want to drop down a tier and add a berry for my wife with a low tier too......

I really do think this news is leading to tiered data

One other question:

If one were to put a $10 data plan on a LG enV3, would that data strictly be for web connectivity, or would it allow for TXT? I would doubt that......

aindik

For some reason in the world of cell phone plans, SMS text messages are not data.

jlb21

Damn....there's that fuc&%ing clothes spam again. Can we not block them somehow??!?!?!?!?!?!

clickclick

Yea yea, can we get a report of the Torch to Verizon...

rcm1301

I switched my wife and daughter to Virgin Mobile with BB Curve for $35 (after tax $38) with 300 minutes and unlimited texting and data. Can't beat that! Both of them over the moon with their BB's.

Sashko

Rogers now has similar plans out, with BlackBerry ones available on prepaid, however they're only good for e-mail/socializing, and they're not full data plans. The best part is Rogers IS a GSM/HSPA provider, so you can easily have ppl visiting the country make the best of these plans. Check 'em out via http://rogers.com/paygo

Jude526

NO ! I hope Verizon doesn't follow the suit of tiered data.
I don't have the option of using the WIFI that often and having tiered would not benefit me at all.

Also I have talked to some of the Verizon reps I know and they also hope this doesn't happen with them.

trumptman

Am I reading and calculating that right?

It would appear the overages for the $10 for 25MB plan are half the rate of the actual plan itself. $10 for 25 MB = $.40/MB and the overage rate is.... $.20/MB.

How the hell does that make any sense?

DMacthedon

So once my current contract ends, will it be possible to have my blackberry tour as a Data only phone with no minutes...Allowing me to use the blackberry just for BBM for only $30 a month???

DMacthedon

So once my current contract ends, will it be possible to have my blackberry tour as a Data only phone with no minutes...Allowing me to use the blackberry just for BBM for only $30 a month???