Verizon Wireless has introduced some changes to its talk and data plans that will become effective Jan. 18. Among them is the expansion of its required 25 megabytes for $9.99 data plan to additional handsets, and prepaid plans will run just $5 more per month than those with a contract.
Verizon Wireless announced several updates to its service plans that will go
into effect Jan. 18.
For new customers, its Nationwide Unlimited Talk plan-which, as the name
implies, gets you a lot of nationwide talking but nothing more-will be $69.99 a
month, down from $99.99. Nationwide Unlimited Talk and Text, which includes
texting, as well as photo and video messaging, will be $89.99 a month.
There are also new options for Nationwide Family SharePlans-a plan for unlimited
talk will be $119.99 a month, while unlimited talk and text will be $149.99 a
Verizon has additionally discontinued its $19.99 data package option for 3G
Multimedia phones. Also, additional feature phone owners will soon be required
to pay $9.99 per month for a 25-megabyte data package. The requirement, which
already applied to the Samsung Rogue and the LG enV Touch, will also apply to
the LG Chocolate Touch, the LG enV3, the LG VX8360, the Motorola Entice W766,
the Nokia 7705 Twist and the Samsung Alias 2.
Consumer data packages for 3G smartphones such as BlackBerry
, Windows Mobile
and Android-based devices will
remain at $29.99 per month, but customers with feature phones can now
additionally choose $9.99 or $29.99 data plans, in addition to the
already-offered $1.99 per megabyte.
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Want the freedom of being contract-free? It'll run just $5 more a month over
the above-mentioned plans, Verizon announced, with the Prepaid Monthly
Unlimited Talk plan becoming available for $74.99 and Prepaid Monthly Unlimited
Talk & Text for $94.99. The additional $5 will also apply to 450- and
900-minute prepaid plans.
Existing customers can choose switch to the new plans without paying a fee
or extending their contracts.
On Dec. 15, in another move to increase its competitiveness-and perhaps free
up bandwidth for its growing line of smartphones-Verizon announced that customers with subscriptions to it Mobile Broadband or
GlobalAccess plans now enjoy free Wi-Fi at Verizon hot spots
. The coverage
extends to netbooks and notebooks, but not smartphones.