After launching their new unlimited data plan last week for postpaid customers, Verizon is now shaking things up a tad when it comes to prepaid. Today, the company announced that they were adding a new option for prepaid users, which allows them to get 2GB of data for just $40/month. That slots it in between their 5GB plan for $50 and their unlimited talk and text (no data) for just $30/month. Of course, Verizon does still offer their 10GB plan for $70/month.
This new plan from Verizon doesn't really change things all that much. It's the same as the others already available, but with a smaller data bucket at a lower price. Keep in mind that there are no overages here with Verizon's prepaid offerings. But once you hit your data limit, you will be seeing reduced speeds for the rest of your billing period. Verizon says that reduced speeds are around 128Kbps. That's pretty much industry standard on non-unlimited lines, and even on unlimited once you hit that threshold (which for Verizon is 22GB). These plans do also come with unlimited texting in over 100 countries and Carry-Over data. What this means is that if you pay your bill on time, whatever data that you don't use, gets carried over. Similar to AT&T's rollover data and T-Mobile's Data Stash.
It may be a bit surprising to see Verizon giving some attention to their prepaid user-base, especially since they've shown that they aren't really paying much attention to prepaid. This is because most of the profit is in the postpaid area. But with competitors like MetroPCS, Cricket and Boost Mobile really taking it to Verizon, they are starting to step up and actually offer some pretty good prepaid plans. These plans are pretty much in-line with what you see at other carriers. And it probably won't be long until we see Verizon offer a form of unlimited data for those on prepaid plans like this one here. Seeing as most of the other prepaid carriers do offer unlimited, and sometimes it's even cheaper than their postpaid counter-parts. You can check out Verizon's new prepaid plans at the link below.