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Verizon is shaking up its prepaid plan options today, starting with a new name: ALLSET (ALL CAPS). Unlike some competitors, the basic plans start at a flat fee and the only expansion options come from Bridge data BRIDGE DATA add-on packs. The smartphone plan starts at $45 a month for unlimited voice calls and text messages, plus a somewhat paltry 500MB of data.

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If 500MB seems a bit low for your prepaid data needs, you can top it up with BRIDGE DATA packs. $5 gets you an additional 500MB (expiring after 30 days), $10 gets you 1GB, and $20 is the best deal at 3GB (both expiring after 90 days). If you sign up for auto-pay, you can also get a bonus 500MB added to the basic plan if you enroll in auto-pay... though that kind of defeats the purpose of prepaid. Wi-Fi hotspot functionality is included with the smartphone plan.

Those with family in Canada, Mexico, or Puerto Rico will appreciate unlimited texts and 1000 minutes of calling a month to those territories. Downsides to Verizon's new prepaid options include a limited selection of phones (the $100 Verizon Moto G is easily the best in Verizon's short list of prepaid options) and no access to the LTE network.

Source: Verizon ALLSET Prepaid Plans

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • ddpacino

    Can ANYONE offer something similar to T-mobile's $30 "unlimited" plan...? I switched over from Verizon to that prepaid plan last Jan and couldn't be more happier. No issues aside from the occasional annoyance when I got over my 5GB and get throttled, but at times it doesn't seem to be that much slower. Even still, I'll pop in an extra sim and start a new cycle right away.

    • Hothfox

      I think that a lot of the people still on Verizon are there because no other carrier offers the coverage that Verizon does in their area. I know that's why I am still on Verizon.

      • ddpacino

        Yea, I totally understand that. Thankfully for me, that wasn't an issue. Still, these prepaid plans suck lol. From every carrier outside of T-Mobile. No one can offer anything close to the value of my $30 for 100 minutes, unlimited texting and unlimited data (5GB of 4G then throttled). Offer that, with great coverage, they could make a killing in the prepaid arena.

        • Hothfox

          The problem with Verizon is that they know they've got the coverage down so they feel that they have no reason to try and compete. They think, "Sure, T-Mobile is cheaper, but unless you live near a decent sized city, good luck actually using the plan." Verizon's coverage is fantastic, and they've done really well building out their LTE network, but they continually make non-consumer friendly choices. Unfortunately, none of the other carriers really offer viable competition (for me). If AT&T stepped up their LTE rollout, and T-Mobile knuckled down and built out their network (in my area, T-Mobile users are lucky to see Edge), they'd be able to give Verizon a run for their money.

      • flosserelli

        That, or they are holding onto their grandfathered unlimited data until Verizon sacks it.

      • Casey Mills

        I thought the same thing. The price difference on AT&T's 10GB plan was too large not to try. I couldn't be happier. Once AT&T gets VoLTE up and running they will be even better. 700MHz penetrates way better than 1900 or 2100.

        • Hothfox

          I did give AT&T's prepaid plan a shot, but I barely got Edge coverage where I got LTE with Verizon.

    • Sunset Rider

      Try Republic Wireless's $25 unlimited everything plan.

  • antifud

    LOL "hey guys, we lowered the cost AND the data cap! savings! On a crap network!"

    /facepalm

    • techgui

      I wouldn't go as far as saying the network is crap

      • LjHe80

        The network isn't crap, but the data is 2010 slow.

  • GazaIan

    Still doesn't compare to the $30/month plan from T-Mobile, with 5GB of 4G data.

    • O’s Fan91

      Ok, but its good to see prices slowly decline.

    • Ashish

      Yes, because 100 minutes vs unlimited minutes is like comparing apples to apples /s

      • Matthew Merrick

        I know no one who talks on the phone that much.

      • Christopher Bement

        There's already a workaround for that.

        • Darkbotic

          Can you please elaborate?

          • Christopher Bement

            Using VOIP services such as Google Voice. It uses data instead of minutes.

          • dude

            While I am on that plan, I still think Verizon option is better if you absolutely need to receive calls and with the best coverage. There are emergency or vital situations where you will have issues getting signal and you're screwed if all you have is VOIP and no data connection.

          • Darkbotic

            How? The Google Voice app doesn't allow you to place/receive calls using data.

          • Christopher Bement

            It will by Q3 according to the rumors. In the meantime (until they break it) apps like GrooveIP allow you to use your GV number to make and receive calls.

    • solbin

      This is still a good option for people who can't get decent T-Mobile service. I used to have T-Mobile but jumped ship after getting frustrated with their flaky reception. It was great when it worked, but drive 5 minutes out of the way and I go from 4G to Edge speeds.

    • Glich

      $30 plan user myself. Its a great value if you keep an eye on mins. Its not an option for everyone. makes being on hold extra painfull if you don't have the data connection where you are for grove-Ip or something

    • Paul

      You're trying to compare Verizon's network to T-Mobile's though. Yes you don't get LTE, but Verizon's network coverage is still vastly superior to T-Mobile's. I live in an area where there's zero T-Mobile coverage, if you bring a T-Mobile phone here you'd be on AT&T's network due to roaming agreements. Don't get me wrong, T-Mobile's prices are great and their plans a decent, but when reliability and coverage is absolutely vital, like if your job depends on you being reachable, you go AT&T or Verizon. My primary phone is AT&T, my backup phone is Verizon.

      • phillip martin

        Your go "AT&T or Verizon" only applies to where YOU live because I live in San Francisco and we have great T-Mobile services.

        • Mike

          And you telling us to go to T-Mobile only applies to YOU because a lot of us live in areas where T-Mobile is complete shit.

    • James Seagle

      How do you get this plan? I can't seem to find it on T-Mobile's website. Thanks

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

        AFAIK, the $30 plan is only available as an option online when you're activating your own phone (BYOD) with their SIM. At least that's how it worked for me when I switched my ATT S3 over last summer.

        http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/sim-card

    • Luckily

      Except T-Mobile is crap in my area. According to their map, I should be getting good LTE coverage. I barely get EDGE, and in a lot of places, I only get GPRS. BIgger cities it works fine. Switching over to Aio to see if that's better, but I'm not holding my breath.

  • David Thoren

    In what way does auto-pay defeat the idea of prepaid?

    I switched to prepaid because it was less expensive than postpaid. I get a little bit of a discount for autopay, so I went that route. Still simple to cancel service if I ever decide to go to another provider though.

  • flosserelli

    aio wireless has unlimited talk, text and 500 MB data for $40/month ($35 with Auto Pay), 2.5 GB data for $50 ($45 AP), and 5 GB for $60 ($55 AP).

    T-mobile has unlimited everything for $70/month.

    These new Verizon plans are just smoke & mirrors.

  • mustbepbs

    Hey, Verzion:

    I'm ALLSET with your awful prepaid plans.

    Thanks!

    • flosserelli

      ALL$ET*

  • Jason Williams

    confused by the comments - tmobile's $30 plan is only 100 min per month - how is that unlimited?

    also isn't verizon widely reputed as the most reliable carrier? Not following the slams on their network.

    • flosserelli

      T-mobile $30 plan is only 100 minutes talk, but unlimited text & data (throttled after 5 GB)

    • andy_o

      After the 100 min, you pay $0.10 per min, so you can also see it this way, for $45 you're actually getting 250 minutes which is enough for quite a lot of people especially on smartphones. Various VoIP apps help when you're on WiFi, and they're becoming ubiquitous. If you're willing to put minimal effort with a smartphone, data is way more valuable than voice minutes.

  • Zyre

    You guys really pay 45 dollars in the month for 500mb? tell me this is a joke because here in the Netherlands you get 500mb and 100 call minutes for 20 euros in a month. If you make it 1GB it's 25 euros. :E

  • sumsum

    i pay ~12 bucks for 5gb full speed and speed limitation when i reach this limit. that means no extra costs. and this contract contains mobile tv as well.. like syfy. i'd never pay 40$ for 500mb

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    So if you buy bigger chunks of data they carry over for 90 days? Will you have to buy more data every month if you still have some left?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    PFF, 500MB?

    I get 2 gigs per month for 10$ in Russia. Verizon is full of shit

    • Martheen Cahya Paulo

      Full speed until 5 GB and the rest is free albeit dogslow, for 10$ in Indonesia.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Let me guess - the speed drops to 64kbps after your limit is exceeded?

        • Martheen Cahya Paulo

          153 Kbps for additional 2GB, the rest is 64kbps

  • LjHe80

    The BRIDGE Data is the only thing that makes this mildly appealing at all.

  • Saraladevi S

    Does any one know the iPhone 4s ($199) that comes with ALLSET can be unlocked or unlocked already?

    • Saraladevi S

      Just had a chat with Verizon customer support., as expected it cant be unlocked!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    LTE or GTFO Verizon. I'll stick with GoPhone.

  • Anfronie

    watch out for the 90-day data time period...this seems tricky on their part.

  • Kcls

    Why would I get this over, say, Straight Talk, where I pay $45 a month for unlimited everything and 4G data?

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    LMFAO, 30 for 500mb. When the fuck are people going to realize verizon is a fucking scumbag company and stop paying those fucking trolls?

    • flosserelli

      New Verizon customers get screwed in every orifice. The only reason I stay with them is because I pay ~$60/month for unlimited data on all lines on my account. When Verizon says that is done, then so am I.

  • TecHead81

    $5 higher than T-Mobile plans (which don't require a contract anyway) and no BYO? Verizon sure is hard-headed...lol

  • Leveller99

    I just can't believe the rip-off prices of US cellphone access. Under $20 for unlimited data unlimited texts and 250 mins in the UK.....and if I up the minutes it's still way less than in the US.

  • Casey Mills

    I can't imagine going back to 3G. Would you be willing to go back to dial-up at home?

    Been on AT&T for a few weeks after 7 years with Verizon. I could not be more pleasantly surprised. Now I can get a Nexus!

  • Guest

    Correct me if I'm wrong - but it doesn't appear that this plan includes access to Verizon 4G LTE... just 3G...

  • ss

    But you can't use their prepaid plans unless you buy the phone from Verizon!

  • illusive man

    Does s5 have hotspot capabilities on prepaid plan

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