Verizon Wireless Prepaid

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Verizon Wireless recently announced their $45 prepaid unlimited talk, text, and 3GB 4G LTE data plan and I love it!

I have been a Verizon Wireless customer – for a long time, I was a post paid customer. When the prepaid market started taking off, I switched to Verizon Wireless prepaid and saved a lot of money.

Let us look at the top reasons people switch cell phone carriers, the reason why I am a Verizon Wireless prepaid customer, and see if switching to Verizon Wireless Prepaid is something you might want to consider.

Get 3GB with a $45 Prepaid Plan when you activate a new device and sign up for Autopay.


Top Reason People Switch Cell Phone Carriers

Among many, the most common reasons why people switch cell phone carriers are:

# 1 Dropped calls or poor network

#2 Cost of the cell phone plan

#3 Discounted pricing on a new smartphone when you sign up for a new contract.


Verizon Wireless Prepaid

As I mentioned before, I switched from being a post paid to a prepaid Verizon Wireless customer to reduce monthly cost of the plan.

Basically, I was getting the same amount of talk, text, and data at a lower price point by going prepaid.

I am going to very briefly explore my thought process and why I chose to go the prepaid route.

Network Coverage

When it comes to network quality and coverage, you don’t need me to tell you that Verizon Wireless is the best in class.

Having good coverage is a high priority for me. I use my phone heavily for work and it is all the more crucial for me to be reachable by customers.

Secondly, over the years, I have traveled to lot a of places including remote camping sites. I was able to make and receive calls from these places with Verizon Wireless.

Going from a post paid to a prepaid customer, I didn’t notice any difference in the quality of service I received.

Clearly Verizon wins here.

Verizon Wireless Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

Historically, if there is one thing, Verzion Wireless has been pricey!

However, fierce competition in the cell phone space have driven prices down for consumers! Thanks to competition in this space.

Given all the price wars, Verizon Wireless Prepaid plans are very aggressively priced. Honestly, it is steal for the quality of service you receive. Below is a snapshot of the current Verizon Wireless Prepaid plans:


Image Courtesy: Verizon Wireless (with Wifi only plan, you cannot purchase any data bundles)

Get 3GB with a $45 Prepaid Plan when you activate a new device and sign up for Autopay.

In my case, I am on the $45 plan and my monthly bill comes to $48.xx including all taxes and fees.

The benefit of going prepaid is that you will not have to deal with overage charges. If you consume all your data, your data will not work until purchase more data.

This is a good thing. In my case, sometimes, I do run out of data. I call customer service and ask more for free. Given that I have been a loyal customer for a long time, they have given me extra free data on some occasions to carry me through the month.

Cost of Smart Phone

You might be thinking that if you sign a two year contract, you would get a smartphone at discounted pricing. I would like to share a quote from my friend – “There is no such a thing as a free lunch without a mouse trap.” 

It is very true in this case. Cell phone companies need to make money. They need to recoup the cost of the smartphone one way or the other.

Here is where you need to do a little bit of cost analysis –

Over a 24 month period, calculate how much your post paid plan is going to cost you with discounted pricing on the phone.

For prepaid, do the same calculation for the 24 month period and include the retail price of the smartphone.

Then you can choose whichever one costs lower.

I paid full retail price for my iPhone 5S and I am on the $45 prepaid unlimited talk, text, and 3GB 4G LTE data plan. Based on my calculations, Verizon Wireless Prepaid was the most cost effective for me.


What cell phone carrier are you with? Are you post paid or a prepaid customer?



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8 thoughts on “Verizon Wireless Prepaid”

  1. Ha! I love that quote – there is no free lunch without a mouse trap. You are so right. I think this deal is a great offer and those that draw you in with promises usually get you somewhere else down the line!

    Enjoy the journey!

    1. Thank you! I have to give all the credit to my clever buddy who came up with the quote :). Yes, typically prepaid deals work out great especially if you purchase from a good company.


  2. I just renewed my ATT contract .. the have the “Next: program … I wanted to get out, but my son wanted his phone, husband wanted his .. oh for the family! So I stayed with it. I did get a discount because of where I work so that was good.

    1. Welcome back, Lesly! Yes employer discounts are good. ATT has a pretty good network too. So, overall you may still be getting a good deal :).


    1. Yes, indeed Ikechi! I have been on Verizon’s prepaid plan for years and it just keeps getting better.


    1. Hi Donna,

      Glad to know that you love Verizon too. Are you on their prepaid or postpaid plan?


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