Verizon Prepaid Now Offers 4G LTE!

I found out yesterday that Verizon Wireless is now offering a 4G LTE prepaid plan. It’s called the Verizon 4G LTE Prepaid Allset Plan. This is big news, and let me tell you why.

If you have a Verizon smartphone that you want to use with a prepaid wireless plan but want 4G LTE and to be on the verizon network, you now have an option.

So for example, many BYOP Straight Talk customers are using the Verizon iPhone 5 with Straight Talk’s ATT SIM. That phone only gets 4G HPSA+ on the Straight Talk ATT network. If they opted for Verizon’s new plan, they can get 4G LTE. Also many smartphonematters readers have told me that the Verizon network is the only network with adequate coverage in their area.

I haven’t tried the plan yet or verified which Verizon smartphones are eligible yet. According the the web site. You’ll get unlimited talk, text and 500MB of data for $45 a month. If you sign up for auto pay, you’ll get double the data, 1GB of data a month. They also offer a feature called Bridge data where you can by an extra 500MB, 1GB, or 3GB od data for $5, $10, or $20 respectively. The Allset plan offers less data than Straight Talk’s $45 unlimited plan which offers 3GB of 4G LTE data on it’s att and tmobile networks. But if you don’t use that much data, want LTE and to be on the Verizon LTE network the Allset plan mightbe right for you.

Many of us tracking the prepaid wireless business have been waiting for Verizon to open its very fast 4G LTE network to prepaid customers. Right now, only Verizon’s own prepaid service is offering 4G LTE. None of the MVNO prepaid wireless companies that use the Verizon network are offering 4G LTE yet. So for example, if you are using Straight Talk, Net10, or PagePlus you won’t be getting LTE yet. I assume that in the long term you will because in the future it will be more cost effective for Verizon to run more and more of its business on their LTE network.

Thanks to a reader, Grant for alerting me to this. We were discusssing his options to get prepaid 4G LTE on his iPhone 5 and he alerted me the fact that Verizon just started offering the Allset Plan within the last month.

13 Comments

  1. Shawn | | Reply

    Hey Bob,
    Can an ATT iPhone 5 be used on Verizon’s pre-paid?

    Thanks
    Shawn

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Shawn,
      No. It’s not compatible. If you own one, you should be able to sell it used and buy a Verizon iPhone 5 though. If you buy and sell on ebay you might be able to do the deal at no out of pocket cost to you. Ask the seller for the MEID number first though. Check it with Verizon to make sure it’s eligible for Verizon prepaid first.

      Regards
      Bob

      • Shawn | | Reply

        Bob,
        Cool–thanks. I did not buy it yet. I am looking to buy a used iPhone 5 to use on Verizon Pre-paid and I get confused on unlocked and GSM and CDMA and all that.
        I will make sure that I look for a Verizon iPhone 5.

        I thought the iPhone5 was not Carrier-specific. It must be that ST can be more flexible with phones.

        Thanks
        Shawn

  2. Jessica | | Reply

    I guess I don’t understand why everyone is not jumping on this; seems to me you can do postpaid and pay $60 a month or prepaid and pay $45 a month for the same thing. Am I missing something? Right now, I’ve got four phones on a family share 2000 minutes, unlimited data on three of them. We don’t use more than 5 GB a month, so I was thinking to switch to the $45 a month and do bridge data if needed for my husband (who uses more than the other three of us). Seems to me I can save nearly $100 a month!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Jessica,
      Verizon’s offers a $45 a month prepaid plan comes with 1GB of high speed data per month vs 3GB of high speed data per month for Straight Talk. At smartphonematters, I encourage people to evaluate all there options when choosing a wireless provider. For many, that’s Straight Talk, however, if you are paying for 3 or 4 lines a family plan from ATT, Verizon, Sprint or Metro PCS can be a better deal.

      In fact, sometimes cost isn’t they only factor. Many readers choose prepaid wireless from one of the big four companies so they can get support in a retail store.

      It’s really a matter of being an educated consumer and making informed choices.

      The reason everyone is jumping on this is because Verizon is finally letting prepaid companies use their LTE network. Until recently this wasn’t possible.

      Regards
      Bob

  3. Beth | | Reply

    Are you aware of the problems Verizon is having with their switching postpaid accounts to prepaid accounts and activating the phones? On October 5, 2014 they were attempting an “upgrade” and the computer got “messed up” (one rep even said “crashed”) I got caught in that mess and have not had a working phone since October 10th and they had already charged me for the service. My account is somewhere in the “twilight zone”. Where I live, I get the best service from them, so I am stuck waiting. Don’t think I could switch anyway and keep my old number, because I don’t think they could find it. Any suggestions?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Beth,
      This is the first time I have heard this story. I am sorry to hear you had a problem.

      I am not sure I have any helpful advice. If you were switching from Verizon post paid to Verizon pre paid, Verizon should still have control over your phone number. You might want to call it ocassionally to see if youe number was issued to a new account.
      Hi Beth,
      I can’t believe you haven’t had a working phone for 1 month. If it were me, I’d escalate the issue with Verizon. Call them and tell them that you understand that problems happen, but ask them why it is taking so long to resolve this issue. Ask them for a time frame for resolving this problem.

      When it is resolved, make sure they credit you for the service you paid for but weren’t able to use. When they credit you time, you might want to mention that only makes up for what you originally signed up for, not your time and the hardship.

      Would you mind if I asked you to let me know how this gets resolved? I know that’s one extra thing for you but any information you share might help the next person to come along with this problem.

      I wish I could offer more help.
      Regards
      Bob

  4. Crystal | | Reply

    I just realized that I posted my comment on the wrong article. Sorry. Can you still help me anyway? lol

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hmm.. I don’t know. Commenting on the wrong article is a serious offense… 🙂

      • Crystal | | Reply

        😀 😀 😀

  5. Crystal | | Reply

    Our Verizon contract has expired, and I don’t want another contract. We can get only a Verizon signal where we live, and I wanted to try Straight Talk, since it is $45 unlimited data (throttles after 3G of course) with on contract, plus they use Verizon towers. I transferred my son’s iPhone4s to Straight Talk last week, and it works great. He said he couldn’t tell we switched carriers. My daughter and I need new phones badly. We want to buy an iPhone 5s cheaper than what Straight Talk charges, perhaps on eBay or Craigslist. I had an online chat with ST, and the person told me if I bought an iPhone 5s that is GSM only and has a SIM card it will work with no problem. I repeated that back to them, and they said I understand correctly. Now I am reading your blog and I am confused again. How can I bring an iPhone 5s to Straight Talk and have it work on the Verizon network? Help!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Crystal,
      You have two issues. You want an iPhone 5s and you want to use it on the verizon network. Straight Talk won’t let you activate a Verizon iPhone 5s on their Verizon network, only their ATT network (well, they won’t even tell you that). They will will activate the iPhone 4 and 4s on their verizon network. As far as I know, its part of the business agreement.

      Would you consider using the Verizon prepaid network? It’s less data but has 4G LTE.

      Let me know, I can review some options with you.

  6. Grant | | Reply

    This is a great article, as I’m sure many people are going through similar things. I am still using my iPhone 5 bought from Straight Talk which is still on Verizon 3G. But when I updated my iPhone to iOS 8.0.2, I got a HUGE boost im speed. Web pages are opening and finish loading much quicker. Videos start playing almost instantly and never stop to load. I would say it’s about a second or two slower than LTE. Also, the apps and menus on iOS are very smooth and everything is running much more fluidly. 3G seems to be faster than wifi. iOS 8.0.2 is running perfectly for me. I am very lucky that I waited for an update after iOS 8. And even more lucky that I never saw the iOS 8.0.1 update and went straight to 8.0.2. Thanks Bob for all the very helpful information. I wanted to give you an update on how everything was working for me. So until their is some update and Verizon allows Straight Talk to use their LTE speed on the iPhone 5, I think 3G will be working fine on the setup I have. Thanks again!

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