Verizon Offers Prepaid Data Plans For Smartphones

Are we seeing a shift in the mobile trends of America? For years, things have been moving along with little change. If you wanted a cheap(er) phone, you bit the bullet and signed a 2-year long-term agreement to stick with a carrier. It was either that, or suck it up and go prepaid, albeit with a far less featured phone. But now, prepaid options are becoming a lot more enticing. Pricing pressures have forced phone prices downward, making it more affordable to offer more handsets for less money, and not on contract.

Now, even Verizon Wireless is getting involved in order to keep pace with the competition. Starting Sept. 28th, the carrier will be offering prepaid data for smartphones at $30/month. That's for unlimited access, which probably means 5GB in reality. There's also the option for multi-media phone customers to get a $10/month data plan that includes 25MB, with a $0.20/MB overage fee. The full list of compatible phones are below, and it's a fairly decent list. At last, you don't necessarily have to sign a long-term deal to get a smartphone -- but of course, you'll be paying more for the phone up-front.

Available Today: Verizon Wireless Offers New Prepaid Data Package On 3G Smartphones And Multimedia Phones

Unlimited Monthly Prepaid Data Package Brings Budget-Conscious Customers the Benefits of Popular 3G Devices without a Long-term Contract

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today announced it will be expanding its portfolio of prepaid offerings to include a new 3G Prepaid data package that lets customers access unlimited data on select 3G Smartphones and Multimedia phones for $30 monthly access. Multimedia phone customers also have the option of selecting a new $10 monthly data package for 25 MB per month ($.20/MB overage). These new prepaid data packages will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Store today and online at beginning Sept. 28.

“These new data offerings will help our prepaid customers experience the full breadth of Verizon Wireless’ robust device portfolio and the many engaging, informative and helpful applications that depend on a data plan,” said Jim Sullivan, director of marketing for Verizon Wireless. “Our prepaid customers will now have the freedom to enjoy all of the capabilities that these phones have to offer, while controlling costs and without being tied to a contract.”

Following are the 3G Smartphones and Multimedia phones eligible for the new data packages:

3G Smartphones

    * BlackBerry® Curve™ 8330
    * BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530
    * BlackBerry® Storm™ 9530
    * BlackBerry® Storm2™ 9550
    * BlackBerry® Tour™ 9630
    * BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650
    * Palm® Pre™ Plus
    * Palm Pixi™ Plus
    * DROID by Motorola
    * Motorola DEVOUR™
    * DROID X by Motorola
    * DROID 2 by Motorola
    * DROID Eris™ by HTC
    * DROID Incredible by HTC
    * LG Ally™

3G Multimedia phones

    * LG enV® TOUCH
    * LG enV®3
    * LG Chocolate® TOUCH
    * LG VX8360
    * Samsung Alias™ 2
    * Samsung Renown™
    * Nokia Twist™
    * Casio® EXILIM