Verizon unveils $ 35 prepaid cell phone plan

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The four phones available under the new prepaid plan include the LG Extravert.

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Verizon has launched a new prepaid plan to attract cellphone buyers.

Launched yesterday, the new contract-free plan costs $ 35 per month and offers 500 minutes of conversation anytime, as well as unlimited texting and Internet. Switching to the monthly 500 minutes will cost you an additional 25 cents per minute.

The deal is strictly focused on multifunction phones, so smartphone owners don’t need to apply.

Verizon offers four working phones with the plan – the LG Cosmos 2, Samsung Gusto 2, Samsung Intensity 3, and LG Extravert. All four phones are heavily discounted when purchased as part of the plan. However, a Verizon spokesperson told CNET that customers who have an old basic phone can reactivate it to take advantage of the $ 35 plan.

Mobile-to-mobile calls are not included, so calling another Verizon mobile phone user will be counted against monthly minutes. The new $ 35 plan joins a similar offering from Verizon that costs $ 50 per month and offers unlimited talk time, texting and data.

Operators spend much of their time and effort wooing smartphone users with typical postpaid monthly plans. But prepaid customers without a contract continue to grow in number. A $ 35 plan also gives Verizon a competitive advantage over smaller carriers among customers who don’t need unlimited talk time.

For comparison, Cricket sells two packages with limited talk time and unlimited text and data. A $ 25 plan offers 300 minutes per month, while a $ 35 plan offers 1,000 minutes.


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