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Verizon Postpaid vs Prepaid

mystery250 5,797 974 August 16, 2014 at 02:09 PM
I know this technically isn't what this forum is for - but maybe it is.

T-MOBILE coverage sucks.

I've been told that Verizon Prepaid offers 4G LTE now. Can anyone verify that?

Also, my main question is should I start a contract or go prepaid with Verizon? Are the towers the same regardless of which I do?

I mean, I'd rather go prepaid if the coverage isn't going to be much worse and 4G LTE is truly available with prepaid, I believe and buy the phone outright (Probably a slightly older model) and go with it instead doing the contract..

Decisions, decisions...

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Shame your T-Mobile coverage sucks in your area. I presume you did test drive? I have been very happy with them.

Anyway, yes, Verizon prepaid does offer 4G LTE now. Not to indirects (like Page Plus, etc.) yet, but directly, yes.

https://www.verizonwireless.com/p...one-plans/


Towers are exactly the same with Verizon prepaid or postpaid.


And you're right to go off contract. Nowadays smartphones have gotten much cheaper, and you can find quality phones in the ~$200 off-contract price point.


Do you know how much data you use though?


Plan starts at $45 for unlimited talk & text with 500MB, $5 more for 500MB more (Total of 1GB), with "BRIDGE data", and you can also add 1GB more for $10 (1.5GB total, $55), or 3GB more for $20 (Total 3.5GB, $65).


The nice thing about the 1GB for $10 and $20 for 3GB more add-ons, is that they expire in 90 days, instead of 30 for the $5 for 500MB one, so if you know you use more than like 500MB a month but maybe not 1GB, you can spread the cost out over 3 months.


Apparently (and I was unaware of this until just now), you can also BYOD to Verizon prepaid, which wasn't allowed before.
https://www.verizonwireless.com/i...e-verizon/


So you have a whole slew of options now.
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Wow. That's great. Here's another question: Is there a huge difference between the galaxy s4 and s5? Tmobile has a pretty good deal for a used one in the $200 range.

I'm just tired of going out with folks even slightly outside of the city and having no coverage.

Are you sure the coverage is the same either way?

Also, what does no roaming mean?

Thanks!


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Shame your T-Mobile coverage sucks in your area. I presume you did test drive? I have been very happy with them.

Anyway, yes, Verizon prepaid does offer 4G LTE now. Not to indirects (like Page Plus, etc.) yet, but directly, yes.

https://www.verizonwireless.com/p...one-plans/


Towers are exactly the same with Verizon prepaid or postpaid.


And you're right to go off contract. Nowadays smartphones have gotten much cheaper, and you can find quality phones in the ~$200 off-contract price point.


Do you know how much data you use though?


Plan starts at $45 for unlimited talk & text with 500MB, $5 more for 500MB more (Total of 1GB), with "BRIDGE data", and you can also add 1GB more for $10 (1.5GB total, $55), or 3GB more for $20 (Total 3.5GB, $65).


The nice thing about the 1GB for $10 and $20 for 3GB more add-ons, is that they expire in 90 days, instead of 30 for the $5 for 500MB one, so if you know you use more than like 500MB a month but maybe not 1GB, you can spread the cost out over 3 months.


Apparently (and I was unaware of this until just now), you can also BYOD to Verizon prepaid, which wasn't allowed before.
https://www.verizonwireless.com/i...e-verizon/


So you have a whole slew of options now.
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Wow. That's great. Here's another question: Is there a huge difference between the galaxy s4 and s5? Tmobile has a pretty good deal for a used one in the $200 range.
You might as well buy the Verizon prepaid one then for $200
https://www.verizonwireless.com/p...d+prepaid/


Huge differences? Not really. The S5 is waterproof, and in my personal opinion, more ugly.


You should also note, that the majority of Verizon's LTE network is on Band 13. No other carrier uses Band 13, so you'll be stuck with buying Verizon-made devices, if you want LTE (they did just deploy XLTE on Band 4 though, which is what T-Mobile also uses, but it's not as wide coverage).
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I'm just tired of going out with folks even slightly outside of the city and having no coverage.

Are you sure the coverage is the same either way?

Thanks!
Yes coverage is exactly the same. I put my parents on Page Plus (Verizon indriect) back like 4 years ago, and they have exactly the same Verizon coverage.


The only difference is there is no roaming allowed on Verizon prepaid..but since when do you need to roam OFF Verizon? laugh out loud They have the largest network, and other carriers usually roam ONTO Verizon so I don't think you'll ever have problems with coverage.

No roaming means roaming onto like..I guess US Cellular or something...when you're like literally in the middle of nowhere. I've never been to a place that Verizon doesn't have coverage though, so I wouldn't know. laugh out loud


With my Nexus 7 on a Verizon tablet sim, I was literally the only person to have coverage when my friends on at&t had none, and my T-Mobile line also had none. And I had LTE on Verizon in Bumblefark nowhere. laugh out loud It helped to navigate and look stuff up.
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What happens when I do roam? More fees? I Geocache and I do go into the middle of nowhere sometimes.

I also wonder how long that $200 refurb phone will be available for the S4.

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You might as well buy the Verizon prepaid one then for $200
https://www.verizonwireless.com/p...d+prepaid/


Huge differences? Not really. The S5 is waterproof, and in my personal opinion, more ugly.


You should also note, that the majority of Verizon's LTE network is on Band 13. No other carrier uses Band 13, so you'll be stuck with buying Verizon-made devices, if you want LTE (they did just deploy XLTE on Band 4 though, which is what T-Mobile also uses, but it's not as wide coverage).
Yes coverage is exactly the same. I put my parents on Page Plus (Verizon indriect) back like 4 years ago, and they have exactly the same Verizon coverage.


The only difference is there is no roaming allowed on Verizon prepaid..but since when do you need to roam OFF Verizon? laugh out loud They have the largest network, and other carriers usually roam ONTO Verizon so I don't think you'll ever have problems with coverage.

No roaming means roaming onto like..I guess US Cellular or something...when you're like literally in the middle of nowhere. I've never been to a place that Verizon doesn't have coverage though, so I wouldn't know. laugh out loud


With my Nexus 7 on a Verizon tablet sim, I was literally the only person to have coverage when my friends on at&t had none, and my T-Mobile line also had none. And I had LTE on Verizon in Bumblefark nowhere. laugh out loud It helped to navigate and look stuff up.
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What happens when I do roam? More fees?
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BRIDGE DATA -
  • BRIDGE DATA Options:
    • $5 for 500MB of additional data. (Expires 30 days after the bundle is activated.)
    • $10 for 1GB of additional data. (Expires 90 days after the bundle is activated.)
    • $20 for 3GB of additional data. (Expires 90 days after the bundle is activated.)

Expiration dates begin when a bundle is activated.
Customers can add BRIDGE DATA through the IVR, My Verizon Mobile and My Verizon online, refill cards or credit/debit cards. Customers may only have 2 BRIDGE DATA on their account at any given time. Only 1 BRIDGE DATA will be active at a time. Secondary BRIDGE DATA will be held in reserve until the current data allowance is exhausted or expires.
  • Ringback Tones - 99? per month & $1.99 per Ringback Tone/Year
  • Domestic Long Distance Included (airtime charges apply)
  • Domestic Roaming Rate is 20? Per Minute
  • Mobile Hotspot is available for free on Mobile Hotspot capable devices.
  • Visual Voicemail is included free on iPhones
  • International Text Messaging - 25? per message sent, messages received are same as calling plan
  • International Roaming - Voice Calling
    • 69? per minute from Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin islands
    • 99? per minute from Mexico
    • $1.99 per minute from Bermuda
  • International Roaming - Text Messaging
    • 50? per message sent
    • 5? per message received
  • 411 Search - $1.99 per call plus airtime
  • $35 activation fee may apply.
  • * Additional and Unlimited texting apply when sending and receiving: (i) Instant Messages, Text Alerts and Picture and Video Messaging Portal Messages; (ii) Messages with non-Verizon Wireless customers in the United States or participating networks in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico; or (iii) via email.
  • Unlimited Texting also includes Mobile to Mobile Messages with Verizon Wireless Customers. For Additional texts, overage Messaging rates default to those of your Calling Plan. Premium Messaging programs and International Messaging not included. Data charges will apply to multimedia messages.
Again, it's not something I would ever worry about. I was on Verizon for like 4 years, and my parents are on like..almost 10 years now, and they have never once roamed off Verizon.
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Odd. I just talked to a verizon chat REP and they say there is no roaming charges for both prepaid and postpaid phones. I'm going to ask another to just make sure.

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[/LIST]Again, it's not something I would ever worry about. I was on Verizon for like 4 years, and my parents are on like..almost 10 years now, and they have never once roamed off Verizon.
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Odd. I just talked to a verizon chat REP and they say there is no roaming charges for both prepaid and postpaid phones. I'm going to ask another to just make sure.
Verizon prepaid has domestic roaming for voice and text. There is no data roaming.


However I was reading HowardForums, and this is probably newer, that some reports were coming in that people can now roam on Verizon prepaid for free, and when you roam and place a call you'll now receive a message stating "The time available for this call is unlimited."


So I guess they're not charging anymore!

Verizon has made a lot of changes and dropped a crapload of fees every since T-mobile became a threat to them.
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Verizon prepaid has domestic roaming for voice and text. There is no data roaming.


However I was reading HowardForums, and this is probably newer, that some reports were coming in that people can now roam on Verizon prepaid for free, and when you roam and place a call you'll now receive a message stating "The time available for this call is unlimited."


So I guess they're not charging anymore!

Verizon has made a lot of changes and dropped a crapload of fees every since T-mobile became a threat to them.
I wonder how huge the difference is from s2 to s4..

Enough performance enhancements to be worth it or not.
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I wonder how huge the difference is from s2 to s4..

Enough performance enhancements to be worth it or not.
Oh huge. Don't go back to an S2. Lag city. I wouldn't go further back than an S3.


Verizon never sold the Galaxy S2 anyway.
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Went ahead and bit on the S4.
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