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Verizon Post Paid vs. Prepaid Plan

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I'm thinking of going prepaid because it doesn't make sense having to play $20 LINE ACCESS FEE if you're no longer in contract (paid off phone), while prepaid has no such ridiculous fees. What disadvantages are there? I mean, being on prepaid auto-pay seems essentially the same thing anyway. The prepaid also offers data on/rollover data/hotspot so I don't see any real disadvantage... the prepaid looks like a way better deal.

The lowest on current postpaid is only measly 2GB for $35 + $20 LINE ACCESS = $55 ($60 with taxes)

With prepaid, they're offering 5 GB for $50.

The only disadvantage I hear about postpaid is that coverage is just slightly less on prepaid vs postpaid, but unless I'm going to take a road trip out in some dessert, I rather save $20/month for that minimal less coverage.

I also read that customer service may be inferior on prepaid, but I think that always depends on who is helping you.

What's the advantage of being on postpaid, having to pay $20 extra line access fee (12 x $20 = $240 more a year) for getting LESS DATA than being on a prepaid plan?

And no I am not interested in going to straight talk or cricket.
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Check out Total Wireless as well. It runs on Verizon network. Customer service would likely not be very good. But the $35 plan looks awesome. Been eye balling it for the last few months.
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Probably the biggest disadvantage with prepaid is your traffic is normally lower priority on the network vs. postpaid. So if you happen to be in an area where there are many customers all trying to use the network at the same time, your traffic will be behind postpaid in the queue. What does this realistically mean? You could experience slower data speeds in congested areas. You'll have to decide whether that is worth paying extra for or not. You may also not be able to roam on other networks like postpaid.
I don't know why everyone always talks about customer service. I've never had a landline and I pretty much NEVER interact with customer service, except maybe online chat once in awhile or back when you had to call to activate service.
I've been on Cricket for a while (back when it was Aio) and in addition to being lower priority on AT&T's network, my maximum download speeds are limited and there is higher latency due to going through a proxy. Realistically, it's fast enough for me to stream audio and use GPS at the same time or video when I want and the cost savings are significant. Especially when you start adding multiple lines.
You do also normally have to pay outright for your phone but I prefer getting unlocked Google phones so I can move to any service I want, if/when I want.
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I would go with a Verizon MVNO before I went with their own Prepaid service.

Have you checked out PagePlus? My wife had that for years, no issues. Also, the mention of Total Wireless is a good one, price wise, but I have no experience.

I do believe the speed is throttled a bit on the MVNO's.
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I'm seriously thinking of going to prepaid but then we will lose our 19% discount courtesy of employer PLUS all amex sync offers for Vzn. Most of the sync offers can be done 2x per card PLUS I can stack all these by pre-paying thereby racking all the discounts like the current $25/$100 that expire in Feb 2017. afaik, amex sync offers can't be applied to prepaid Vzn unless I missed that part?

My other option is to leave DH line under post paid while I switch to TotalWireless prepaid which also uses Vzn network. My son has been on TW for 18 months now w/o any issues and it's a lot cheaper than Straight Talk or Vzn prepaid doing the auto pay.
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I would go with a Verizon MVNO before I went with their own Prepaid service.

Have you checked out PagePlus? My wife had that for years, no issues. Also, the mention of Total Wireless is a good one, price wise, but I have no experience.

I do believe the speed is throttled a bit on the MVNO's.
Page Plus and Total Wireless both owned by Tracfone parent company. Should be equivalent level of customer service between the two.
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I've researched the same question and here's my take on it. The main downside to Verizon Pre-Paid is the lack of roaming to other carriers. For myself personally, this has never been a problem, I've never gone anywhere that didn't have Verizon coverage.

As others have mentioned, Total Wireless is nearly as good an alternative for less money. Total Wireless uses Verizon's network as far as I know so it's mostly the same as Verizon's prepaid service for less money (no roaming). The other difference besides customer support between Total Wireless and Verizon Prepaid that I'm aware of is that Verizon throttles all of their MVNOs to 5mbps network speeds, so your peak speed will be 5mbps on Total Wireless vs whatever speed Verizon's tower can handle at any particular time. For most people, this makes no difference.

For a single phone user it makes a lot more sense to me from a cost standpoint to go with a prepaid option or MVNO than to stick with the regular plans. The regular plans seem more cost effective for pooling a bunch of data together over a handful of users, assuming you've got some users that don't use much data and others that might use a lot (a typical family).
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Probably the biggest disadvantage with prepaid is your traffic is normally lower priority on the network vs. postpaid...
Wow. I always suspected Verizon did something to throttle my phone when I switched from contract (postpaid) to prepaid, but I never saw it in writing.
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I was on the prepaid plan for over 5 years and I have just recently switched over to the postpaid plan and I must say that I can tell a little bit difference of improved calls, improved internet speed and improved hotspot like the gentleman above said the $20 was for a little upgrade it is true, but I do think that $20 is a little high I think they shouldn't charge that but maybe $10 would be a better offer...that's just my opinion though
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Oh wow I'm glad I saw this post cause I was thinking of switching my family plan to prepaid but seems to me that postpaid is a better option, especially if we all work and need the best call coverage to keep in touch, in case of any emergencies!
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Another difference between the services is that Verizon post-pay offers the Voicemail to text transcription for an addition few dollars, whereas that service isn't supported on the prepay. It's also not supported by Total Wireless.
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Total Wireless does not support voice-over-LTE unless you purchase the phone directly from them (at least for my S8. I asked about my Verizon S8, the CSR told me my S8 supported VoLTE, I said "I know my phone supports it, the question is does TW support it on my Verizon S8 on the TW network", they said no.
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I've researched the same question and here's my take on it. The main downside to Verizon Pre-Paid is the lack of roaming to other carriers. For myself personally, this has never been a problem, I've never gone anywhere that didn't have Verizon coverage.

As others have mentioned, Total Wireless is nearly as good an alternative for less money. Total Wireless uses Verizon's network as far as I know so it's mostly the same as Verizon's prepaid service for less money (no roaming). The other difference besides customer support between Total Wireless and Verizon Prepaid that I'm aware of is that Verizon throttles all of their MVNOs to 5mbps network speeds, so your peak speed will be 5mbps on Total Wireless vs whatever speed Verizon's tower can handle at any particular time. For most people, this makes no difference.

For a single phone user it makes a lot more sense to me from a cost standpoint to go with a prepaid option or MVNO than to stick with the regular plans. The regular plans seem more cost effective for pooling a bunch of data together over a handful of users, assuming you've got some users that don't use much data and others that might use a lot (a typical family).
Verizon no longer limits MVNOs to 5 mbps. You get whatever speed the tower and your phone can support.
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I would say biggest difference is the deals on phones, prepaid you always have to buy your phone out right or buy one used or some thing . When your on postpaid they always have deals like 300 bucks off or Bogo .
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I think prepaid would be better because you get more GB for the money AND they don't change your total due every month because of admin fees etc....
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