Last week Verizon made some changes to its prepaid smartphone plans. The amount of high speed data included with the $40 plan was increased from 2 to 3 GB, the $50 plan's high speed data went from 5 to 7 GB and the 10 GB plan's price was cut from $70 to $60 per month. When the change to Verizon's plans was announced, some of you asked what would happen to customers on the Verizon's Walmart exclusive $50 and $70 plans that included of 2 GB of bonus data. The $50 Walmart plan had 7 GB and the $70 plan came with 12 GB. I assumed that customers on the Walmart plans who switched to the new plans would lose the 2 GB bonus. It turns out I was wrong. A HowardForums member reported that when he changed from the old $50 5 GB + 2 GB bonus plan to the new $50 7 GB plan he ended up with a 9 GB plan (7 GB + 2 GB Walmart bonus). A prepaid Phone News reader sent me the photo above showing a flying he spotted at a Walmart store confirming that the 2 GB bonus applies to the new $50 and $60 plans. The Walmart bonus data is available to customers with phones or SIMs purchased at Walmart and activated on a new line of service after October, 2016. Here are all on Verizon's prepaid smartphone plans with and without the Walmart bonus:
$40/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data with the first 3 GB at high speeds.
$50/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data with the first 7 GB (9 GB for Walmart customers) at high speeds.
$60/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data with the first 10 GB (12 GB for Walmart customers) at high speeds.
$80/month - unlimited voice, messaging and high speed data
All four plans include unlimited text to more than 200 international destinations. The $60 and $80 plans also include unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada. Hotspot use is permitted on all plans except the $80 plan. On the non-unlimited plans unused high-speed data rolls over to the next month (Walmart bonus data does not roll over).
Verizon degrades all prepaid customer's video streaming to 480p and when the network is congested, prepaid user's data is prioritized below that of post paid users. Verizon's throttled speed after a plan's high speed data allotment is used is 128 kbps.