Samsung Illusion

Starting tomorrow (May 1), Verizon will begin offering up a new prepaid wireless plan, with unlimited talk and text plus 1GB of data for $80 monthly. You'll have to buy a new phone of course, and for now the only phone being offered is the less-than-stellar Samsung Illusion. You will be able to grab one in stores or online for $170, and it should be coming soon to Target, Best Buy, Radio Shack and WalMart. 

If you're looking for something with a bit more oompf, the prepaid Verizon Jetpack LTE hotspot could be what you're needing. Pricing starts at 250MB for $15 per week, 3GB for $60 per month or 10GB for $90 per month. The Jetpack itself will be available for $129.99 at Verizon stores and online, and it's also coming soon to Best Buy, Radio Shack and WalMart.

You'll find the press release after the break.

Unlimited Talk, Text and 1 GB of Data Smartphone Plan for $80 per Month; First Prepaid 4G Jetpack Offers a Variety of Mobile Broadband Data Plan Options


BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of a new prepaid plan beginning May 1, offering unlimited talk and text messaging, as well as 1 GB of data for $80 per month.  This monthly plan, available on the prepaid Samsung Illusion™, provides customers with an affordable, flexible option to take advantage of the nation's largest, most reliable 3G network without the commitment of an annual contract.  The Samsung Illusion prepaid package will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at for $169.99.  In the coming weeks, the Samsung Illusion prepaid will also be available at Best Buy®, Target®, RadioShack and Walmart.

Additionally, starting May 1, customers can purchase a prepaid Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi® 4510L and take advantage of new prepaid Mobile Broadband plans.  With the prepaid Jetpack, customers can now create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously.  Prepaid 4G LTE Mobile Broadband plans are as follows:

  • $15 for 250 MB of data weekly
  • $60 for 3 GB of data monthly
  • $90 for 10 GB of data monthly

The Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L prepaid package will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at for $129.99.  In the coming weeks, it will also be available at Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart.

From keeping in touch with friends to surfing the Web, Verizon Wireless gives customers the power and flexibility to stay connected with no annual contract to America's largest and most reliable high-speed wireless network.  For more information on prepaid plan offerings, visit

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at


Reader comments

Verizon announces new prepaid wireless plans


How about just giving me 200 minutes a month for $25 and letting me use an existing smartphone without paying for data... Pipe-dream I know.



i don't think that verizon realizes that their superior service is much less superior than it used to be.

(in the voice of Chris Griffin from Family Guy)
"Well, $80 for 1GB per month isn't too bad of a deal, it's just that ..... WHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTT??????????"

Not a good deal for a data user, if your going to use Verizon just suck it up and get a contract, the prices are much better
I pay $87 total for my smartphone a month, and I have grandfathered unlimited data.
Plus I get much better phones and their subsidized.
I know Verizon is trying to appeal to other demographics but the truth is they are for the customer who is willing to pay extra for better service. I've had all 4 wireless carriers and never been as satisfied as I am with verizon's coverage and service quality.

For an active data user this plan is just plain bad, for someone who mostly talks and texts a lot and uses little data maybe it's an ok deal and a way to get more reliable coverage.

I know a lot of people will disagree with my Verizon has better coverage opinion, but that's my experience, Verizon in general uses sub 1Ghz spectrum which equals much better building penetration, even AT&T uses 1900 around me and I have trouble with my work phone if I'm too far inside a building.

I love my Tmobile Even More Plus plan. Its so good I think they discontinued it and I get calls from Tmo trying to get me to convert to a contract version of what I have. 500 minutes, no text (yay google voice) and unlimited data for $55 a month. And I don't have to use some suck entry level phone.

Verizon is out of their damned minds. Not only the butt-raping price, but no BYOD? I dont care HOW good the service is, if all I have to choose from is a crappy phone, no sale. Hell, I pay 90 bucks for TWO lines on Straight Talk, and I brought my own Galaxy Notes to put on them! LOL

Verizon customers are gonna start bragging on these so-called deals.. I'll stay with Sprint.. I don't need another car payment... LOL....

Realy cause Sprint flagship plan is 80 bucks for unlimited mobile to mobile , text ,and data,Everything Data Plan: Includes 450 Anytime Min./month. Thats on contract.

Yeah, but you you get free mobile-to-mobile, no matter what the carrier the other line is on. I have a family plan with 1500 minutes on 3 lines, and we end up using between 200-400 minutes a month.

ya unlimited mobile to mobile.

I only use like 30 minutes out of the 450 minutes i get a month.

It is $69/month, plus $10/month for unlimited data, no caps, or slow downs. I have used 15 gbs in a month acouple times.

And Sprint with 450 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data, and you can choose from any number of existing android phones that are decent (like an EVO 4G for 100 bucks) for $80 a month.

And every other prepaid service is cheaper than this. What's the point?

"Pricing starts at 250MB for $15 per week, 3GB for $60 per month or 10GB for $90 per month." i missing something here? because, as written, the $15/week is going to cost you MORE than the $60/month one. I hardly think paying MORE for LESS data is worth being on a "weekly" plan than a monthly one...

It's ironic that paying for your own phone and paying your bill in advance gets you the crappiest price for the crappiest phone and data package ever. You would think they would provide something that would reasonably compare with Virgin Mobile. Even though I blew through my 2.5GB in about 10 days (Sirius wherever I go and at work) my data speed is still mostly OK even though I have been throttled.

Verizon gets worse every year. Thank god there are real prepaid companies out there. I got my HTC wildfire for $120... My boyfriends LG optimus v for $80. Rooted them both for unlimited hot spot ability... I spend $55 a month for unlimited and sometimes I won't even do that... Just get the $35 plan.... Download textplus app and use the phone service they offer... Way cheaper!!! Verizon us out their damn mind.

Yeah nobody's really going for this deal, but prepaid isn't just for bad credit people anymore. It's for anyone who wants to save money or doesn't want a long term commitment. Problem with Verizon is their new plans don't actually save money.

I'm with HR007 - Verizon sucks and they're a huge ripoff! Almost any company is better for both service, cost, and general business practices than Veripoffzon! I wish people would do just a little more research on potential carriers before falling for the BS that Verizon advertises. Sigh.

Or maybe some of us get a 20% discount from our employer, making Verizon a very attractive proposition at the end of the day. Resulting in 15-20Mbps LTE speeds, unlimited data, and no dropped calls for a very competitive price.

I wish people would stop and realize that not everybody's situation is *exactly* like theirs.