Now there is truly no reason as to why anyone can't enjoy a shiny new Android phone from Verizon. Big Red announced for the first time, consumers can subscribe to a prepaid monthly data plan for their smartphone devices and not have to worry about a contract. This includes a $30 prepaid unlimited data plan -- which is a very familiar $30 we've seen on a contract plans for some time now. Additionally, Verizon customers will also have the option of opting into a cheaper $10 monthly data package which will allow up to 25 MB per month; if you go over that 25 MB, you'll be looking at a $.20/MB overage fees. We're wondering if this has any relation to that rumor that was floating around back in July, stating that Verizon may have been planning to switch to a more AT&T styled data plans. Make the jump to see all the phones that are eligible for the new data packages. [Verizon]

 3G Smartphones

  • BlackBerry® Curve™ 8330
  • BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530
  • BlackBerry® Storm™ 9530
  • BlackBerry® Storm2™ 9550
  • BlackBerry® Tour™ 9630
  • BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650
  • Palm® Pre™ Plus
  • Palm Pixi™ Plus
  • DROID by Motorola
  • Motorola DEVOUR™
  • DROID X by Motorola
  • DROID 2 by Motorola
  • DROID Eris™ by HTC
  • DROID Incredible by HTC
  • LG Ally™
     

3G Multimedia phones

  • LG enV® TOUCH
  • LG enV®3
  • LG Chocolate® TOUCH
  • LG VX8360
  • Samsung Alias™ 2
  • Samsung Renown™
  • Nokia Twist™
  • Casio® EXILIM
  • LG enV® TOUCH
  • LG enV®3
  • LG Chocolate® TOUCH
  • LG VX8360
  • Samsung Alias™ 2
  • Samsung Renown™
  • Nokia Twist™
  • Casio® EXILIM 
     
 

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Verizon offering new prepaid data package for 3G smartphones

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That's correct, as indicated in the linked press release on Verizon's site:

"Multimedia phone customers also have the option of selecting a new $10 monthly data package for 25 MB per month ($.20/MB overage)."

Someone help me out here because this seems like the dumbest ******** thing ever. I must be slow... They are offering a "prepaid" $30 a month unlimited data package for out-of-contract phones. Meaning, you have to buy the phone at full retail then pay $30 a month to use it? OR... Or you have the option of paying $10 for 25 MB (which is $0.40 per MB by the way) and then have to pay $0.20 per MB if you go over...

Can I just not pay anything up front and shell out $0.20 per MB as I use it? That's the only thing that sounds even remotely appealing here.

Also, why is there a mile of whitespace in the story, in the list of phones? It's annoying having to scroll down to china just to read the comments...

Wait, I'm confused. If I'm a prepaid customer I can now get a 3G smartphone rather than just a feature phone, and pay $30/month for unlimited or $10/month for 25Mb?

Is that it? So if I'm on a contract this does nothing for me.

What I was hoping this was, is a way to buy a low-end smartphone with contract pricing, but pay $10/month for 25 Mb.

Actually Verizon has been forcing this new $10 data plan for all their "media" phones (basically any phone that has a keyboard and can connect to the internet). My daughter's phone broke and we were forced to get the $10 plan because there existed only a couple very basic phones that didn't require this plan. Even if you don't use the internet they still force you to pay for this plan (big scam). 25 MB for a smart phone - who would want this small amount. Maybe a 250MB, 500GB, 1GB, and 5GB would be better plan limits and of course when they do this they will up the cost of your $30 plan that you are used to because they will call it a premium. I have been averaging 600MB to 900MB a month on my Droid.

This article is a bit confusing. I called VZW and asked about switching by wife's phone to the new $10 data plan. She has a Droid Eris. I was told by the rep. at VZW that it only applied to multimedia phones. Your article lists 3G smartphones, implying that the Droid Eris is eligible for this new $10 a month plan. If that's not why it's in the list then please explain why it it's listed.