I feel it’s necessary to do an updated review on Verizon’s prepaid cell phones. Things have changed quite a bit since my earlier review. Verizon offers 3 groupings or categories of plans. Two categories are monthly plans and of course there’s the obligatory daily plan category.
Verizon’s Daily Access Prepaid Cell Plan
Let’s start this by talking about Verizon’s prepaid daily access plan. On the daily access plan, Verizon charges a daily access fee on the days you actually use the cell phone. This plan is the perfect plan for those cell phone users who use the phone sparingly or only in emergencies.
There are three daily access plans. There’s the Prepaid Basic, $.99 and the $1.99 plans.
The basic plan doesn’t charge a daily usage fee. Instead it charges a flat fee of $.25 per minute talk time and $.20 per text message. The rates for the other two daily access plans are as follows:
|Mobile to Mobile||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Nights & Weekends||.10 per minute||Unlimited|
|Additional Minutes||.10 per minute||Unlimited|
|Text (per message sent/received)||.10||.02|
(Verizon actually improved the $1.99 plan from what it was back in 2010)
The daily rates apply to calls only; it does not apply to sending/receiving text messages. That’s a relief because if it did apply, one errant text message on the $1.99 plan would cost you $2.01 for the day. That’s a lot to pay for receiving an unwanted spam text.
Prepaid Texting Bundles
Speaking of texting, if you send/receive a lot of text messages, you can opt to purchase the unlimited mobile-to-mobile texting bundle (within the Verizon network) for $10 per month. $20 a month will get you unlimited texting to anyone on any network in the United States.
Bottom line, the daily access plan is great for folks who use their cell phones sparingly and don’t want to commit to a long-term expensive contract. If you’re on the $1.99 plan and think you’ll use your cell phone more than 25 days out of the month, you should consider the $50 Monthly Unlimited plan. You’ll get more for your money.
Verizon’s Daily Access Plan Phone Selection
Currently, in viewing the Verizon website, they offer 5 different phones that are compatible with the daily access plan. They range in price from $19.99 for the Samsung Gusto Prepaid to $109.99 for the Samsung Haven Prepaid (they were running an online sale).
Check their site periodically because they do run discounts from time to time. If you don’t see what you want there, you might find a better selection at your local Verizon retailer. On occasion, I’ve found better deals at the store than I have online. Make sure to shop around and exercise all your options (Also, never purchase anything online without doing a Google search for coupons).