If you are trying to decide which mobile phone carrier to go with, you will want to find out how well each carrier has covered your area.
Data is constantly being gathered to get a more accurate view of each tower and each carrier’s coverage. This article may contain affiliate links, which pays us a small compensation if you do decide to make a purchase based on our recommendation. Let's face it, nothing drives you more nuts then a cell phone cutting out in the middle of your conversation.
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The Prepaid Coverage Map is in purple (2009) followed by the prepaid coverage map from a year or so ago.
The two types of coverage are now almost the same, so this is not an issue for most people.
You can look at coverage in your local area by entering your zip code on their coverage locator (be sure to select "Prepaid").
When we lived in the Chapel Hill, NC area we checked out the coverage: looking east to Wilmington Beach, Kittyhawk and the Outer Banks, coverage was pretty good with thick bands along most of the highways, with coverage even in the Outer Banks. If you live in a sparsely populated area, then you might be better off with a standard Verizon contract plan with the slightly better coverage because you do need to be able to make your calls. Verizon has a new prepaid smartphone plan called the 4G LTE Prepaid Allset Plan which costs $45 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and 1 GB of data per month.
One thing that makes the plan a little better is that you can add 500 MB to your data by signing up to pay your bill automatically each month. The weird thing is that Verizon doesn't offer unlimited data, but the Straight Talk smartphones that run on the Verizon network are supposed to have unlimited data (though throttled after 3 GB).
The Basic plan is really a pay as you go plan with every minute costing 25 cents and no daily fee. A $100 airtime card is good for one year of service and 400 minutes (minus the cost of text messages). The 99 cent plan allows unlimited free Mobile to Mobile calling with other Verizon customers. Because you are charged only on the days you use the phone, it's hard to estimate what your yearly cost would be without making some assumptions about your calling habits. This would go down quite a bit if you use the cell phone less than seven days a week and tended to mainly call Verizon numbers. I definitely recommend this plan if your friends and family already use Verizon and if you have infrequent (but long) phone talks with them on the phone. If you use the phone every day, the minimum yearly cost for this plan (including the activation and setup fee and 600 minutes) is a little more than $800 a year. If you will send and receive a lot of texts, then you can buy a $20 a month bundle for unlimited mobile messaging to anyone in the US. It looks like it's cheaper to download songs to your PC and then upload them to your phone than dowloading them directly.


You can add airtime by buying airtime refill cards online or in stores, or you can add minutes directly via a "My Prepay" account at Verizon's website. In stores, you can buy cards in denominations of $15 to $100 which last from 30 days for the $15 refill card to one year for the $100 card. With My Prepay, you can buy and add airtime in various amounts to your phone without having to purchase airtime refill cards. For the smart phone plans, they finally have some good choices such as the Moto G pictured here. Officially, there is an activation fee of up to $35, but you can avoid that by purchasing your prepaid phone online directly from Verizon.
Puerto Rico is treated as being in the USA so there's no additional charge from making calls to Puerto Rico. Calls to Mexico landlines cost an additional 10 cents, and calls to Mexico cell phones cost an additional 29 cents per minute.
It costs a whopping additional $1.49 to anywhere else in the world, which means you'd only do it out of desperation. It costs an additional 10 cents to send or receive a text messages from participating carriers in Mexico and Canada. It costs an additional 25 cents to send and receive a text message via participating carriers from elsewhere in the world. This page allows you to select your country and click "Display" to see the list of carriers.
You can get discounts for purchasing Verizon prepaid cell phones directly from their website.
Since offering local number portability is the law of the land, you can port your current cell phone or home phone number to Verizon.
If you want to switch, but want to make sure you have great coverage, then a Verizon Wireless Prepaid plan can be a good choice. Similarly, the Straight Talk plan offers smart phones that run on one of the four big networks.
In order to do this you need to find out where the carrier towers are and see their coverage on a heatmap. You can enter your zip code to view the carrier towers located in your area, which are displayed on a Google Map. Our judgement is in no way biased, and our recommendations are always based on the merits of the items.
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These plans (formerly called Inpulse) come in a few flavors: Smartphone 4G and 3G, Basic Monthly and Pay As You Go.
However, unlike some other plans, you don't get to just throttle down to 3G after using up your data allotment.
This is perfect if you have friends and family members who have Verizon phones (they don't have to be prepaid).


If you use the phone every day, you would have a minimum charge of $361.35 plus the activation fee of $25 plus 10 cents per minute of calls or text messages. Compared to a contract plan or even to some of the other prepaid plans, you could save maybe $400-$500 a year. If you will primarily text people with Verizon phones, you can get their $10 a month bundle. Verizon has extended the length of some of the calling cards to match those of other companies.
It makes sense then, to buy airtime in $100 increments especially if you don't use a cell phone all that much. For the basic plans, you can choose from about five or six phones ranging from a basic flip phone like the Samsung Gusto or LG Revere to QWERTY slider phones like the Pantech Caper and even a touchscreen or two like the LG Extravert. If you paid an activation fee for your prepaid phone, you have three days to return it and still get your activation fee back.
You can access it through their website as well and send a text message to almost any country. For any other country, you're better off using another phone or buying an international calling card. Though the forum is for all voice and broadband issues, the search button seems pretty effective for finding posts about their prepaid service. You are only considered to be roaming when you are outside their digital coverage area for your plan. Even if you're a very occasional user, I don't recommend this plan unless you really want Verizon's coverage but not one of their other plans. If you use 600 minutes or text messages a year (less then 2 minutes a day), that comes to $60. This bundle allows unlimited texting on the Verizon network and also includes 250 messages to anyone outside the network.
If you order online, even though you paid no activation fee, you may have to pay a restocking fee - no kidding. Also you can actually make roaming calls from a few places like Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, the Virgin Islands and Bermuda. Clicking on their text message map brings up the various mobile networks in that particular country.
So you can be outside your local area, but as long as you're within their national digital network, you're not roaming.
Virgin Mobile customers have access to the Sprint ® 3G network reaching more than 274 million people. Today, a rumor hit the Web that Virgin Mobile might be getting a new handset from HTC known as the EVO 3D.



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