Verizon Wireless today changed prices for its monthly unlimited and prepaid calling plans. The plans will be available to new and current customers; existing subscribers can adopt a new plan without extending their current contract.
Beginning Monday, Nationwide Unlimited Talk plans for individuals (that's voice calls only) will cost $69.99 per month. If you want messaging, you'll need to pay for them individually or add a texting plan. On the other hand, you can get both voice and messaging with a Nationwide Unlimited Talk & Text plan for $89.99 per month.
Groups on a family plan also will have new unlimited options. For voice calls only, the Nationwide Unlimited Talk Family SharePlan will be $119.99 per month and the Nationwide Unlimited Talk & Text Family SharePlan will be $149.99 per month. All family plans include the first two lines of service. Verizon also has discontinued the $19.99 monthly data option.
On the prepaid side, customers can get unlimited service for $5 more per month than their contract counterparts. That makes the Prepaid Monthly Unlimited Talk plan $74.99 per month and the Prepaid Monthly Unlimited Talk & Text $94.99 per month.
We're less ambivalent with the news on the data side. Remember
Other data options won't change. Customers using basic phones will continue to pay $1.99 per megabyte if they don't pick a data plan. Also, the $29.99 per month for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Android devices won't change.