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Verizon adds 5GB and 10GB prepaid plans

Starting November 13, you can apply the new data plans to phones like Apple's iPhone, Google's Pixel and Motorola's Moto Z.


Verizon's new prepaid plans work on phones like the Google Pixel.

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Shoppers looking for a prepaid phone will have two more options to choose from on Verizon's network. Starting November 13, new 5 GB and 10 GB data plans join the carrier's 3GB and 6GB plans.

  • 5GB plan: $50 a month gets you unlimited talk and text in the U.S., carryover data when you pay on time, mobile hotspot capabilities and international messaging to over 200 countries.
  • 10GB plan: $70 gets you all of the above, and also adds on unlimited calling to Canada and Mexico.

Verizon's more aggressive prepaid plans target carriers like T-Mobile in an ongoing battle for subscribers. While T-Mobile positions itself as a contract-free carrier, Verizon has traditionally grown its foundation on post-paid subscribers, who pay for the phone month-to-month after signing a two-year contract. Moves like T-Mobile's attack on Verizon's Google Pixel costs pressure the nation's largest network to adapt.