updated 07:30 pm EDT, Mon April 30, 2012
New prepaid plan, 4G hotspot due on May 1
Verizon Wireless has added new tiers to its phone and data prepaid offerings starting on May 1. A new $80 smartphone plan includes unlimited talk and text messaging while allotting 1GB of data use per month. At the same time, the carrier will ship the Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L with prepaid mobile packages.
The new prepaid voice and data plan is available on the Samsung Illusion. A prepaid package that includes the Android 2.3 device will retail for $170.
The Jetpack Mi-Fi 4510L hotspot, meanwhile, will share the 4G Internet connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices at the same time. Plan 4G LTE options include a $15 one for 250MB of data weekly, $60 for 3GB of data monthly, or $90 for 10GB of data monthly. A prepaid package will cost $130 and be available first in Verizon stores before coming to Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Walmart.