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* Unlimited prepaid plan excludes key features and benefits
* More bang for your buck when you sign a contract
* T-Mobile’s prepaid unlimited plan is better
Verizon has added a new $80 prepaid plan that offers unlimited data, talk and text across the United States, as well as unlimited text to over 200 international destinations and unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada.
It sounds like a great deal at face value, but as The Verge points out, there are a few caveats that make the plan seem a little less awesome. The plan limits video streaming to 480p. It also excludes both mobile hot spots and tethering. Most importantly, prepaid unlimited customers will have their data de-prioritized when the network gets busy, which is pretty much all the time for city dwellers.
When you consider that Verizon’s contracted unlimited plan also costs $80 — and includes HD video streaming and 10GB of LTE speed tethering — it seems like a no brainer. Consider this too: customers on a contract will only have their data de-prioritized after 22GB of usage.
It’s easy to see how much more you get for the same price, simply by signing a contract, though the prepaid plan does offer more flexibility.
Verizon’s other prepaid plans will remain unchanged, with an offering of 2GB for $40, 5GB for $50 and 10GB for $70. Prepaid customers may also be tempted to check out T-Mobile, where the prepaid unlimited data plan costs only $75 per month. T-Mobile has also said it won’t de-prioritize the first 30GB of data, and it comes with 3G tethering.