Verizon's prepaid cell phone plans allow you pay a set fee at the beginning of each month for a specified number of minutes and airtime. These plans require you to choose from Verizon's selection of prepaid phones, which include smartphones. As of June 2011, only phones with an Android or Blackberry operating system are offered to consumers. However, within both of these categories, Verizon offers many options, which are available in conjunction with any prepaid plan.
Verizon's Android-based prepaid phones include the Samsung Fascinate, Samsung Continuum, Droid X, Motorola Citrus, LG Vortex and LG Ally. All of these phones come equipped with Wi-Fi, web-browsing technology and an in-phone camera. The Droid X, Samsung Continuum and Samsung Fascinate also allow voice dialing. For music fans, the Samsung Fascinate distinguishes itself as the only prepaid smartphone to offer V CAST music with Rhapsody.
Verizon's Blackberry-based phones include the Blackberry Curve, Blackberry Bold and Blackberry Storm2. These phones offer many communication options, including mobile instant messaging, text messaging and video messaging. All but the Blackberry Storm2 include a full QWERTY keyboard on the face. Although they do not have the web-browsing capability of other smartphones, they are Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to send and receive emails anywhere in Verizon's Enhanced Service Area.
Smartphone Prepaid Plans
Smartphone prepaid plans allow you to choose 450, 900 or an unlimited number of monthly minutes. However, you cannot purchase a daily prepaid plan. All of Verizon's prepaid smartphones are offered in conjunction with every plan -- you do not need to purchase a more expensive plan to purchase a more expensive phone. Unlike feature phones, however, smartphones require the additional purchase of a data package for a flat monthly fee.
Phones not Currently Supported
No Apple, Cassio, HTC, Palm, Sony Ericsson or Windows phones are offered as prepaid options. In addition, only a selection of Verizon's Android and Blackberry phones are available under prepaid plans. However, there is no physical difference between a prepaid phone and a contract phone. If you already own a phone that is offered for purchase with a prepaid plan, you can use it if you decide to switch over from a contract.