Prepaid Smartphones Likely Coming to Verizon
An overwhelming amount of evidence is gathering to suggest that Verizon will soon begin making high-end smartphones eligible for prepaid service, finally allowing the pay-as-you-go crowd to dump those junky handsets in favor of something more modern and functional. According to screenshots and documents published by Android Does and Engadget, almost all of Big Red’s 3G smartphone lineup will be available for purchase on pre-paid starting tomorrow, save for Windows Mobile handsets, which are not included in the promotion.
That still leaves some very desirable devices for prepaid customers to pick from, including BlackBerries, Palm phones, and a number of Android handsets highlighted by Motorola’s Droid lineup. Price-wise, VZW will apparently require a $30/month data plan on top of a minimum $45/month voice contract, not to mention the largely unsubsidized retail cost of the phones themselves. Still, there are more than a few people out there who refuse to sign up for post-paid contracts, making this supposed deal mighty attractive to a relatively large potential audience.