Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless launched its first prepaid-service 4G LTE mobile hot spot and a new $80 smartphone prepaid plan, which is the carrier's lowest-priced prepaid smartphone plan with unlimited talk, unlimited text messaging and 1GB of data per month.
The prepaid mobile hot spot is the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L, made by Novatel and available May 1 at $129 in Verizon's stores and website. The device will also be available in the coming weeks at Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart.
The mobile hot spot, which shares a 4G Internet connection with up to five Wi-Fi devices at a time, will be available with three new prepaid Mobile Broadband plans: $15/week for 250MB of data, $60/month for 3GB and $90/month for 10GB.
The new $80 prepaid smartphone plan will be available May 1 with the $169 Samsung Illusion 3G Android 2.3 smartphone. The plan offers unlimited talk and text messaging and 1GB of data at $80/month, which is lower than the carrier's other prepaid smartphone plan with unlimited talk and texting. That plan, bundled with other phones, costs $94.99/month for unlimited talk and texting but has an add-on charge of 99 cents per day for data.
The $80 plan is available only with the Samsung Illusion, which will be available May 1 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at
and, in the coming weeks, in Best Buy, Target, RadioShack and Walmart.