Prepaid service is a wireless option that lets you pay in advance for monthly, per-minute or per-text usage on your mobile device. There's no credit check, deposit or long-term contract required like you’d have with a standard monthly account (which gives you a bill for your usage at the end of each month).
You can pay as you go and only pay for the minutes or texts you use, or you can choose from a monthly or daily plan that includes an allowance for a set price. As your balance gets low or your expiration date approaches, you can make a payment to your account to keep your service active.
Prepaid service is available in the Prepaid Rate and Coverage Area. Refer to our Coverage Locator for a map of where prepaid service is available.
Calls made or received outside of this calling area will be charged at a roaming rate. See the Prepaid International page for rate details.
Your prepaid service includes:
You can view all prepaid phones and other devices that are available for purchase on our Prepaid Shop page.
You can also check the prepaid eligibility of a phone you already have online:
Many devices are eligible to transfer from a standard monthly account to a prepaid account. You can check to see if your device is eligible online:
Yes, an active or inactive Verizon Wireless 3G iPhone can be activated on certain prepaid plans. You can check complete eligibility of your iPhone online to see what plans it’s compatible with.Back to top
There are two general types of prepaid plans:
There are a few ways you can activate your new prepaid phone:
Yes, with prepaid service you can make calls to international locations at your per-minute rate plus the per-minute charges found on the Prepaid International page.
International networks can change frequently, so certain locations may not be available at all times, and the pricing is subject to change without notice. Unlimited Night and/or Weekend Minutes don’t apply to international calls.
Yes, you can call 411 from your prepaid phone. A live operator will assist you when you request numbers, addresses and information for anything from restaurants and movies to the nearest florist. Calls to 411 Search are $1.99/call plus airtime.Back to top
Yes, you’ll incur airtime and other charges when retrieving Voice Mail messages from your prepaid phone. Mobile to Mobile Calling minutes don’t apply to Voice Mail retrievals.Back to top
The ALLSET PLANS are prepaid plans that are available for both smartphones and basic phones. They give you the freedom and flexibility to enjoy all the features of your phone with no annual contract or hidden fees.
With the ALLSET PLANS, you’ll pay a set monthly access fee in advance to use your phone. You’ll have an allowance of minutes, texts and data that you can use during that monthly cycle for no additional charge. To renew your plan for another month, you simply pay the next access fee prior to your monthly renewal date. Monthly Plans renew on the same date every month, regardless of how many days there are in the month.
There are different pricing and allowance options to choose from, so you can find the right plan meet your needs.
Learn more about:
The $45 ALLSET PLAN is available for prepaid smartphones. You’ll pay a $45 monthly access fee upfront, which includes:
There are two ALLSET PLAN pricing and allowance options available for prepaid basic phones:
BRIDGE DATA is an additional data allowance that you can purchase for your prepaid ALLSET PLAN. If you’d like to add additional data to your plan or you reach your 500 MB data limit, BRIDGE DATA is available for purchase at any time during the month.
Choose from a variety of BRIDGE DATA options:
Most smartphones on our network average between 1 and 2 GBs of data each month. The chart below will give you an idea of how much data is used for many common activities.
When signing up for a new data plan, we recommend that you look at your history of data usage in My Verizon if you have any. You can also use our Data Calculator to help you estimate what your monthly data usage might be.
|Email (Text Only)||10 KB|
|Web Access (Internet & Intranet)||400 KB|
|Audio Streaming on a Smartphone||60 MB/hr|
|Audio Streaming on a Basic Phone||45 MB/hr|
|Audio Track Download (3.5 min at 192 kbps)||7 MB|
|3G Video Streaming||250 MB/hr|
|3G Verizon Video & NFL Mobile Streaming||125 MB/hr|
|3G Video Calling||120 MB/hr|
|Digital Photo Download/Upload (Hi-Res)||3 MB|
|Navigation Turn-by-Turn Directions||5 MB/hr|
There are two ways you can monitor your data usage:
Yes, you can bring any active or inactive Verizon Wireless 3G device* or basic phone to an ALLSET PLAN.
Activate Your Prepaid Phone Online
*Excludes Windows Mobile, 4G-enabled smartphones, and push-to-talk devices (excluding BlackBerry push-to-talk, which can be activated).
No, only active and funded ALLSET PLANS can use data. You’ll need to pay your full monthly access fee to use data on your device. There’s no “pay as you go” data rate.Back to top
Pay As You Go plans are prepaid plans for basic phones that let you pay for only the minutes, texts and data you use. Rather than purchasing a set monthly allowance, you pay individually for each minute you’re on a call and each text message you send or receive. Data usage on Pay As You Go plans is charged per day instead of per GB or MB.
If you don’t use your mobile phone a lot or you like to have an extra phone on hand in case of emergencies, Pay As You Go plans are a great option to consider.
There are two general types of Pay As You Go plans:
The daily access fee is what you’re charged daily to use your prepaid phone, if you have certain Pay As You Go or other daily prepaid plans. The daily fee on these plans is charged and deducted from your account only on days you use your phone, and it’s valid until 11:59 PM.Back to top
The rates vary based on which prepaid plan you have. You can find rates for available plans on the Prepaid Plans page.
You can also see specific rates for the prepaid plan you currently have on the My Plan page in My Verizon.
It depends on your plan. Night Minutes are from 9:01 PM - 5:59 AM every day of the week.
Unlimited Night Minutes are included with the following plans:
It depends on which plan you have. Weekend Minutes are Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM.
Unlimited Weekend Minutes are included with the following prepaid plans:
You can use data with all Pay As You Go plans. It’s charged on a per-day basis, rather than per GB or MB. There aren’t currently any other data options available for Pay As You Go plans.Back to top
There are a number of ways you can refill your prepaid account:
All payments are immediately applied to your account.Back to top
Once applied to your account, payments expire as follows:
|Payment Amount||Expires In|
|$15 – $29.99||30 days|
|$30 – $74.99||90 days|
|$75 – $99.99||180 days|
|$100 or more||365 days|
Auto Pay is a service that lets you set up automatic payments for your prepaid account. You can choose to have payments made to your account on a specific day of the month or when your account reaches a certain dollar amount. Your payments will be deducted automatically from a credit card (Visa, Discover, American Express or MasterCard only).
There are two types of Auto Pay:
You can set up Auto Pay in either of the following ways:
You can add a Refill Card or PIN to your account in either of the following ways:
If you’re unable to use a Refill Card or PIN to add money to your account, please contact Prepaid Customer Service at (888) 294-6804.Back to top
If you’re on a monthly prepaid plan (e.g., an ALLSET PLAN) and you don’t have enough funds in your account to cover the full monthly access fee, don’t worry. As long as you have some money in your account, you can still talk and text at the after-allowance rates associated with your plan. You can find these rates on the My Plan page in My Verizon.
However, you may not be able to use data if your monthly access fee hasn’t been paid in full. Currently, there’s no “pay as you go” data rates for many monthly plans, including ALLSET PLANS.
Note: Your monthly access fee due date is different than your account expiration date, which is based on the last time you made a payment to your prepaid account. If you don’t make a payment to your account before the expiration date, any remaining balance may be lost and you could lose your mobile number.
A new expiration date is set each time you make a payment to your account, and it’s based on the amount you pay. View payment expiration chart
If you don’t make another payment before the expiration date, any remaining balance on your account will be lost and you may not be able to keep your mobile number.
You can view your account information in the My Verizon Mobile app on your phone or online from the My Verizon Overview page.Back to top
You can see specific rates for the prepaid plan you currently have on the My Plan page in My Verizon.Back to top
You can get your account balance and expiration date through any of the following methods:
If you have an eligible device, you can change your current plan to a new available prepaid plan through one of the following options:
If you are currently enrolled in a monthly prepaid plan (e.g., ALLSET PLAN) and would like to change to a different monthly plan, we suggest you make the change close to your renewal date. You won’t be able to carry over minutes or data allowances.Back to top
Yes, you can use your prepaid phone to make and receive calls and send and receive text messages in:
Rates for International Roaming vary by location. Please check the Prepaid International page to view the rates for a specific destination.Back to top
The dialing pattern you should use depends on the destination of your call or message. Please refer to our Trip Planner online tool for detailed dialing instructions for the destination you’re traveling to.Back to top
If you’re going to travel abroad to any of the available countries, you should update the roaming capabilities of your prepaid phone before you leave. To do this, call *228 from your prepaid phone.Back to top
To check your Voice Mail while roaming with your prepaid phone:
Certain features are subject to local capabilities and may not be available while roaming internationally.Back to top
If you need assistance with your prepaid service while traveling internationally, you can call Prepaid Customer Service at (888) 294-6804.Back to top