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Old November 12th, 2009, 08:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can Droid be used with Verizon Wireless Prepaid?

Hello,

Does anyone know if I can buy the Droid without a contract and use the Verizon Wireless Prepaid "Basic" plan shown here?

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=prepayItem&action=viewPrepayOvervi ew

They have an addon called "Mobile Web - 99 per day of use (24-hour period)"

I was thinking about using sipdroid in conjunction with Google Voice and Gizmo over the unlimited 3g addon.

It would be about $30 a month for unlimited voice, sms, and data. Even less if you use only wifi on some days.

If someone could please let me know if this is possible, that would be awesome. Thanks!

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Old November 12th, 2009, 08:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's not possible to put onto a prepaid line, has to be postpay with at least the $29.99 unlimited email and web package.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 08:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for answering. Do you know if that $29.99 unlimited data plan is available without a voice plan or contract?
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Old November 12th, 2009, 09:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you buy a Droid from somewhere else not through Verizon you can activate it on an account with no contract. For the no voice part, yes you can do that too, the plan gives unlimited messaging, internet, email and its $.25 a minute. The plan is 54.99 a month.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 09:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks. You've been very helpful... Btw, do you work at Verizon? I don't see those plans you mentioned advertised anywhere?
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Old November 12th, 2009, 09:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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If you buy a Droid from somewhere else not through Verizon you can activate it on an account with no contract. For the no voice part, yes you can do that too, the plan gives unlimited messaging, internet, email and its $.25 a minute. The plan is 54.99 a month.

Actually No.... As of 11/07 Verizon is no longer offering the Unlimited Data with out a voice plan to consumers. This feature will only be able to be added to Business account. I assume for this exact reason, Unlimited minutes/data via VOIP for only $54.99 when VZW should be getting $149.98

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Old November 12th, 2009, 10:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hmm.. I may just wait for when the Droid Milestone gets unlocked and use it with an at&t $35/month data only plan.

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Old November 12th, 2009, 10:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Just out of curiosity, say I just buy the Droid from Amazon without a contract for $529.99 free shipping and no tax.

Then, I call Verizon to activate a new prepaid account saying I already have a compatible Verizon phone and just give them the IMEI number without telling them it's a Droid.

Would I then be able to use the Droid with Verizon prepaid?
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Actually yeah I do work for verizon and atleast in our state you can still get the 54.99 plan with no voice, but as far as the meid thing goes they can tell what phone it is by that number so that wouldn't work.. but search data only on verizonwireless.com you'll see the plan.
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Actually search voice only its the first link that comes up.
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Thanks for the hint. I found it.

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/messagingplans.jsp

It also mentions a $34.99/month "Unlimited Data Usage" plan with "Voice Per Minute Rate $0.40"

Would that work for the Droid or would they require me to get the $54.99 plan?
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Old November 12th, 2009, 11:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
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You have to get the more expensive one for the droid, the other plan is for regular phones.
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A cell with no voice plan? makes no sense.....
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A cell with no voice plan? makes no sense.....
If you can just get an unlimited data plan, then you can talk and text as much as you want using VOIP via Google Voice and Gizmo instead of the limited number of minutes and SMS they give you with a regular voice plan.
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If you can just get an unlimited data plan, then you can talk and text as much as you want using VOIP via Google Voice and Gizmo instead of the limited number of minutes and SMS they give you with a regular voice plan.
So what happens when your not connected to wifi and need a phone?
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So what happens when your not connected to wifi and need a phone?
If you don't have 3g or wifi coverage and you need to use a phone, then you would just pay $0.25 a minute.

I'm in an area with wifi or 3g coverage 95% of the time, so not paying for a monthly voice plan would make sense for me, but if you are in a rural area with no 3g, then voip wouldn't be a good solution.
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why not netbook $300 or so. voip , skype they even come with a cam for video conf.
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A cell with no voice plan? makes no sense.....
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why not netbook $300 or so. voip , skype they even come with a cam for video conf.
Thanks for the suggestion. It made me realize I don't need a new cell phone after all.

After doing some research, I decided to pass on the droid and just get a prepaid 3G USB Modem for my macbook. I'm on wifi most of the time anyways.

The Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go USB modem has been reported to work on ubuntu linux, mac, and windows, so I won't be tied down to a particular device either.

Also, my kindle gets free unlimited monthly internet access, which is useful for html only versions of sites like these which includes Google Voice's mobile site for sending and receiving unlimited sms for free.

If I'm in an area with no wifi or 3g, then I can use my prepaid t-mobile SIM on any unlocked gsm phone for calls and sms.

That's a lot of devices to carry around, and if I wasn't too much of a cheapskate, I would have replaced them all with a droid.
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It's not possible to put onto a prepaid line, has to be postpay with at least the $29.99 unlimited email and web package.
Is this an official policy? If so, why?

I could buy a Nokia N900, which is an equally (more?) advanced smartphone and sign up for prepaid on T-Mobile.

If this is the actual VZW policy, then it results in lost of customers because I, for one, will go with another option. I do not use my cell phone every day. In fact, I might only use it once a week or less. But a device like the Droid or the N900 is very useful on WiFi even when I don't need the cell phone. So I will only go with a prepaid plan. And if VZW won't offer it, I'll go somewhere else.
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