Rumor Mill: Verizon bringing prepaid to Blackberry, Android phones

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is preparing to launch prepaid unlimited wireless service for its smartphones, according to the blog Engadget.

The blog, which cited leaked internal Verizon documents as well as device boxes showing the phones coupled with the prepaid plans, said that the nation's largest carrier will soon launch the service for its Android smartphones, Palm phones and Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry devices.

A Verizon spokeswoman declined to comment.

The blog said that pricing for the phones was not available, but that the plans will come with a $30 option for unlimited data and a minimum $45 option for voice, ranging up to $75 for unlimited voice.

The report comes hot on the heels of several tests conducted by Verizon. The carrier is testing a postpaid plan that offers unlimited talking, texting and data for $99 per month, in retail outlets in Los Angeles and San Diego, according to findings from research firm Current Analysis. The tests represent a $20-per-month reduction from what Verizon currently charges for unlimited talking, texting and data. Verizon also recently tested new unlimited plans in parts of Texas and Louisiana, and a $50 prepaid monthly unlimited plan across the Southeast.

For more:
- see this Engadget post

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