Think a no-contract or prepaid phone means paying hundreds of dollars up front and settling for less-than-stellar mobile network? Verizon Wireless now offers choices that fly in the face of that theory.
For example, they offer smartphones such as the LG Optimus Zone 3 that are specifically geared toward their prepaid mobile plans. The Zone 3 costs as little as $69.99 on sale (regular $199.99), and sports mid-level Android phone features.
LG Optimus Zone 3 specs
The phone runs Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) on a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor with 1.5 GB RAM and 8 GB of onboard memory. It’ll also support an optional microSD card of up to 32 GB for additional storage.
The Zone 3 boasts a compact, stylish design, measuring 5.19 inches by 2.62 inches by .35 inches and weighing a hair under 4 ounces. That means it fits very comfortably in a pocket or even a small purse.
Its 4.5-inch FWVGA display (480 x 854 pixels) offers adequate quality for most people’s needs, such as email, texting and games like Angry Birds and Words With Friends. Its display size is just a hair smaller than the iPhone 6’s 4.7 inch screen (375 x 667 pixels).
The diminutive screen can make the keyboard a bit hard for some people to type on without turning the phone to the side to work horizontally. The keyboard is comparable in size to an iPhone’s.
The device’s 5 MP rear camera with flash takes good quality photos – which seems surprising for such an inexpensive phone. It even includes a 2 MP front camera plus bells and whistles like burst mode, gesture shot and a self timer, plus HD rear camcorder and WVGA front camcorder.
Performance is speedy on the LG Optimus Zone 3 for app installs, games and Web browsing. Of course, there’s also the standard mobile hotspot capability, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In addition, the phone uses Verizon’s super fast, ultra-reliable mobile network.
Verizon Wireless prepaid options
With Verizon Wireless’s prepaid plans, there are no credit checks and no strings attached. Many customers won’t even need to buy a new phone to take advantage of Verizon’s prepaid plans. Though they’re geared toward folks who need super cheap plans and/or have credit problems, most Verizon Wireless phones will work with their prepaid plans.
Verizon’s prepaid plans are a good deal for anyone wanting to stay with or switch to Verizon’s mobile network, with prices starting at just $45 a month for unlimited texts and voice minutes with 1 GB of mobile data. A 3 GB plan is available for $60.
There’s even a 1 GB mobile data bonus on the $45 and $60 plans for signing up for auto pay with a credit card or bank account. Verizon also offers a Wi-Fi only plan with no mobile data for $30 a month with unlimited talk and text.
Some features aren’t available with prepaid, including HD voice and cloud, and there’s no data sharing among family members or other connected devices like tablets. That also means that someone else in the family can’t blow through all of the monthly data allotment for everyone on an account. As for HD voice, it only works if both parties on a call have it, and many do just fine without it.
The Zone 3 isn’t geared toward the high-end market, but for the price, it’s chock full of great features while performing flawlessly. With their selection of inexpensive smartphones and low-cost mobile plans, Verizon’s prepaid service makes a wonderful option for folks looking to cut down on monthly costs while using Verizon’s famously robust network. They’re also great for first time smartphone owners and teens who aren’t good at keeping tabs on their data usage.