Verizon announced an increase to the data allotments included with its prepaid plans.
Now, the $45 per month smartphone option will include 1GB of data instead of 500MB. The carrier is also offering an additional 500MB to customers who sign up for auto-pay.
After the initial data bucket Verizon sells data add-ons that can rollover month-to-month. An extra $5 gets 500MB of data that expires after 30 days, $10 gets an extra 1GB that expires after 90 days, and $20 get an extra 3GB that expires after 90 days.
The $45 plan also includes “unlimited talk, text and texting to” Mexico and Canada. A package including 1000 voice minutes to Mexico and Canada will cost an extra $10 per month.
Verizon’s prepaid plans are available to phones in the carrier’s prepaid portfolio like the HTC Desire 612 and LG Transpyre or to customers who bring their own LTE capable Verizon device. Prepaid customers with XLTE compatible devices can also use that LTE network.
Verizon’s revised prepaid offering comes as T-Mobile’s MetroPCS unveils a $50 unlimited LTE prepaid plan.
Last week, Sprint’s Virgin Mobile rolled out new shared data prepaid plans as an exclusive at Walmart.
As of August 2014, T-Mobile lead the four major U.S. carriers in prepaid subscriber numbers, followed closely by Sprint. AT&T came in a relatively distant third while Verizon trailed T-Mobile by nearly 10 million.