I guess we have the weak economy to thank, but Verizon Wireless has been experimenting with cheaper plans in different areas of the country. In Los Angeles and San Diego, Verizon is test marketing a $99 all-inclusive Unlimited plan similar to Sprint's "Simply Everything." T-Mobile also offers a similar $99 plan that includes Unlimited talk, text and data.
In another part of the country, Verizon Wireless is testing a $50 Unlimited prepaid plan which offers the same service as Straight Talk offers for $45, and limited to the same network. In Texas and Louisiana Verizon is testing Unlimited any mobile plans with calling to any cellular number in the US regardless of service provider. Yes, it's just like Sprint's "Any Mobile, Anytime."
Verizon calls these plans "limited-time promotions" so there's no guarantee they'll go nationwide. If you live in one of these areas you might want to jump in. If you don't, let's hope some of them intensify the rate competition among carriers. However, I don't see much action for those of us who have capped-minute plans. If you want to go cheaper, you may still need to go Prepaid. It's very fashionable this year, ya know.