The selection of Walmart Verizon prepaid phones available online has always been relatively small, but it has now shrunk to two. As of October 2014, two no-contract LG smart phones are available. There is a wider selection available in-store but it varies according to location. The prices are pretty good on in-store phones but how about the smart phones?
The LG Optimus Zone 2 is listed at $29.88 on Walmart's site. In contrast, it is offered for $39.99 on Verizon's site.
The Moto G is listed at 99.88 just 11 cents less than on Verizon's site.
The Gusto 3 at 12.88 is the latest version of the basic flip phone that's been offered on the prepaid plan for the last few years.
There are no basic Verizon prepaid phones currently listed on Walmart's site, however, if you walk or drive in to one of the stores, you will usually find phones such as the Samsung Gusto 3 or LG Revere 2 flip phones or a QWERTY phone such as the LG Cosmos.
You have a much greater and better choice of phones on Verizon's site, with the option of handsets such as the iPhone 5 or 4S, the Galaxy S4 or the LG G2.
Phones from Walmart come with a one-year (not ninety day) warranty. My guess is that they are new and not refurbished. However, these phones may be excess stock that Walmart is trying to clear out to make space for the next batch of phones.
It can actually cost a few dollars more to get the phone online from Verizon, but you avoid the $20 activation fee that may apply to store-bought phones.
The best Verizon-compatible prepaid phone
may actually be an unlocked CDMA phone such as the old Palm Pixi smartphone.
A GSM version was also available to use with one of the Net10 or Straight Talk SIM cards.
Because Walmart is such a big entity, they tend to carry everything including what we cover on this site. So at various times I've taken a stab at their current offers for some of the other plans as well.
Walmart now carries a limited selection of Tracfone handsets. They used to carry more, but now they seem to concentrate on the related brands.
There are a few NET10 phones available (but not exclusively as with Straight Talk) through Walmart.
Other prepaid brands available from Walmart include Gophone, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, Cricket and their own house brand.