I'm looking up information regarding Verizon plans for a new iphone account for my mom (she's finally going to get one! WOOT!) When looking at their site it appears they still offer the iphone on contract for $499 or you can buy it outright. However it appears there is no benefit to buying it outright (other than, I guess, buying a new phone in a year, which my mom would not do anyways.) Also, what is the benefit of prepaid? It appears that you still pay monthly. You still have a data cap. You still get unlimited talk and text. But it does say no activation. (So I guess that's a benefit) I assume that texts don't count against your data but imessages do? Also, on the regular pricing, can you go up and down the plans with no penalty (so if she starts at 1GB but uses more data, ups to 3 while traveling, but then once back home she can lower it back to 1?) Sorry for all the questions... I have at&t so can't give her real-life answers on Verizon!