Verizon has announced new prepaid data plans for select smartphones and multimedia handsets. The company said its new offerings will allow customers to experience the carrier's full breadth of devices and services without being bound to a contract. Users of either type of phone will be able to pay $30 a month for unlimited 3G data access, while customers with a multimedia phone also have the option of paying $10 per month for 25MB (20 cents per MB overage).

Both packages are currently available in Verizon stores and will appear on its website September 28. Qualifying smartphones include the BlackBerry Curve 8330 and 8350, Storm 9530, Storm 2 9950, Tour 9630, Bold 9650, the Palm Pre and Pixi, various Motorola, HTC, and LG Android handsets. Multimedia phones include the LG enV Touch, enV 3, Chocolate Touch, VX8360, Samsung's Renown and Alias 2, as well as the Nokia Twist and Casio Exilm.