Verizon to sell prepaid smart phones

NEW YORK

Prepaid service has long been the domain of low-end phones, but companies such as Sprint Nextel Corp. and Leap Wireless International Inc. have recently introduced smart phones for their Boost, Virgin Mobile and Cricket brands.

Verizon Wireless, the country's largest cellular carrier, says it started to sell smart phones for prepaid service in its stores on Thursday. It will start selling them online on Sept. 28.

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