Verizon Wireless is the largest cell phone carrier in the United States. It is in the wireless game since 1995 and now has over one hundred million users. Verizon became the second company of U.S. to provide LTE services in the late 2010 but now it is in position number one. It provides both 3G and 4G LTE high-speed data and has the best wireless network across the entire United States, even those places where most other networks do not work.
In 2014, Verizon launched VoLTE service for video calling both in standard and High Definition (HD). Verizon offers unlimited talk and text with varying amount of allotted data and unlimited video streaming. Therefore, it scores highest in customer satisfaction surveys.
Verizon cell phone plans have recently been updated in accordance with the need of new and existing customers. Verizon’s new cell phone plans are of five major sizes:
- Small (S)
- Medium (M)
- Large (L)
- Extra Large (XL)
- Extra-extra Large (XXL)
All these plans offer unlimited minutes and messaging. Only the amount of high-speed data offered by them varies according to the plans. The updated cell phone plans also include carryover data. A new attribute is added called Safety Mode. Safety Mode prevents overages by slowing the speed of the data when your plan reaches the expiration date. You have to enable this feature on your cell phone to work. It is free on Extra Large (XL) and Extra-extra Large (XXL) plans. On smaller plans, an additional $5 is charged on the account.
|Plans||Price per month||4G LTE Data|
|Small Plan (S)||$30||1 GB|
|Medium Plan (M)||$45||3 GB|
|Large Plan (L)||$60||6 GB|
|Extra Large Plan (XL)||$80||12 GB + 2 bonus gigs/month for each phone|
|Extra-extra Large Plan (XXL)||$100||18 GB + 2 bonus gigs/month for each phone|
NOTE: You can access the data among ten devices but you need to pay for each device to share that data. The prices for different type of devices are as follows:
- Phones- $20 per month
- Tablets- $10 per month
- Connected devices- $5 per month
Check out The Verizon Prepaid Plan
Verizon Wireless Resellers
The list of resellers of Verizon Wireless is as follows:
- Byo Wireless
- GreatCall Jitterbug
- Selectel Wireless
- Straight Talk
Verizon Wireless Prepaid Cell Phone Plans
The prepaid cell phone plans have validity duration of 30 days. The main difference is that prepaid plans do not require credit checks.
|Basic Plan 35||$35||30 days||500||Unlimited||500 MB|
|Basic Plan 45||$45||30 days||Unlimited||Unlimited||500 MB|
|Smartphone Plan 45||$45||30 days||Unlimited||Unlimited||1 GB|
Verizon Wireless Prepaid Basic Phones
|Monthly Plan||Talk & Text||Data|
|$15||300 minutes and text||Unlimited|
Verizon Wireless Prepaid Smartphones
|Monthly Plan||Talk & Text||Data|
Note: Unlimited texting is applicable on all the plans to participating carriers in Mexico, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
For more information, check out Prepaid Smartphones
Verizon Wireless Data Device Plan
|Access Fee||Data Allowance|
|$35/2 months||2 GB|
|$60/2 months||5 GB|
|$100/2 months||10 GB|
Verizon Wireless Monthly Plan Add-ons
|Data||$5||30 days||500 MB|
|Data||$10||3 months||1 GB|
|Data||$20||3 months||3 GB|
Verizon Wireless Pay-As-You-Go Plans
|Per Min||Per SMS||Per MMS||Per MB||Notes|
|$0.10||$0.10||$0.25||$0.99 per day||$0.99/day access fee|
|$0.25||$0.20||$0.25||$0.99 per day|
Previously, Verizon had the option to give subsidy on the purchase of cell phone. You had to sign a contract with Verizon for two years and purchase a new phone whose cost may vary from zero dollars to three hundred dollars. Along with that, you were needed to pay $60, the monthly charge for the service. But now, after the update of Verizon plans, this has gone invalid. However, you can choose to pay upfront on a monthly basis. If you take the instance of iPhone 6, you can pay for it in two ways:
- Pay $650 upfront and $50 per month for service
- Pay $0 upfront and $77.08 per month for service
Both of these methods of payments will sum up to $1850 in a span of two years. This $1850 is $210 more than the previous contract plan of Verizon. So, the new upgraded version of Verizon plan is more expensive than its competitors in the market; however, it does provide excellent network coverage throughout the nation.
If you are an existing customer of Verizon and you want to upgrade to the new Verizon plan, then you will have to pay the full charge of the plan including $40 per month for any on contract phone. If your phone is off contract, $20 per month will be charged.
Verizon Wireless Comparison on Price
|1 GB or less||$50 (1 GB)||$40 (1 GB)||N/A||$30 (1 GB)|
|2-3 GB||$60 (3 GB)||$50 (3 GB)||$50 (2 GB)||$45 (3 GB)|
|4-6 GB||$80 (6 GB)||$65 (6 GB)||$65 (6 GB)||$60 (6 GB)|
|8-10 GB||$100 (10 GB)||N/A||$80 (10 GB)||N/A|
|12-15 GB||N/A||$80 (12 GB)||N/A||$80 (12 GB)|
|16-20 GB||$110 (16 GB)||N/A||N/A||$100 (18 GB)|
|22-25 GB||$130 (25 GB)||$100 (24 GB)||N/A||N/A|
|Unlimited||$100 (must have DirecTV or U-verse)||$60||$95||N/A|
Verizon Wireless Comparison on Features
|Unlimited 2G data||Yes||Yes||Yes||Optional|
|Unlimited video streaming||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Unlimited music streaming||No||No||Yes||No|
|Roll over data||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
Unlimited 2G data: If you ever cross your monthly limit of data then, Verizon will charge you $15 for every 1 GB of data used above your chosen plan. The updated Verizon cell phone plans include carryover data. A new attribute is added called Safety Mode. Safety Mode prevents overages by slowing the speed of the data to 2G when your plan reaches the expiration limit. You have to enable this feature on your cell phone to work. It is free on Extra Large (XL) and Extra-extra Large (XXL) plans. On smaller plans, an additional $5 is charged on the account. Safety Mode can be turned on or off using the new MyVerizon mobile application.
Video Streaming: Unlimited video streaming is allowed on Verizon plans. It is unlimited on Go90 app; however, other applications such as HBO Go or Netflix use the data of the plan for video streaming. T-Mobile also provides unlimited video streaming via multiple applications. It uses a feature called as Binge On feature for it.
Music Streaming: Verizon allows limited music streaming over its network. It counts against your plan. However, T-Mobile allows unlimited music streaming on its Simple Choice plans through various services like Spotify, Pandora, Google Music, etc. These do not require the dependence on plan data.
Roll over data: Roll over data, in simple terms, means that the unused data will be carry forwarded to the next month. Roll over data is allowed for one month by Verizon and AT&T. AT&T allows rollover data on all its plans. T-Mobile offers rollover data for one year on its 6 GB and 10GB plans.