Verizon Wireless plans: Everything you need to know

Joe Supan

Oct 29, 2020 — 7 min read

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  • Most people will do best with one of Verizon’s unlimited plans, which all come with free subscriptions to Apple Music and Disney Plus
  • Accounts with fewer than four lines can save money with one of Verizon’s shared data plans, but fees are steep if you go over
  • Single users can save up to $20/mo. by going with a prepaid unlimited plan, but it doesn’t come with any extra perks
  • Verizon offers discounts for seniors (55+), teachers, military personnel, first responders, nurses and other groups

There’s no single Verizon plan that’s best for everyone. The right one for you will come down to your budget, how much data you use and whether you need a new phone. Fortunately, Verizon has more plans and customization options than any other carrier. While prices are a bit higher on average, you’ll get access to the fastest, most reliable network in the country.

The average price for Verizon’s unlimited plans is $63/mo., compared to $59 for AT&T and $51 for T-Mobile.

We combed through the fine print on all of Verizon’s plans to help you find the perfect one for your situation. Click the links below to jump straight to a specific section:

Verizon unlimited plans

Verizon has four unlimited data plans to choose from, all of which offer different benefits. No matter which plan you choose, though, you’ll always get unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data. Like all wireless plans, the price per line decreases when you add more lines. 

  • Start Unlimited ($70/mo.): Verizon’s cheapest unlimited plan doesn’t cap your data usage, but Verizon says that users “may temporarily experience slower data in times of congestion.” In other words, you’re last in line. Video streaming is also limited to 480p HD, and you won’t get a mobile hotspot.
  • Play More Unlimited ($80/mo.): This is the cheapest plan that allows you to use Verizon’s 5G network, although you’ll need a 5G phone to access it. You’ll get 780p HD streaming, 15GB of high-speed mobile hotspot and 50GB of premium data, after which Verizon can throttle your speeds.
  • Do More Unlimited ($80/mo.): For the same price as Play More Unlimited, Do More adds 600GB of cloud storage, but it doesn’t have as many streaming subscriptions. 
  • Get More Unlimited ($90/mo.): Verizon’s most expensive plan includes all the benefits of the lower tiers with none of the sacrifices. It also doubles the mobile hotspot data allowance to 30GB. 

You can also mix and match different plans on the same account to fit your account’s needs. The same discounts will still apply no matter which plans you choose. 

Verizon streaming perks

Each of Verizon’s unlimited plans comes with its own streaming promotions, and they often add up to a pretty significant value. Start and Do More Unlimited come with six months of Disney Plus ($6.99/mo. on its own), after which you’re automatically subscribed through your Verizon account. Play More and Get More Unlimited will get you a Disney Plus subscription for as long as you’re on the plan, and Verizon also throws in Hulu and ESPN+ with these plans. 

You’ll also get Apple Music, typically $9.99/mo. for a subscription, with all plans. On the Start More, Play More and Do More plans, your subscription expires after six months, while Get More gives you access for as long as you’re on the plan.

Verizon unlimited family plans

Like all cellphone carriers, Verizon offers significant discounts when you add more than one line. Its family plans are still more expensive than T-Mobile’s and AT&T’s, but when you factor in the streaming subscriptions, they’re actually a solid deal. 

The Play More Unlimited plan, for example, costs $80/mo. for one line and includes a lifetime subscription to the Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN+ bundle. If you add five or more lines, the per line cost is just $40/mo. — on par with the cheapest unlimited data plans out there. 

Families subscribing to Verizon also have the benefit of its Just Kids plan, which lets you add a line for kids to any Verizon unlimited plan for $25 to $50/mo. depending on how many lines you add. Data speeds are limited to 5 Mbps, and the line gets unlimited talk and text to 20 parent-approved contacts. It also includes safety features like location tracking, content filters and the ability to hit pause on a child’s internet access.

Verizon shared data plans

If you don’t think you need unlimited data, you can save some money by going with one of Verizon’s tiered data plans. Keep in mind, each additional line shares the same data allotment. So whether you have two lines on your account or five, you all have to split the 5 or 10GB of data each month.

We’ll be honest — the savings aren’t that great. Limited data plans are generally a thing of the past, and it’s clear that Verizon is nudging customers toward its unlimited plans, which are only marginally more expensive.  

You won’t save much money by adding multiple lines, either. After the second line, the price goes up by $25 each, no matter how many you add. With that structure, it’s actually the same price for a family of four to get an unlimited plan as it is for 10GB. 

Verizon charges a pretty steep price for going over that data allotment, too. It costs $15 for every GB that you go over, and that penalty kicks in immediately. So even if you only use 1 MB more than your limit, you’ll still have to pay the $15 fee. 

But if you’re looking for the very cheapest plan and don’t use the internet much away from a Wi-Fi connection, one of Verizon’s limited data plans may be a good choice.

Verizon prepaid plans

If you’re willing to pay upfront, you can save about $20/mo. by going with one of Verizon’s prepaid plans. These plans are limited to a single line, and don’t require a contract or credit check. Since you’re paying as you go on these plans, Verizon can’t charge you overage fees for data on the 5GB and 10GB plans. Instead, Verizon limits your data to 2G speeds for the rest of the month when you hit your limit. This translates to about 0.1 Mbps — unbearably slow for most internet activities. 

Learn more about Verizon’s prepaid plans

Verizon senior plan for Florida residents

Verizon offers some nice discounts to people 55 or older who are looking to switch phone carriers, but it’s unfortunately only available to people with a Florida billing address. One line costs $60/mo. and two lines cost $80/mo. That represents a $40 discount on two lines with unlimited data. Additionally, it’s only required that the account holder be 55 or older — not everyone on the plan.

Other Verizon discounts

Verizon has a number of savings opportunities under its “those who serve” discounts. These cover nurses, first responders, teachers and military personnel, and they add up to $10-$25 off per month, depending on how many lines you have on your plan.

To get the discount on multiple lines, the account owner must be the one who qualifies. Verizon will then verify your employment or military history independently. 

How do Verizon’s plans compare to other carriers?

You can expect to pay a little more for Verizon than you would with other carriers. The average price for Verizon’s unlimited plans is $63/mo., compared to $59 for AT&T and $51 for T-Mobile. Here’s how each carrier’s cheapest unlimited plans compare:

But you will get better service for that extra cost. Verizon’s coverage ranks first in every independent testing analysis out there. Its 4G LTE network reaches around 70% of the country, compared to 68% for AT&T, 62% for T-Mobile and just 30% for Sprint. Verizon has also won RootMetrics’ awards for reliability, speed, data performance and call performance every year since 2013. In short, you can be confident you’ll get reliable internet access, texting and phone calls from almost anywhere in the country. 

Verizon Wireless FAQs

What is Verizon’s premium data?

If you spend some time looking over Verizon’s plans, you’ll see that some unlimited data plans come with “premium data.” This essentially acts as a soft cap on your data. Once you reach your premium data limit, Verizon can throttle your speeds when the network is congested. Verizon’s cheapest unlimited data plan, Start Unlimited, doesn’t include any premium data allotment, so these customers may often experience slower speeds during internet rush hours. 

Yes. Verizon’s unlimited plans include a $10/mo. discount when you enroll in auto-pay, while its prepaid plans only cut off $5/mo. Unfortunately, you can’t use a credit card with auto-pay — only debit cards and checking accounts are allowed. 

In almost all cases, you’ll be able to keep your phone number when you switch to Verizon. There are rare exceptions if you’re moving out of the area at the same time that you’re switching providers, but FCC rules state that carriers must process the number port in one business day. 

In many cases, new customers can get significantly discounted phones when they switch to Verizon. For example, the Apple iPhone SE is currently available for free when you commit to a 24-month contract — a $400 discount off the sticker price. You can also unlock Verizon phones pretty easily if you switch carriers later on.

But in most cases, Verizon’s phones are fairly expensive compared to what other carriers offer. If you’re looking to switch plans and pick up a cheap new phone in the process, AT&T is your best bet.

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Joe Supan

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Senior Writer, Broadband Content

Joe oversees all things broadband for Allconnect. His work has been referenced by Yahoo!, Lifehacker and more. He has utilized thousands of data points to build a library of metrics to help users navigate these … Read more

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