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Everything you need to know about Verizon’s cellphone plans

Joe Supan

Jul 21, 2020 — 8 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 some money with one of Verizon’s limited data plans
  • 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, $51 for T-Mobile and $48 for Sprint.

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, 15 GB of high-speed mobile hotspot and 25 GB 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 Unlimited sacrifices a high video streaming resolution for more premium data — 50 GB before Verizon starts throttling your speeds. It also adds 500 GB of cloud storage. 
  • 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 increases the premium data to 75 GB and mobile hotspot to 30 GB. 
  • Just Kids ($35/mo.): You can add a line for kids to any Verizon unlimited plan for just $35/mo. Data is limited to 5 GB, 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. 

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

Extra perks

Each of Verizon’s unlimited plans comes with its own extra perks, and they often add up to a pretty significant value. All plans come with a free year of Disney Plus ($6.99/mo. on its own), after which you’re automatically subscribed through your Verizon account. 

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

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 10 GB 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 towards 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 10 GB. 

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 phone plans. These plans are limited to a single line, and don’t require a contract or credit check. Prices also go down the longer you stay with Verizon. After three months, you’ll get $5 off your monthly bill and another $5 after nine months. This second discount is added to the first, so you’ll be paying $10/mo. less than when you started.

Since you’re paying as you go on these plans, Verizon can’t charge you overage fees for data on the 5 GB and 10 GB 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. 

The perks that come with these plans are much more limited, too. Both the 5 GB and 10 GB plans include mobile hotspots, but the prepaid unlimited plan charges an extra $5/mo. for this feature. You’ll also miss out on the cloud storage and Apple Music and Disney Plus subscriptions that are included in the post-paid unlimited 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, $51 for T-Mobile and $48 for Sprint. 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. 

Does Verizon offer an auto-pay discount?

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. 

Can you keep your phone number if you switch to Verizon?

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. 

Do you get discounts on cellphones when you switch to Verizon?

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 only $120 when you commit to 24 monthly payments — a $250 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.

Joe Supan

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