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Should you make the switch to a Verizon MyPlan or stick with your existing legacy plan?

Are the new plans a step forward or back? Depends on your needs.
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Published onJune 7, 2024

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Verizon announced a big change to its plans in early 2023 with the introduction of its new MyPlan strategy, replacing its previous Get/Play/Do More plans. For those on a legacy plan, are the newer plans worth upgrading to? Let’s take a look at MyPlan vs Verizon’s Get/Do/Play More plans and see what’s new.

Verizon MyPlan vs More plans

During Verizon’s “More era” there was a large variety of plans including the 5G Get More, 5G Play More, 5G Do More, 5G Start, and Welcome Unlimited. That’s not even including specialty plans like the One Unlimited Plan for iPhone users, which included a bunch of Apple-specific perks. Really though, many of these plans were pretty much the same with extremely tiny differences.

Play More and Do More had the same pricing at $80 a line for one or as little as $40 for 5 lines. So what was the difference? The former focused on streaming perks while the latter focused on cloud data and discounts for tablet/watch/hotspot plans. 5G Start and the old Welcome Unlimited plan had a small price difference starting at $70 and $60, respectively The only major difference was the cheaper plan axed all perks and hotspot access.

myPlan Unlimited WelcomemyPlan Unlimited PlusmyPlan Unlimited UltimateTalk & Text Prepaid15GB PrepaidUnlimited PrepaidUnlimited Plus Prepaid
Cost
myPlan Unlimited Welcome
$65 for one line
$55 for two lines
$40 for three lines
$30 for four lines
myPlan Unlimited Plus
$80 per line for one line
$70 per line for two lines
$55 per line for three lines
$45 per line for four lines
myPlan Unlimited Ultimate
$90 per line for one line
$80 per line for two lines
$65 per line for three lines
$55 per line for four lines
Talk & Text Prepaid
$30 w/ autopay
15GB Prepaid
$35 w/ autopay
$5 discount after 3 months
$10 discount after 9 months
Unlimited Prepaid
$50 w/ autopay
$5 discount after 3 months
$10 discount after 9 months
Unlimited Plus Prepaid
$60 w/ autopay
$5 discount after 3 months
$10 discount after 9 months
Talk & Text
myPlan Unlimited Welcome
Unlimited
myPlan Unlimited Plus
Unlimited
myPlan Unlimited Ultimate
Unlimited
Talk & Text Prepaid
Unlimited
15GB Prepaid
Unlimited
Unlimited Prepaid
Unlimited
Unlimited Plus Prepaid
Unlimited
Data
myPlan Unlimited Welcome
Unlimited 4G LTE
5G Nationwide
myPlan Unlimited Plus
Unlimited 4G LTE
5G Nationwide
5G wideband
myPlan Unlimited Ultimate
Unlimited 4G LTE
5G Nationwide
5G wideband
Talk & Text Prepaid
No data
15GB Prepaid
15GB of LTE/5G access
Unlimited Prepaid
Unlimited LTE/5G data

Unlimited Plus Prepaid
Unlimited LTE/5G data, including ultra wideband 5G

Hotspot
myPlan Unlimited Welcome
Not included
myPlan Unlimited Plus
30GB 4G LTE or 5G
myPlan Unlimited Ultimate
60GB 4G LTE or 5G
Talk & Text Prepaid
No
15GB Prepaid
Can use up to 15GB
Unlimited Prepaid
5GB of hotspot access, then 600kbps after
Unlimited Plus Prepaid
25GB of hotspot access, then unlimited lower speeds after
International Service
myPlan Unlimited Welcome
Talk & Text in Mexico and Canada
Texting in over 200 countries
myPlan Unlimited Plus
Talk & Text in Mexico and Canada
Texting in over 200 countries
myPlan Unlimited Ultimate
Talk & Text in Mexico and Canada
Texting in over 200 countries
Talk & Text Prepaid
$5/day for calls, text, and data in Mexico or Canada
15GB Prepaid
Calling, text, and data in Mexico & Canada
Unlimited Prepaid
Calling, text, and data in Mexico & Canada
Unlimited Plus Prepaid
Calling, text, and data in Mexico & Canada
Extra Perks
myPlan Unlimited Welcome
480p streaming
Can add perks for $10 each, including 100GB hotspot data, Apple Music, Apple One, Disney Plus bundle, and more
myPlan Unlimited Plus
480p streaming
Can add perks for $10 each, including 100GB hotspot data, Apple Music, Apple One, Disney Plus bundle, and more
myPlan Unlimited Ultimate
10GB high-speed international data
Talk & Text Prepaid
480p streaming
15GB Prepaid
480p streaming
Unlimited Prepaid
480p streaming
Unlimited Plus Prepaid
480p streaming
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Verizon says its new plans are about making it easier to get just the perks you need and nothing extra. But are the new plans actually a better or worse value? Honestly, the answer really depends.

The current Welcome plan doesn’t allow you to mix and match. Every line needs to be on it to qualify. The new Unlimited plan is $5 more and has similar features, but you can mix it up with Unlimited Plus and add perks for $10 each. That’s maybe worth the $5 to you. Again, it’s really subjective. Where things get more complicated is when it comes to perks.

First, ask yourself, do you use all the perks on your existing Verizon plan?

Let’s say you get the Do or Play More plan right now. That’s $80 a month, but maybe you don’t really use the perks all that much; you simply wanted ultrawideband and hotspot access. You could get the Unlimited Welcome plan for just $65 and add hotspot access for $10 a month, still saving $5. Same situation if you just need one perk like the Disney Bundle. Since Verizon lets you turn perks on and off with ease, you could even add hotspot access only on months you know you’re going to use it and shut off the perk during times when you’re less likely to need it.

MyPlan has its pros and cons. It's simpler, but it also could prove more expensive if you want a lot of perks.

On the flip side, let’s say you have the 5G Get More plan on one line. That’s currently $90 a month versus $80 for the myPlan Unlimited Plus. These plans are very similar, minus the perks. Okay, but what if you used Get More’s Hulu Bundle, Google Play Pass, Apple Music, one Travel Pass each month, and 600GB of Verizon Cloud data regularly? To add all that back, you’d be paying $50 a month extra. Granted, you’d get more cloud data and more travel passes, but still, that’s now $130 a month!

Those are just two examples. Generally speaking, if you don’t need perks or only need one perk, you may possibly save a little bit by going for a MyPlan. If you love perks and use them to their full extent, the new plans might prove to be more expensive.

It really feels like Verizon made this change for two reasons. Reason one, the old plans were too complicated with too much overlap. Two, we imagine partnerships for perks get expensive. This new method helps them make up those costs and only offers perks to those who really need them.

Do you have to switch to a Verizon MyPlan, or can you stick with your legacy plan?

The good news is you don’t have to make a switch if you don’t want to. Carriers like Verizon grandfather old plans, though they may eventually force you to make a move down the road or raise the price anyhow, as we’ve seen more and more recently.

For the most part there’s really no major reason to switch unless you don’t want as many perks or are interested in the Ultimate’s travelling benefits.

We just caution you to do your homework before making the jump. Once you switch, you can’t go back.

Are Verizon's new MyPlan options worth the switch for you?

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