Verizon Wireless remains in the number one spot for mobile phone subscribers in the US. However, the company has put most of its marketing push towards promoting its post-paid unlimited plan. You would be forgiven if you didn’t know that Verizon also offers prepaid plans as well.

In addition to Verizon prepaid plans that offer limited high-speed data, you can also buy one with unlimited data. In this article we will take a look at various Verizon prepaid plans, and let you know which one might be best for your needs, as well as your budget.

Verizon prepaid plans – limited data

If you need some amount of high-speed data, you can start with Verizon’s newly announced $30 a month plan, which offers 500 MB of high speed data, with the data speed throttled down to 128 kbps if you use up that data before the end of the billing month. It also includes unlimited talk and texting in the US, along with unlimited texts to over 200 countries. It also supports mobile hotspot data, and carryover data, which allows customers to take any unused high-speed data over to the next month.

If you pay Verizon’s $40 a month prepaid plan, you can boost that high-speed data to 3 GB per month. If you get the prepaid plan that’s $50 a month, you can get a high-speed data increase to 7 GB along with all of the features in the $30 and $40 a month tiers. Paying $60 a month boosts the high-speed data cap to 10 GB. It also has all of the features of the $40 and $50 month plans, plus it supports unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada. All of the Verizon prepaid plans with data also limit video streaming to 480p resolution.

Verizon Wireless unlimited prepaid plan

If you want the comfort of using a prepaid plan with unlimited data, Verizon offers such a plan for $75 a month.  Verizon does say that it could “prioritize your data behind other customers during times/places of network congestion” so keep that in mind if you plan to use a lot of data on this plan. It includes unlimited talk and texting in the US, along with unlimited texts to over 200 countries and  unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada, along with limited video streaming to 480p resolution. It also recently added 3G mobile hotspot data up to 600 kbps.

Verizon Wireless family prepaid plans

Verizon recently revamped its prepaid plans for families, which offer discounts for the second, third, fourth and fifth lines. The 3 GB plan is $40 for the first line, and each line after that gets a $10 discount. The 7 GB plan begins at $50 for the first line, with a $15 discount for each additional line. The 10 GB and unlimited prepaid plans are $60 and $80 a month, respectively, for the first line, and both get a $20 discount for each additional line. This allows people who prefer prepaid plans to sign up their family members under one account, instead of creating separate prepaid accounts for each member.

Travel Pass support in Mexico and Canada for $5 per day

All of the Verizon prepaid plans can now support the carrier’s Travel Pass for US customers who travel to Mexico and Canada. They will be able to use their talk, text and data prepaid plans while in both countries for the additional price of $5 per day, and customers will only be charged during the days they use it.

Verizon Wireless tablet and hotspot prepaid data plans

For people who own an LTE-based tablet, or a stand alone mobile hotspot device, Big Red also offers Verizon prepaid plans for those products, giving only data access. They begin at $15 for 500 MB, which is good for seven days. For $20, you can get 1 GB of data for up to 30 days. Spending $35 will allow you to get 2 GB of data for tablets and hotspots which will last for 60 days. Finally, Verizon charges $60 for 5 GB of tablet and hotspot prepaid data, and it also lasts up to 60 days.

These kinds of plans are perfect for people who want to go on the road with their tablet or mobile hotspot, but don’t want to sign a contract to use Verizon’s network.

Verizon SIM card for prepaid unlocked phones

If you have purchased an unlocked smartphone from a third-party retailer such as Amazon that can use Verizon’s LTE network, you can buy the carrier’s 4G SIM Activation Kit for $24.99. You get a Verizon SIM card that can be put inside your unlocked phone. The SIM Activation kit includes one month of pre-paid service, with 3 GB of high-speed data. Of course, you also have the option to switch to one of the carrier’s other prepaid plans, including the unlimited plan, once you have the SIM card in place.

Conclusion

While Big Red doesn’t choose to promote its Verizon prepaid plans very much, it does offer some competitive plans compared to its rivals. The main issue with its prepaid plans, for people who already own an unlocked phone, is that not many of them work on the CDMA-based network that Verizon uses. Users with those phones should make sure they will support Verizon’s network.