Verizon is currently the second biggest U.S. wireless phone carrier, with 153.1 million subscribers rocking Verizon Wireless plans as of April 2019 (AT&T edged out Verizon in the first quarter of the year with 155.7 million subscribers). Of course, Big Red isn’t without competition. Plenty of companies have been working hard to steal away the company’s thunder. While there are some downsides to Verizon — such as typically higher pricing — there’s also a lot of reasons to consider getting yourself one of the Verizon plans, especially with some of the company’s most recent changes.
Until early in 2017, the company had stopped offering unlimited data plans for any of its new customers (a few older subscribers still had unlimited plans via grandfathered agreements), but in February of that year Verizon surprised everyone when it offered a new unlimited plan. That move caused all of the other major carriers to change to their plans to stay competitive. In addition to relaunching unlimited plans, Verizon also decided to revamp its non-unlimited post-paid plans.
Most Verizon plans normally charge a one-time activation fee of $40 for each device you want to add to your account if you purchase the phone in one of its stores (if you buy a Verizon phone online, that fee goes down to $20). However, Verizon occasionally does away with the activation charge on some of its special promotional offers, so you might want to wait until one of them pops up before you sign up.
So let’s jump right in and talk about the best Verizon Wireless plans out there, and help you on your quest to find the right one.
Best Verizon Wireless plans – Pre-paid plans
Verizon offers a number of pre-paid plans for people who already own a phone, or want to purchase a cheap smartphone without a contract. They start at $30 a month (with the $5 Auto-Pay discount) for 500MB of highspeed data (after that, your data speeds drop down to 2G levels). $35 a month gives you 3GB of high-speed data, and $45 a month offers 8GB of high-speed data.
Verizon is currently running a promotion where it doubles highspeed data of each plan, so the 500MB of data plan goes to 1GB, the 3GB of data goes to 6GB, and the 8GB of data goes to 16GB. Finally, $65 a month offers unlimited highspeed data. Those pre-paid plans also apply to tablets and stand-alone mobile hotspots.
All of the pre-paid plans offer unlimited talk and text in the U.S., and unlimited texting worldwide. The $45 and $65 a month plans also add unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada, though the $65 a month plan also offers mobile hotspot support.
If you add one or more lines to your Verizon pre-paid account, you can save an extra $5 a month on each line with the $35 a month plan. You get a $10 a month discount for each extra line on the $45 plan, and a $20 discount on the unlimited plan.
Best Verizon Wireless plans – Post-paid limited data plans
If you have a big family, go unlimited — it’s a way better option than other new Verizon Wireless plans. However, those that just need one or two phone lines and aren’t concerned with getting unlimited data can still find some deals.
All of Verizon Wireless’ post-paid limited data plans include unlimited voice and texting to numbers in the U.S. They also include support for carry-over data, so if you don’t use all of your high-speed data before the end of your monthly billing cycle, it will be added to your next monthly period. If you need more high-speed data before the end of the billing period, you can add 1GB for $15.
All of these plans include what Verizon calls Safety Mode. Basically, if you run out of your high-speed data allotment before the end of your billing period, you can still keep using your phone; it will just access Verizon’s network at a much slower speed.
Pricing starts at $35 a month for 2GB, and goes up to 4GB for $50 a month, 5GB for $40 a month (no, that’s not a typo; it’s a limited time promo offer) and 8GB for $70 a month. Remember, Verizon’s pricing is not all inclusive, and so extra fees and taxes will appear on your bill in addition to any of these advertised prices.
If you want to save a little extra and happen to be an active or retired member of the military, Verizon offers a 15% discount off all of its standard wireless monthly plans.
Best Verizon Wireless plans – Unlimited Plans
Moving on to the Verizon Unlimited plans, the carrier now offering four different choices. The cheapest of the Verizon plans is called Start Unlimited, with one line for $70 a month with AutoPay (if you don’t use AutoPay, Verizon will add an extra $5 a month to the bill). The plan costs $120 a month for two lines, $135 a month for three lines, $140 a month for four lines and $150 a month for five lines. It offers unlimited 4G LTE data with 480p video streaming, unlimited talk and text in the U.S., unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada, and a free six month trial for the Apple Music streaming service. You can also access Verizon’s 5G service with a compatible phone for an extra $10 a month where available.
Verizon’s next two plans, Play More Unlimited and Do More Unlimited, both cost the same, but are designed for different consumers. Both plans start at $80 a month for one line (with AutoPay), $140 a month for two lines, $165 a month for three lines, $180 a month for four lines and $200 a month for five lines.
Play More Unlimited from Verizon is designed for people who like to stream music and video, and play games on their phone. It offers unlimited 4G LTE data, with 25GB of “premium” data a month (if the network is experiencing data congestion, your speeds may be throttled if you exceed your premium monthly limit). It also offers 720p for video streaming, and 15GB of 5G LTE mobile hotspot data. You also get unlimited talk and text in the U.S., unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada, and free full access to Apple Music. You also get free 5G network access for a limited time with 4K streaming on a compatible phone for at least 10 months.
Do More Unlimited is for Verizon users who just want high speeds for their phone for normal or business use. It offers unlimited 4G LTE data, with 50GB of “premium” data a month. It also offers 480p for video streaming, and 15GB of 5G LTE mobile hotspot data. You also get unlimited talk and text in the U.S., unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada, and a six month trial for Apple Music. In addition, you can get 50 percent off the price of a connected tablet or jetpack standalone mobile hotspot, plus 500GB of cloud storage. You also get free 5G network access for a limited time with 4K streaming on a compatible phone, for at least 10 months.
Finally, there’s the Get More Unlimited plan from Verizon. It starts at $90 a month with one line (with AutoPay), $160 a month for two lines, $195 a month for three lines, $220 a month for four lines and $250 a month for five lines. For that price, you can get unlimited 4G LTE data, with 75GB of “premium” data a month, 720p for streaming video, and 30GB of 4G LTE data for mobile hotspot. You also get unlimited talk and text in the U.S., unlimited talk, text and data in Mexico and Canada and free full access to Apple Music, along with 50 percent off the price of a connected tablet or jetpack standalone mobile hotspot, plus 500GB of cloud storage. Finally, there’s free 5G network access for a limited time with 4K streaming on a compatible phone for at least 10 months.
Verizon allows families under one account to mix and match the carrier’s unlimited plans, so children can use the cheaper plans, while their parents use the more expensive ones all under one account
In addition to the four consumer unlimited plans, Verizon has a choice for business customers, which begins at $45 a month per line.
Verizon Just Kids Plan
Verizon recently announced a special plan designed children. It’s called Verizon Just Kids. To get it, you first have to sign up for one of Verizon’s four unlimited plans, and then add a Just Kids plan to the account. The plan offers 5GB of 4G LTE data per month, plus unlimited talk and texts for up to 20 contacts.
The plan also offers free access to Verizon’s Smart Family Premium service, which normally costs $9.99 a month by itself. It includes an app that lets parents put in additional limits on data, calls, and texts that are above what the Just Kids plans have in place. It can also locate the phone with the Just Kids plan, and can block access on that phone to apps and websites parents believe have objectionable content.
The Just Kids plan costs just $50 a month (with AutoPay) if you have two lines on the account, $80 a month for three lines (with two on Just Kids), $105 a month for four lines (with three on Just Kids). Five lines (with four on Just Kids) is actually cheaper; it costs just $100 a month.
Verizon international plans
Verizon offers current unlimited customers daily Travel Passes for when they go out of the country. For $5 a day in Mexico and Canada, and $10 a day in over 185 other countries, customers can use their current talk, text, and 4G data plans. As we mentioned before, AboveUnlimited subscribers get five of these daily Travel Passes per month as part of their plan.
Verizon also offers a monthly international plan for non-unlimited customers in over 185 countries who only use their phone occasionally. For $70 a month per line, they get 100 minutes of talk, 100 sent texts with an unlimited amount of receiving text, and 500MB of data, all with overage charges. For $130 a month, they get 250 minutes of talk, 1,000 sent texts with an unlimited amount of receiving text, and 2GB of data, again with overages.
Verizon also offers Pay As You Go plans for international travel, with various rates, along with cruise ship pricing on more than 400 cruise ships, but those are highly expensive; cruise ship talk prices are set at $2.99 per minute.
Verizon 5G plans
Verizon has started rolling out its 5G mobile service, with plans to offer it in 30 U.S cities by the end of 2019. At the moment, if you sign up for the Play More, Do More, or Get More Unlimited plans, you get 5G access for free — provided you get a compatible phone. This offer is just supposed to last for 10 months, and then Verizon will start charging you $10 a month extra for the 5G service.
The Start Unlimited plan has no such free 5G offer; if you want it with that plan, you have to spend the extra $10 a month.
Which of the Verizon plans is best for you?
As we mentioned before, the Verizon plans for post-paid limited data are only good if you have one or two phones on your account. If you are a heavy streamer on the road, or more importantly if you want to share your Verizon data with family or friends by adding their phones, your best bet is to sign up for one of Verizon’s unlimited plans. On the bright side, the more phones you add to your Unlimited plan, the less each new one will cost. However, if you have people on your plan who really use a lot of data with their phone, or if they live near a Verizon tower that has a lot of customers, they could get hit with throttled speeds, depending on which plan they pick.
Verizon Wireless, like all phone carriers in the U.S., will likely make changes and additions to its post-paid Verizon plans in the future. When that happens, this article will be updated with all of the new details.
What do you think of the Verizon Wireless plans mentioned in this guide? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.