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Verizon prepaid phone plans review

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No long-term contract on an award-winning network — but you'll lose your data if you don't use it.

Verizon boasts more Internet coverage and fewer dropped calls than any other service provider. If you’re in the market for solid cell service with no long-term commitment, Verizon’s prepaid plans might be for you. But it could cost you a pretty penny.

Find out what prepaid options Verizon offers, its benefits and drawbacks and what discounts you may qualify for.

Details

DataStarting at 5 GB
MinutesUnlimited
TextsUnlimited
Can I bring my own phone?Yes
Cell phone plans starting at:$40

How much do Verizon prepaid phone plans cost?

Compare Verizon’s prepaid unlimited talk and text phone plans:

PlanCost
Verizon Unlimited$65/month
Verizon 15GB$50/month
Verizon 5GB$40/month

Verizon prepaid phone plan features

  • Wi-Fi calling
  • Mobile hotspot
  • Bring your own device
  • Keep your phone number
  • International service add-on
  • Rollover data
  • Autopay discount of $5 off monthly bill

Are there other discounts available?

Save more on your phone plan with these discounts:

  • Save $50 when you purchase any phone with code HOLIDAY50.
  • Get a $60 credit and a free SIM card when you switch to Verizon.
  • Save $5 every month with AutoPay.
  • Save $5 every month after three months or $10 every month after nine months of continuous service with Verizon’s loyalty discount.
  • Save up to $20 every month when you add a tablet or Jetpack plan to your account.

Is there a data cap or speed throttling?

Yes, your data speeds may be slower during high-use times.

What carrier network does Verizon use?

Verizon has its own carrier network and cell towers. It has the fastest download speed for small tasks like loading app content, the fastest upload speeds and the lowest number of dropped calls, according to Global Wireless Solutions’ 2020 US Nationwide Test of Mobile Networks.

Pros and cons of Verizon prepaid phone plans

Here’s the good and the bad when it comes to Verizon prepaid.

Pros

  • Award-winning network. Verizon is the most-awarded wireless company for network quality 25 times in a row by J.D. Power and ranked highest for overall network performance by RootMetrics.
  • Broadest 4G LTE coverage. Verizon covers about 70% of the United States, which is more than any of its competitors.
  • Fastest 5G coverage. Verizon currently holds the title as the fastest 5G speeds in the world — that’s almost 10 times faster than AT&T and T-Mobile’s 5G speeds. But its access is still limited.
  • No commitment. Its prepaid services don’t require a credit check, long-term contract or deposit.
  • No activation fee. Verizon prepaid accounts save $35 with no activation fee.

Cons

  • No rollover data. While some older prepaid plans may still allow you to keep your unused data, Verizon’s Carryover Data is only included for its shared data plans — not prepaid.
  • Fair customer service. Verizon doesn’t excel in its customer service department. It ranked 74 out of 100 on the American Customer Satisfaction Index — higher than Sprint, but lower than T-Mobile.
  • Pricey. Verizon has some of the most expensive phone plans on the market.
  • Limited mobile hotspot. Its lowest prepaid plan doesn’t allow hotspotting, and its most expensive prepaid option charges an extra $5 per month. Only its middle two tiers let you share your data with other devices.

Compare Verizon with other prepaid plans

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Plans start at: Data Autopay discount Keep your phone numbers Rollover data Mobile hotspot
Verizon
$40/per month
5GB, 15GB, Unlimited
Yes, $5/month off monthly bill
Yes
Yes
Yes
AT&T
$35/per month
2GB, 8GB, Unlimited, Unlimited plus
Yes, $10/month off monthly bill
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cricket
$30/per month
2GB, 10GB, Unlimited, Unlimited + 15 GB mobile hotspot
Yes, $5/month off monthly bill
Yes
No
Yes
Mint
$15/per month
3GB, 8GB, 12GB, Unlimited
No
Yes
No
Yes
Boost
$10/per month
1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, 15GB, 35GB
No
Yes
No
Yes
T-Mobile
$15/per month
2GB, 5GB, 10GB, Unlimited, Unlimited plus
Yes, $5/month off monthly bill
Yes
No
Yes
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How do I sign up for a Verizon prepaid plan?

Here’s how to enroll in Verizon prepaid:

  1. Navigate to the Verizon homepage.
  2. Hover over Shop in the menu bar.
  3. Under the Plans, select Prepaid.
  4. Click or tap Get Started.
  5. Select Shop for phones to start from scratch or Bring your phone to switch to Verizon.
  6. Follow the prompts to set up your phone number.
  7. Choose a plan by entering the amount of data you need and what additional features you would like.
  8. Add a payment method, including credit, debit, or refill card.

Is a Verizon prepaid phone plan worth it?

Yes. If you want the network with the most 4G LTE coverage, the fastest 5G speeds and you’re sick of dropped calls, a Verizon prepaid phone plan might be right for you. But you should be ready to spend a bit more for its service.

If you don’t need lightning speeds or expanded coverage across the US, you might want to consider a few other more competitively priced prepaid options.

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