If you or your family members use a lot of data every month, a Verizon unlimited plan is probably the way to go. You can mix and match from Verizon’s four unlimited plans, all of which include an Apple Music subscription. The Start Unlimited Plan is the least expensive, but it lacks many of the features included with other Verizon unlimited plans. It doesn’t include mobile hotspot, 5G phone access, or a premium 4G LTE data allotment.
The Just Kids Plan makes it simple to add your child to your Verizon plan. It includes 5 GB of 4G LTE data, 480p video streaming, and a variety of parental controls. You’ll need at least one qualifying Verizon unlimited plan in order to sign up for the Just Kids Plan.
However, unlimited data plans aren’t for everyone. You may not need premium data, 5G access, or 500 GB of cloud storage. A Verizon Prepaid Plan would probably be a better deal for you or your family.
Verizon offers four different prepaid with four different monthly data allotments: 5 GB, 15 GB, and Unlimited GB. The Unlimited Prepaid Plan isn’t a great deal. It costs about as much as Verizon’s premium unlimited plans, but doesn’t include mobile hotspot of HD video streaming.
The 5 GB and 15 GB Verizon prepaid phone plans do include mobile hotspot and rollover data. These plans don’t have overage charges either. If you exceed your high-speed data allotment, your data speeds are reduced to 2G. You can still use cellular data, it just won’t be as fast.
Dollar for dollar, we think the 5 GB Prepaid Plan is the best deal on a Verizon cell phone plan. You'll receive a $5 discount per month after you've been a Verizon customer for three months, and you'll receive another $5 discount after nine months
Verizon also offers a handful of connected device plans for people who don’t want or need a flashy new smartphone. Additionally, you can get a connected device plan for your tablet, smartwatch, and personal hotspot.
You can get a monthly discount on Verizon Unlimited and Prepaid Plans by enrolling for the autopay discount. Your card on record will automatically be charged every billing period. You’ll save money and never have to remember to renew your Verizon cell phone plan!
It costs $40 to activate a phone in a Verizon Wireless Store and $20 to activate a phone purchase online.
Verizon announced its nationwide 5G network alongside the iPhone 12 at the Apple Event in October 2020. While a nationwide 5G network may sound impressive, keep in mind that this is low-band 5G, which isn't much faster than 4G LTE. The network isn't really nationwide either — there are lots of large gaps across the country.
Verizon is lagging behind T-Mobile in terms of mid-band 5G coverage. Mid-band may be the most useful band for average consumers, as its faster than low-band 5G and has better range than high-band 5G.
We're not too excited about 5G — yet. Verizon, like the other major carriers, are making big investments in 5G infrastructure, which should yield some big results in 2021.
Fun Facts About Verizon
- Verizon’s current spokesperson is Thomas Middleditch, the dorky star of Silicon Valley.
- Verizon got its name by combining the Latin word “veritas” (truth) and the word “horizon."
- The first Android phone available on Verizon’s network was The Droid by Motorola.
- The iPhone 4 was the first iPhone made available on Verizon’s network.
- Don’t you love that you can keep your phone number, even when switching carriers? Verizon is partially to thank! They were one of the industry leaders on Local Number Portability.