Verizon Cell Phone Plans

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Verizon is nearly synonymous with cell phone service. The carrier, which has been in the wireless game since 1995, has more than 100 million customers. And its wireless network spans nearly the entire United States, which means it has service in places other carriers don’t. That access can come at a premium, though.


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At A Glance

  • Plans start at $55 for 2GB of data
  • Notables: Top-rated network; unlimited HD video streaming and mobile hot spot included on unlimited plan
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Verizon cell phone plans

Verizon’s current plans have monthly data allowances ranging from Small (2GB) to Unlimited. (The unlimited plan allows up to 22GB of high-speed data usage before potentially reducing your speed if the network is congested.) All of them include unlimited minutes and text messages. Prices listed below are for one line and include a charge for the data package plus a $20 “line access” charge.

  • Small (2GB): $55
  • Medium (4GB): $70
  • Single line plan (5GB): $60
  • Large (8GB): $90
  • Unlimited: $85

With the unlimited plan and the 5GB single line plan, you can sign up for auto-pay and paperless billing to knock $5 off the monthly price. That makes the unlimited plan $80, and the single line plan $55. One catch though: You can’t use a credit card for auto-pay.

verizon family plans

You can make any size Verizon plan a family plan, except for the 5GB single line plan. Additional lines cost $20 each, on top of the base plan price, and up to 10 lines can share one plan. The base price for the unlimited plan is $110 if you have multiple lines, and you can get a $10 discount on the total monthly price when you sign up for auto-pay and paperless billing.

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Verizon prepaid plans

Verizon offers several prepaid plans, all of which are billed monthly, similar to traditional plans. The main difference is that prepaid plans don’t require credit checks. You can learn more about Verizon’s prepaid cell phone plans here.

Verizon unlimited plan: How it compares on price

The pricing below doesn’t include taxes, fees or autopay discounts.

Monthly price comparison1 line2 lines3 lines4 lines
*Restricted LTE data download speeds.
T-Mobile$75$130$155$180
Sprint$65$110$145$180
AT&T*$65$125$145$165
Verizon$85$150$170$190
U.S. Cellular$70$125$170$210
Boost$50$80$110$140
MetroPCS$50$80$120$160
Cricket*$60$110$150$180
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Kelsey Sheehy is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: ksheehy@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @KelseyLSheehy.

Updated June 2, 2017.