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 high-definition video streaming and mobile hot spot included on unlimited plan
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Verizon cell phone plans

Verizon’s current plans, which have monthly data allowances, range from Small (2 gigabytes) to Large (8GB); plus there are two unlimited-data options. All plans 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

An autopay discount of $5 per month is available on the single line plan. But there’s a catch: You can’t use a credit card for autopay.

VERIZON Unlimited PLANS

Verizon’s no longer offers its “unlimited everything” plan. Instead, the carrier has two unlimited plans, which come with some restrictions.

  • Go Unlimited: $80
  • Beyond Unlimited: $90

You can save $5 per month on either plan if you opt for automatic payments. As with the 5GB plan, you have to use a debit card or checking account to get the autopay discount.

Go Unlimited restricts video streaming to standard definition, or at a 480 pixel display, and throttles mobile hot spot speeds to 600 kilobits per second, which is frustratingly slow.

Beyond Unlimited includes 15GB of high-speed mobile hot spot usage per month; if you exceed that allowance, hot spot speeds drop to 600Kbps. Video streaming is in HD, but at 780p rather than the full 1080p. You likely won’t notice the difference on your smartphone, though.

Both plans cap high-speed data usage at 22GB per month. If you go over the limit, your speeds could be reduced to ease network congestion. This is standard among unlimited plans.

verizon family plans

You can turn any Verizon plan into a family plan, except for the 5GB single line plan. Additional lines for regular plans cost $20 each on top of the base plan price. Up to 10 lines can share one plan.

Verizon’s unlimited plans are priced differently. The monthly prices listed below don’t include an optional autopay discount of $5 per month, per line.

Go Unlimited

  • Two lines: $140 ($70 per line)
  • Three lines: $165 ($55 per line)
  • Four lines: $180 ($45 per line)
  • Additional lines, up to 10 total, are $45 per line

Beyond Unlimited

  • Two lines: $170 ($85 per line)
  • Three lines: $195 ($65 per line)
  • Four lines: $220 ($55 per line)
  • Additional lines, up to 10 total, are $55 per line

» MORE: Verizon family cell phone plans

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 a credit check. You can learn more about Verizon’s prepaid cell phone plans here.

Verizon unlimited plan: How it compares on price

Prices listed are for the least expensive plan when more than one unlimited plan is available. The pricing 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$80$140$165$180
U.S. Cellular$70$125$170$210
Boost$50$80$110$140
MetroPCS$50$80$90$100
Cricket*$55$100$135$170
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Updated Nov. 2, 2017.

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