Coverage and Quality
This is where Verizon Wireless truly differentiates itself from the competition. All but the most remote areas are covered with full 4G LTE data speeds. And while it’s true that some carriers might perform better than Verizon in any given area, no competing carrier offers more reliable or complete overall coverage. You will have coverage in any major US city, suburb, and even most rural areas.
Verizon Wireless family plans include unlimited data, unlimited talk and text, HD video streaming, mobile hotspot access, and service within Mexico and Canada. The cost of the plan for two lines is $70 per line. If you want three lines, the cost is $54 per line. A fourth line, as well as every line after that, costs an additional $20. The maximum number of lines you can have on a Verizon family plan is ten.
Verizon Wireless customers that exceed their monthly data limit will incur an overage charge of $15/GB. This fee is rounded up, meaning that if you only go over 1MB over your amount, you will still be charged the full $15 fee.
There are no fees for calling while in roaming within the United States. However, if you try to use your phone while abroad, international data roaming fees are $2.05/MB. Calls cost $0.99/min within Canada and Mexico, and $1.79 – $2.99 per minute in other countries.
When it comes to high-end smartphones, Verizon has every make and model you can dream of. A top of the line iPhone 7 Plus will set you back $32.08/mo, while a Samsung Galaxy S7 goes for $24/mo.
If you are looking for a quality phone that isn’t from the big two brand names, you can get the LG G6 for $28/mo, the Google Pixel for $27.08/mo, and the Motorola Moto Z Force Droid for $30/mo.
But for a carrier known for catering to a higher-end customer base, we were pleasantly surprised to see some lower cost options available as well. If you are looking for an iPhone at a more affordable price, you can get the iPhone SE for $16.66/mo.
And if you really want to spend as little as possible on your device, the cheapest smartphone available is a LG K4 LTE for just $5/mo, followed closely by the HTC Desire 530 at just $6/mo.
Available Plans (including price)
It needs to be stated upfront that if you are looking for the cheapest cell phone plans, you are going to want to go elsewhere. That being said, there are still a whole host of options available that can cater to the needs of a wide range of customers.
The premiere option is the “Verizon Plan” which includes unlimited data, talk, and text, plus HD video streaming and mobile hotspot usage and starts at $80/mo for a single line.
Prepaid cell phone plan deals start at $40 for unlimited talk and text within the US and 2GB high speed data. Depending on your data needs, you can up that to 5GB for $50, or 10GB for $70.
Verizon offers customers troubleshooting options on its website for nearly every type of problem imaginable. From billing questions to device troubleshooting to changing your plan, you can get answers to a ton of questions without ever dealing with a support agent.
However, if you do need to talk to someone, there are community support forums, social media accounts, live chat, and phone options available.
The bottom line here is that while you won’t find the best cell phone plans here from a price perspective, you get a lot for the extra money you will spend. Verizon provides more complete coverage from coast to coast than any competitor, features a full range of device options, and has extensive customer service options.