Best Verizon MVNOs: Cheap Cell Phone Providers That Use Verizon’s Network

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Verizon’s unlimited data plans cost between $70 and $90 per month (before taxes) for a single line of service, but there are ways to keep the network that you love for a lower price. 

A number of smaller carriers called mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) partner with Verizon to use its towers. 

Over the past few years, our team has tested several low-cost Verizon alternatives. In this article, I’ll take a closer look at the best and cheapest ones.

Best Overall Verizon MVNO
Visible
Network
Verizon
Price
$40/month (taxes & fees included)
Highlights
  • Unlimited talk, text and data with max 8Mbps speeds
  • One of the cheapest prices for four lines ($25/line monthly)
  • Use a referral code to get your first month for $5, and join a Visible Party to get each additional month for $25.
Best Unlimited Family Phone Plan
Total Wireless
Network
Verizon
Price
$95/month for 4 lines (plus taxes & fees; autopay required to get this rate)
Highlights
  • 100GB of shared high-speed data, then unlimited 2G data
  • 10GB of mobile hotspot per line
  • Save 5% by enrolling in auto-pay ($100 regular price).
Best Limited-Time Cheap Deal
Twigby
Network
Verizon
Price
$10/month for the first 6 months, then $20/month (plus taxes & fees)
Highlights
  • Unlimited talk, text and 3GB of high-speed data
  • You can often get discounted rates for the first six months.

Switch to a Verizon MVNO and Cut Your Wireless Bill in Half! 

Verizon is one of the best cell phone networks when it comes to coverage. If you know that Verizon offers good service in your area, you can still access the same towers without having to pay full price for a Verizon phone plan. 

For a single line, Verizon’s unlimited phone plans begin at $70 monthly. However, some MVNOs that run on Verizon’s towers offer plans beginning as low as $10 monthly. For this price, you can usually find a limited-time deal with Twigby or Red Pocket. If you’re shopping for multiple lines, be sure to check out Visible and Total Wireless.

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Below, you’ll find more information on these MVNOs including links to their coverage maps and our picks for the best phone plan from each.


Visible

Best Overall Verizon MVNO

Visible: a similar company to Verizon

Visible is unlike the other cell phone providers on our list because it’s actually owned by Verizon, so it’s not technically an MVNO. Since its launch in 2018, Visible has offered a $40/month plan with unlimited talk, text and data. With Party Pay, a group of four can pay $25/month per line.

As the service has grown, so have the phone options. You can either buy a new phone or bring your own compatible Apple or Android device. Users can expect download speeds of 5-12 Mbps, while video streams at 480p resolution. Mobile hotspot is included, though speeds are capped at 5 Mbps. Visible says it’s able to keep costs down because it has no stores, so you have to be comfortable dealing with an online-only company.

If you’re thinking about switching to Visible, make sure you’ll have coverage in your area by checking out its coverage map online. Be sure to also read our full review of Visible here.

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Total Wireless

Best Unlimited Family Phone Plan

Total Wireless

For a few years now, TracFone-owned Total Wireless has been helping former Verizon customers save money on cell phone service. This carrier has several affordable plans including a $45/month unlimited data plan (with an autopay discount) for one line. This plan comes with 25GB of high-speed data, followed by unlimited data at 2G speeds.

Additional plans are available for as low as $23.70 for 1GB of data on a single line. If you’re looking for a family plan, you’ll find great deals with Total Wireless. For $95 total monthly, you can get four lines with 100GB of shared data.

If you’re thinking about switching to Total Wireless, make sure you’ll have coverage in your area by checking out its coverage map online. Be sure to also read our full review of Total Wireless here.


Twigby

Best Limited-Time Cheap Deal

Twigby: A Verizon MVNO

Twigby is an affordable prepaid cell phone service provider with plans beginning as low as $20 per month for 3GB of high-speed data. However, you can often find deals for 25%-50% off for the first six months. I recently tested out Twigby for 30 days and found that the service was just as reliable as a phone plan directly from a major network.

If you’re thinking about taking advantage of a Twigby deal, you should check the coverage map to make sure you’ll have service in your area. Also, be sure to test your phone’s compatibility to see if you can bring it with you. 

To learn more about Twigby before you decide to switch, read my full review here.


Xfinity Mobile

Xfinity Mobile is the cell phone service from Comcast that relies on Verizon’s network and Xfinity’s network of Wi-Fi hotspots. This service is available only to customers with Xfinity internet accounts.

There are two data options: Unlimited or By the Gig. Unlimited plan options include 20GB of high-speed data before reduced speeds and start at $45/month for one line. Multiline discounts are available. By the Gig options begin with 1GB of data for $15/month.

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You may be able to bring your own phone to Xfinity Mobile to save even more. Occasionally, the company will offer a deal for bringing your own device, such as a prepaid gift card. 

You can learn more about Xfinity Mobile by checking out our full review. If you’re thinking about making the switch, be sure to also check out the coverage in your area first.


Spectrum Mobile

Spectrum Mobile

Similar to Xfinity, Spectrum offers its own cell phone service with Spectrum Mobile. It’s currently available only to Spectrum Internet customers, and you can choose an unlimited data plan or pay per GB.

By the Gig plans begin at $14/GB per month. Unlimited begin at $45 per month for one line, but two or more lines will drop the price to $29.99 each monthly. These plans include 20GB of high-speed data before speeds are reduced to 1Mbps. For $10 more per line, you can get Unlimited Plus which includes a high-speed data cap of 30GB.

If you’re thinking about switching to Spectrum Mobile, you can check out our full review here. Also, make sure you’ll have coverage in your area and see if you can bring your own device to save money.


Lively

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Lively: a Verizon MVNO

Lively is a cell phone service provider that’s marketed specifically toward seniors. The company sells cell phones made for seniors and even offers a health and safety package that provides access to emergency assistance, medical advice, locksmiths and more via the Lively app.

Lively also offers a variety of phone plans beginning at $17.48 per month with data. For this price, you’ll get 300 minutes and 100MB of data. For $24.99 monthly, you can get unlimited talk and text along with 500MB of data. Lively runs on Verizon’s network.

Unfortunately, Lively does not allow you to bring your own phone. Instead, you’ll have to purchase a compatible Lively or Jitterbug phone. They range in price from $49.99-$149.99, though you may be able to grab one on sale for up to 50% off.

For more information on Lively’s phone plans and devices, visit the company’s website online. There, you can check out Lively’s coverage map to make sure you’ll have service in your area.

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Straight Talk

Straight Talk Wireless: A Verizon MVNO

Straight Talk is also owned by TracFone, but it’s not the same as Total Wireless. Straight Talk partners with all of the major networks, not just Verizon. The prepaid carrier sells phones at Walmart and through its website. But if you want to bring your own device to Straight Talk, you can check its compatibility online before switching.

Straight Talk offers unlimited plans beginning at $35 per month for one line. With this plan, you’ll get 10GB of high-speed data before reduced speeds. You can also get 90 days of unlimited service with 25GB of high-speed data for $130, or 180 days for $225. 

To see if you’ll have coverage in your area with Straight Talk, check out its coverage map online. Also, be sure to read our full review before making the decision to switch.


Red Pocket

Redpocket: a similar company to Verizon

Red Pocket Mobile lets you keep your existing phone and choose from any of the major networks including Verizon. Its monthly plans start at $10, but after the first month, that price rises to $20/month for unlimited talk, text and 3GB of high-speed data.

Be sure to check out the current deals and promotions available on Red Pocket’s website. Also, be sure to view its coverage map to make sure you’ll have service in your area. 

If you’re thinking about switching to Red Pocket, check your phone’s compatibility online to make sure it will work. Also, be sure to check out our full review before making the decision to switch.


Final Thoughts

Verizon is a great network that offers excellent coverage. And fortunately, you don’t have to pay for a plan directly from Verizon to access its towers.

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, I recommend checking out Visible. If you’re shopping for four lines, Total Wireless is another great Verizon MVNO to consider. For the cheapest possible prices, look for deals from Twigby or Red Pocket. If you have internet service from Xfinity or Spectrum, their mobile plans are also worth checking out. 

If you still aren’t sure about switching to an MVNO but know you want to stay with Verizon, consider Verizon Prepaid. These plans have fewer perks than Verizon’s postpaid service, but with options beginning as low as $25 per month for 5GB, the savings may be worth it to you.

For more options, be sure to read our guide on the best cell phone plans and deals available now. Once you’ve decided on a new phone plan and you’re ready to make the switch, check out this guide that we put together to take you step-by-step through the process.

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