If you’re happy with the service you get from Verizon Wireless but want a lower price, Verizon Prepaid may be the solution.
Verizon Prepaid’s updated smartphone data plans reward customers who are loyal to the service. The longer you stay, the more money you can save.
What Is Verizon Prepaid? Here’s What You Need to Know!
But is switching to Verizon Prepaid worth the savings? In this article, I’ll review the network coverage, plans and pricing, phone options and more.
Read on to learn what you need to know before you sign up for Verizon Prepaid!
1. Network Coverage
Verizon prepaid and postpaid customers get access to the company’s 4G LTE network. RootMetrics has consistently rated Verizon #1 for overall network performance in the United States.
To check coverage where you live, follow this link and click “Expand interactive map.”
From there, you can search Verizon’s coverage map for the places where you live and travel. Enter ZIP codes or city names to verify 4G LTE coverage in those regions.
I also recommend that you turn on the “Prepay Voice” filter to verify phone coverage in your area.
2. Plans and Pricing
Verizon Prepaid offers smartphone data plans with unlimited talk and text in the United States. No long-term contracts, activation fees or credit checks are required.
In June 2020, Verizon launched new prepaid plans that reward customer loyalty.
Here’s how the new discount works: Customers receive $5 off per month after three months of service and $10 off per month after nine months of service.
If you sign up for auto pay, you can save another $5 a month on top of the loyalty savings.
Those savings may come in handy because Verizon Prepaid’s starting prices aren’t exactly cheap. Let’s use the unlimited data plan as an example.
|Verizon Prepaid Unlimited Plan|
|Price before discounts||$65/month, plus taxes and fees|
|With auto pay discount||$60/month, plus taxes and fees|
|With auto pay discount and 3-month loyalty discount||$55/month, plus taxes and fees|
|With auto pay discount and 9-month loyalty discount||$50/month, plus taxes and fees|
After the discounts, Verizon Prepaid’s unlimited plan drops to $50 a month plus taxes and fees.
That’s less expensive than Verizon’s standard unlimited plans, but there are more affordable options. Verizon-owned Visible offers an unlimited plan for $40 a month — taxes and fees included.
Verizon Prepaid also has fixed data plans, including 5GB for $40 a month before any discounts.
3. Additional Features
Verizon Prepaid’s plans cover the basics, but that’s about it.
For example, you get talk, text and data in Mexico and Canada included with the unlimited plan, but that will cost you extra if you purchase a plan that has a data cap.
Meanwhile, mobile hotspot usage is $5 extra with an unlimited plan but included in fixed data plans.
For those who want to stream video in HD, this isn’t the service for you. Verizon Prepaid says video streams at DVD-quality, up to 480p.
As with other prepaid plans, data may be slowed during times of network congestion.
4. Phone Selection
Prepaid wireless providers, including Verizon Prepaid, have made strides when it comes to phone selection.
More than 40 phones were available for sale when I last checked the prepaid section of Verizon’s website. The cheapest device was an Alcatel Avalon for $60, but I also saw a $900 Apple iPhone.
If you already have a phone that you like, you can bring a compatible device to the network. Check compatibility here.
5. Customer Service
You can sign up for a Verizon Prepaid plan online or by visiting a Verizon retail location, according to the company’s website.
Once you’re a customer, use the My Verizon app or website to manage your account. This is where you can check your data usage, change plans and shop for a new device.
Customer support is available by calling (888) 294-6804 or using the live chat feature on Verizon’s website.
Verizon Prepaid is a solid option for Verizon postpaid customers who are satisfied with the network coverage but not their monthly cell phone bill.
But if you’re like me and made the switch to low-cost carriers long ago, take a look at some other options.
Explore your options in Team Clark’s guide to the best cell phone plans and deals!