5 Things To Know Before You Sign Up for Verizon Prepaid

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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 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!

Is switching to Verizon Prepaid worth the savings? In this article, we’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.

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  1. Network Coverage
  2. Plans and Pricing
  3. Additional Features
  4. Phone Selection
  5. Customer Service

1. Network Coverage 

Verizon prepaid and postpaid customers get access to the company’s 5G network. RootMetrics has consistently rated Verizon #1 for overall network performance in the United States.

To check coverage where you live, follow this link. Scroll down to the bottom of the map; then click on “Expand interactive map.”

Verizon 5G 4G LTE Mobile Coverage Map of the U.S.
Verizon Prepaid offers 5G Nationwide coverage.

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 coverage in those regions.

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. Its prepaid plans reward customer loyalty.

Here’s how the 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.

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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:

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.

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 50 phones were available for sale when we checked the prepaid section of Verizon’s website in April 2021. The cheapest device was a ZTE Blade Vantage 2 for $60, but there was also a $1,000 Apple iPhone 12 Pro.

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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.

Final Thought 

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 made the switch to low-cost carriers long ago, take a look at some other options.

Visible, Total Wireless, Xfinity Mobile and Straight Talk all have access to Verizon’s network and offer cell phone service plans at an affordable monthly price.

Explore your options in Team Clark’s guide to the best cell phone plans and deals!

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