How to cut your Verizon Wireless bill in half

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If you’re a Verizon customer, there’s an easy way to lower your cell phone bill without sacrificing coverage and reliability.

Tracfone’s Total Wireless is a mobile virtual network operator (MNVO) that partners with Verizon and uses its cell phone towers. The only difference? The discount carrier is a whole lot cheaper than Verizon.

Some of money expert Clark Howard’s fans have cut their cell phone bills in half by switching to Total Wireless.

RELATED: Total Wireless review: Is this Verizon alternative worth the savings?

Total Wireless vs. Verizon Wireless comparison

How’s that possible? Verizon’s latest unlimited plans cost $75 to $95 a month for a single line of service before taxes and fees. Although Total Wireless doesn’t offer an unlimited plan, its single line option is only $35 for 5 GB of data.

With Wi-Fi available in so many places, many people have no problem staying below 5 GB of data for an entire month.

When you look at Verizon’s non-unlimited plans, the provider offers 5 GB of data for $55 a month before taxes and fees. Total Wireless’ 5 GB plan saves you $20 a month for the same 4G LTE network, same coverage and same towers.

Total Wireless vs. Verizon Wireless plan comparison

Total Wireless Verizon Wireless
Plan Single line 5 GB 5 GB for $55
Monthly price 

$35 or $33.20 with auto-refill

Taxes and fees extra

$55 ($40 promo for 5 GB data + $20 monthly line access fee – $5 Auto Pay discount = $55)

Taxes and fees extra

Network Verizon (Coverage map) Verizon (Coverage map)
Unlimited talk & text Yes Yes
Wi-Fi calling Yes (Read more) Yes (Read more)
High-speed data  5 GB 5 GB
Carryover data No Yes
Prepaid or postpaid Prepaid Postpaid
Bring your own phone Yes (Check compatibility) Yes (Check compatibility)
Customer service via phone 866-663-3633 800-922-0204

If 5 GB of data won’t last you for 30 days, Total Wireless sells 5 GB of add-on data for $10. It doesn’t expire if your service is active, so it can be rolled over from month-to-month.

The low-cost carrier also has family plans with unlimited talk, text and shared high-speed data:

Total Wireless shared family plans

2 lines 15 GB shared data $60 or $57 with auto-refill
3 lines 20 GB shared data $85 or $80.70 with auto-refill
4 lines 25 GB shared data $100 or $95 with auto-refill
Taxes and fees are extra

3 other Verizon alternatives that run on its network

Don’t think Total Wireless is a good fit because it doesn’t offer an unlimited plan? There are other Verizon alternatives that do. These budget carriers also use Verizon’s cell phone towers:

If you’ve left Verizon for Total Wireless or one of the other wireless providers that we’ve mentioned, tell us about your experience! Share your Total Wireless review in the comments below.

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