The best Verizon Wireless plans in April 2017

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Verizon Wireless plans have undergoing a major shake-up this year, with the February 13 announcement that it's bringing back its Unlimited Plan. This is on top of adding more data to almost every other tier, which is all good news if you're a heavy phone user. It could also mean you're being charged more money if you're a lightweight on data. After thoroughly analyzing and comparing the new Verizon plans, we've listed a thorough breakdown of the best options. We took everything into account during our research, from the value of each plan, to the amount of data parceled out each month in order to help you get the absolute best bang for your dollar.

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Verizon Wireless Plans: Explained

Verizon Wireless once offered many varied contract based plans, including the "MORE Everything" plan and the "Nationwide" plan. Now the carrier has simplified things, organizing its options according to the amount of shareable data, called The Verizon Plan. Unlimited texting and minutes are included in an affordable $20 monthly charge per phone, so the bulk of your phone bill will come from the size of monthly data you choose. Here's a short breakdown of the 6 tiers of The Verizon Plan you can sign up for today:

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With the tagline 'Not just Unlimited, Verizon Unlimited,' the company is trying to match its competitors on bandwidth amounts and beat them on coverage. Previously, it had had plans like X-Large and XX-Large Verizon at higher prices, however, the new Unlimited plans do come with a speed restrictions if you're among the most active users. It'll slow you down and you must enable auto-pay in your bill. But it's really hard to beat the discounted $45 per line when you activate for lines on a single Unlimited plan.

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The best Verizon Wireless plans for you

We broke down all of the Verizon data price tiers, but every single mobile phone user is different and so will have different requirements from their Verizon Wireless plans. Some consumers strictly use data in emergency circumstances. Others binge Netflix and HBO Go episodes over 4G LTE from virtually anywhere imaginable (not that we're speaking from experience).

The point is, every single customer is unique in their data needs. Thankfully, Verizon's pricing options offer the chance to pick the plan that fits you the best. One tip that's important to note is that Verizon charges an extra $10 per gigabyte (be thankful, it used to be $15 per gig) once you've gone past your data limit, so it may be worth upping to a comfortable data tier rather than being eaten up by overage charges.

Let's take a look at who might be best suited for each of Verizon's main plans.

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Verizon Wireless plan: Small | 2GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $35/Month
If you're a light user of data and spend most of your browsing time connected to Wi-Fi, Verizon's most affordable plan may be more than enough for you to enjoy your mobile device and save some big bucks every month. 2GB will be enough for occasional web browsing but you should be aware that if you want to download apps or stream music, you'll need more data than this.

View this plan: at Verizonwireless.com

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Verizon Wireless plan: Medium | 4GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $50/Month
According to Verizon, this plan is the most common selection for the single device customer who moderately uses data every month. If you're the least bit concerned about 2GB not being enough, it may be worth doubling your monthly data for only $15 extra. 4GB will be enough for copious amounts of internet and Facebook browsing as well as the occasional music and video streaming. Beware though - if you're a YouTube addict or you like to stream Netflix on the go, 4GB won't last long.

View this plan: at Verizonwireless.com

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Verizon Wireless plan: Large | 8GB | Unlimited calls and texts | $70/Month
8GB sounds like a bit of overkill for one person, but if you're a heavy streamer, that data will go faster than you think. If you like to stream Spotify when out and about, on top of web browsing, Facebook using with heavy image uploads, this is a good plan but remember that the biggest consumer of data is video. So if you watch a lot of YouTube or Netflix when not connected to Wi-Fi you still might need more. That's when to opt for the new unlimited plan for just $10 more.

View this plan: at Verizonwireless.com

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Verizon Wireless plan: Unlimited | Unlimited data | Unlimited calls and texts | $80/Month

Verizon has brought back unlimited data, with a few restrictions, and it replaces the X-Large and XXL packages you've seen on this page before. If you're either a very heavy data user, streaming a lot of music and video as well as updating apps on the go, or you're likely shopping for a family plan to add multiple lines on, this one is for you. There are restrictions if you're among the highest bandwidth hoggers, but for most people, this shouldn't be an issue. Best of all, technically the prices go down when you add lines: it's just $70 per line for two lines, $54 per line for three lines and just $45 for four lines on one plan.

View this plan: at Verizonwireless.com

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Verizon Wireless: Prepaid plans

If you're not looking for the traditional single or shared data plan, Verizon Wireless also offers competitive prepaid plans. For those wishing for a "no strings attached" type of plan, this could be just the type of plan you're looking for. There's no annual contract to sign up to, no activation fee, no credit checks to pass and free next day shipping on everything. In addition to offering varied data amounts, each smartphone prepaid plan includes unlimited talk and text. Here's a look at the monthly price breakdown for owning a prepaid smartphone with Verizon Wireless.

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Goodbye contracts, hello more expensive phones

Following in the footsteps of a carrier like T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless eliminated the two year contract in favor of their more straightforward current plan pricing initiative.

Unfortunately, the extinction of biennial contracts meant saying goodbye to sizeable price breaks on handsets. As a fair warning to new customers, if you're shopping for a phone to go with your plan on Verizon, and have average to below average credit, don't be shocked if you have to put a sizeable down payment on your new phone.

After the down payment, Verizon breaks up the device payment into monthly installments over 24 months. The upside to a big down payment is that your monthly bill will be significantly reduced. However, with some handsets running around $1,000, this can feel like little consolation after laying down some serious cash up front.

On the flip side, if you have a strong credit score, you just might get that brand new phone for absolutely zero money up front. Regardless, whether you decide to pay for the entire phone on day one or spread it over two months, it's undeniable that the death of contracts made discounted phone pricing virtually a thing of the past.

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Verizon Wireless plans: Choose your phone

Remember, it's not enough to have a great plan – you need a great phone to go with it. All of Verizon's phones are available with each plan, including the top of the line iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. As I mentioned, each phone on your plan is an additionally $20/month, which includes unlimited talk and text, but most higher-tier data packages come with 2GB of extra bandwidth per line. See all available Verizon Wireless phones