The best Verizon Wireless plans in December 2016

All of the best Verizon Wireless plans all in one place

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Verizon Wireless plans have recently changed, giving you more data if you're a heavy phone users, or charging you more money if you're a lightweight on data. After thoroughly analyzing and comparing the new Verizon plans for November, 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 5 tiers of The Verizon Plan you can sign up for today:

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The extra 2GB of data on the Large, X-Large and XX-Large Verizon plans is parceled out to each active phone line. There's also a '12' plan consisting of 12GB of data + 2GB per line, with a maximum of four lines. However, it's a limited-time offer, according to Verizon, and doesn't have a known expiration date.

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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 + 2GB per line data | 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. Additionally, this plan is tailored for a couple of moderate data users who can both get 4GB of data for just $20 more than the medium plan. That's really good value and definitely the right choice for couples - much better than paying for two separate plans, especially because you get an extra 2GB of data per line. If you like to stream Spotify when out and about, on top of web browsing, Facebook using amd image uploading, 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.

View this plan: at Verizonwireless.com

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Verizon Wireless plan: X-Large | 16GB + 2GB per line data | Unlimited calls and texts | $90/Month
At this point, 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. Nevertheless, 8 extra gigabytes for only $20 more than the large plan is a steal for anyone expecting to use a chunk of data each month and this offers great value if you're going to split the allowance across two, three or even four lines.

View this plan: at Verizonwireless.com

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Verizon Wireless plan: XX-Large | 24GB + 2GB per line data | Unlimited calls and texts | $110/Month
Verizon's largest plan is perfectly suited for a family of four moderate-to-heavy data users. For only $110 a month, 24GB is a surprisingly substantial load of data at your disposal. It will allow everyone on the plan to be fairly liberal with their data use, so you won't need to worry about streaming an album on Spotify or watching a Netflix marathon. This is almost certainly overkill for single users though, unless you really are a super-heavy data user. We may have blown past this amount before, too. No judgment.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting mobile editor in Los Angeles. As an expert in iOS and Android, he owns over 120 phones that someone keeps setting the alarms on – simultaneously. He received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.