Verizon Wireless is a top tier cellular service provider in the Unites States. Since its launch in December 2010, the Big Red net of 4G LTE coverage has spread quickly across the country, providing reliable and speedy service for those willing to pony up for it. Since you know you're getting reliable call service and fast data speeds, one question remains: what's the best Verizon phone?
Being a Verizon customer doesn't come cheap, and as with AT&T, those generous unlimited data plans have gone the way of the dodo. It does have its benefits though. You don't just get access to one of the biggest, fastest 4G LTE networks on the continent, you'll be able to choose from a wide selection of the best new smartphones on the market, all at affordable prices when purchased with a two-year contract.
A new Verizon phone can cost a pretty penny, so we've rounded up our favorite phones and assembled the reasons why they're worthy of our praise and your dollars. While it's awfully hard to pick an overall best phone on the market, it is possible to pick the best phone for you. So click through, browse the choices, and be sure to leave us a nice comment about why we're a Samsung, Apple, HTC or Motorola fanboy/hater for putting some phone somewhere on the list.
Remember, this is a living document, and we'll continue our quest to find the best Verizon phone. Also, Verizon often discounts certain phones on its website. Make sure to check out the online deals before you make an in-store purchase. Shop around and save a little money, why don't you?
10. Apple iPhone 4S – we've got your budget iPhone right here
Ah the iPhone 4S. Remember when it was called the most amazing iPhone yet? We can't fault you if you don't recall, it was all the way back in 2011, after all. That's practically ancient history by Apple standards.
Its time in the sun may have brief, but it remains one the best 3G phones on Verizon (even though it can't do simultaneous talk and data, unlike iPhones on AT&T). Now, don't let the 4 in iPhone 4S confuse you, the only Apple smartphone that can take full advantage of Verizon's 4G LTE speeds is the iPhone 5. But the iPhone 4S still has plenty going for it to earn itself a place on this list.
On the software side, the 4S is very close to the iPhone 5. Since launch, its been upgraded to iOS 6, giving it access to Passbook, panorama photography, FaceTime over cellular, shared photostreams, an improved Siri and the infamous Apple Maps (don't worry, you download Google Maps on this one too).
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Internally, it's definitely a beat behind the iPhone 5 and those quad-core Android phones, but its A5 processor still holds its own shockingly well.
Lastly, it's reasonably priced, for an iPhone, at least. With a new two-year contract its only $99 for a 16GB model, in either black or white. Off contract, it's a hard-to-swallow $549.
However, potential buyers and contract signers should be wary: do you really want to be committed to a dated 3G phone for two whole calendars? If you think the dismissive looks from iPhone 5 fanboys will be bad now, just wait until they have the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, and you're still rocking the 4S. Talk about a one-way ticket to the lame kids lunch table. Say hi to the Android 2.3: Gingerbread users for us!
Also, Verizon only stocks the 16GB model, but 32 and 64GB models are still available from Best Buy and other retailers at subsidized two-year prices. Or you could try and score one off Craigslist. Maybe you can trade your coffee table for one?
- Read more: iPhone 4S review