The best Verizon phones for February 2023

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Our guide to the best Verizon phones is perfect if you're currently weighing up your options or simply want to know what's available right now at the nation's leading carrier. Whether you're an iPhone fan, Android user, or simply don't know your budget yet, we’ve put together this handy guide to help determine the best Verizon phone for you.

With a huge selection of excellent Verizon wireless plans currently available with speedy 5G data speeds, excellent coverage, and heaps of streaming perks, Verizon tends to be a good choice for those looking to make the most of those new flagship devices. We're of course factoring all that into our recommendations for this month's best Verizon phones, although if you're looking to keep those monthly costs firmly in check don't worry - there are also fantastic budget options at Verizon too. The selection is pretty vast also, with tons of choice for both iPhone and Android users.

We've also kept an eye on what this week's best Verizon deals happen to be offering. While new phones in general tend to be pretty pricey, you'd be pleasantly surprised at how much some of these promotions can cut down those high costs. Big trade-in rates are particularly popular, and you'll also find a few options to bag a device for completely free with a new unlimited data plan.

Another option to consider is to bring your own unlocked phone to the network. This can have a few advantages and disadvantages, depending on your situation, and we've covered it in full detail in its own section at the bottom of the page. Regardless of which Verizon phone option you go for, you'll find plenty of options and information right here on this page. 

The best Verizon phones: iPhones

Best Apple phone for most users

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Apple iPhone 14: $799 at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 14: $799 at Verizon (opens in new tab)
The iPhone 14 is going to sit within the goldilocks zone for most people - offering a decent mix of features, design, and price. While not the biggest upgrade from the iPhone 12 (both basically feature the same look), its subtle yet well-thought-out improvements to the camera and power efficiency make it a fantastic daily driver that doesn't completely break the bank. Normally, deals on this device involve a trade-in rebate that can actually cover the entire cost of the device, so it's a good option if you're looking to upgrade from an iPhone 12 or 13.

Best value iPhone

Apple iPhone 13 mini: $599 at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 13 mini: $599 at Verizon (opens in new tab)
While its smaller size might not be to everyone's taste, the iPhone 13 mini is a great value pick at Verizon thanks to a recent promotion that gives it away for free without the need for a trade-in. Outwardly, it shares the same design as the later devices and it even has the same chip, with a few minor differences. In short, it's a powerful fully-featured little device that can still keep up with the best of them in 2022. We'd highly recommend this one - especially if you can get it for free without having to trade. 

Best for power users

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max: $1,099 at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max: $1,099 at Verizon (opens in new tab)
For a high-end Apple choice, we'd advocate skipping over the iPhone 14 Pro and heading straight to the iPhone 14 Pro Max - 2022's most premium iOS device. The trade-in rebates tend to be the same and you'll score what's essentially the best of the best right now. A powerful new A16 Bionic chip, superb camera system, and eye-catching Dynamic Island feature mean this is the device that's really pushing the boundaries for Apple phones right now. 

The best Verizon phones: Android

Best for most users

Samsung Galaxy S22: $799 at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy S22: $799 at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Launched in early 2022, the Samsung Galaxy S22 once again offers a fantastic Android flagship for most users. While featuring the same basic look as the prior S21, for about the same money you're now getting a 120Hz refresh rate display, a new chip, and a more premium glass-backed design. As with most of the big flagships at Verizon, trade-in rebates on this device are available all year round and can even get you a free phone, depending on your eligibility.

Best non-Samsung Android

Google Pixel 7: $699 at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Google Pixel 7: $699 at Verizon (opens in new tab)
As a competitive alternative to the Galaxy S22, we'd also recommend the Google Pixel 7. It's way cheaper upfront, but still features a premium design and some incredibly impressive camera tech. It's quite simply a great allrounder from a company that's really stepped up its smartphone game in recent years. Verizon's deals on this device, like on other flagships, generally offer a free device with a trade-in, so it's going to come down to personal preference between this and the S22.

Best value

Google Pixel 6a: $499 at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Google Pixel 6a: $499 at Verizon (opens in new tab)
The Google Pixel 6a is a great choice if you're looking for an Android device on a budget as Verizon usually gives this device away for free with an unlimited plan. A powerful processor and camera make this device a really great value choice if you're not paying for it, although it does come with a slightly more sluggish screen versus the standard Pixel 6. It also swaps out the glass back for a cheaper plastic build, which doesn't feel quite as premium in the hand. It is more difficult to damage the back plate, however.

Best for power users

$1,199 at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: $1,199 at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Here it is - the crème of the crop... when it comes to Android devices it is. Featuring a new design that's more reminiscent of the Note devices of a year or two ago, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is a fantastic smartphone packed with the best chip, camera, and screen money can buy. It is, however, on the big side at 6.8-inches, so bear that in mind. In regards to deals on this one, expect trade-in rebates to reach up to $1,000 - enough to cut its hefty price tag significantly. 

The best Verizon phones: BYOD

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The best phone for Verizon could already be in your possession. If you've got an unlocked phone and don't want a new one but simply want to get in on that Verizon network coverage and those 5G speeds, that's an option too.

If you do want to go down this route then be sure to check your phone will work with Verizon. You can do this using the IMEI number – there's a handy way of checking right here on the Verizon site (opens in new tab).

Note - Verizon is very particular about what phones will actually work on its service, being the US's sole operator of a CDMA network. We won't bore you with the details of what this means, but in a nutshell, if you're thinking about bringing over a device that works on AT&T or T-Mobile (GSM networks), it may not be compatible. Most unlocked phones in 2022, however, do in fact support both GSM and CDMA networks.

So, if you want to save money on your network by bringing your own handset – perhaps giving you more to spend on better deals – then consider these pros and cons:

  • Pros:
  • Get a $500 gift-card reward for switching over from another carrier (which can be spent on phone bills)
  • Keep your same phone number and contacts
  • Avoid upgrading for no reason
  • Cons:
  • Not all phones are compatible (Verizon uses a CDMA network)
  • You have to pay to unlock devices (if you don’t have an unlocked device already)
  • Verizon can be pricier than alternative options

So, if you want the best coverage in the US and you also want the option to get unlimited 5G data, then Verizon has you covered. It might not be the cheapest network but that's because you're paying for the quality of those features. 

In short, you get what you pay for and in this case you'll appreciate just how great the network performance is for your buck. Already decided which phone option works for you? It's time to check out the best Verizon deals (opens in new tab).

If you'd like to see what the competition is offering, also recommend is our guide to the best AT&T phones (opens in new tab) this month.

Luke Edwards

Luke is a freelance writer and editor with over two decades of experience covering tech, science and health. Among many others he writes across Future titles covering health tech, software and apps, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and plenty more. He also likes to climb mountains, swim outside and contort his body into silly positions while breathing as calmly as possible.