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The best Verizon Wireless plans in November 2019

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The best Verizon plan will come down to what you need from it. Verizon has comprehensive unlimited data plans that come with extras like 5G, but it also has more affordable plans with limited data and a number of prepaid plans that come with a viable amount of data. Figuring out what you need from your data plan will make it much easier to pick the best Verizon plan for you.

If you want to get a lot of data that’ll never get cut off, you’ll likely need to look at some of the premium data plans. If you’re planning to share an account with friends or family and share data among you, Verizon has a few plans that offer just that sort of functionality. You’ll also need to decide if you want any of the extra perks some plans come with, like cloud storage, Apple Music, or mobile hotspot.

If you’re planning on getting a new phone, you may also consider what Verizon offers with its plans. You might be thinking already about saving money with the the forthcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals - so just bookmark those hyperlinked pages to make sure you're getting access to the top curated deals from across the web by our in-house experts. Verizon may offer discounts on certain phones - or even plans - during this discount holiday season.

If you choose Verizon’s premium unlimited plans, you may even be able to take advantage of the Verizon 5G network. It was the first US carrier to launch a true 5G network, and now its available in select parts of of the country and using select 5G phones like the LG V50, and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. So, you have the option of jumping onto one of its top unlimited data plans for access to that service, which we’ve seen deliver data speeds in excess of 1Gbps in a 5G speed test

The wide variety of plans and pricing details leave you with a lot to think about. So, whether you’re shopping alone or with friends and family members, we’ll help you understand Verizon’s mobile plans and what you’ll pay. In almost all cases, the plans will be cheaper per-person if you activate multiple lines. For example, the monthly rate for one line on an unlimited plan would be $70 while getting four lines would bring the per-person cost down to $35 per month.

We've gone through the details, both the major and the fine print, to find out everything we can about Verizon's various plans so we can help you find the best one. Whatever your needs, we’ll help you understand Verizon’s best plans so you can make the right choice.

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Verizon Wireless unlimited plans: Explained

Verizon offers four tiers of its unlimited plan: Start Unlimited, Play More Unlimited, Do More Unlimited, and Get More Unlimited. All four include unlimited talk and text in the US, Verizon Up rewards, video streaming, and support for talk, text, and data while abroad in Canada or Mexico. 

The way these plans differ is in the speeds, 4G LTE data thresholds, and perks they offer. Start Unlimited doesn't support mobile hotspots, while Play More Unlimited and Do More Unlimited offer 15GB of hotspot at 4G LTE speeds, and Get More Unlimited steps that up to 30GB. Start Unlimited and Do More Unlimited also limit video playback to DVD quality (480p), but the other tiers support HD (720p) streaming.

The plans handle network congestion differently as well. Start Unlimited may reduce your speeds at any time if the network is congested. Play More Unlimited offers 25GB of data, Do More Unlimited offers 50GB, and Get More Unlimited offers 75GB at 4G LTE speeds before you should see reduced speeds due to network congestion. Get More Unlimited and Do More Unlimited also offers 500GB of cloud storage.

All of the unlimited plans except Start Unlimited also offer access to Verizon's 5G network where it's available and on supported devices. This includes 4K video streaming, mobile hotspot at 5G speeds, and full 5G data speeds without data deprioritization.

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The best Verizon Wireless plans for you

Let's take a close look at what each of these plans has to offer for the price. Afterward, we'll also go over some of Verizon's alternative plans in case these aren't a fit for you.

Whether you're a modest web surfer, a heavy Netflix-user, or just pull your phone out a few times a week, there should be a plan to fit your needs.

Verizon Wireless plans

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Verizon Wireless plan: Small | 2GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $35/Month
If you don't do a lot of music or movie streaming, this plan will probably be a good choice for you. 2GB is enough data to do regular surfing and watch the occasional YouTube video. It's also one of Verizon's cheapest plans, so if you have your budget in mind, look no further. This is a Shared plan, which includes an access charge of $20 per phone added to the plan, including the first phone.

View this plan: at Verizonwireless.com

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Verizon Wireless plan: Medium | 4GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $50/Month
If you think you're likely to bump up against the 2GB limit on Verizon's cheaper plan, you may want to consider the 4GB plan. For $15 more, you get an extra 2GB at full 4G LTE speed. Plus, with these plans, you can carryover unused data into the next month, in case you want to save up some data for a new Netflix show. This plan can also be shared and has a $20/line access charge.

View this plan: at Verizonwireless.com

Verizon Wireless plan: 5| 5GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $40/Month
When 4GB is too small and 8GB is too much, Verizon also offers a 5GB plan for $40 a month plus the $20/line activation fee. This plan is a good fit for two people who will split the data a small amount of data, and it has a curiously obvious value over the 4GB plan.

View this plan: at Verizonwireless.com

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Verizon Wireless plan: Large | 8GB | Unlimited calls and texts | $70/Month
If you really can't hold off on the occasional movie or TV show streamed over your data plan, this might be a reasonable option for you. However, since Verizon's cheapest Unlimited plan is just $5 more, it may be worth jumping up to that plan and not worrying about how much data you use each month. Like the other Share plans, this one has a $20/line access charge.

View this plan: at Verizonwireless.com

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Verizon Wireless Start Unlimited, Play More Unlimited, Do More Unlimited, and Get More Unlimited plans | Unlimited data | Unlimited calls and texts | $70/Month, $80/Month, $80/Month, or $90/Month (plus taxes and fees)
Heavy data users who don't want to worry about running up against data limits, and want to stream TV, movies and music to their hearts' content may want to go with one of these options. If there's network congestion, you may get reduced speeds, but it won't be because you accidentally fell asleep with Netflix streaming and went over your data allotment. 

Here's a quick, detailed breakdown:

  • Start Unlimited: $70, no hotspot, 480p streaming, 6-month Apple Music trial, 0GB before congestion-based throttling
  • Play More Unlimited: $80, 15GB of LTE hotspot, 720p streaming, Apple Music, 5G access, 25GB before congestion-based throttling
  • Do More Unlimited: $80, 15GB of LTE hotspot, 480p streaming, 500GB of cloud storage, Apple Music, 5G access, 50GB before congestion-based throttling
  • Get More Unlimited: $80, 30GB of LTE hotspot, 720p streaming, 500GB of cloud storage, Apple Music, 5G access, 75GB before congestion-based throttling

If you don't want your speed reduced during periods of high network traffic, you may want to get the Play More or Do More Unlimited plan. And, if you want extra Wi-Fi hotspot data and cloud storage, check out the Get More Unlimited plan.

These plans also allow you to add extra lines at reduced rates. You can see what you'll pay with a calculator Verizon provides on its site. For four lines, the per-line price drops to $60, $70, $70, and $80, respectively. For the Play More, Do More, and Get More Unlimited plans, users can get free 5G access with a compatible device, and that includes 4K video streaming and unlimited 5G mobile tethering. Eventually Verizon will begin charging more on top of plan prices for that 5G access.

View these plans: at Verizonwireless.com

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Verizon Wireless: Prepaid plans

If the above Verizon plans aren't what you're looking for, there are also a number of monthly prepaid plans. They all include unlimited talk and text in the US and unlimited text to over 200 international destinations. They also allow mobile hotspot usage (except the unlimited plan). They range in price from $30 a month for 1GB to $65 a month for unlimited data comparable to the Start Unlimited plan. 

Verizon currently has some bonus deals on extra data for these prepaid plans. One is just $45 a month for a plan with 16GB of data (it's the 8GB plan, but Verizon is offering an extra 8GB of data at no extra charge). There's also a plan with 6GB of data for $35 a month, which is an amazing value for moderate users.

View Verizon Wireless prepaid plans here

If you just have a basic phone and want simple service, Verizon also offers a basic plan with unlimited talk and text and 500MB of data for $30 a month. See that plan here

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Phones are more expensive, unfortunately

Verizaon wireless phones

Since Verizon Wireless eliminated the two year contract and switch to these new types of plans, it has unfortunately done away with the old subsidies on new phones that came with 2-year contracts.

That means instead of paying a flat $200 for every new phone you get, you'll have to pay whatever that phone actually retails for. For a new flagship, that can be anywhere from $600 to over $1000.

Verizon Wireless does offer installment plans for customers, though. So if you're shopping for a new phone and plan and have good credit, you can likely find a phone that you'll be able to pay for over the course of a couple years.