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The best Verizon Wireless plans in October 2020

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The best Verizon plan for you will depend on a whole range of factors. Are you looking for a single line, or a family for example, and how much data do you require? Perhaps even a prepaid plan is better for you. Luckily, Verizon has fantastic options across the board, with industry leading network coverage and data speeds so you're never far from a good phone plan. That said, there's still a lot to choose from, so we've put together this guide here to help you work out which Verizon wireless plan is best 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.

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 - and whether you’re shopping alone or with friends and family members - we’ll help you understand Verizon’s best plans so you can make the right choice.

In almost all cases, the plans will be cheaper per-person if you activate multiple lines.

If you’re planning on getting a new phone, you may also consider what Verizon offers with its plans. Verizon has special offers and promotions on the latest smartphones which include the iPhone SE, iPhone 11, and Galaxy S20.

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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 Shared plans 

Verizon Wireless shared plan: 5GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $55/Month
The 5GB plan is a good fit for two people who will split the data a small amount of data or for someone that just needs to send emails, post on social media, and stream a little music. This plan can also be shared and has a $25/line access charge.

View this plan:
at Verizonwireless.com

Verizon Wireless shared plan: 10GB | Unlimited calls and texts | $65/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 $25/line access charge.

View this plan: at Verizonwireless.com


Verizon Wireless Unlimited plans

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: $90, 30GB of LTE hotspot, 720p streaming, 500GB of cloud storage, Apple Music, 5G access, 75GB before congestion-based throttling
  • Just Kids: $50, 4GB of LTE hotspot, 480p video streaming, content filters, built-in parental controls like location tracking, pause internet

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


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 $35 a month for 5GB to $60 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.