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Verizon's 5G Cell Phone Plans Explained: Don't Choose Wrong

Here’s everything you need to know about Verizon’s 10 different cell phone plans. We cover which plans are best and which ones to avoid.

Picking a cell phone plan can be confusing. 

Especially when Verizon offers a total of ten different plans to choose from. 

Some of Verizon’s plans are also much better deals than others.

Thankfully, in this article I will break down Verizon’s different cell phone plans. I’ll help you compare the plan prices, features, discounts, and perks.

I’ll even let you know which Verizon plans to sign up for and which ones to avoid.

Verizon Cell Phone Plans: Prepaid vs Postpaid

Verizon offers a total of ten cell phone plans to choose from.

Five plans are prepaid.

And five plans are postpaid

Verizon’s five prepaid plans are:

  1. Verizon Prepaid Talk & Text ($30)
  2. Verizon Prepaid 5GB ($35)
  3. Verizon Prepaid 15GB ($45)
  4. Verizon Prepaid Unlimited ($60)
  5. Verizon Prepaid Unlimited Plus ($70)

Verizon’s five postpaid plans are:

  1. Verizon Welcome Unlimited ($65)
  2. Verizon 5G Start ($70)
  3. Verizon 5G Play More ($80)
  4. Verizon 5G Do More ($80)
  5. Verizon 5G Get More ($90)

The six main differences between the prepaid and postpaid plans are:

  1. When you pay for your service
  2. If a credit check is required when you sign up
  3. If you get “premium data
  4. Available discounts and device promotions
  5. Available international add-ons
  6. Activation fees

Prepaid

Verizon’s prepaid plans require you to pay upfront for a month of service. There is no credit check required to sign up. 

The prepaid plans range from $30 per month for unlimited talk and text to $70 per month for unlimited data. 

All of Verizon’s prepaid plans are deprioritized. This means that during certain times when the Verizon network is busy, prepaid customers will notice slightly slower data speeds than customers with premium data. 

When the network is no longer busy, all customers get the fastest speeds available. 

Verizon prepaid has a limited selection of smartphone deals. Typically only new customers are eligible for smartphone deals, and the selection of smartphones is usually the more budget models.

There are no options for device trade-in deals or device financing with Verizon prepaid. If you want to finance a device, you’ll need to finance it from the manufacturer instead.

Existing customers looking to upgrade their device will also need to purchase it at full price from Verizon or choose a financing or upfront option from the manufacturer.

Verizon prepaid offers an excellent loyalty discount. You get $5 off months two and three, $10 off months four through nine, and $15 off months ten and over. 

There are no international add-ons available for Verizon prepaid plans. You only get the international features already included with the plans.

Verizon prepaid has a $35 activation fee. However, there is no activation fee if you sign up online. In-store reps will often waive the $35 activation fee, too. 

Postpaid

Verizon’s postpaid plans allow you to pay for your service either in the middle of your month of service or after your month of service entirely.

Getting a postpaid plan requires running a credit check and providing your social security number.

Verizon’s postpaid plans range from $65 per month to $90 per month. All postpaid plans include unlimited data.

Some postpaid plans also include allotments of “premium data.” Premium data gives you slightly faster data speeds when the Verizon network is busy.

A lot of postpaid plans also include perks like free streaming services, free cloud storage, free international data, or a discount on Verizon’s 5G Home or Verizon FiOS internet plans. 

Verizon also offers postpaid customers huge discounts on smartphones and excellent trade-in deals. These are new, high-end smartphones too, not just budget phones. Even existing Verizon customers are often eligible for the deals. 

Verizon postpaid does not offer a loyalty discount. 

Verizon does offer a special discount for military, veterans, first responders, nurses, teachers, and students for the postpaid plans. 

Eligible members can save:

  • $10 off total bill for 1 line
  • $25 off total bill for 2 or 3 lines
  • $20 off total bill for 4+ lines

Students are only eligible for the discount for one line or two lines. 

Verizon postpaid also offers add-ons for international travel. The TravelPass add-on gives you 0.5GB of high-speed data per day in 210+ supported countries and destinations. 

Verizon charges a $40 activation fee per line when you sign up for Verizon postpaid.

Verizon’s Prepaid Plans: Explained

Verizon’s prepaid plans range from $30 per month for unlimited talk and text to $70 per month for unlimited data. 

Verizon’s five prepaid plans are:

  1. Verizon Prepaid Talk & Text ($30)
  2. Verizon Prepaid 5GB ($35)
  3. Verizon Prepaid 15GB ($45)
  4. Verizon Prepaid Unlimited ($60)
  5. Verizon Prepaid Unlimited Plus ($70)

I’m going to cut to the chase: Verizon’s prepaid plans are not worth it. 

Why?

Simply put, you can get more data at better prices from Verizon MVNOs.

An MVNO is a prepaid cell phone carrier that uses the Verizon network for coverage. 

Popular Verizon MVNOs include US Mobile and Visible.

Both of these carriers will give you a better price for your mobile service and offer coverage on the Verizon network.

Here’s what I mean:

Our verdict: If you’re considering Verizon Prepaid, we strongly encourage you to look at the options from US Mobile or Visible instead. You can get more data for less money, and still get great coverage on the Verizon network. 

Verizon’s Postpaid Plans: Explained

Verizon’s postpaid plans are their most popular options. Most customers who sign up for Verizon go with Verizon Postpaid.

The postpaid plans include unlimited data, extra streaming perks, and a more premium experience. 

Prices range from $65 per month to $90 per month.

Verizon’s five postpaid plans are:

  1. Verizon Welcome Unlimited ($65)
  2. Verizon 5G Start ($70)
  3. Verizon 5G Play More ($80)
  4. Verizon 5G Do More ($80)
  5. Verizon 5G Get More ($90)

The five main differences between the postpaid plans are:

  1. How much premium data is included
  2. If you get access to Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network
  3. How much hotspot data is included
  4. Video streaming quality
  5. Included perks

Verizon Welcome Unlimited

Verizon Welcome Unlimited is their cheapest unlimited plan. It’s $65 per month for a single line.

Welcome Unlimited includes unlimited data, but the data is deprioritized. This means when the Verizon network is busy, customers on Welcome Unlimited may notice slightly slower speed. 

You also only get access to Verizon’s slower 5G Nationwide network with this plan. You won’t get access to their speedy 5G Ultra Wideband network.

There is no hotspot support and video streams at 480p quality. 

For international features, Welcome Unlimited includes stateside international texting to 200+ countries and destinations. 

You also get free data roaming in Canada and Mexico with 0.5GB of high-speed data per day. 

If you choose to sign up for Welcome Unlimited, then all lines on your account need to be on the Welcome Unlimited plan. You can’t mix-and-match different plans on a single account like you can with Verizon’s other postpaid plans. 

The multi-line pricing for Welcome Unlimited is:

  • $65 per line for 1 line
  • $50 per line for 2 lines
  • $40 per line for 3 lines
  • $30 per line for 4 lines
  • $25 per line for 5+ lines

This plan is currently not eligible for any device trade-in deals, discounts, or promotions. 

Customers who bring their own device are eligible for a $240 Verizon eGift card.

Welcome Unlimited customers are also eligible to save $10 off the cost of Verizon 5G Home Internet. 

Our verdict: Welcome Unlimited isn’t worth it. While it’s the cheapest unlimited plan Verizon offers, you can get a better plan for less money from US Mobile. US Mobile’s Unlimited Premium plan for $45 includes 100GB of priority data (when activated with a 5G phone), 50GB of hotspot data, and 1080p video streaming. Or, if you’re simply looking for the cheapest unlimited plan out there, you can go with Visible’s $25 unlimited plan. You get unlimited data and unlimited hotspot data included. 

Verizon 5G Start

Verizon 5G Start is the entry-level plan in Verizon’s Mix-&-Match set of plans. 

The Mix-&-Match plans include 5G Start, 5G Play More, 5G Do More, and 5G Get More. Any line can be put on any plan, and you can switch plans whenever you want. This gives families flexibility if certain lines need specific features. 

5G Start is $70 per month for a single line. 

Like Welcome Unlimited, it also includes unlimited data that is deprioritized. You may notice slightly slower speeds when the Verizon network is busy.

You also only get access to Verizon’s slower 5G Nationwide network.

5G Start adds 5GB of high-speed hotspot data that you can share with your other devices.

Video continues to stream at 480p quality. 

You also continue to get stateside international texting to 200+ countries and territories and free data roaming in Canada and Mexico with 0.5GB of high-speed data per day. 

5G Start also adds a couple of perks: you get 6-month free trials of Disney+, discovery+, Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass, and Apple Music.

Multi-line pricing for 5G Start is:

  • $70 per line for 1 line
  • $60 per line for 2 lines
  • $45 per line for 3 lines
  • $35 per line for 4 lines
  • $30 per line for 5+ lines

5G Start is eligible for device financing and trade-in deals, but it should be noted that the trade-in credit is typically half of what you get with the other, more expensive Mix-&-Match plans. 

Our verdict: 5G Start isn’t worth it. Because you typically only get half of the trade-in value for your old phones, it actually is cheaper to upgrade to 5G Play More or 5G Do More. The extra $400 of trade-in credit means you pay less to upgrade your phone (essentially getting a free phone every 3 years), and the extra device savings make 5G Play More and 5G Do More cheaper plans in the long run.

Verizon 5G Play More

5G Play More is one of Verizon’s two mid-tier plans part of the Mix-&-Match plans. 

It’s $80 per month for a single line. 

As the name implies, 5G Play More is geared more toward customers looking for entertainment because it includes free streaming services and a free mobile gaming service of your choice. 

You get Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ all included for free, and you can choose to get either Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass for free. You also get 6-month free trials of Apple Music and discovery+.

In terms of actual plan features, 5G Play More includes 50GB of premium data. Premium data gives you faster speeds whenever the Verizon network is busy. 

You also now get access to both Verizon’s 5G Nationwide and 5G Ultra Wideband networks. You can expect the fastest speeds Verizon has to offer. 

25GB of hotspot data are also included, so you can share your connection with your other devices.

Video streaming defaults to 480p, but there is now an account setting to bump it up to 720p on 5G Nationwide and up to 4K on 5G Ultra Wideband. 

Free international texting to 200+ destinations is included, along with free data roaming in Canada and Mexico with 0.5GB of high-speed data per day. 

Being a mid-tier plan, Verizon offers better trade-in deals for 5G Play More customers. 

Instead of the $400 trade-in credit you may get with 5G Start, you are now eligible for up to $800 of trade-in credit. 

Verizon also now includes home internet savings. You can choose to save 50% off the Verizon 5G Home Internet service, which brings the price down to just $25 per month with the discount, or you can save $25 per month off any Verizon FiOS plan. 

Multi-line pricing for 5G Play More is:

  • $80 per line for 1 line
  • $70 per line for 2 lines
  • $55 per line for 3 lines
  • $45 per line for 4 lines
  • $40 per line for 5+ lines
Our verdict: 5G Play More is the #1 Verizon plan we recommend. We feel it has the best balance between price, premium plan features, and extra perks. We know a lot of families will love the free streaming services included with the plan. Plus, if you bring your own device you’re eligible for a $500 Verizon eGift card.

Verizon 5G Do More

Verizon 5G Do More is the second mid-tier plan Verizon offers in their Mix-&-Match plans. 

It’s a cousin of 5G Play More. It costs the same $80 per month.

However, instead of focusing on entertainment perks, Verizon focuses on added value for the typical entrepreneur and business person. 

5G Do More includes a 50% discount off a connected watch, tablet, or hotspot plan (up to a $20 per month value), one free TravelPass day per month (accumulate up to 12 days each year), and 600GB of free Verizon Cloud storage.

Verizon also offers 6-month free trials of Disney+, discovery+, Apple Music, and Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass.

The rest of the plan features of 5G Do More are identical to 5G Play More.

You get 50GB of premium data. 

You get full access to Verizon’s 5G Nationwide and 5G Ultra Wideband networks.

You get 25GB of hotspot data. 

You get 480p streaming by default, with the option to enable 720p/4K video streaming depending on the network you’re connected to.

You get free international texting to 200+ countries and territories.

You get free roaming in Canada and Mexico with up to 0.5GB of high-speed data per day. 

And you also get the 50% 5G Home Internet discount or $25 off any Verizon FiOS plan discount.

5G Do More continues to offer great trade-in deals and device discounts, too. You’ll typically receive up to $800 of trade-in credit. 

Multi-line pricing for 5G Do More is also the same as 5G Play More:

  • $80 per line for 1 line
  • $70 per line for 2 lines
  • $55 per line for 3 lines
  • $45 per line for 4 lines
  • $40 per line for 5+ lines
Our verdict: 5G Do More is another good plan from Verizon. Whether or not 5G Do More is worth it for you comes down to one simple question: will you add a smartwatch or tablet to your account? If the answer is yes, 5G Do More is likely a better pick than 5G Play More. If the answer is no, then 5G Play More may still be the better choice. But what if you want the perks from both plans? Well, then you may consider upgrading to Verizon’s top-tier plan: 5G Get More.

Verizon 5G Get More

5G Get More is Verizon’s top-tier offering in their Mix-&-Match plans.

It’s the most expensive plan Verizon offers, costing $90 per month. 

It’s also the most feature-packed. It has the most premium data, the most hotspot data, and the most perks.

5G Get More combines all of the perks from 5G Play More and 5G Do More into one plan.

You get Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Apple Music, Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass, 50% off a smartwatch, tablet, or hotspot plan, one free TravelPass day per month (accumulating up to 12 per year), and 600GB of cloud storage all included for free with your plan. 

Plus, you get the same internet discounts as before: 50% off Verizon 5G Home Internet or $25 off any Verizon FiOS plan. 

A 6 month free trial of discovery+ is also available. 

5G Get More includes unlimited premium data, so your speeds will never be slowed down based on how much data you use.

That said, if the network is busy then everyone’s speeds will slow down at least a little bit. When you have premium data, your speeds will just slow down a little less.

You get full access to Verizon’s 5G Nationwide and 5G Ultra Wideband networks with 5G Get More. 

You also get 50GB of hotspot data.

Video still streams at 480p by default. There is a setting in your account to increase the streaming resolution to 720p on 5G Nationwide and up to 4K on 5G Ultra Wideband.

You get free international texting to 200+ destinations, and free roaming in Canada and Mexico with 0.5GB of high-speed data per day. 

5G Get More also offers the best device trade-in deals and discounts Verizon has to offer. Sometimes these can even be slightly better than the deals and discounts on 5G Play More and 5G Do More. 

Multi-line pricing for 5G Get More is:

  • $90 per line for 1 line
  • $80 per line for 2 lines
  • $65 per line for 3 lines
  • $55 per line for 4 lines
  • $50 per line for 5+ lines
Our verdict: 5G Get More is the best plan Verizon offers, but it comes at a high price. It may make sense to put one line on 5G Get More to take advantage of all of the perks it has to offer, especially if you will add a tablet line to your account. However, for most people, it likely makes more sense to mix-and-match 5G Play More and 5G Do More on a single account. You’ll pay less on cell service and still get all of the perks. Keep in mind only one line needs to have the streaming services perks for everyone to enjoy them. The TravelPass, 50% off tablet plans, and 600GB of cloud storage perks are line specific though.
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Stetson graduated from Ithaca College in 2019 with a degree in Communication Management and Design. He launched BestPhonePlans.net as part a senior project in school. He loves helping people find great, affordable cell phone plans that meet their needs. When he’s not reviewing cell phone plans on his YouTube channel or website, Stetson is out hiking in the crisp Colorado air, playing board games with friends, or competing in an epic game of pickleball.

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