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Best Verizon phone plans for 2022: Unlimited, prepaid and more

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Picking the best Verizon phone plan for your needs boils down to a simple question — how much data do you use?

The answer to that question will determine whether you get your Verizon service from a postpaid or prepaid account. Postpaid service is now made up entirely of unlimited plans now that Verizon has done away with its 5GB and 10GB options. But don't worry — Verizon offers some of the best unlimited data plans in the business, so it's just a matter of finding the plan with the right price for your budget and an appealing set of perks.

Don't need unlimited data? Verizon's prepaid plans have you covered with tiered data options that are cheaper than the unlimited data offerings. Even better, stick with a Verizon prepaid plan and your rate will go down over time.

We're constantly keeping track of different wireless carriers to see which ones offer the best cell phone plans. That includes checking Verizon's offerings to see how they compare to other plans from both major carriers and smaller providers. Because of that, we can walk you through your options at Verizon. 

Families will prefer unlimited plans for the discounts Verizon adds for each line in your phone plan as well as the many perks. But if you're looking to save on your monthly bill, Verizon also offers some of the best prepaid phone plans, even if you can find cheaper cell phone plans elsewhere.

Read on for your options if you want one of the best Verizon phone plans currently available.

The three best Verizon plans

Verizon | 5G Play More | $80/month - Best unlimited plan
Verizon's Play More plan is one of the best unlimited data options around. Not only does it include unlimited 5G on Verizon's impressive network but it also includes a free subscription to Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu, plus a six-month trial for Apple Music and the streaming gaming service of your choice (Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass.) Those extras make Verizon's 5G Play More a top choice for unlimited data.

Verizon | 15GB prepaid | $45 - Best prepaid option at Verizon
Verizon's prepaid plans cram a lot of data in for the price. The best option gets you 15GB of data for just $50 a month but if you set up AutoPay, that price drops to $45. The price then drops by another $5 after three months and a further $5 after nine months. That leaves you paying just $35 for your loyalty.

The best Verizon phone plans available now

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1. Verizon 5G Play More plan

The best unlimited data plan at Verizon

Specifications

Amount of data: Unlimited
Cost: $80/month
Family cost (4 lines): $180/month
Perks: 5G coverage; 25GB of hotspot data; Subscriptions to Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+; 6 months of Apple Music

Reasons to buy

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Includes free Disney bundle
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Includes 5G coverage 
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Apple Music trial

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive compared to T-Mobile
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Cloud storage requires upgrade

Pressured by rival carriers like T-Mobile, Verizon reintroduced unlimited plans in 2017, and hasn't looked back since, even expanding into four different unlimited options. We think the Verizon 5G Play More plan is the best unlimited data option because it includes Disney-owned streaming services (Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu) as part of your subscription. You also get a six-month trial for Apple Music. Additionally, Verizon includes Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass, depending on which streaming gaming service strikes your fancy.

A single line of Verizon Play More costs $80 a month, which is $10 more than what you’d pay for T-Mobile’s Magenta Unlimited plan. (We think T-Mobile has the best unlimited data plan overall because of that lower cost and T-Mobile’s perks.) Thanks to escalating discounts as you add lines, a family of four would pay $180 each month for four lines of Verizon Play More. Verizon also gives families the option of mixing and matching its different unlimited data plans.

It is worth highlighting that Verizon does cap data at 50GB per month this unlimited plans. Go over that and Verizon can slow your speeds. You get 25GB of hotspot data before your speeds are slowed.

Play More includes access to Verizon's C-Band 5G coverage, which delivers faster speeds to a wider away.

Verizon's three other main unlimited data plans are:

  • Verizon 5G Do More: This plan costs the same as Verizon Play More, but only features six months of Disney Plus along with the six-month trial to Apple Music and either Apple Arcade or Google Play Plus. You get 25GB of hotspot data, but there’s also 600GB of Verizon Cloud Storage, plus half-off for unlimited plans covering connected devices like tablets and watches. Travelers will like the one TravelPass day per month that provides unlimited talk, text and data in more than 185 countries.
  • Verizon 5G Get More: Verizon’s most expensive plan, at $90 a month for a single line, also comes with the most perks. Apple Music and the entire Disney bundle are both included, as is the 600GB of cloud storage and 50% discount on connected device plans. Hotspot data doubles to 50GB. You get the streaming gaming service subscription too, plus the cloud storage and TravelPass perks included with Do More.
  • Verizon 5G Start: Verizon’s cheapest unlimited option, this costs $70 a month. 5G customers only get six month trials to Disney Plus, a streaming gaming service and Apple Music. Verizon also reserves the right to slow your speeds at any time. Unlike Verizon's other plans that access fast Ultra Wideband 5G coverage, 5G Start only gets nationwide 5G coverage at slower speeds.

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2. Verizon 15GB prepaid plan

Best prepaid phone plan at Verizon

Specifications

Amount of data: 15GB
Cost: $45/month (after $5 autopay discount)
Family cost (4 lines): $180/month
Perks: Additional $5 loyalty discounts after three and nine months of continuous service; Mobile hotspot

Reasons to buy

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Lots of data
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Discounts for autopay
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Includes some 5G access

Reasons to avoid

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No discounts for additional lines

Verizon’s prepaid plans don’t feature a lot in the way of perks, as is often the case when comparing prepaid vs. postpaid phone service. But Verizon's prepaid options do pack in data, especially the carrier’s 15GB plan. Plus, there’s a way to save even more money by sticking with Verizon for an extended period.

Verizon’s 15GB plan costs $50 a month, but enrolling in autopay knocks $5 off the cost. You can save another $5 by sticking with Verizon for three months, and an additional $5 loyalty discount kicks in at the nine month mark. That means you’ll paying $35 for all that data.

Verizon’s prepaid plans also include unlimited data for $60 a month and 5GB for $35. Those prices reflect $5 autopay discounts, and they’re subject to the same loyalty discounts after three and nine months of continuous service. While all prepaid plans have access to Verizon's nationwide 5G service, only the unlimited data plan gives prepaid customers access to super-fast Ultra Wideband 5G.

Prepaid options aren’t a good idea at Verizon if you have multiple lines. There’s no discount as you add more lines to your prepaid plan. Anyone searching for the best family cell phone plan at Verizon should consider one of the unlimited data options detailed above.

What are the best 5G Verizon plans?

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Verizon launched its 5G network in 2019, but the real boost came this year with the launch of C-Band spectrum. That extends Verizon's fast Ultra Wideband network to more areas — around 90 million people are covered at this point. We tested Verizon's C-Band before it launched and came away impressed by Verizon's improved network.

As for Verizon nationwide 5G coverage, it reaches more than 230 million people at this point. That service isn't as fast as Ultra Wideband 5G, but it's more pervasive at this point.

If you live in an area that's covered by Verizon's 5G network and want to experience faster coverage, unlimited data is the best Verizon plan to get. Complete 5G coverage comes with the Play More, Do More and Get More unlimited plans, as well as with Verizon's prepaid unlimited plan. 5G Start customers only get nationwide 5G coverage, not the faster Ultra Wideband service. Tiered plans only access nationwide coverage as well.

Many of the best 5G phones are available through Verizon including the Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and all four iPhone 13 models. Verizon also has some 5G exclusives like an Ultra Wideband version of the Motorola Edge Plus.

Are Verizon plans good for seniors?

Verizon does offer a discounted unlimited data plan to anyone 55 years and older, but there’s a huge catch — Verizon’s 55+ plan is only available for people living in Florida. If you’ve got a Florida billing address, you can get two lines of unlimited data for $80 a month, with video streaming at 480p resolution, unlimited mobile hotspot data (though restricted to 2G speeds), and the ability to use your plan in Canada and Mexico. A single line of data costs $60.

T-Mobile offers discounted unlimited plans for seniors 55 years and older that are $10 less expensive than what Verizon charges, and those plans are available to anyone regardless of where they live. T-Mobile also includes 5G coverage with its senior plans.

How to choose the best Verizon phone plan

Finding the best Verizon phone plan for your wireless needs involves choosing between unlimited data or turning to the tiered data options from Verizon's prepaid service. (Verizon offered 5GB and 10GB plans for postpaid customers, but those are now discontinued for new accounts.)

If your smartphone usage involves a lot of streaming — be it movies or music — you're going to want to look at Verizon's unlimited options. Should your data needs begin and end with browsing the internet, checking email and the occasional social media post, you can probably get away with a tiered prepaid data plan. 

If possible, look at your monthly data usage on your current plan to see how much you're consuming on average — if it's 15GB or less, you can save money each month by going prepaid. Just be aware that you won’t get as many perks with a prepaid as you would with one of Verizon’s postpaid options.

Is Verizon your only option for Verizon's network?

While getting service directly from Verizon is the way to ensure you get Verizon's top speeds and best plans, there are other carrier options if you want to use Verizon's network without paying so much for your service. MVNOs — short for mobile virtual network operators — piggy-back on other carriers' networks to provide lower-cost service. The trade-off is that the parent carrier prioritizes its own customers so you might see slower speeds.

In the case of Verizon MVNOs, several use Verizon's superior network for their own 5G coverage. The best is owned and operated by Verizon — Visible, which features a $40 unlimited data plan and attractive pricing for multiple lines of data.

Philip Michaels is a Managing Editor at Tom's Guide. He's been covering personal technology since 1999 and was in the building when Steve Jobs showed off the iPhone for the first time. He's been evaluating smartphones since that first iPhone debuted in 2007, and he's been following phone carriers and smartphone plans since 2015. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics, old movies and proper butchery techniques. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.