Verizon Wireless has four types of plans available to customers:
- Mobile Broadband
If you are not going to be in the US for a long period of time then prepaid or month to month is not a bad option for you. The minimum price option is 450 anytime minutes for $44.99 per month and any excess minutes over 450 you pay 45 cents per minute. The unlimited talk and text option will cost you $94.99 per month. If you have a smartphone such as an Android or BlackBerry the unlimited data package (only option) is $30 per month. You are looking at a total of $124.99 for unlimited talk, text and data.
Mobile Broadband is designed for tablets, mobile hotspots, netbooks and notebooks. You will need to decide if your device is compatible with Verizon's 4G network as the rates differ. The 4G rate for cell phones is $50 for 5 Gigs of data or $80 for 10Gigs. For other devices on the 3G network the rate is the same for 5 and 10 Gigs of data, however, there is the option of getting 1Gig for $20 or 3Gigs for $35.
Family plans have the advantage of allowing you to share your minutes between five cell phones. If you are a couple looking for unlimited talk, text and data it will cost you $180, which is a better deal than getting it individually. For each additional line you add on (unlimited talk and text) will cost you $50, plus $30 per additional phone for unlimited data. The alternative is to select either 700, 1400 or 2000 minute bundle, which is shared between the lines you select. For this option it will cost you $130 for two lines and an additional $10 for each additional line you add. You then have the option to add on data bundles for each phone.
The most common plan is the individual plans. The unlimited talk and text is $90 plus $30 for data, which is not an option if you are using a smartphone/BlackBerry, hence, your total is $120. You are able to select bundles of minutes at $60 for 450 minutes and $80 for 900 minutes. Thereafter you pay between 40 and 45 cents for additional minutes. If you are going to go over your bundle in a particular month it is worth increasing your package before the end of the month and getting Verizon to make the change starting from the beginning of the month. When you take out your contract, there is the one time activation fee for $35 that you should be aware of.
A useful add on feature is the mobile hotspot option at $20 per month for 2 GB of data ($20 for GB thereafter). If you compare Verizon's plans to Sprint and T-Mobile, you will find that Verizon is about $10 more expensive than Sprint and $40 more expensive than T-Mobile. Unlimited talk, text and data on Verizon is $120, on Sprint it is $110 and on T-Mobile it is $80. Therefore it is not the most competitively priced network, although in certain areas of the US, Verizon has better service coverage and Verizon's 4G LTE connectivity service is the fastest, with an average download speed of 9.46 mbps (according to PC Mag's testing). On the flip side their 3G network for cell phones is possibly the slowest out of the major providers.