Verizon MVNO Comparison

On this page you’ll find a comparison list of cell phone carriers that use Verizon’s network, or what are otherwise known as Verizon MVNO’s.  The right Verizon MVNO phone plan can help you to save a lot of money on your phone bill. Some people save over 50% when they switch to a Verizon MVNO.

Wireless Provider
Talk
Text
Data
Price
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Boom! Mobile

Special Features:
  • All taxes and fees included in price shown.
  • Extra data can be purchased with 90 day rollover.
  • Boom! Mobile operates on VZW’s postpaid network that includes extended digital coverage!
  • Plans include VoLTE HD Voice calling, and mobile hotspot!
  • NEW! Use your gift card from Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Target and many more places to fund your Boom Mobile account and pay your bill!
Unlimited
Unlimited
2 GB
$29.99
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Boom! Mobile

Special Features:
  • All taxes and fees included in price shown.
  • Extra data can be purchased with 90 day rollover.
  • Boom! Mobile operates on VZW’s postpaid network that includes extended digital coverage. 
  • Plans include VoLTE HD Voice calling, and mobile hotspot!
  • NEW! Use your gift card from Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Target and many more places to fund your Boom Mobile account and pay your bill!
Unlimited
Unlimited
5 GB
$39.99
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I already know all of this!  Take me to the Verizon MVNO List!

The Verizon MVNO Business Model

Verizon MVNO’s typically buy talk, text, and data in bulk from Verizon Wireless. By doing so, each MVNO is able to purchase service at a big discount. Each Verizon MVNO then resells the talk, text and data back to the consumer with a small price markup making it profitable for the company.  Even with the markup, the service is generally resold at a significantly cheaper rate compared to what Verizon would sell the same service to the consumer for.

Verizon MVNO Pros And Cons

Pros

Verizon Wireless has the largest 4G LTE wireless network in the USA. Consequently, Verizon MVNO’s will offer you more coverage in more places than any other MVNO on any other network can.

Verizon Prepaid/MVNO 4G LTE Coverage Map As Of 1/19/2018. 4G LTE Areas In Orange, No LTE Coverage In White. Map Corresponds To Verizon’s Prepaid Network Which Is What Most Verizon MVNO’s Use. Areas Of Coverage In Dark Red. No Coverage In White And Pink.
Verizon Prepaid/MVNO 4G LTE Coverage Map As Of 1/19/2018. 4G LTE Areas In Orange, No LTE Coverage In White. Map Corresponds To Verizon’s Prepaid Network Which Is What Most Verizon MVNO’s Use. Areas Of Coverage In Dark Red. No Coverage In White And Pink.

Cons

Price

Offering the largest wireless network in the USA comes at a price. Typically Verizon MVNO’s cost more than MVNO plans on other networks do.  This is particularly true for those seeking a cheap plan with a limited amount of talk, text and data. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t good options available.  Red Pocket Mobile is one of the few that currently offers competitively priced plans for low usage customers.

Data Speeds

Another traditional con of Verizon MVNO’s is that in the past Verizon limited the data speeds of its MVNO partners to 5 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload.  Fortunately, this restriction seems to have been lifted for a majority of the MVNO’s.

Limited To No Roaming Capability

Most, if not all Verizon MVNO’s, do not allow roaming on other domestic wireless networks. Roaming is what happens when your provider does not have its own towers and network in a given area, but instead uses another network such as Sprint’s to provide you with cellular coverage.  This means that you may see a small drop off in coverage if you switch from Verizon postpaid service where roaming is allowed to a Verizon MVNO where roaming is not allowed.   For most though, this should go unnoticed given the vast size of Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Network Prioritization

Another con, and this is for MVNO’s in general, is that service with an MVNO may be prioritized below service directly obtained from the parent network. As an example, this means that if you are subscribed to a Verizon MVNO and Verizon’s network is busy, you may see your data speeds temporarily slowed down or a temporary increase in network latency.  This is something you may never experience though, and is impacted by where you live.

Customer Support

Customer support can be hit or miss.  Some MVNO’s cut costs by offering either offshore customer support, a limited support staff, and/or limited support hours.  Others may provide a support experience that some may find superior to that of Verizon’s.

Buying A Phone From A Verizon MVNO

This is one area where the MVNO industry in general is relatively weak.  With the exception of a few major MVNO providers such as Straight Talk and Total Wireless you typically don’t see great deals or BOGO offers on cell phones.  In fact, most Verizon MVNOs don’t even sell phones.

Verizon MVNO BYOD Options

If you already have a Verizon or Verizon branded compatible phone that is paid off and out of contract 1)excluding Verizon Prepaid devices which depending on the device require minimally 1 month of use on a Verizon Prepaid plan before they can be used with an MVNO you can use it with any Verizon MVNO. If you do not have a Verizon branded phone you may still be able to use it with a Verizon MVNO as long as it supports the following LTE bands 2 (1900 Mhz), 4  (1700 Mhz), and 13 (700 Mhz) AND Verizon is willing to activate it. Typically most Motorola devices and Apple iPhones will meet this requirement.

 

If you’re willing to pay more in advance, you may find Tracfone to be a great value.

Wireless Provider
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Data
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Red Pocket Annual

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Only available at Amazon.  Red Pocket’s annual plan includes unlimited talk, text and international talk with 3 GB of data.  The annual plan is priced at $255 or $21.25/month.  A semi annual plan is priced at $25.50/month or $153.  Take a test drive for one month at $29.75.
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Verizon MVNO List

Alright, so you made up your mind that a Verizon MVNO is right for you.  Below is a list of all of the Verizon MVNOs that may be able to help you save a lot of money on your phone bill.

Each provider in the list above offers several phone plans.  With so many choices, finding the right one can be time consuming.  I’ve tried to save you some time by going through each of the provider’s plans myself and picking out which one I think is the best.  The Verizon MVNO plans that I picked out are the plans that I feel would suit most BestMVNO readers offering them the best bang for the buck.  To meet criteria for inclusion into this price comparison list, plans were chosen that contained at least 1 GB of data with unlimited talk and text.  If you are looking for wireless phone plans for the family, you can find them here.

 



List Of The Best Verizon MVNO Phone Plans




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Tracfone Logo


Includes WiFi Calling!

Plan is for 30 days

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  300
  1000
  1GB
  $20
Boom Mobile Logo


  • All taxes and fees included in price shown.
  • Extra data can be purchased with 90 day rollover.
  • If used on the Verizon network, Boom! Mobile will include extended digital coverage.
  • If used on the Verizon network, plans will include VoLTE HD Voice calling, and mobile hotspot.
  • NEW! Use your gift card from Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Target and many more places to fund your Boom Mobile account and pay your bill!
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $29.99
Red Pocket Mobile Logo


See a review of Red Pocket Mobile

  • Unlimited International calling to over 70.
  • Price shown is with auto pay billing enabled, price is $35 without auto pay billing.
  • MMS and group text messaging will not work with iPhones on GSMA AT&T plans

Bonus! Buy the annual plan at Amazon and get 3 GB of data at an average cost of just $21.25/month!

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $30.00
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See a review of Total Wireless

Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Price is with autopay billing enabled. $35 without.
  • BYOD is supported.
  • Additional data can be purchased with unlimited carryover priced at $10 for 5 GB
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $33.25
DataPass Logo


Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $34
Page Plus Cellular Logo


  • 3-Way Calling
  • Call Forwarding
  • Caller ID
  • Caller ID Blocking
  • Call Waiting
  • $10 International Calling Credit
  • International Text Messaging (SMS)
  • Mobile Web (WAP)
  • No Answer/Busy Transfer
  • Online Account Management
  • Picture/Video Messaging (MMS)
  • Premium Text Messaging (PSMS)
  • Text Messaging (SMS)
  • Voice Mail
  • Plan Is $36 With Auto Pay Billing Enabled
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $39.95
Selectel Wireless


Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  6GB
  $40
Verizon Wireless Logo


Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Data carryover for one month with autopay enabled or on time payments.
  • Full speed LTE data
  • HD-Voice calling included
  • International SMS included to over 200 countries
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $40
Zing PCS, Everything To Know Before Subscribing


  • International texting included
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $40
ECO Mobile Logo


Includes talk and text to over 80 countries

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  4GB
  $40
Ready Mobile Logo


  • Unlimited talk and text means a maximum of 5000 minutes and 5000 texts
  • Overage rates apply: $0.015/minute, $0.002/text and $0.015/MB
  • Option to add Groove distracted driving module and service.  Disables potentially distracting phone features such as text messaging while driving,
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $40
Visible Logo


  • Plan is exclusive to iPhones
  • Data speeds are limited to a maximum of 5 Mbps
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  UnlimitedGB
  $40
Affinity Cellular


  • For AAA members only
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $45
Net10 Wireless Logo


Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Price is with auto pay billing enabled.  Price is $50 without auto pay billing enabled.
  • WiFi calling and texting is limited to select Android devices

Deal! Pay 3 months in advance, and you’ll save $10/month.  Pay in advance rate is $120, or $40/month.

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  8GB
  $45
Straight Talk Wireless Logo


Includes WiFi Calling!
  • $44/month if you enable auto refill. Pay 3 months in advance, save $5. Pay 6 months in advance save $15. Pay one year in advance save $45
  • WiFi calling and texting is not available for all devices
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  10GB
  $45
Xfinity Mobile Logo


Includes WiFi Calling!
  • This plan is only available to Comcast Infinity Internet subscribers
  • WiFi calling and texting available on iPhones only
  • After 20GB of data gets used in a month, data speeds get reduced to 1.5Mbps download and 750 Kbps upload until the next billing cycle
  • Hotspot speeds limited to 600 Kbps
  • Video streaming limited to a resolution of 480p
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  20GB
  $45
US Mobile Logo


  • Unlimited hotspot available for $5 more each month
  • Data speeds may be temporarily reduced during times of heavy network congestion once more than 14 GB has been consumed in a month
  • Data speeds limited to 5 Mbps
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  UnlimitedGB
  $56
Best Cellular (CDMA) Logo


Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $60
Credo Mobile Logo


  • In addition to price shown, there is a line access fee.  The line access fee is $20 for smartphones purchased on an installment plan, and $40 for phones purchased on a 2 year contract.
  • Includes domestic voice roaming
  • Includes calling to Mexico and Canada
  • Credo Mobile is a very politically active MVNO.  A portion of the company’s profits are used to advance progressive causes.
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  20GB
  $65

Not sure which is right for you?  Maybe this MVNO List can help.  Need a pay as you go plan?  Check out the MVNOs that offer Verizon pay as you go plans.  Looking for unlimited data?  Check out this list of unlimited data plans.

See also Verizon MVNO Family Plans, and if you you need an even cheaper plan, this list of cheap cell phone plans.

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1. excluding Verizon Prepaid devices which depending on the device require minimally 1 month of use on a Verizon Prepaid plan before they can be used with an MVNO


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Did anyone try Red Pocket Mobile or Boom Mobile? Is the speed fast enough comparing with normal Verizon experience?

Joe P
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Yes. I already wrote a review about this.

Mary
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I have tried both and I keep Red Pocket as a secondary phone. I love them I only have the $10 plan in case of emergencies.

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Be aware of Us mobile, they have great customer service. The plans say unlimited data, but that is not true. Each plan has a limit and if you go over that limit you are throttled down to 128 kbs. Which is so slow you can barely do anything. There web site only says you are slowed. You have to ask customer service how slow.

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I have been on service with Visible for about a week now. Service when working is great just like Verizon, as it should be since its Verizon’s network and Visible has Verizon’s financial back. For that reason I have been very discouraged that in the first week service reliability has been very poor. If I said it had a 90 percent up time I’d be gracious. When reaching out to Visible, granted its during their only outlet of care, chat and service hours 9AM-6PM, they have been quick to respond. This is a response, “Our technology is on the Verizon… Read more »

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“…..just that Verizon is positioned to aquire Visible if that need arises.”

No, Verizon already owns Visible. Visible service is still different than Verizon’s and beta does not mean free. Visible has not been forthright in explaining how exactly the service works. They’ve been rather vague. You’re not the only one to report outages, but I’ve heard they’ve offered some sort of compensation to those affected.

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Danyael N.

I’ve been on verizon post paid for almost 20 years… tired of my inflated bill. Thinking of going with Total Wireless… I use around 1GB data a month, but lots of talk and text. I see very few options in regards to ‘tethering’. When it says it is not supported, does that mean that if I turn it on in my phone settings it will not work? Or does that mean that if I turn it on and have problems there is no one to support it? Also, I DO need the same coverage. Can anyone confirm that any of… Read more »

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I LOVE Total Wireless. I have been with them for almost 3 years. Good Verizon quality. Goes everywhere. I never get close to running out of 5gb data. If you buy the cards from walmart they include 6gb data. I have never lost a call. I even used them during a blackout when wifi and other phone (sprint ugh) would not work.

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I just wanted to post my experience transferring my phone to Total Wireless. There are a lot of negative reviews out there about total Wireless and TracFone brands in general. This made me very hesitant to leave pure talk USA. Pure talk USA customer service is american-based and it’s very good. Overall I found AT&T coverage excellent which is the network Pure Talk runs on. However I was increasingly finding areas we’re indoors I had poor coverage. This was becoming frustrating for me as I need to have access to my phone for work. I ported my number over to… Read more »

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2 Questions: First I looked at Verizon Prepaid and specials. They appear to cost $35 and $40 per month but then there is another $20 per month “connection” charge. IS THIS CORRECT?? Second, is there any Verizon MVNOs that uses the Verizon “Roaming” system as part of what they provide?? Thanks, ron t.

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Anything new about Verizon removing the 5mbps cap? I’m looking to go to a Verizon prepaid carrier for better coverage.

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It looks like the yearly plan from Red pocket is no longer available on Amazon.

Joe Paonessa
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Joe Paonessa

Hopefully they can bring that back soon.

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Jason Rayls

In an article you talked about Verizon doing away with the 5mbps cap. I was wondering if you’ve found out any more about that. I’m a Verizon customer seeking a cheaper solution. Straight talk could not give me an answer.

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I have been with pure talk USA an AT&T mvno for almost 2 years now the customer service is great and the price is very good considering for $35 a month with all taxes and fees I get 5 gigs of LTE data however recently I have been in areas where AT&T indoor coverage hasn’t been very good people on Verizon continue to have good service and it’s beginning to frustrate me in addition when I receive videos either from a Verizon sender or another AT&T mvno like cricket the picture is very grainy and distorted I’m not sure if… Read more »