- All taxes 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 mobile hotspot!
- All taxes 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.
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Verizon MVNOs: The Pros And Cons
Coverage, But It Is Somewhat A Mixed Bag
Verizon Wireless boasted in 2019 that its 4G LTE network covered 327 million people and 2.68 million square miles. But over the last several years, Verizon has focused on building out its 5G network. Verizon currently has 222 million people covered by its 5G Ultra Wideband network and expects that number to increase to 250 million by the end of 2024. However, in terms of coverage, its 5G network is not industry leading. T-Mobile is the 5G leader having announced in October 2023 that its 5G network covers over 330 million people and 300 million of them have 5G Ultra Capacity coverage (the equivalent of 5G Ultra Wideband in Verizon terms). T-Mobile’s network covers 1.9 million square miles with a 5G signal. Meanwhile, AT&T’s 5G network covers 290 million people, and the carriers claims its 4G LTE and 5G networks combine to reach over 2.91 million square miles.
Although Verizon’s network doesn’t offer the most 5G coverage, its 5G network when combined with its 4G LTE network still offers more coverage in more places than T-Mobile. And consequently, Verizon MVNO’s will also offer you more overall coverage in more places than T-Mobile and its MVNOs do. Verizon has not recently stated the land area that its network covers to be able to offer a better comparison to AT&T’s network and its MVNOs.
Verizon MVNO’s will typically have coverage that mirrors that of Verizon Prepaid. Unfortunately, Verizon Prepaid currently does not have a coverage map that shows off its 5G network. So to get a more accurate picture of what you can expect coverage-wise with Verizon MVNOs, we’ll have a look at Spectrum Mobile’s coverage map. Spectrum Mobile, is of course, a Verizon MVNO. Their coverage map is depicted below.
Verizon does still have a prepaid coverage map on its website for its 4G LTE network. A screenshot of what it looks like is shown below.
You Can Save Money By Not Having To Pay For Things You Don’t Want
Verizon MVNOs will typically offer more specialized and customizable products compared to major wireless carriers. They may cater to specific demographics or serve niche markets that big carriers do not. Big postpaid wireless carriers, like Verizon, typically take more of a one size fits all approach to their offerings by primarily only selling truly unlimited data plans.
Because Verizon MVNO companies may better serve niche markets than major carriers, you may find that you can significantly reduce the cost of your phone bill by more than 50% when you switch over to one. Choosing a provider that caters to your needs can save you money by eliminating the need for you to pay for unnecessary service features that you will never use.
Data Speeds And Network Prioritization
Aside from having a smaller 5G network footprint compared to other carriers, the biggest con with Verizon MVNOs, 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 you may experience a temporary increase in network latency compared to other customers Verizon’s network until the network gets less busy. But the problem with Verizon MVNOs is that this throttling during congestion can be far worse than what happens with MVNOs that use other carriers for coverage. Verizon and Verizon MVNO users on Reddit have voiced this issue over and over.
Keep in mind though, having to deal with Verizon’s data prioritization policy at play is something you may never experience. It depends on where you live and how congested the network is in that area. Without network congestion, data speeds should be similar to what you would get if you subscribed directly to Verizon Wireless instead of an MVNO. Some Verizon MVNOs, like US Mobile and MobileX do offer high priority data to help you avoid this potential issue.
- First 35GB of data at 5G data speeds, then 1Mbps
- Includes premium high priority data with a 5G device
- Includes 10GB mobile hotspot
- Price includes all taxes and fees!
- Keep your number & bring your phone!
- Free 30 day trial available with 30GB of data and $50 prepaid gift card offer
- 24/7 Customer Service
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 radios and network installed in a given area, but instead uses another network such as AT&T’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 and increasing 5G network footprint.
Limited Selection Of Independent Providers
Thanks to Verizon’s acquisition of Tracfone and all of its associated brands in November 2021, the actual number of independently owned Verizon MVNO and prepaid brands is smaller than what’s available through other networks. In fact, approximately one-third of the brands monitored by BestMVNO, which rely on Verizon’s network for coverage, are owned by Verizon. This includes Page Plus Cellular, Simple Mobile, Straight Talk, Total by Verizon, Tracfone, Visible by Verizon, Verizon Prepaid, and Walmart Family Mobile.
How Is Customer Support With A Verizon MVNO?
Customer support can be hit or miss with Verizon MVNO’s. Some MVNO’s cut costs by offering either offshore customer support, a limited support staff, or limited support hours or ways to contact them. Others may provide a customer support experience that some may find superior to that of Verizon’s.
Many seem to find US Mobile to be one such Verizon MVNO to offer a good customer support experience. You can see this in their Trustpilot reviews. The company’s representatives are also very active and quick to help customers over social media. This includes US Mobile’s subreddit thread.
Buying A Phone From A Verizon MVNO
This is one area where the MVNO industry, in general, is relatively weak. Most independently, non-carrier owned Verizon MVNOs and prepaid brands either do not sell phones or don’t offer subsidies like the major carriers and their prepaid brands do. This means you may be less likely to find a free phone or heavily discounted phone through a Verizon MVNO. However, some Verizon MVNOs, like Xfinity Mobile, do occasionally offer discounted and free phones.
Verizon MVNO BYOD Options
If you already have a Verizon or Verizon branded compatible phone that is paid off and out of contract ((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 passes the device compatibility checker found on a majority of Verizon MVNO websites. Typically most unlocked Motorola, Google Pixel, and Samsung phones, as well as Apple iPhones will be good to go. Just be sure they aren’t international versions.
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.
- Affinity Cellular
- Boom! Mobile
- Cox Mobile
- Credo Mobile
- Lively (Formerly GreatCall)
- Page Plus Cellular
- Patriot Mobile
- Red Pocket Mobile
- Selectel Wireless
- Simple Mobile
- Spectrum Mobile
- Straight Talk
- Ting Mobile
- Total by Verizon
- US Mobile
- Walmart Family Mobile
- Xfinity Mobile
List Of The Best Verizon MVNO Phone Plans In 2024
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