First and foremost, I must say there is no real best Verizon MVNO unlimited data plan. Anybody that tries to tell you otherwise is full of baloney. The reason is, there really isn’t just one plan that’s best for everybody. Some Verizon MVNO unlimited data plan providers have really crappy customer service. While others may come with certain limitations like little to no hotspot. So the best Verizon MVNO or prepaid unlimited data plan is whichever one best fits your own personal needs and works where you live. Having said that, there are some providers that offer really good and old-fashioned bang for the buck value. So let’s take a look at a couple of those, and maybe you’ll find one that best fits your own personal needs.
I don’t think you can have a list of the best valued Verizon MVNO and prepaid unlimited data plans without mentioning Visible. Visible is a prepaid brand that is actually owned by Verizon Wireless. It’s designed to compete with other carrier prepaid brands that include AT&T’s Cricket Wireless and T-Mobile’s Metro by T-Mobile.
It’s All About The Party!
So what makes Visible such a great value? Simple. Subscribers can get an unlimited everything plan for just $25/month with taxes and fees included through Visible’s Party Pay platform. Party Pay is Visible’s take on multi-line group discounts, except that they work differently than any other group discount available on the market. Subscribers can join groups of other Visible subscribers using the Visible app, available on both Android and iOS. What’s unique here, is that each subscriber in a group is responsible for paying their own bill with their own credit card or payment platform of choice. Others in the group do not have to interact with each other and don’t see each other’s credit cards. There is no limit to the number of members that can be in a group, but each group must have a minimum of 4 members in it to get the plan for $25/month. Visible subscribers not in a Party Pay group pay $40/month for their plan with all taxes and fees included in the price.
Another thing that makes Visible’s unlimited plan unique is that it includes unlimited mobile hotspot. However, only one device can connect to the hotspot at a time and data speeds are limited to a maximum of 5Mbps. There isn’t another low-cost provider on the market offering unlimited hotspot usage at data speeds that are that fast.
Visible’s plan of course includes unlimited talk and text. It also comes with unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada. WiFi calling is supported. Visible subscribers have access to Verizon’s 4G LTE and full 5G wireless networks. However, data speeds on 5G are limited to a maximum of 200Mbps. There are no speed limits over 4G LTE.
Visible also offers iPhone customers with eSIM, a free 15-day trial. No credit card or other payment method is needed for the trial. You also do not need to port your number in for the trial.
It Might Be Priced Right, But That’s Not Enough For Everyone
Ask anyone about Visible and you’ll certainly find your fair share of completely mixed and opposing opinions. The Visible Reddit thread is certainly filled with them. MVNOs, in general, can be hit or miss based on location. While Visible may not technically be an MVNO depending on how you want to define MVNO, it certainly has some of the issues associated with them. One common issue is that the quality of service can vary greatly by location, primarily caused by network congestion present in one area that isn’t present in another. But if the previously referenced Reddit forum is accurate, it’s a bit worse for Visible. And that’s because Visible’s network is set up a bit differently than traditional MVNOs and prepaid providers. You see, Visible is a cloud-based provider. Traffic is generally routed through an extremely limited number of cloud servers. Among other variables, depending on how close or far away a subscriber is from a cloud server they may experience low or high ping times and subpar data speeds. If you’re in an area with high ping times and subpar data speeds, Visible certainly won’t be for you.
2). US Mobile
US Mobile fits the true definition of an MVNO. The company purchases talk, text, and data at bulk rates through both Verizon Wireless and also T-Mobile. But we’re interested in their Verizon Wireless based plan as it offers truly unlimited data (Update: US Mobile no longer offers what I call truly unlimited data. To me, a truly unlimited data plan has unlimited high-speed data. US Mobile’s “unlimited plan” now includes 75GB of high-speed data before throttling. However, throttle speeds are higher than the competition and are at a very usable speed of 1Mbps.) US Mobile refers to its Verizon-based plan as its Super LTE network plan. Besides having a good price, the plan includes some pretty unique features that also help to make it a compelling choice for consumers. But we’ll come back to those in a bit.
So, just like Visible, US Mobile’s unlimited data plan is priced at $25/month but only if you have multiple lines in an account. As a single-line plan, their unlimited plan costs $45/month. Taxes and fees are also included in the price.
US Mobile’s plan is at a disadvantage compared to Visible’s as it does not include any mobile hotspot. Mobile hotspot costs an additional $10/month for 20GB. On the other hand, unlike Visible, US Mobile does include 5G network access without any speed caps.
Special Perks Help To Make US Mobile Unique
What really makes US Mobile standout is that their unlimited plan includes special perks and free international data roaming. Subscribers get up to 10GB of free international high-speed data to use in 140 countries with their eSIM enabled devices. Special perks include getting your streaming subscriptions paid for you if have multiple lines of service. Customers with at least 3-lines of service can choose to get one of the following subscriptions paid for by US Mobile:
- Slacker Plus LiveXLive
- Pandora Plus
- Spotify Family
- Apple Music Family
- Apple TV Plus
- Disney Plus Bundle with Hulu and ESPN+
- Netflix Standard subscription
- HBO Max
- Playstation Plus
- Xbox Live Gold
Customers that have at least 4-lines of service can elect to have two of the above subscriptions paid for by US Mobile. In order to get your subscription paid for by US Mobile, you must email them each month a receipt for your streaming service bill. US Mobile will then credit your account for the cost of that service.
US Mobile does offer its customers a money-back guarantee. If you’re not happy with your plan, you can get a full refund within 14 days or before 1000 talk, text, or MBs is used, whichever comes first.
Besides hotspot not being included with their unlimited plan, there are a couple of other downsides to be aware of. US Mobile does not yet have access to Verizon’s high-speed ultra-wideband 5G network. Update: In January of 2022, US Mobile announced they now have access to all of Verizon’s 5G networks including both ultra-wideband, c-band, and Verizon’s 5G nationwide network. So what’s the difference between the networks you may ask? Well, the nationwide 5G network doesn’t offer the blazing fast data speeds that 5G networks are being hyped up for. Instead, data speeds are similar to or maybe slightly faster than 4G LTE data speeds. The ultra-wideband network, includes data speeds that are multiple times faster than traditional LTE networks, while c-band is somewhere in the middle..
Another thing to be aware of is that US Mobile’s Verizon based unlimited plan does not include WiFi calling. And as typical with Verizon MVNOs, during times of network congestion, data speeds may be temporarily slowed until the network congestion gets relieved. But this isn’t something that affects everyone, and in fact, in many locations, customers never experience these slowdowns at all. This is very different from Visible, where service may slow due to network congestion, but additionally, may also slow due to how far away the customer is from Visible’s cloud servers.
3). How Do US Mobile And Visible Compare To Verizon Wireless?
Verizon’s postpaid wireless plans, and even their prepaid plans are considerably more expensive than both Visible and US Mobile. Verizon’s cheapest postpaid unlimited plan starts at $70/month. It’s unlimited prepaid plan is priced as low as $50/month but starts at $65/month. Verizon’s plans do not include taxes and fees, so those are additional costs to consider. Verizon’s Postpaid plans have higher network data access priority, so during times of network congestion, data speeds should be faster than Visible’s and US Mobile. Verizon’s Postpaid plans also come with free streaming subscription perks similar to US Mobile’s. Depending on the unlimited plan, subscribers may get free Disney+, Apple Music, Hulu+, and ESPN+ subscriptions. They may also have access to Verizon’s ultra-wideband 5G network. A table comparing Visible and US Mobile to Verizon’s cheapest unlimited postpaid and prepaid plans is below.
|Visible||US Mobile||VZW Prepaid||VZW Postpaid|
|4-lines ($) Price Per Line||$25||$25||$50||$35|
|Hotspot||Yes||No $10 upgrade||No $5 Upgrade||No $10 Upgrade|
|5G Ultra-wideband||Yes||Yes||No $10 Upgrade||No $10 Upgrade|
A couple of other quick points to make about the prices in the table. For both postpaid and prepaid Verizon Wireless plans, autopay must be enabled to get the prices shown. The Verizon postpaid plan is $10/month higher without autopay billing enabled, and the prepaid plan is $5/month higher. The prepaid plan also requires customers to remain active on the service for 10 months for the cost to drop down to that rate. Verizon Prepaid customers receive loyalty discounts. The plan starts out at $65/month, and after 3-months of service, it drops to $60/month, after 9-months it’s $55/month and autopay drops all pricing down by $5 more. If you want to compare more Verizon MVNO plans to Verizon, check out the full list of Verizon MVNO phone plans.