What Are the Best Carriers on Verizon’s Network?

Get on Verizon’s powerful wireless network for less with this rundown of affordable alternative carriers.
  • Best Value
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    4 out of 5 overall
    Truly unlimited data
    Limited phone selection
  • Best for Budget
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    3.5 out of 5 overall
    Simple and cheap
    Pricey higher-data plans
  • Best for Charitable Giving
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    4 out of 5 overall
    Charitable carrier with good plan selection
    Unlimited data is pricey
  • Best Bundle
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    3.5 out of 5 overall
    Cheap, flexible data plans with free 5G
    Only available to current Xfinity internet customers
  • Best for Low-Data Users
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    3 out of 5 overall
    Tons of plans under $20
    No unlimited data plan

When it comes to mobile performance, Verizon Wireless is the heavyweight champion, the king of the schoolyard, the big cheese. However you want to say it, Verizon offers the best coverage in the country, fast data speeds, and outstanding perks. If you can afford it.

Verizon knows it’s great, so it charges more than most other carriers for its service. Lucky for you, there are cheaper ways to get on the Verizon network.

Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are smaller prepaid carriers that piggyback off the networks of the Big Three—AT&TT-Mobile, and Verizon. They offer cheaper plans but often cut down on perks, like free subscriptions and HD video streaming.

In this review, we’ll tell which MVNOs use Verizon’s network and which ones have cell phone plans we like.

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Visible Wireless, our pick for best value for a Verizon MVNO, is offering discounts on select phones and free goodies like earbuds to entice new customers interested in more budget-friendly smartphones like the iPhone SE (2020) or Google Pixel series.

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Our picks for the best Verizon MVNOs

You can see a complete list of Verizon MVNOs in the table below, but these are the ones we recommend.

  • Best value: Visible Wireless is changing the prepaid wireless industry for the better. If you’re looking for a stripped down plan with tons of data on the nation’s best network, Visible’s $40 unlimited plan is unbeatable.
  • Best for your budget: Red Pocket Mobile is the carrier for those who don’t actually intend to use their phone much and just want to keep their bill low.
  • Best for charitable giving: Reach Mobile helps you help others by investing a portion of your bill in its Gigs that Give program, which gives phones and cell service to folks across the world.
  • Best bundle: Xfinity Mobile offers great savings for existing Xfinity internet customers.
  • Best for low-data users: If you don’t blow through more than 10 GBs a month in mobile data, then Twigby may be a great, cheap alternative to Verizon itself.

What carriers use Verizon’s network?

Here’s a list of all the no-contract, prepaid carriers that run on Verizon’s network.

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Visible Wireless: Best value

Visible Wireless is redefining the prepaid wireless industry

Pros

  • Truly unlimited data
  • Great deals on additional lines

Cons

  • Limited phone selection

Signing up for a prepaid plan used to feel like a compromise. Yes, you paid less. But you also got less. Visible Wireless is a prepaid provider that feels different.

Sure, Visible doesn’t give you a free subscription to HBO (like some AT&T plans do), but its single plan offering is robust: you get truly unlimited data on the nation’s most powerful network for just $40 a month. That’s a steal compared to almost any other plan on the market.

Visible Wireless unlimited plan

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that we’ve rated Visible’s Unlimited Plan as the best prepaid unlimited plan on any network. And the plan just gets better (as in cheaper) when you add more lines using Party Pay.

So, what’s the catch? There are two small strikes against Visible: the company has relatively limited phone compatibility (but it has gotten much better recently), and it doesn’t allow you to stream video in HD.

Red Pocket Mobile: Best for your budget

A discount carrier that lets you choose your network

Pros

  • Cheap plans
  • Great coverage options

Cons

  • Pricier unlimited data plan

Red Pocket Mobile is a special kind of MVNO because it doesn’t use a single network. Instead, it uses all the major networks: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. This is awesome for those who know what network works best where they live and travel.

Because Verizon has great coverage, we’re recommending Red Pocket as a great way to get on the Verizon 4G LTE network for cheap. Here are some Red Pocket plans specifically for the Verizon network.

Reach Mobile plans

Just remember that Red Pocket is best for your budget, so you should expect some limitations on your service. For example, Red Pocket uses Verizon’s 4G LTE network, not its 5G network.

Reach Mobile: Best for charitable giving

Get yourself, and someone else, connected with Reach Mobile

Pros

  • Charitable cause
  • Limited and unlimited data plans

Cons

  • Not the cheapest MVNO

Reach Mobile is like the TOMS Shoes of the wireless industry. Whenever you sign up for a Reach Mobile plan, you help someone else get connected. Reach calls its charitable program Gigs that Give.

But it’s not just the warm fuzzy feeling in your heart that makes Reach a good carrier. This Verizon MVNO also boasts a pretty decent plan selection.

Reach Mobile plans

The Basic Plan offers 3 GB of data, which is plenty for many casual users who don’t stream Tiger King on their iPhone while they’re falling asleep.

Reach’s All-In Unlimited Plan is a bit less of a steal, but, then again, most MVNOs aren’t donating a portion of their profits to help needy folks get cell phones.

Xfinity Mobile: Best bundle

Xfinity Mobile offers a great deal for their existing home internet customers

Pros

  • Cheap talk, text, and data plans
  • Unlimited data option

Cons

  • Only available to current Xfinity/Comcast customers

Maybe you’ve heard of the Comcast-owned cable internet service called Xfinity. Well now the same company has launched a wireless service called Xfinity Mobile. This is a unique MVNO because it is only available to existing Xfinity and Comcast customers.

If you are eligible for Xfinity Mobile, it’s a pretty great deal. Just check out the company’s plan offerings.

Xfinity Mobile plans by popularity

Those who don’t use a ton of data can save some cash by getting a by-the-gig plan. And all you data hogs can get everything you need with the $45 unlimited data plan.

With Xfinity Mobile’s unlimited plan you’ll get 20 GB of unthrottled data before you start experiencing slowdowns. You can use your data on Xfinity Mobile to create your own hotspot.

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Twigby: Best for low-data users

For those who don’t need to use a lot of data

Pros

  • Tons of plans under $20
  • Very customizable plans

Cons

  • No unlimited data plan
  • Limited phone selection

Twigby is one of the cheapest carriers on the market. It’s very easy to customize your plan with Twigby. The company’s website has a handy tool to select the amount of minutes and data you’d like, but here’s what Twigby’s cell plan prices look like.

Twigby plans by popularity

If building your own plan appeals to you, Twigby could be a good fit. Just know there’s no unlimited plan.

Lively! (formerly Greatcall): Best for seniors

Ideal for seniors and others who want to put health and safety first

Pros

  • Senior-specific features
  • Lots of plans to choose from

Cons

  • Pricier than other MVNOs

A lot of these prepaid Verizon alternatives market their services to younger crowds. But Lively! (formerly Greatcall) caters its devices, plans, and customer service to an older demographic.

Lively!’s plans include 24/7 access to urgent care, a personal operator to help you navigate your phone, apps to keep you connected with your family, and easy-to-use devices. Given all of that, Lively!’s plans aren’t too pricey.

Lively! (formerly Greatcall) plans by popularity

Of course, if you don’t need the health and safety perks of Lively! (formerly Greatcall), then you’ll probably want to go with one of the other Verizon MVNOs on this list.

Total Wireless

Total Wireless will hook you and your boo up with a cheap unlimited data plan

Pros

  • Great deals for multiple lines
  • Tons of cheap plans

Cons

  • Limited perks

Total Wireless offers cheap, stripped down plans that can get you tons of data on Verizon’s powerful network. Its Shared Plan is one of the best deals out there for couples who want to share unlimited data (and their phone bill).

Here’s a look at Total’s plan options.

Total Wireless plans by popularity

Let’s talk about that Shared Plan a little bit more: $60 for unlimited talk and text on two lines, unlimited data (30 GB at full speeds), and 10 GB of hotspot data. That’s a lot of wireless bandwidth for not a lot of money.

Just be sure that your boo doesn’t waste all that high speed data playing PUBG Mobile or streaming the new season of Westworld on HBO Max.

Page Plus

Page Plus has tons of plans of varying quality and cost

Pros

  • Plenty of cheap plans
  • Pay as you go options

Cons

  • Few perks
  • Pricier unlimited data plan

Page Plus is one of those MVNOs with a seemingly random name and an odd smattering of plans (a strangely common combination in the industry). But there are some good deals to be had by the right customer.

If you’re just looking for a simple plan that offers the basics, you can get the “The $12” plan from Page Plus. You’ll get 500 minutes, 500 texts, and just a smidge of data for emergency Google Maps needs. If you need more than that, you’ll have plenty of options.

Total Wireless plans by popularity

When it comes to low-data plans, Page Plus is one of the cheapest no contract carriers on Verizon’s network. But if you’re looking for higher-data and unlimited data plans, you’ll find a better deal with Visible or another Verizon MVNO.

Other carriers that use the Verizon network

Evaluating the carriers that use multiple networks, including Verizon’s 

Yep, there are a lot of no contract carriers on Verizon’s network. But there are even more that operate on multiple networks. Here’s a quick rundown of the MVNOs that use the Verizon network along with other networks.

Carriers that use Verizon’s network along with other networks:

  • Red Pocket
  • Twigby
  • Ting
  • Pix Wireless
  • Tracfone
  • Net10
  • Straight Talk
  • US Mobile
  • CREDO

We’ll spare you an in-depth analysis of all nine carriers. We’ve got a TL;DR recap here instead.

Pix Wireless has pay as you go plans that will work well for folks who don’t know exactly how much data they’ll want each month. Straight Talk has good unlimited data plans, while Tracfone excels with unconventional, low-data plans (like a yearly prepaid plan with 1,500 minutes).

Here’s a look at how the most popular plan on each of these carriers compares.

Multiple-network MVNO most popular plan comparison

Recap: Which Verizon MVNO is best for you?

There are more than a dozen carriers that use Verizon’s network, but these are the ones we recommend.

Best value: Visible Wireless is changing the prepaid wireless industry for the better. If you’re looking for a stripped down plan with tons of data on the nation’s best network, Visible’s $40 unlimited plan is unbeatable.

Best for your budget: Red Pocket Mobile is the carrier for those who don’t actually intend to use their phone much and just want to keep their bill low.

Best for charitable giving: Reach Mobile helps you help others by investing a portion of your bill in its Gigs that Give program, which gives phones and cell service to folks across the world.

Best bundle: Xfinity Mobile offers great savings for existing Xfinity internet customers.

Best for low-data users: If you don’t blow through more than 10 GBs a month in mobile data, then Twigby may be a great, cheap alternative to Verizon itself.

Frequently asked questions about Verizon MVNOs

If you still have questions about mobile virtual network operators and Verizon, we hope we have you covered with these frequently asked questions. If not, shoot us a question in the comments, and we’ll try to get you a better answer.

How good is Verizon’s network?

Verizon’s network is one of the best in the country. Based on our information, it covers roughly 70% of the country with its 4G LTE network, and it delivers the second-fastest 4G LTE speeds. We expect those numbers to change as Verizon rolls out more of its 5G infrastructure.

Verizon coverage

Verizon’s network covers more of the US than any other carrier’s. So you can count on getting a signal in most of the country, from the redwood forests of California to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

Verizon coverage map

Of course, there are some holes in this map. But no carrier is going to get you full bars in northern Idaho or western Alaska. If your travels take you that far, you might want to look into buying a satellite phone.

Verizon data speeds

After sampling thousands of Verizon users, we found that Verizon averages download speeds of 32.2 Mbps, which puts it right behind T-Mobile for fastest wireless speeds.

An infographic ranking wireless networks by speed: #1 T-Mobile, #2 Verizon, #3 AT&T, Sprint unranked because it was acquired by T-Mobile in 2020

An average data speed of 32.2 Mbps is still quite fast. It’s plenty for streaming videos and music. It’s more than enough for browsing and posting to social media. And games shouldn’t have any issues keeping up their PUBG Mobile streak.

Customers aren’t likely to see data speeds get much faster than this with any carrier until the rollout of 5G arrives.

What about deprioritization?

Most prepaid, MVNO plans are at risk of being deprioritized. This happens when the network owner (in this case, Verizon) decides to give more bandwidth to its own customers, at the expense of those on MVNO plans. Deprioritized customers will see a reduction in data speeds.

How do MVNOs work?

Check out this video explainer about mobile virtual network operators to learn more about how they work and how they make money.