Reach Mobile vs. Verizon Wireless Review

Verizon’s powerhouse plans are among the best in the industry, but some may opt for Reach’s charitable giving.

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Easton Smith
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Published on July 08, 2021
9 min read

Did you know that Reach Mobile actually runs on Verizon’s network? It’s true, but that’s about where the similarities end with these two carriers.

Verizon is a huge company with pricey, high performance plans. Reach is a tiny carrier with a few simple plans that gives a bunch of its money to charitable causes.

So, which is better? The short answer is: Verizon tends to offer more bang for your buck, but Reach’s good heart will win over some customers. The longer answer is this article. So read on to learn all the nitty-gritty details about plans, pricing, perks, performance, and more!

How to choose a cell phone plan

Before we go into comparing Reach and Verizon, we want to take a step back. Here are a few tips for picking your next cell phone plan.

Data: You need data for pretty much everything—streaming, gaming, posting, working, etc. So make sure your plan has enough data to support your habits.

Price: Cell phone plans are cheaper than they used to be. You can make sure you’re getting the best price available using tools like WhistleOut’s comparison charts (seen in this article).

Coverage: There are three major networks in the US. Check coverage maps to see which one has the best coverage in your city or town.

Features: Special features like hotspot data, international benefits, and HD video streaming aren’t included in every plan. Read through the fine print to make sure you’re getting all the features you want before you sign up.

Reach Mobile vs. Verizon plans and prices

Winner: Verizon offers more data, faster speeds, and tons of perks, but some may still like Reach’s promo prices

The chart above is a comparison between Reach’s unlimited data plan and one of Verizon’s unlimited plans. While it may look like Reach offers the same thing for half the price, the story is actually a lot more complicated than that. Here’s everything you need to know, beginning with Reach.

Reach Mobile’s plans

With Reach Mobile you’ve got four basic choices: a 3 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, or unlimited data plan. No matter which one you choose, you’ll get mobile hotspot data, HD video streaming, and unlimited talk and text. Just take a look at the chart below.

Reach Mobile plan prices

Judging by this chart, Reach’s prices are incredibly cheap. But keep in mind that these are just the promo prices, and they will go up after your first three months. In fact, the prices will double. So that unlimited plan goes from $32.50 a month to $65.00 a month!

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Reach’s plans are cheaper than Verizon’s, but there are other carriers that are way cheaper. In fact, Mint Mobile’s regular prices are about the same as Reach’s promo prices.

Still, $65 is within the normal price range for an unlimited data plan. Plus, Reach will give some of that money away (more on that in a second). But there’s another thing to keep in mind when considering Reach: data speeds.

Data caps and deprioritization

Weird fact of the day: most “unlimited data” plans aren’t truly unlimited. Instead, they have a data cap. After you reach your cap, you’ll still get data, but it will be dramatically slower, meaning you might have problems with streaming, scrolling, and other basic functions.

Unfortunately, Reach Mobile has one of the lowest data caps we’ve ever seen on an unlimited data plan. It’s just 20 GB, which many people can burn through in a week or less. So, if you need a reliable, high-speed data plan for Zoom meetings at work, you might want to go with Verizon.

But the bad news doesn’t really end there. Reach’s data will never be as reliably fast as Verizon’s, even before you reach the data cap. That’s because the company is an MVNO and its customers will always be at risk of having their data deprioritized (slowed down) when the network is congested.

Reach Mobile’s charitable contributions

So, if Reach isn’t the cheapest or the most powerful carrier, why would people choose it? For many, it comes down to the company’s awesome charitable giving. “Get a plan, give a plan” is one of the company’s mottos, and it's got the data to back it up.

Reach has partnered with programs that provide cell phones and service to women in poor and rural areas throughout the globe. You can use the Reach Mobile app to see just how much talk, text, and data you’ve contributed to Reach’s program.

Reach Mobile Impact
Source: Reach Mobile

Verizon Wireless’s plans

Verizon is a giant in the mobile industry that has tons to offer for all kinds of customers. Just take a look at all of these cell phone plans the company sells.

Verizon Wireless plans and pricing

When it comes to Verizon’s lower-tier plans—like the Basic Phone Plan or the 10 GB plan—things are pretty straightforward. And, to be honest, the deals aren’t the best. If you want a plan with just a little bit of data, you’re better off going with Reach (or another MVNO like Mint Mobile).

But Verizon’s four unlimited data plans are a different story. These plans are some of the most powerful on the market. Here’s what you need to know about them.

  • All of these plans come with unlimited talk, text, and data, access to Verizon’s 5G network, and cool perks like a 6-month Disney+ subscription (which we highly recommend).
  • The Start Unlimited Plan is the cheapest and simplest of these plans. It has no hard data cap but on this plan your data can always be slowed down due to deprioritization (much like on Reach’s plans). You don’t get any mobile hotspot data.
  • The Do More Unlimited Plan has a 50 GB high-speed data cap and DVD-quality video streaming. It comes with 15 GB of mobile hotspot data and cool business perks to help you get more work done, like 600 GB of Verizon Cloud storage.
  • The Play More Unlimited Plan has a 50 GB high-speed data cap, unlimited HD video streaming, and 15 GB of hotspot data. You’ll get free subscriptions to Hulu, ESPN, and Disney+ with this plan.
  • The Get More Unlimited Plan basically combines the plans above, giving you a 50 GB data cap, unlimited HD streaming, all the subscriptions, and a full 30 GB of mobile hotspot data.

In short, Verizon’s unlimited plans are pricey powerhouses that will satisfy those who work, game, stream, and post on their phones all day.

Deals for first responders, students, military and more

Verizon is all about hooking up hard working people with a good deal. Check out these discounts on unlimited data plans for first responders, military, nurses, teachers, and students!

Reach vs. Verizon plans: The bottom line

To summarize all of the above: Reach’s lower-data plans are a decent deal for those who don’t need much data and want to give back. But when it comes to unlimited data and perks, Verizon is definitely the way to go.

Reach Mobile vs. Verizon Wireless family plans

Winner: Verizon has the family plan deals, while Reach comes up short

When it comes to family plans there really isn’t any competition between Verizon and Reach. That’s because Reach Mobile doesn’t really do family plans. Yes, you can add an additional line to your account, but you won’t see any cost savings when you do.

Here’s an example to illustrate the difference. Let’s say you, your spouse, and your two kids all want unlimited data plans. If you sign up for a four-line unlimited data plan from Reach, it will cost you more than if you signed up from Verizon. Take a look.

Reach vs. Verizon family plan comparison

Reach’s plan costs a good bit more, while offering way less. You’ll still have that 20 GB data cap, data deprioritization, and a lack of perks.

Verizon, meanwhile, offers pretty awesome deals on all of its plans when you add extra lines. If you’ve got more than one person who wants a cell phone plan in your family, there’s really no reason to not bundle together with Verizon.

Reach Mobile vs. Verizon Wireless coverage

Winner: Reach and Verizon have the same coverage, but your coverage means more with Verizon

Here’s a little open secret about Reach and Verizon: they actually use the same network. Reach Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which means that it doesn’t have its own network. Instead, it leases bandwidth from Verizon.

So, the coverage map for both carriers is identical.

Reach Mobile and Verizon Wireless coverage map

Both Reach and Verizon customers will enjoy the best nationwide 4G coverage available. Plus, Verizon’s network performance isn’t half bad, either. Check out this data on network speeds that we got from over 100,000 mobile customers.

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

As you can see, Verizon comes in a close second place, behind T-Mobile. But keep in mind that Reach customers won’t actually get the full benefits of this speed because of deprioritization. Only those who opt for Verizon’s pricier unlimited data plans will really experience the full power of the network.

Reach Mobile vs. Verizon phones and devices

Winner: Verizon has more variety, but some will like Reach’s deals on discount devices

If you’re ready to replace that old iPhone 7 with a busted screen, then you’re in luck. When you sign up for a new plan from Reach or Verizon, you can nab a good deal on a brand-new phone.

If you want a new flagship phone from a major company, like the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the iPhone 12, then Verizon has a way better selection. But Reach comes in with some sweet deals on cheaper devices, like the iPhone SE (2020). These WhistleOut charts will show you the most popular phones that each company is selling right now.

Reach Mobile phone deals

Verizon phone deals

Recap: Which carrier is right for you?

Which will it be? Are you a do-gooder who wants a cheap plan from Reach or a data-lover who wants a powerhouse plan from Verizon? Maybe a quick recap will help you decide.

Plans: Reach’s plans are relatively affordable and offer a decent amount of data, but data slowdowns and price changes will drive many away. Verizon’s plans aren’t the cheapest, but otherwise they’re basically the best if you like tons of data, great coverage, and fast speeds.

Family plans: Verizon is the clear winner in this category because it offers steep discounts on multi-line plans. Reach, on the other hand, offers no family plan discounts or perks to speak of.

Coverage and performance: Even though both carriers have the same coverage, Reach Mobile can’t compete with Verizon when it comes to overall performance. Verizon has faster speeds, 5G networks, more perks, and higher data caps.

Methodology

Our research for this comparison article began with the basics. We used WhistleOut’s comparison charts and public data from Reach and Verizon to evaluate every single plan offered by both carriers, and established a comparison based on prices, data caps, deprioritization, perks, and other features.

Then we used our own proprietary data from over 100,000 customers, as well as online customer reviews, to rate the performance of each carrier in several categories, including data speed and data deprioritization. We looked at the fine print to understand how price changes, phone deals, and other aspects of each carrier’s service can affect potential customers.

We think our final review looks at every angle, providing our readers with useful information and honest recommendations. You can read our article about how we rate cell phone plans if you’d like to learn more about our process.

Frequently asked questions about Reach vs. Verizon

Still have pressing questions about Verizon vs. Reach? Hopefully we've got you covered with this FAQ, but if not, drop us a line in the comments, and we'll try to get you an answer.

Q: How much is Verizon’s 55+ plan?

Verizon’s 55+ unlimited data plans start at just $60 a month. When you go up to two lines, it’s just $80 (or $40 per line). That’s an amazing deal. You can learn more on Verizon’s website.

Q: What is Verizon’s cheapest plan?

Technically, Verizon’s cheapest plan is the Basic Phone Plan, which comes with unlimited talk and text, plus 500 MB of data. But it's not available for smartphones. Take a look.

Verizon’s cheapest unlimited data plan is the Start Unlimited Plan, which costs $70 a month (or $60 if you’re a first responder or teacher or student).

Q: Which network does Reach Mobile use?

Reach Mobile uses Verizon’s network. You’ll get the same basic coverage as Verizon customers, but not necessarily the same data speeds (and you won’t get access to Verizon 5G).

Q: Is Reach Mobile good?

We think that Reach Mobile has some cool things going for it: relatively affordable plans, great coverage, and an awesome charitable giving program. But, if you’re just looking to get the most bang for your buck, you’ll probably have better luck with another MVNO, like Mint or Visible.

Easton Smith
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Easton Smith
Easton has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for several years, reviewing health, lifestyle, and technology products. He has probably read more Terms of Use contracts than any human alive. When he’s not sitting in front of a computer, Easton spends his time camping, climbing, and volunteering with humanitarian aid organizations.

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