Twigby Mobile vs. Verizon Wireless Review

Verizon’s powerful plans will be worth the cost for many, but some will prefer saving money with Twigby Mobile.

Best Performance
Verizon
Verizon
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
  • pro
    High performance plans with tons of data
  • con
    Expensive
Best Price
  • pro
    Tons of very cheap low-data plans
  • con
    Price hikes after three months
Easton Smith
Mar 25, 2024
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Let’s skip the pleasantries and get to the meat of this article. Which company is better, Twigby Mobile or Verizon Wireless?

The short answer is: Twigby Mobile will appeal to some with its incredibly cheap talk, text, and data plans. But its data speed, coverage, and perks can’t hold a candle to Verizon’s. Those who want strong mobile performance should go with the big V.

That was the short answer. For the long answer, read the rest of this article. We’ll go over everything you need to know about Twigby Mobile and Verizon.

How to choose a cell phone plan

We like to give a little guidance on how to pick the perfect cell phone plan. If you already know exactly what you want, then go ahead and skip this section to read more about Twigby Mobile and Verizon!

  • Data: If you don’t have enough data you won’t be able to stream, browse, game, or work on your phone. Be sure to look for data caps, throttling, and deprioritization in the fine print!
  • Price: Mobile prices are always fluctuating. The only way to be sure you’re getting the best deal is to compare prices using tools like the WhistleOut charts in this article.
  • Coverage: AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all run nationwide 4G LTE and 5G networks. Check out coverage maps to see which one covers your area the best.
  • Features: Hotspot data, HD video streaming, in-flight texting, free streaming accounts—the list of perks goes on and on. Get a plan that’s loaded up with the features you want.

Twigby Mobile vs. Verizon plans and pricing

Winner: Verizon can’t be beat when it comes to performance, but some may still appreciate Twigby Mobile's prices

Twigby Mobile and Verizon are very different cell phone companies. To get an idea of what we mean, look at this chart of the most popular plans from each company. 

As you can see, Verizon’s most popular offering costs $65 a month and comes with unlimited data. Meanwhile, Twigby Mobile’s comes with 20 GB of high-speed data and costs just $25 a month (but the price will go up to $35 after the first three months).

In short: Twigby Mobile’s plans are cheap, but Verizon’s plans offer way more.

We’ll get into all the nitty-gritty details about both carriers now, beginning with Twigby Mobile.

Twigby Mobile plans and prices

Twigby Mobile specializes in stripped-down, low-cost, low-data plans. That means you’ll save money, but you won’t see the highest data performance or a bunch of perks. Here’s a look at all of the plans the company offers.

Twigby Mobile plan prices

These plans from Twigby Mobile are pretty much a “what you see is what you get” deal. You can use your Twigby Mobile data as hotspot data, which is great. We also like that Twigby Mobile’s plans get you on the best 5G network, but there are a few other drawbacks you should be aware of before signing up, like price changes and deprioritization.

Price changes

Twigby Mobile’s prices might look too good to be true. And that's kind of true. The prices that you see in the chart above (and that Twigby Mobile often advertises) are promotional only. After your first three months of service these prices all go up by $10. Yep, that $15 plan that gives you 10GB of data will go up to $25 a month! Granted, that’s still a pretty decent price, but it's a bit of a jump.

Twigby Mobile’s prices are nothing to sneeze at. But it’s hardly the only game in town if you’re looking for a cheap cell phone plan. (For example, Mint Mobile offers unlimited data for just $30 a month.)

Data deprioritization

There’s this little thing called data deprioritization that can have a huge effect on your cell phone plan’s performance. Twigby Mobile is what we call a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which means that it piggybacks on another company’s network to provide service.

The problem comes when the network gets busy. The parent company can (and often does) slow down data speeds for MVNO customers, who pay less.

That means Twigby Mobile customers will often see significantly slower data speeds than customers on, say, T-Mobile or AT&T. If you want more reliable high-speed data for working, gaming, or streaming, then Twigby Mobile might not be the right carrier for you.

Verizon plans and prices

You can get any kind of cell phone plan from Verizon, from a simple talk and text plan to a fully-loaded unlimited data plan. Here’s a look at all the options.

Verizon plans and prices

As you can see, Verizon only offers a few plans that are not unlimited data plans. Honestly, we’re not going to really focus on those here because they just aren’t a great deal for most customers (if you want a limited-data plan from Verizon, it’s best to check out its prepaid plans, which we’ve reviewed in full here).

That leaves us with the company’s two unlimited data plans. Each of these plans gives you unlimited talk, text, and data. Both plans get you onto Verizon’s rapidly expanding  5G network too. But here’s what makes each plan unique.

  • The Unlimited Welcome Plan is the cheapest and weakest of Verizon’s two unlimited plans. You won’t get any hotspot data and your regular data will be subject to deprioritization, so you can’t count on having fast 5G speeds all the time.
  • The Unlimited Plus Plan is pretty impressive. It offers 5G UW (Ultra Wideband) access with truly unlimited premium mobile data. On top of that, this plan also gives you 30 GB of mobile hotspot data.

Verizon Unlimited perks

After choosing between Unlimited Welcome or Unlimited Plus, you can customize your add-on perks. Here's a peek at the Verizon perk bundles you can choose from for an extra $10 a month each:

  • Disney Bundle: Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+
  • 100 GB mobile hotspot
  • Walmart+ membership
  • Apple Music Family
  • Smartwatch data & safety
  • 3 TravelPass days
  • 2 TB cloud storage

Basically, if you want performance above all else (and a great variety of perks), then one of the unlimited plans from Verizon is the way to go.

Deals for first responders, students, military and more

It hasn’t been an easy year for many of us, especially frontline workers of all kinds. But Verizon is trying to make things just a bit easier with some steep discounts for first responders, military, nurses, teachers, and students! Check it out.

Twigby Mobile vs. Verizon plans: the bottom line

Twigby Mobile’s plans are cheap but have serious limitations regarding the amount and speed of mobile data. Verizon, on the other hand, is pricier but offers lots of full-speed data and tons of perks.

Twigby Mobile vs. Verizon family plans

Winner: Verizon clearly wins for its awesome family plan discounts

At the end of the day, the best way to save money on your phone bill is to sign up for a family plan. Many carriers offer unbeatable discounts and cool perks when you add additional lines.

But when it comes to Twigby Mobile vs. Verizon, only one carrier really delivers in the family plan department. That carrier is Verizon. With its new myPlan structure, Verizon has tons of family plan options (you can read more about them in our full Verizon review). Meanwhile, Twigby Mobile offers no family plan discounts.

Twigby Mobile vs. Verizon coverage

Winner: Verizon has built the best nationwide 5G network ever

The verdict here is pretty simple: Verizon has the best coverage in the country. And good news for Twigby Mobile and Verizon Wireless customers, Twigby Mobile uses Verizon's network to bring service to its customers. Twigby Mobile customers can enjoy Verizon's coverage and speeds, but their data will be prioritized in favor of Verizon's customers after using all their high-speed data.

You can take a look at how each carrier’s network looks in your area with the maps below.

Verizon Wireless coverage map

Twigby Mobile vs. Verizon phones and devices

Winner: Verizon has a better selection of flagship devices, but Twigby Mobile can hook you up with a discount model

Never pay full price for a new phone. Instead, wait until you’re signing up for a new plan and take advantage of an amazing deal.

Verizon often offers BOGO deals, discounts, and other promotional deals on flagship devices like the iPhone 15 Pro or Galaxy S24. Meanwhile, Twigby focuses on discount phones. These WhistleOut charts show the most popular phone deals from each carrier right now.

Twigby Mobile phone deals
Verizon phone deals

Recap: Which carrier is right for you?

That’s all for our in-depth review. Here’s a quick recap to help you figure out which company is best for you.

  • Plans: If you don’t need a ton of data and just want the lowest price, then Twigby Mobile has a bunch of low-data plans for under $30 a month. Verizon is the opposite: it offers high-performance, high-data plans that cost a pretty penny.
  • Family plans: Twigby Mobile technically lets you add extra lines to your phone plan, but you won’t get any discounts for doing so. Verizon, on the other hand, offers significant cost savings when you sign up for a family plan.
  • Coverage and performance: There’s little competition when it comes overall performance. Verizon offers faster data, better coverage, and more special features and perks.

If you’re looking to get a cell phone plan that costs less than a movie ticket, Twigby Mobile’s the way to go. But if you prize performance—fast data, good coverage, and other perks—then Verizon is the company for you.

Methodology

We spent two days looking at every scrap of information we could find about Twigby and Verizon, and then writing this article with our analysis.

We looked at every plan offered by both carriers, and evaluated them based on data allotments, data speeds, cost, coverage, and special features. We used our own proprietary data from over 100,000 mobile customers to inform our recommendations about data performance.

Ultimately, our analysis relied on public information, user reviews, our own data, and our own broad experience as cell phone reviewers. If you want to learn more about how we review cell phone plans, you can read this article.

FAQ

Twigby Mobile actually relies on Verizon's network.

Verizon almost always has some awesome promos going on plans and new devices. You can learn all about them in our roundup of the best cell phone deals.

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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