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Visible vs. Verizon: Which carrier should you get?

Android Central 23/08/2022 Samuel Contreras

Visible stays focused on nailing the basics that smartphone users care about most with two simple plans. Verizon Wireless offers an extensive array of plans making it possible to find something that precisely meets your needs though it does make it easier to spend more than you need to. 

Visible's approach of giving you everything means that you will never have to wonder if you have enough data or minutes. Instead, you'll have to think a bit more about the quality of your coverage.

Visible vs. Verizon Wireless: Verizon customers are a higher priority

Verizon owns Visible so no matter which you choose, you'll be a Verizon customer. The difference really comes down to priority.

Verizon's plans mostly have higher-priority data but with Visible's newer Visible+ plan, Visible can now compete on network quality. Visible still has a cheaper plan with lower priority data. While this plan doesn't directly throttle speeds, you could notice slower speeds in congested areas. The cheaper plan will perform more closely to the old plan we tested in our Visible review, which is fine for most people.

Verizon's network will be noticeably larger if you stray away from more populated areas. This is thanks to Verizon customers still having access to Verizon's older 3G towers and LTE roaming towers. Verizon phones will connect to 5G or LTE if possible, but if there is no native Verizon signal available, they can fall back to the other networks.

Visible uses Verizon LTE and 5G exclusively, and while the coverage is getting closer to what Verizon customers can access, this network is still a bit smaller. For most people that spend their time in urban or suburban areas, these differences will be minimal and for those with a 5G phone and C-band coverage, may be unnoticeable. Still, this varies by location so there's a chance Visible won't work for you.

VisibleVerizon Wireless
NetworkLTE, 5G3G, LTE, 5G
Credit checkNoYes
International roamingNoAvailable
International callingCanada, Mexico, US Virgin Islands, Puerto RicoAvailable
Data plansUnlimited only5GB and up

Visible vs. Verizon Wireless: Is Visible a match in coverage?

Visible only uses Verizon's digital network, including LTE and 5G coverage. Nationwide 5G is included with both Visible plans with the faster Ultra Wideband coverage available with Visible+. For most people, either plan should provide plenty of data speed for streaming, browsing, and general usage, but if you need a bit more speed, the premium data with Visible+ may be a worthwhile upgrade.

There are a few gaps, and Verizon fills those by either relying on its older 3G network or buying data from other providers for roaming. Visible doesn't get access to Verizon's roaming partners.

The Verizon 5G network is growing quickly with at least some 5G coverage in most urban areas. Verizon's faster Ultra Wideband network is much smaller though the carrier only began building it in January of 2022. Verizon has C-band coverage in 60 cities so far with many more to come in the next few years.

It's also worth noting that Visible doesn't support any international calling or roaming, except in Canada, Mexico, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Suppose you need to call another country or need service while traveling, you'll need something else.

Verizon's postpaid plans do offer what it calls international TravelPasses for its plans. In Mexico and Canada, this comes to $5 per day, and in more than 185 other countries, the cost is $10 per day. If you're on one of the unlimited plans, however, you'll get talk, text, and use unlimited data when traveling in Mexico and Canada as well as international texting to over 200 countries.

Visible vs. Verizon Wireless: Visible's plans

Visible recently updated its plan structure with two plans: Visible and Visible+. Starting with Visible, this plan is simpler with unlimited talk, text, and data. Data isn't prioritized and 5G access is limited to the slower nationwide network. Both Visible plans have unlimited mobile hotspot data at 5Mbps, spam call protection, and calling to Mexico and Canada. The cheaper Visible plan is $30 per month with taxes and fees included.

Visible+ adds 50GB of premium network data which keeps your data speeds as high as possible, even on a crowded tower, for the first 50GB of usage per month. You also get access to Ultra Wideband 5G for faster 5G access where Verizon has C-band and mmWave coverage. International coverage also gets a boost with unlimited usage in Mexico and Canada. Besides that, you get international calling to 30+ countries and texting to 200+ countries included. Visible+ costs $45 per month including taxes and fees.

Visible's plans
Premium dataNone50GB
Hotspot dataUnlimited (5Mbps)Unlimited (5Mbps)
5GNationwide onlyNationwide and Ultra Wideband
Mexico and CanadaTalk and textTalk, text, roaming
Price$30 per month$45 per month

Visible doesn't require autopay to get its best rates. Its prices are even better when you consider that taxes and fees are included in the plan's price. If you're looking to get back to Visible's old $25 price that was possible with the now unavailable Party Pay, you can get a $5 discount by signing up through PayPal.

Visible vs. Verizon Wireless: Verizon's postpaid plans

Verizon's plans are mostly focused on unlimited data with only their basic plan still offering a limited 500MB option. If you just need to make calls and texts, the basic plan could work for you but at $30 per month, you could save a lot with a prepaid MVNO carrier instead.

Starting with Verizon's cheapest unlimited plan, Welcome Unlimited, you get 5G nationwide access and no data caps. Nationwide 5G, by the way, doesn't have access to Verizon's fast 5G network, so while your phone will say 5G, your speeds will be similar to LTE. Welcome Unlimited has no hotspot data or other perks but it does get multi-line discounts with up to five other Welcome Unlimited lines on your account. Unlike the rest of Verizon's unlimited options, this plan can only be combined with other Welcome Unlimited lines.

Next up is 5G Start. This plan is very similar to Welcome Unlimited except it comes with 5GB of high-speed hotspot data. It can also be combined with the rest of Verizon's plans sporting the 5G prefix.

The 5G Do More and 5G Play More plans are the first Verizon plans to come with 5G Ultra Wideband support for faster speeds, and they get upgraded to include 50GB of premium data. The hotspot data gets a boost to 25GB as well. Do More comes with 50% off a hotspot, smartwatch, or tablet plan. It also gets one free travel pass per month, and 600GB of Verizon cloud storage.

More consumers will be interested in 5G Play More's perks with Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ bundled in. It also comes with your choice of Google Play Pass or Apple Arcade for mobile gamers.

The top 5G Get More comes with all of the perks of Play More and Do More but also takes the premium data to unlimited and the hotspot data to 50GB. This is one of the most expensive plans of any mobile carrier but if you plan on using most of these features, it might work out to be a decent value for your needs. 

Verizon's postpaid plans
Data5G accessMix and MatchHotspotFirst line (with autopay)
Welcome UnlimitedUnlimitedNationwideNoNo$65
5G StartUnlimitedNationwideYes5GB$70
5G Do MoreUnlimited (50GB Premium)Ultra WidebandYes25GB$80
5G Play MoreUnlimited (50GB Premium)Ultra WidebandYes25GB$80
5G Get MoreUnlimited PremiumUltra WidebandYes50GB$90

The 5G Do More, Play More, and Get More plans all come with a 50% discount for Verizon home internet as well. If you have access to Verizon's home internet service, you could also save by bundling your service.

Visible vs. Verizon Wireless: Which phones work?

Both Visible and Verizon are more than happy to sell or finance a phone for you. Verizon does have a more substantial offering of phones, but Visible's growing collection has something that will work for most people. Naturally, you can buy phones for the full price from either carrier. You could also buy one of the best Android phones unlocked and bring it to the carrier for a bit more freedom.

Visible's financing is done through Affirm while Verizon uses 36-month payment plans. It's worth keeping in mind that Verizon offers a lot of phone discounts including buy one get one free promotions that rely on this 36-month structure with monthly credits. This means you could get locked behind a multi-thousand dollar paywall if you get multiple phones on Verizon's payment plans. You have to pay the phones off to get them unlocked for another carrier after all.

If you already have a device and you want to know if it will be supported, you'll need to use the BYOD compatibility tools for both Visible and Verizon. Support on one doesn't necessarily mean it will work on the other, even though the Verizon network is used for both carriers.

Visible only uses VoLTE for calls so some older phones, or phones from other carriers, won't work even if it has band support and VoLTE support. You'll need to check your IMEI before signing up from either if you bought your phone unlocked or from another carrier.

Most newer iPhones are supported and some of the most popular Samsung Galaxy devices. The Galaxy S21 and S22 series are fully supported with 5G on Visible. The Pixel series also gets support, including the Pixel 6 series.

Visible vs. Verizon Wireless: Which should you get?

If you've confirmed you have coverage on Visible's network, Visible is your best bargain. Verizon's plans offer marginally better coverage, but for most people, the savings on Visible will be worth it. You should also remember that Verizon has multi-line discounts if you're bringing a family. Keep in mind that Verizon Prepaid might have a plan that's a solid fit as well.

As long as you know you're covered, Visible has two simple unlimited plans that will work for most people. Performance on the cheaper Visible plan may not match Verizon or Visible+ but many people will be perfectly happy with it. The cheap $30m unlimited plan is easily a contender for the best cell phone plan you can buy. If you've got a compatible smartphone, Visible is definitely worth a shot.

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