If you’re looking for broad nationwide cell phone coverage, Verizon’s network is head and shoulders above the other major networks. If you already have Verizon service, however, you probably already know that it also comes with a hefty price tag. Their smallest data plan with 2 Gb rings in at $35 plus a $20 line access fee. Their largest (unlimited) plan rings in at $85 per line or $150 per 2 lines! And that assumes that you are buying your phone outright. If you finance your phone, your bill is even higher! So how do you save money on your phone bill while still getting Verizon coverage? Is it possible? Fortunately yes!
Discount Carriers, Same Verizon Network
There are a number of discount carriers, known as MVNOs that buy coverage in bulk from Verizon’s network, and resell it in their own plans. These carriers keep their customer service as lean as possible, to keep their plans as cheap as possible. However, the cell service you get is the exact same as if you bought it directly from Verizon.
There are several carriers that resell Verizon coverage. Total Wireless, however, stands out from the rest in pricing, phone selection, and satisfaction for the typical user. Total wireless has a selection of devices ranging from $20 for budget users to $800 for those wanting the latest and greatest cutting edge tech.
Cell Phone Plans Compared
Total Wireless only offers two single line plans: unlimited talk and text for $25/month (with no data), or unlimited talk and text + 5 Gb of data for $35/month. If you do need more than 5 Gb, you can buy additional 3 Gb packages of rollover data for $10. Compare this to Verizon’s identical single line, 5 Gb plan, which rings in at $60- nearly double the cost! Verizon’s 2 Gb plan isn’t much better, ringing in at $55, still $20 more than Total’s 5 Gb plan.
If you’re on a shared data plan (aka family plan) with Verizon, Total wireless still comes in significantly cheaper. Again, Total Wireless keeps their plan selection simple- generous data allotment with prices that easily beat Verizon’s smallest data plans. Total Wireless offers a $60 plan for 2, $85 plan for 3, or $100 plan for 4, with 8 Gb, 12 Gb and 15 Gb respectively. Four lines sharing only 4 Gb of data on Verizon would ring in at $130- $30 more than Total’s 15 Gb, 4 person plan! Remember, you are getting identical cell service from Total Wireless. Is the Verizon brand really worth an extra $10-60/month? Or an extra $300-$700 a year?
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