Verizon MVNOs provide you with the benefit of Verizon’s coverage, which ranks number one in the country. Verizon MVNO cell phone carriers are typically more affordable than Verizon itself, plus many allow you to build your own plan according to your own data, talk, and text needs.
Tons of great MVNOs run on Verizon, like Straight Talk Mobile, Total Wireless, and CREDO Mobile.
Want an MVNO on a different carrier? Check out AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile MVNOs.
On a Verizon MVNO, you receive the benefit of Verizon’s top network coverage.
Pros & Cons of Verizon MVNOs
Verizon MVNO plans tend to be considerably cheaper than the plans offered by Verizon. This is because the MVNOs buy discounted data, talk, and text in bulk from Verizon Wireless—and turn around and resell their services for a lower cost than Verizon. MVNOs are a great option for any cell phone user looking to save some money.
A huge advantage of service through a Verizon MVNO is access to Verizon coverage, the largest 4G LTE wireless network in the country. Time and time again, Verizon has finished first in national network coverage tests, which is one of the reasons that Verizon has more customers than any other carrier and why their customers often remain loyal.
Verizon Coverage Map
Another plus is that these small carriers don’t typically require credit checks to get started. This can greatly reduce the stress associated with finding a cell phone plan—a few clicks and you’re ready to go. Further, MVNOs tend to be transparent about their pricing, fees, taxes, etc. It’s likely that you won’t have to worry about hidden fees or reading and interpreting paragraphs of fine print.
Many MVNOs make it fairly easy for you to bring your own device, especially if you’re switching from Verizon to a Verizon MVNO. That said, you don’t necessarily have to have a Verizon phone to switch to an MVNO that operates on their network. If you aren’t sure whether your phone will be compatible with Verizon’s network, check your phone’s IMEI.
One potential disadvantage of getting a plan through an MVNO instead of Verizon is that on an MVNO, your data speeds may be deprioritized in favor of customers on Verizon’s network. Data deprioritization results in reduced speeds at times of network congestion. While MVNOs claim that their data speeds are similar to those of their parent network, recent research has revealed that customers on Verizon MVNOs often receive lower data speeds than Verizon customers. By contrast, customers on Sprint and T-Mobile MVNOS typically experience similar download speeds to the parent networks on which they operate. If download speeds are a high priority for you, you’ll want to consider this when deciding which carrier to switch to.
Another drawback is that some Verizon MVNOs don’t allow roaming on other domestic networks, such as AT&T or T-Mobile, in locations without Verizon towers. Because of this, you may experience less coverage in certain locations than you would through Verizon, although this change will likely be very small, if not undetectable.
Lastly, Verizon MVNOs are not generally the best places to buy a new phone since many of them have limited device options. Some MVNOs, like Pix Wireless and Red Pocket Mobile, don’t sell phones at all. That said, carriers like Page Plus Cellular offer flagship Apple and Samsung devices, so if a new phone is on your radar, it’s still possible to find an MVNO with a wide variety of options.
Customers on Verizon MNVOs often receive reduced data speeds compared to Verizon customers.
List of Verizon’s MVNOs
Plenty of MVNOs operate on the Verizon network, giving you lots of options. Some carriers offer more bang for your buck than others, making them more attractive choices for customers. Check out the full list below of Verizon MVNOs.
|Best Cellular||Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile|
|Boom! Mobile||Verizon, AT&T, Sprint|
|Dataxoom||Verizon, AT&T, Sprint|
|EcoMobile||Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile|
|Net10||Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular|
|Page Plus Cellular||Verizon|
|Pix Wireless||Verizon, Sprint|
|Red Pocket Mobile||Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile|
|Straight Talk||Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile|
|Total Wireless||Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile|
|Tracfone||Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile|
|US Mobile||Verizon, T-Mobile|
|Zing Wireless||Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile|
Most Verizon MVNOs offer prepaid plans, which means that you pay for service in advance. Conversely, if you have a plan through Verizon or one of the other three major carriers, you’ll typically pay for service at the end of each month.