This page has gone out of date. See my page on Verizon’s BYOD program for more up-to-date information.
Verizon has a bring-your-own-device program that allows customers to bring unlocked phones to the carrier. The easiest way to check whether a phone will work with Verizon is to use the compatibility tool on Verizon’s website.
Among other things, phones used with Verizon will need to support 4G LTE service in specific bands and HD Voice/VoLTE features. Ideally, a phone will also be explicitly whitelisted for use on Verizon’s network. While Verizon shares an Android and Apple whitelist, neither is up-to-date as of September 2020.
Verizon primarily uses bands 2, 4, 5, 13, and 66 for LTE service. While phones don’t need to support 5G to work on Verizon’s network, support for N260 and N261 is needed to access Verizon’s millimeter wave 5G service.
Figuring out the details of a phone’s hardware capabilities can be complicated. I suggest that most people just defer to Verizon’s online tool.