Verizon offers several different family plans. While Verizon’s postpaid, unlimited plans are the most popular option, they’re also the plans Verizon markets most aggressively. Verizon also offers postpaid plans with shared data and prepaid plans. These alternative, non-unlimited plans may also be worthy of consideration.
Postpaid, unlimited plans
Verizon’s most popular family plans are it four postpaid, unlimited plans:
- Start Unlimited
- Play More Unlimited
- Do More Unlimited
- Get More Unlimited
All of these plans include unlimited minutes, texts, and data. Within a single account, a family can mix-and-match among the four different plan options.
The Start Unlimited plan is the most basic of the four plans. It doesn’t include many perks. While the Start Unlimited plan allows subscribers with compatible devices to access Verizon’s 5G Nationwide service, subscribers do not have access to Verizon’s extremely fast 5G ultra Wideband service. This isn’t a huge limitation since the coverage profile for Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service is tiny.
The Play More Unlimited and Do More Unlimited plans are priced equivalently. Both plans are slightly more expensive than the Start Unlimited plan, but they include more perks. Both plans come with premium data for faster speeds during moments when Verizon’s network is congested. Both plans also include 15GB per month of full-speed mobile hotspot data. In my view, only a couple of differences between the plans stand out: the Play More Unlimited plan comes with free access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. The Do More Unlimited plan does not include ESPN+ or Hulu, but it does include a six-month trial of Disney+. Unlike the Play More plan, The Do More plan includes a 50% discount on an add-on plan for a connected device. This discount can be used for $5-$15 off each month on service plans for smartwatches, tablets, or standalone hotspot devices.
The Get More Plan includes all the perks of the Play More and Do More plans as well as double the monthly allotment of mobile hotspot data (30GB per month).
Verizon prices the four postpaid, unlimited plans based on the number of lines on an account. The per-line price of each plan falls as more lines are added. The table below shows monthly, per-line charges before taxes or fees and after a discount for subscribers that enroll in automatic payments and paperless billing.
|Lines||Start||Play More||Do More||Get More|
Mixing and matching
In many cases, it may make sense to mix-and-match within a family plan. For example, if you have some family members that barely use the internet on their phones, you may want to put them on the lower-cost Start Unlimited plan while putting other family members on Verizon’s premium plans. Also, note that you don’t need all of your lines on the Play More Unlimited or Get More Unlimited plans to qualify for free access to Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu access. A single line is sufficient for eligibility purposes.
Plans with shared data
For families that don’t need unlimited data, Verizon has two other postpaid options. Both plans come with unlimited minutes and texts. The plans differ in that one comes with 5GB of shared data each month, while the other plan comes with 10GB of shared data each month.
For those enrolled in automatic payments and paperless billing, the 5GB plan has a base price of $30 per month, and the 10GB plan has a base price of $40 per month. Each phone line on the account adds $25 per month to the base price. For example, a three-line plan with 10GB of shared data would cost $115 per month before taxes and fees. The first $40 comes from the base price for the 10GB plan, and the remaining $75 comes from the fees for three lines.
Verizon allows up to ten lines on its shared data plans.
Verizon allows prepaid subscribers to purchase multiple lines, but Verizon is not currently offering any multi-line discounts. If you’re looking for a two-line family plan, Verizon’s prepaid options are likely worth considering. Verizon’s prepaid options are rarely a good deal for large families.