Verizon’s Start Unlimited vs. Play More Unlimited

Verizon’s Start Unlimited plan and Verizon’s Play More Unlimited plan both offer unlimited minutes, texts, and data. While the Start Unlimited plan comes in at a lower price point, the Play More Unlimited plan offers more features and perks.

Pricing

Verizon prices the Start Unlimited and Play More Unlimited plans based on the number of lines on an account. The Play More Unlimited plan costs $10 per line more each month than the Start Unlimited plan. The table below shows the plans’ prices before taxes and fees but after a discount for automatic payments and paperless billing.

LinesStartPlay More
1$70$80
2$60$70
3$45$55
4$35$45
5+$30$40
View pricing on Verizon’s website

Coverage

Both the Start Unlimited and Play More Unlimited plans offer the same kind of extensive coverage through Verizon’s industry-leading network. You can check coverage where you live using Verizon’s interactive coverage map.

Speeds

When Verizon’s network is not congested, subscribers on the Start Unlimited and Play More Unlimited plans will tend to experience the same speeds. However, Play More Unlimited plan subscribers have an advantage when the network is congested thanks to a 50GB allotment of premium data that refreshes each month.

Play More Unlimited subscribers that have premium data available will have high-priority network access when Verizon’s network. As a result, they’ll experience faster speeds than some other users on the network during periods of congestion.

Start Unlimited subscribers have low-priority data by default. When Verizon’s network is not congested, these subscribers will typically experience solid speeds. However, they may see speeds slower than other users on the network during congestion. Fortunately, congestion is rare in most areas.

5G compatibility

Subscribers on the Play More Unlimited plan can access Verizon’s 5G network if they have a compatible device. Subscribers on the Start Unlimited plan cannot.1 At the moment, 5G-compatible devices are rare and Verizon’s 5G coverage is limited. However, 5G access may become more important in the future.

Hotspot access

The Play More Unlimited plan comes with a 15GB per month allotment of full-speed mobile hotspot data. The Start Unlimited plan does not come with a hotspot data allotment.

Other Perks

The Play More Unlimited plan comes with free access to Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu. The Start Unlimited plan includes a six month free trial of Disney+ and does not include any access to ESPN+ or Hulu.

Both the Start Unlimited plan and the Play More Unlimited plan come with six months of free access to Apple Music.

Start Unlimited or Play More Unlimited?

Choosing between the Start Unlimited and Play More Unlimited plans can be tricky. If you need mobile hotspot access or hate experiencing sluggish speeds during congestion, I suggest opting for the Play More Unlimited plan. If you’re looking to save a bit of cash, I suggest going with the Start Unlimited plan. You can always upgrade to the Play More Unlimited plan at a later date.

Verizon allows customers on multi-line accounts to mix-and-match among unlimited plans. If members of your family have different needs, it may make sense to put some people on the Play More Unlimited plan and others on the Start Unlimited plan. Note that Verizon only requires one line on the Play More Unlimited plan for eligibility to access Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu.


View Plans on Verizon’s Website


Footnotes

  1. Technically, Verizon offers a $10 per month upgrade to access 5G service from the Start Unlimited plan. Given Verizon’s price structure, it makes more sense for subscribers who want 5G access to just upgrade to either the Play More Unlimited plan or the Do More Unlimited plan.