Best Verizon unlimited family plans 2020

Best Verizon unlimited family plans 2020



There are the major wireless carriers in what is often referred to as the big four. The carriers include Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Each of these carriers offer unlimited plans, and each offer discounts when you get going with a family plan account. Though on the carriers websites, you’ll often find these discounts referred to as multi-line discounts. 

Once you decide on your carrier — you then need to decide which plan will work best for your needs. Many users immediately look towards an unlimited plan, as that can simplify things and remove any worry about running out of data. The slightly tricky part is that each of the big four carriers offer several different unlimited options. 

We’ve been focusing on carriers here on the Swappa Blog lately, and most recently, we are outlining the unlimited family plan options offered by each of these carriers. You can find the series of posts linked here, and up for today is Verizon

Is a Verizon unlimited family plan really unlimited?

As you’ll find with other carriers — the answer is yes, Verizon does offer unlimited plans. In fact, Verizon has four different unlimited plans that are available for families. Verizon has the Start Unlimited, Play More Unlimited, Do More Unlimited, and the Get More Unlimited. 

These four options are all unlimited in terms of data. Users will not have to worry about running out of data, or paying any overages for data. However, Verizon does make use of a soft-cap. A soft-cap will not cut you off, but it does mean Verizon may slow your data speeds during times of network congestion. The soft-data cap limit for each plan is as follows:

  • Start Unlimited – Data speeds may be slowed at any time during congestion.
  • Play More Unlimited – Data speeds may be slowed after 25 GB during congestion.
  • Do More Unlimited – Data speeds may be slowed after 50 GB during congestion.
  • Get More Unlimited – Data speeds may be slowed after 75 GB during congestion.

With the possibility of having your data speeds slowed at any data level with the Start Unlimited plan you may be tempted to immediately jump to one of the higher priced plans — but it is important to understand that your speeds will not always be slowed (deprioritized). 

Verizon mentions they only do this when the network is busy and congested. The difference with the three higher priced plans is that you get a guaranteed amount of data at the highest speeds before deprioritization becomes a possibility.

How much is a Verizon unlimited family plan?

Verizon has four different options for unlimited plans. These plans are available for all users — from single-line accounts, to multi-line (family) accounts with six or more lines. The discounts vary based on the plan you choose, and on the amount of lines you have on the account. Basically, the greater the number of lines, the greater the discount you’ll see on your statement.

Start Unlimited

  • 2 Lines: $120 per month ($60 per month per line)
  • 3 Lines: $135 per month ($45 per month per line)
  • 4 Lines: $140 per month ($35 per month per line)
  • 5 Lines: $150 per month ($30 per month per line)
  • Lines 6 (and above): $30 per month each

*Plus taxes and fees. Prices shown include an Auto-Pay/Paperless Billing discount of $10 per line, per month.

Play More Unlimited

  • 2 Lines: $140 per month ($70 per month per line)
  • 3 Lines: $165 per month ($55 per month per line)
  • 4 Lines: $180 per month ($45 per month per line)
  • 5 Lines: $200 per month ($40 per month per line)
  • Lines 6 (and above): $40 per month each

*Plus taxes and fees. Prices shown include an Auto-Pay/Paperless Billing discount of $10 per line, per month.

Do More Unlimited

  • 2 Lines: $140 per month ($70 per month per line)
  • 3 Lines: $165 per month ($55 per month per line)
  • 4 Lines: $180 per month ($45 per month per line)
  • 5 Lines: $200 per month ($40 per month per line)
  • Lines 6 (and above): $40 per month each

*Plus taxes and fees. Prices shown include an Auto-Pay/Paperless Billing discount of $10 per line, per month.

Get More Unlimited

  • 2 Lines: $160 per month ($80 per month per line)
  • 3 Lines: $195 per month ($65 per month per line)
  • 4 Lines: $220 per month ($55 per month per line)
  • 5 Lines: $250 per month ($50 per month per line)
  • Lines 6 (and above): $50 per month each

*Plus taxes and fees. Prices shown include an Auto-Pay/Paperless Billing discount of $10 per line, per month.

Verizon unlimited family plan features

Start Unlimited Play More Unlimited Do More Unlimited Get More Unlimited
Unlimited Talk & Text Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Yes (Data speeds may be slowed at any time during congestion) Yes (Data speeds may be slowed after 25 GB during congestion) Yes (Data speeds may be slowed after 50 GB during congestion) Yes (Data speeds may be slowed after 75 GB during congestion)
5G Data Access No Yes ($10 extra per month) Yes ($10 extra per month) Yes ($10 extra per month)
Mobile Hotspot No Unlimited with 15 GB at 4G LTE speeds Unlimited with 15 GB at 4G LTE speeds Unlimited with 30 GB at 4G LTE speeds
Video Streaming Yes – 480p  Yes – 720p Yes – 480p Yes – 720p
Talk, Text & Data in Mexico & Canada Yes Yes Yes Yes
Apple Music 6-Month Trial Yes 6-Month Trial Yes
Disney+ Yes (1 year subscription) Yes (1 year subscription) Yes (1 year subscription) Yes (1 year subscription)
Verizon Cloud Storage No No Yes (500 GB Storage) Yes (500 GB Storage)
Verizon Up Rewards Yes Yes Yes Yes

Outside of the above-noted features for each of these unlimited plans — Verizon has a unique setup for multi-line (family) accounts. Instead of requiring a single unlimited plan for each account, Verizon allows you to choose an unlimited plan for each line on the account. 

As an example, a family with two adults and two children could have an account with the Get More Unlimited plan for each of the parents, and the Start Unlimited plan for each of the children.

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Verizon unlimited family plan discounts

Verizon has discount options similar to the other major carriers. If you are a current Verizon subscriber, or looking to switch to Verizon — you’ll find a discount for auto-pay and paperless billing, which is available for all subscribers. The remaining discount options require some level of qualification. For example, those over 55 will find a discount option. There is also a discount available for first responders, military and veterans.

Auto-Pay & Paperless Billing

This discount is the simplest of the discount options. If you set your Verizon account up with paperless billing and auto-pay — you will save $10 per month, per line. 

It is important to note that Verizon lists prices on their website with the auto-pay discount already applied, so if you opt not to use auto-pay — you will need to add $10 per month, per line to the price you see listed. All pricing here in this post also has the auto-pay discount applied.

Military & Veterans

This discount will vary based on the number of lines you have on your account, and is available for active duty military, as well as honorably discharged veterans. The full list of those eligible are noted below:

  • Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard
  • Commissioned officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Commissioned officers of the United States Public Health Service
  • All military reserves and National Guard
  • Veterans of all branches
  • Gold Star Families
  • Cadets

The military member must be verified in order to qualify for the discount, and the military member must also be the primary account holder with Verizon. The discounts start at $10 (per account) for single-line accounts, and go to $25 (per account) for accounts with 2-3 lines, and $20 (per account) for accounts with 4 or more lines. 

Verizon also offers a 25% discount on select accessories purchased online through your My Verizon account, or a 10% discount when purchased at a Verizon Wireless retail store.

First Responders

Verizon extends the first responder discount to those with active, retired, and volunteer status. The following first responder personnel are eligible:

  • Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Law enforcement including State Troopers, Sheriffs, Sheriff’s Deputies and Local Police

Otherwise, the first responder discount mirrors the discount for active-duty military and veterans. That means eligible first responders will see a $10 (per account) discount on single-line accounts, a $25 (per account) discount for accounts with 2-3 lines, and a $20 (per account) discount for accounts with 4 or more lines. First responders will also see the same discount on accessory purchases: 25% off select accessories when purchased online through your My Verizon account, and 10% on select accessories when purchased at a Verizon Wireless retail store.

55+ Senior

The 55+ Senior discount is available for subscribers who are 55 or older, live in Florida, and have one or two lines on their Verizon account. Single-line accounts are billed at $60 per month, and two-line accounts are billed at $80 per month ($40 per line). Similar to the other pricing — these prices assume the auto-pay discount.

The 55+ Unlimited plan includes the following:

  • Unlimited Talk & Text
  • Unlimited 4G LTE data (Data speeds may be slowed at any time during congestion)
  • Unlimited Mobile Hotspot (600 Kbps)
  • DVD-quality video streaming
  • Mexico and Canada included
  • Verizon Up Rewards

Just Kids

The Just Kids option from Verizon is a discount, however, it is only available when packaged with a regular Unlimited plan account. The Just Kids pricing is $35 per month and offers the following features:

  • Unlimited Talk & Text to 20 Contacts
  • 5G of 4G LTE Data
  • DVD-quality video streaming
  • Safety Mode to avoid data overages
  • Verizon Smart Family Premium with Parental Controls

Looking to buy a Verizon phone?

Once you’ve made the decision to go with Verizon — the next step is to ensure that everyone in your family has a compatible phone. Buying a new phone at full retail pricing can be expensive for a current-generation phone, and trying to outfit a family would only make that price tag even higher. But the good news is that you can opt to get a newish phone here on Swappa, which means a potential savings of hundreds of dollars on each phone you buy. You will just want to make sure you have a Verizon compatible phone, or an unlocked device that is compatible with Verizon.

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