Although Verizon is the second largest US mobile operator there are relatively few Verizon MVNOs. I don't know why that's the case. Perhaps Verizon has higher requirements for MVNOs or less attractive wholesale rates. Although they are few in number, several of the Verizon MVNOs do offer some very good deals. Here are brief descriptions of Verizon prepaid and all the notable Verizon MVNOs.
Verizon Wireless has over 137 million subscribers including 5.7 million prepaid customers. Verizon's own prepaid plans are priced somewhat higher than comparable plans from Verizon MVNOs. In return for paying more, customers get 24/7 phone support, access to support at Verizon stores and the availability of attractively priced shrink wrapped prepaid phones at big box stores. Off network roaming is available at 20¢/minute. LTE is available and tethering is allowed on Verizon's smartphone plans.
Ecomobile has monthly plans that include unlimited domestic and international SMS and points which can be used for either talk or data. One point is good for one minute or one MB of data. Eco's best plan is $55 for 7000 points good for any combination of minutes and MBs adding up to 7000.
Envie Mobile is the newest Verizon MVNO, launching late in 2014. It's a brand of Locus Telecommunications, which is best known for it's H2O Wireless AT&T MVNO. Envie offers LTE data. As of Dec 7, 2015, Envie LTE SIMs are only available from Envie dealers, not online. Envie has monthly plans only. Payment is by credit or debit card or PIN codes.
Page Plus Cellular was founded in 1993 making it one of the oldest MVNOs. Page Plus sells non-smartphones and Android phones and allows BYOD (bring your own device) for most Verizon postpaid phones. Page Plus is able to activate Verizon LTE phones (on $29.95 and higher plans only). Like the other operators listed here, Page Plus provides no support for BYOD devices, the user is responsible for BYOD device programming. Off network voice roaming is available at extra cost.Page Plus was acquired by America Movil's TracFone in January, 2014.
Red Pocket Mobile, which was founded in 2006 as an AT&T MVNO, now offers plans on all four national networks. Red Pocket calls their Verizon based product Red Pocket CDMA. It's a "bring your own phone" (BYOP) service that works with clean-ESN (not reported lost or stolen or blacklisted by Verizon for non-payment) Verizon branded phones except phones sold for use with Verizon Prepaid.
Verizon's 4G LTE network is available to Red Pocket CDMA subscribers. Red Pocket has separate plans for LTE capable and non-LTE capable Verizon devices. LTE phones can't be used on non-LTE plans and non-LTE phones can't be used on LTE plans.
Selectel Wireless launched in May, 2013. Selectel's monthly plans are similar to comparably priced plans from PagePlus. Selectel $10 Flex card can be used to pay for overage on any of the monthly plans or Selectel's $75 yearly plan. The Flex Card has attractive rares (5¢/voice minute, 5¢/SMS, 5¢/MB of data) and is unusual in that the funds on it never expire. Selectel includes no extra charge voice and SMS off-network roaming. Selectel supports BYOP of non-prepaid, clean-ESN, Verizon branded phones only. Since June 1, 2015 Verizon LTE phones are allowed on certain plans.
Straight Talk, NET10, Total Wireless and TracFone are US brands of Mexico based América Móvil, the fourth largest mobile operator in the world and the largest US MVNO with over 22 million users. There is a separate portfolio of devices for each América Móvil brand and phones can only be activated on the brand they were sold for. BYOP is available for postpaid Verizon phones except BlackBerrys. Straight Talk, NET10 and TracFone can activate Verizon LTE and non-LTE phones. Total Wireless is limited to non-LTE phones only.
NET10 and Straight Talk also sell their own branded feature phones and smartphones including the iPhone. The smartphones can only be activated on unlimited monthly plans. TracFone offers both feature phones and Android phones which use on the Verizon network.
Off network roaming is included at no extra cost on the TracFone and NET10 pay as you go feature phone plans but is not available on Net10 or Straight Talk monthly plans or with smartphones or BYOP devices on TracFone. América Móvil does not allow hotspot or tethering on any plan.
H2O CDMA is part of Locus Telecommunications which was founded in 1993 and has been in the prepaid wireless business since 2000. Locus was acquired by KDDI Corporation, Japan's second largest mobile operator in 2010. Today Locus seems focused on its AT&T MVNO operations under the H2O Wireless brand. H2O CDMA's pay as you go only plans haven't been updated in many years and are no longer competitively priced. BYOD is supported and activation of any CDMA device except Verizon prepaid phones appears to be possible. Off network roaming is available for 99¢/minute. Tethering is allowed but with data charged at $1.56/MB I don't recommend it.
Here's a table comparing Verizon's own prepaid monthly plans with those of the Verizon MVNOs that offer monthly or yearly plans .
|Plan||Monthly Cost||Activation Fee||Voice||SMS||MMS||Data||Other|
|Page Plus The $12||$12||none - $10||250, overage 5¢||250 (SMS or MMS), overage 5¢||250 (MMS or SMS), overage 5¢||10 MB, overage 10¢/MB|
|Selectel Value Plan||$15||none - $30 5||300 2||300 2||300 1, 2||15 MB 2|
|Verizon Basic Phone plan 3||$15||none||300 total minutes plus texts plus MMS||unlimited|
|Red Pocket 3G||$19.99||none||300||unlimited||unlimited||1 GB|
|Selectel $20 LTE Plan||$20||none - $30 5||500||500||uses data||2.5 MB for MMS only 9|
|Envie $25||$25||none||500||unlimited||uses data||1 GB||$5 Int'l call credit|
|NET10 750 Minute Plan 3||$25||none||750 "minutes" (also used for texts and data)||1 ninute each||3.5 minutes each (average)||1 minute per minute of browsing|
|Total Wireless||$25||none - $10 (BYOP)||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited if data is available||$10 per 1.5 GB|
|Page Plus Talk n Text 1500||$29.95||none - $10||1500,overage 5¢||unlimited||unlimited||1 GB, overage 5¢/MB 9||$10 Int'l call credit|
|Red Pocket 3G||$29.99||none||3000||unlimited||unlimited||500MB||Unlimited calls to China & Hong Hong|
|Selectel Talk & Text||$30||none - $30 5||1500, overage 5¢ 2||3000, overage 5¢ 2||unlimited||1 GB, overage 5¢ / MB 2, |
|Straight Talk All You Need 3||$30||none||1500||unlimited||unlimited||100 MB|
|Verizon Basic Phone Plan 3||$30||none||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited |
|Verizon Smartphone Plan||$30 ||none||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||none |
|Red Pocket LTE||$30.99||none - $10 (BYOP)||3000||unlimited||500 MB 9||$2 call credit, unlimited calls to China & Hong Hong|
|Red Pocket 3G||$34.99||none||300||unlimited||unlimited||Unlimited, 2G 8||Unlimited calls to China & Hong Hong|
|Ecomobile||$35 - $55||$14.99||$35 3000 min or MB, |
$45 5000 min or MB,
$55 7000 min or MB
|unlimited||uses data||$35 3000 min or MB, |
$45 5000 min or MB,
$55 7000 min or MB
|Total Wireless||$35||none - $10 (BYOP)||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||2.5 GB, overage $10 / 1.5 GB|
|NET10 Unlimited||$35.00||$6.99||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||Unlimited, throttled to 64 Kbps after 500 MB|
|Envie $35||$35||none||unlimited||unlimited||uses data||1 GB||$10 Int'l call credit|
|Red Pocket LTE||$36.99||none - $10 (BYOP)||unlimited||unlimited||1 GB 9||$2 call credit, unlimited calls to China & Hong Hong|
|Page Plus Talk n TXT Unlimited||$39.95||none - $10||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited, throttled to 64 Kbps after 1.5 GB 9||$10 Int'l call credit|
|Red Pocket 3G||$39.99||none||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||Unlimited, 1 GB HS 8||$2 Int'l call credit, unlimited calls to China & Hong Hong|
|Selectel Unlimited Plan||$40.00||none - $30 5||unlimited||unlimited ||unlimited||2 GB, overage 5¢ / MB 2, |
|NET10 Unlimited||$40.00||$9.99||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||Unlimited, throttled to 64 Kbps after 1.5 GB|
|Straight Talk Unlimited||$45.00||$14.99||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||Unlimited, throttled to 64 Kbps after 5 GB 9|
|Envie $45||$55||none||unlimited||unlimited||uses data||1 GB HS + 2 GB 2 G||$20 Int'l call credit|
|Verizon Smartphone Plan||$45.00||none||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||2 GB 4, 7, 9|
|Red Pocket 3G||$49.99||none||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||Unlimited, 2 GB HS 8||$2 Int'l call credit, unlimited calls to China & Hong Hong|
|NET10 Unlimited||$50.00||$6.99||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||Unlimited, throttled to 64 Kbps after 5 GB|
|Red Pocket LTE||$52.99||none - $10 (BYOP)||unlimited||unlimited||4 GB 9||$2 call credit, unlimited calls to China & Hong Hong|
|Selectel Data User Plan||$55.00||none - $30||unlimited||unlimited ||unlimited||5 GB, overage 5¢ / MB 2, |
|Envie $55||$55||none||unlimited||unlimited||uses data||2 GB HS + 2 GB 2 G||$20 Int'l call credit|
|Page Plus The 55||$55.00||none - $10||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited, throttled to 64 Kbps after 5 GB 9||$10 Int'l call credit|
|Red Pocket 3G||$59.99||none||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||Unlimited, 3 GB HS 8||$2 Int'l call credit, unlimited calls to China & Hong Hong|
|Verizon Smartphone Plan||$60.00||none||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||5 GB 4, 7, 9|
|Total Wireless||$60 (2 lines)||none - $10 (BYOP)||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||5 GB (shared) overage $10 / 1.5 GB|
|Envie $65||$55||none||unlimited||unlimited||uses data||3 GB HS + 2 GB 2 G||$20 Int'l call credit|
|Red Pocket LTE||$64.99||none - $10 (BYOP)||unlimited||unlimited||6 GB 9||$2 call credit, unlimited calls to China & Hong Hong|
|Page Plus $69.95 Plan||$69.95||none - $10||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited, throttled to 64 Kbps after 7 GB 9||$10 Int'l call credit|
|Selectel $70||$70||none - $30 5||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||7 GB 2, 9|
|Selectel Yearly Plan||$75.00 / Year |
($6.25 / Month)
|none - $30 5||2000 (167 / month)||2000 (167 / month) ||none 2||none 2|
|Total Wireless||$85 (3 lines)||none - $10 (BYOP)||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||9 GB (shared) overage $10 / 1.5 GB|
|Selectel LTE Yearly Plan||$100.00 / Year |
(86.33 / Month)
|none - $30 5||2000 (167 / month)||2000 (167 / month) ||limited by available data||2.5 MB/month for MMS only 9|
|Total Wireless||$110 (4 lines)||none - $10 (BYOP)||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||12 GB (shared) overage $10 / 1.5 GB|
2 Selectel overage - $10 Flex Card can be used to add additional data, minutes or texts to any plan except the $20 or $100 plans at the rate of 5¢ per minute, message or MB of data. The Flex Card balance never expires.
3 Non-smartphones only
4 Add on "Bridge" data packages available: $5 500 MB/30 days, $10 1GB/90 days, $20 3GB/90 days
5 Selectel charges $15 too activate its own phones and $30 to activate customer's BYOD phones. Some Selectel dealers offer free activations.
7 1 GB/month of bonus data for auto pay users
8 Red Pocket "2G" and throttled speed after HS (high speed) allotment is used is 128 Kbps
9 LTE available
Most of the Verizon MVNOs offer pay as you go plans. The table below compares them with Verizon's own pay as you go plans.
|Plan||Minimum Monthly Cost||Voice||SMS||MMS||Data|
|Page Plus Standard Plan 1||$2.50||4¢ - 10 ¢||5¢||5¢ + cost of data||10¢/MB|
|TracFone 2||$6.67||4.4¢ - 33¢||1.5¢ - 11¢||11¢ - 88¢||2.2¢ - 16.5¢ per minute of browsing|
|TracFone Smartphone / BYOP 3||$6.67||4.4¢ - 11¢||1¢ - 11¢||8.8¢ - 22¢||1.25¢ - 11¢ / MB|
|NET10 2||$15||10¢||5¢||33¢ (average)||10¢ per minute of browsing|
2 TracFone branded non-smartphones
3 Android phones and BYOP only
4 Or use a messaging pack: $10/month - 250 texts or MMS + unlimited texting to from Verizon customers, $20.month - unlimited texts and MMS
Last updated Feb 4, 2016 - More data for Verizon and RedPocket plans.