Being rather popular providers, Total Wireless and Verizon Prepaid both have much to offer. However, such versatility oftentimes makes it hard to choose.
So, let’s look at them up-close and see the difference.
About the Providers
Total Wireless is one of the largest American providers. It is owned by TracFone and it actually uses Verizon’s cell towers, which results in a good coverage. Because Total Wireless doesn’t own their personal network, towers, or cellular communication equipment, it offers rather cost-effective plans. There are no hidden fees and unexpected overcharging, which makes it easier for users to know what exactly they are signing up for.
Verizon may seem like a late bloomer when it comes to prepaid plans, but it is already on par with the competitors. Being one of the most reliable providers in the country, Verizon offers a great coverage and protection against hidden fees. Although their plans tend to be sold at higher rates than other options, they are still affordable, especially given the fact that most of them are unlimited.
Plans and Their Overview
Total Wireless has both individual and family plan. There are two individual plans ($25/month with unlimited texting and talking and $35/month for unlimited texts, calls, and 5GB of data) and three shared ones. The shared plans include:
- $60/month when shared on 2 lines (unlimited calling, texting, and 15GB of data).
- $85/month for 3 lines (unlimited number of calls, text messages, and 20GB of data).
- $100/month when shared on 4 lines (unlimited number or texts, calls, and 25GB of data).
Verizon does have individual and shared plans, too. Actually, you can choose from 1 to 10 lines. The more lines you need, the less you’ll pay per each. Basically, there are three types of plans available:
- Limited, which include unlimited texts & calls as well as 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB of high-speed data for $35, $50, and $70 respectively.
- GoUnlimited, with no-limit data, texting, and talking not only nationwide but also internationally (only Mexico & Canada), starting at $75/month and reducing to $40/month, depending on the number of lines in a plan.
- BeyondUnlimited, which are very similar to GoUnlimited but somewhat better (better video streaming quality, better mobile hotspot speed, better data speed in times of congestion) and cost approximately $10-15 more than a GoUnlimited plan for the same number of lines.
Advantages and Disadvantages, Side by Side
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To figure out who would win in this Total Wireless vs Verizon Prepaid battle, we should see both the good and the bad, and compare them side by side.
Let’s start with Total Wireless.
- Very affordable plans.
- No credit check required to sign up.
- You don’t have to change your phone number or get a new phone.
- 5% auto-refill discount.
- Affordable add-ons (more data and global calling).
- Up to 4 lines available.
- Reliable coverage.
As for the cons, they include:
- Simple, bare-bones plans with no extras.
- All plans are limited in data usage.
- Only unused add-on data rolls over.
- No international texting.
- No mobile hotspot.
Verizon Prepaid offers the following
- Excellent coverage.
- Hotspot feature available.
- No credit checks to get started
- Wide choice of plans – limited data packs for average Internet users and unlimited data for active users.
- Up to 10 lines available.
- $5 auto-pay discount and military discount.
- Beneficial plans for travelers.
- It’s up to you whether to buy a new Verizon-compatible device or keep your current one.
- Reward program.
Let’s look at the downsides, too:
- More expensive than the majority of other prepaid options.
- Even premium unlimited plans are not completely unlimited (data speed gets slower after you’ve used 22GB).
To sum it up, when it comes to Verizon vs. Total Wireless, the choice comes down to how you are going to use mobile data and on how many devices. If you want a basic plan, go for Total Wireless; if you need a lot of extras, go for Verizon.