Prepaid Faceoff: US Cellular VS. Verizon Prepaid


With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide. Today, we’ll look at US Cellular’s prepaid plans and Verizon’s prepaid plans. Both carriers are network carriers, which means that their speeds will be better than MVNOs, but prices will sometimes be higher. Here’s how they compare:

Plan Prices  Price range? What is included?

US Cellular – Plans range from $35 – $75

US Cellular plans all include unlimited talk and text as well as mobile hotspot and unlimited low speed data. High speed data is available on all plans and varied. View all plans here.

Verizon – Plans range from $40 – $75

Verizon plans all include unlimited talk, text, and low speed data as well as limited high speed. Unlimited text to US and more than 200 countries is also included. View plans here.

Unlimited Talk/Text  Is it offered? What is the lowest price?

US Cellular – Yes, the $35 plan includes unlimited talk and text and 500 MB of data

Verizon – Yes, $40 is the cheapest and it includes 2 GB of data.

Data Ranges  What is the most and least data available?

US Cellular – US Cellular offers anywhere from 500 MB to 12 GB. There is also a $30/month basic phone plan which does not include data.

Verizon – Data ranges from 2 GB to 10 GB, with unlimited lower speed.

Pay-As-You-Go Rates  What are the pay-as-you-go per minute rates?

US Cellular – N/A

Verizon – N/A

International Calling  What options are available? What does it cost?

US Cellular – US Cellular offers an international add-on for $10 which includes unlimited talk and text to Mexico and Canada. Other international calls are charged at a per-minute rate which varies by country.

Verizon – Verizon prepaid charges international calls by the minute; rates vary by country. There is also a $10/month add-on that will give 1,000 minutes to Mexico and Canada. Learn more here.

Activation Fees  How much do they cost?

US Cellular – N/A

Verizon – N/A

BYOD  Can you activate your own device?

US Cellular – Yes, provided the device is unlocked and compatible.

Verizon – Yes, provided the device is unlocked. SIM cards are free.

Network/Coverage  What network does it use?

US Cellular – US Cellular | Coverage Map

Verizon – Verizon | Coverage Map