Choosing the Right Wireless Plan for You

What to consider when selecting a plan.

By on May 2, 2014

It was 1983 when the first truly portable cellular phone was introduced to the world. The Motorola DynaTAC 8000x weighed close to 2 pounds, was 13 inches long and was fondly referred to as “The Brick”. It also cost nearly $4,000 and had a talk time of about 30 minutes before the battery ran down.

Cell phone “plans” were pretty basic when wireless was new, too —you paid by the minute for local calls, paid an additional fee for long distance, and if you were roaming —well, who can forget those roaming charges?  Today, consumers have a multitude of options when it comes to choosing the right wireless plan.

If you’re already on a plan, how do you know it’s the right one for you? Online mobile device account management lets you dig into important details of your bill. With the My Verizon Wireless Account Analysis feature, you can look at your usage history over the past six months and explore how much you’re talking, texting and downloading data, to help ensure you’re on the right plan and paying the best price. The analysis makes recommendations based on usage history and even notifies you of special offers and your device upgrade status.

Here are a few other things to consider when choosing the right plan for you and your family: 

First, how good is the network coverage where you’ll be using your device? Compare coverage maps for your area and research third-party reports to see which carrier has the best coverage. Ultimately, your device – and your plan – is only as good as the network you’re on.

Think about how much you’ll use your device, particularly for data. Calculating what you might use may seem challenging but there are tools to help like the Verizon Wireless Data Calculator. This online tool lets you enter the types of content and how much you believe you’ll use to see how each activity will impact your data usage by month or by day.

Are you interested in a single line of service or are you looking for a plan that meets the needs of your entire family? Verizon Wireless’ MORE Everything plan includes unlimited talk and text, unlimited international messaging, and a shared data allowance for up to ten Verizon Wireless devices, along with 25 GB of cloud storage for each line on the account. And you can even bring your own smartphone to Verizon Wireless as long as it’s compatible with the Verizon Wireless network. 

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