Visible is Verizon's own prepaid brand for smartphones offering unlimited data, including mobile hotspot use.
Visible's app-based phone plans offer customers unlimited high-speed on-device data, with unlimited mobile hotspot data (for a single device at a time) throttled to 5 Mbps. Video is reduced to 480p resolution for all plans (SD/DVD quality).
Visible data usage can be network-managed, depending on the plan.
The Visible+ plan offers limited roaming in Canada and Mexico, but Visible Basic plan does not.
Top Pick Notes: Visible is one of our Top Pick Data Plans because it is so affordable and offers unlimited mobile hotspot use off of a smartphone. It does have some limitations, such as mobile hotspot data being limited to one device and capped at 5 Mbps, high ping times (depending on the plan), low priority, and video throttling. So while it's not ideal as a primary internet option for someone with high demand or reliability requirements - the plan can definitely play a role in a mobile internet arsenal.
Warning: As of June 2023, Visible has begun cracking down on unauthorized device use. For more details, see our story.
Currently Available Plans:
- Visible+: $45/month
- Visible Basic: $25/month
- Visible Unlimited: $40/month
- Customers who are still on the Visible Unlimited plan MUST migrate to a new plan by September 2023. All service for Visible Unlimited will terminate on that date.
- Carrier Networks Used: Verizon
- Carrier Relationship: Direct subsidiary
- Plan Types Available: Phone
- Device Types Permitted: Compatible smartphone models
- Unlimited: Yes
- High-Speed Mobile Hotspot Use: Yes, for one device at a time and throttled to 5 Mbps
- Throttling: No (except for hotspot data)
- Network Management:
- Visible+: All 5G UWB data is premium. 50GB of premium data per month on 5G NW and LTE
- Visible Basic: All data use is deprioritized and subject to slowdowns in times of congestion
- Video Streaming Resolution: 480p
- 5G Access:
- Visible+: 5G UWB and 5G NW
- Visible Basic: 5G NW
- eSIM: Yes, for iPhones and select Android devices
- Device Purchase Required: No
- Plan Period: Monthly
- International Roaming:
- Visible+: 0.5 GB/day high speed roaming in Canada and Mexico, unlimited at 2G speed
- Visible Basic: none
- Domestic Roaming: None
- Data Roll Over: None
- Overage Charges: None
- Lines permitted per account: One
- Unlimited talk and text to Mexico and Canada
- 500 minutes of International calling from US to 30+ countries per month
- Unlimited texting from US and 200+ countries
- Visible Basic
- Unlimited talk and text to Mexico and Canada.
News, Videos & Status
We tested the new Verizon plans against the retired Visible Unlimited Plan.
Members can see our findings in our Testing Forum: Visible+ versus Visible Legacy
- Visible Expands 15-day Free Trial to Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel Users Posted on: November 3, 2023
- Visible Lowers Price of Basic Plan to $25 Posted on: August 1, 2023
- Visible Forcing Customers on Legacy Visible Unlimited Plan to Switch to New Plans Posted on: July 6, 2023
- Visible Cracks Down On Unauthorized Device Use Posted on: June 15, 2023
- Visible Revamps Plan Lineup And Retires Party Pay Posted on: August 17, 2022
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