Visible is an app based prepaid phone service, a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon.
Visible offers a single plan to customers:
Visible was launched in May of 2018, but only those customers who used iPhones had access to the app based service - until now.
Visible just made the plan available to Android users. However, Android compatibility is currently limited initially only to the Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ plus.
Visible appears to have plans to expand beyond these two Android models in the future:
We’re kind of in the early access phase of our service on Android devices. Right now we’re available on Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, but we’re working on compatibility on additional Android devices.
In other Visible news, they are now advertising the allowance of mobile hotspot use as an official feature of the plan. Previously, their FAQ stated that hotspotting was an 'early access' feature.
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Visible Plan Details
Visible offers a single plan - and unlimited talk, text, and data plan. The plan is currently priced at $40/month including taxes and fees. Coverage includes all of Verizon's 4G VoLTE coverage.
Data speeds are always capped at a maximum of 5 mbps, and all data usage is always subject to network management. Video is reduced to 480p resolution as well (DVD quality) - which actually works well with the throttled 5mbps speeds. And customers can anticipate high latency of around 150 ms.
While Visible allows unlimited mobile hotspot use at 5 mbps, you can only connect a single device at a time.
Visible is only usable in the continental U.S. and Hawaii (we're assuming they include Alaska too) - so you won’t be to use the service while in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. Service does not include any international calling, texting, or data usage - including use in our friendly neighbors to the North and South - Canada or Mexico.
And - you've got to have a compatible device.
Policies & Perks
- Carrier Networks Used: Verizon
- Carrier Relation: Carrier Owned Prepaid
- Plan Types Available: Phone
- Device Types Permitted: iPhones & some Androids
- Device Purchase Required: No, but can purchase a device
- Mobile Hotspot Use:
- All data is permitted to be used via mobile hotspot from phone
- Only a single device can be connected via mobile hotspot at a time
- Throttling: all data is always throttled to 5mbps speeds
- Network Management: always subject to
- International Roaming: none - Continental US & Hawaii only
- Domestic Roaming: none - although Verizon's coverage maps rarely cause a need
- Plan Period: 30 days
- Data Roll Over: No
- Overage Charges: No
- Streaming: All streams are capped to 480p (Standard Definition)
- Unlimited: Yes
- Lines permitted per account: 1
Visible is available via an app on your smartphone. The Visible service can be controlled completely from the Visible app, from set-up to termination.
You'll need to order a SIM card from Visible directly, then follow the directions provided to set-up your service.
There is no current option for tablet devices or dedicated data devices (like Jetpacks or cellular routers).
At a $40/month price point with reportedly easy start-up and termination of service (you can do it on an app!), Visible is an appealing unlimited data plan for those who don't need full LTE speed data and aren't bothered by early reports of possible congestion issues.
Remember too - even if slower data speeds work for you, Visible's hotspot is limited to a single device at a time. So make sure that is consistent with your travel needs.
For those with 'bigger' needs (i.e. allowing more than one device at a time data access or higher speeds), you'll want to consider other plans.
Updates to this story:
- Cellular Carriers Add Extra Data in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Posted on: March 24, 2020
- Verizon Launches Yahoo!Mobile - Based on Visible - Unlimited Data for $39.99 Posted on: March 11, 2020
- Visible Introduces Party Pay - Reducing Cost of Unlimited Verizon Plan to As Low as $25/month Posted on: October 31, 2019
- Visible Removes Speed Cap from $40/month Unlimited Verizon Plan - Mobile Hotspot Remains Throttled at 5Mbps Posted on: June 26, 2019
- Verizon Based Visible $40/mo Smartphone Plan Enables Android Compatibility, Hotspot Use Official Posted on: January 24, 2019
- Visible by Verizon is Officially Available to (almost) All Posted on: September 27, 2018
- Verizon Based Visible Prepaid Service Enables Mobile Hotspot Feature On Beta Basis Posted on: June 22, 2018
- Visible: New $40/month Unlimited On Device Verizon Based Phone Plan Posted on: May 11, 2018