Motorola Moto Z Droid On Verizon Wireless Plans

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Motorola Moto Z Droid

Features

5.5 inch display
Android
13MP camera
32GB int. memory
Talk Time: Up to 1 day 6 hours
Standby: Up to 14 days
75.3mm wide
153.3mm high

Average Score

80/100

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$45 Prepaid Smartphone Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 2GB Full Speed Data
  • $45/recharge + $624 upfront
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$50 Prepaid Smartphone Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 5GB Full Speed Data
  • $50/recharge + $624 upfront
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Small (S) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 2GB Data
  • $55/mo + $644 upfront
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$60 Prepaid Smartphone Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 5GB Full Speed Data
  • $60/recharge + $624 upfront
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$70 Prepaid Smartphone Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 10GB Full Speed Data
  • $70/recharge + $624 upfront
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Medium (M) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 4GB Data
  • $70/mo + $644 upfront
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Small (S) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 2GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit
  • $81/mo + $20 upfront
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Large (L) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 8GB Data
  • $90/mo + $644 upfront
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Medium (M) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 4GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit
  • $96/mo + $20 upfront
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12GB Limited-Time Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 12GB Data
  • $100/mo + $644 upfront
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Extra Large (XL) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 16GB Data
  • $110/mo + $644 upfront
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Large (L) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 10GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $116/mo + $20 upfront
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12GB Limited-Time Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 14GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $126/mo + $20 upfront
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Extra Extra Large (XXL) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 24GB Data
  • $130/mo + $644 upfront
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Extra Large (XL) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 18GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $136/mo + $20 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 30GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 30GB Data
  • $155/mo + $644 upfront
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Extra Extra Large (XXL) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 26GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $156/mo + $20 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 30GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 32GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $181/mo + $20 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 40GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 40GB Data
  • $200/mo + $644 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 40GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 42GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $226/mo + $20 upfront
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Small (S) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 2GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit
  • $81/mo + $20 upfront
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Medium (M) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 4GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit
  • $96/mo + $20 upfront
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Large (L) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 10GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $116/mo + $20 upfront
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12GB Limited-Time Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 14GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $126/mo + $20 upfront
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Extra Large (XL) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 18GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $136/mo + $20 upfront
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Extra Extra Large (XXL) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 26GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $156/mo + $20 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 30GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 32GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $181/mo + $20 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 40GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 42GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $226/mo + $20 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 50GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 52GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $271/mo + $20 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 60GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 62GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $316/mo + $20 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 80GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 82GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $406/mo + $20 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 100GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 102GB Data
  • Deal: Get up to $384.99 Trade-in Credit + 2GB Extra Data per phone
  • $496/mo + $20 upfront
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Small (S) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 2GB Data
  • $55/mo + $644 upfront
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Medium (M) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 4GB Data
  • $70/mo + $644 upfront
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Large (L) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 8GB Data
  • $90/mo + $644 upfront
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12GB Limited-Time Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 12GB Data
  • $100/mo + $644 upfront
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Extra Large (XL) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 16GB Data
  • $110/mo + $644 upfront
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Verizon Wireless

Extra Extra Large (XXL) Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 24GB Data
  • $130/mo + $644 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 30GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 30GB Data
  • $155/mo + $644 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 40GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 40GB Data
  • $200/mo + $644 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 50GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 50GB Data
  • $245/mo + $644 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 60GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 60GB Data
  • $290/mo + $644 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 80GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 80GB Data
  • $380/mo + $644 upfront
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The Verizon Plan 100GB

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 100GB Data
  • $470/mo + $644 upfront
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$45 Prepaid Smartphone Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 2GB Full Speed Data
  • $45/recharge + $624 upfront
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$50 Prepaid Smartphone Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 5GB Full Speed Data
  • $50/recharge + $624 upfront
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$60 Prepaid Smartphone Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 5GB Full Speed Data
  • $60/recharge + $624 upfront
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$70 Prepaid Smartphone Plan

  • Unlimited National Talk & Text
  • 10GB Full Speed Data
  • $70/recharge + $624 upfront

Motorola Moto Z Droid Specs

Display

Type AMOLED
Screen Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Screen Size 5.5 inch (14 cm)
Touch Screen Yes

Camera

Resolution 13 megapixels
Front Facing 5 megapixels
3D Resolution -
Flash Type Dual-LED
Video Camera 1080p HD video (60fps), 4K video (30fps), Slow Motion video, Video HDR (1080p and 4K)

Music and Video

Music Player Yes
Video Player Yes
Video Calls Yes
FM Radio Yes
Audio Formats -
Video Formats -

Physical

Form Factor Slate
Width 75.3 mm
Height 153.3 mm
Thickness 5.2 mm
Weight 136 grams
Accelerometer Yes
Gyro Yes

General

GPS Yes
Battery (2G Talk) Up to 1 day 6 hours
Battery (Standby) Up to 14 days
App Store Google Play
Processor Type 2.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Operating System Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Release Date July 2016

Connectivity

Main Connectivity 4G LTE
Maximum Data Speed 450 Mbps (Cat. 9)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz with MIMO
USB USB-C
Bluetooth Yes
Networks GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA 800/1900 MHz
Data Networks HSPA+, LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13)

Memory

RAM 4GB
Internal 32GB
Expandable Up to 1.91TB

Messaging

Push Email Yes
Text Messages (SMS) Yes
Picture Messages (MMS) Yes

Motorola Moto Z Droid Reviews

Positive

WhistleOut Review

"The Moto Z is a brilliant execution of an average idea. Through its Moto Mods system, Motorola has turned the idea of a modular smartphone where you can add and remove features on the fly into a simple, easy-to-use accessories. The problem is Moto Mods are fun, but not necessary. Mods aside, the Mo..."

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Motorola Moto Z Droid Review

Verdict:
The Moto Z is a brilliant execution of an average idea. Through its Moto Mods system, Motorola has turned the idea of a modular smartphone where you can add and remove features on the fly into a simple, easy-to-use accessories. The problem is Moto Mods are fun, but not necessary.

Mods aside, the Moto Z is a striking smartphone that almost feels like it's been ripped out of the future. There's a few quirks that come with "ultra-thin" territory, but the Moto Z is an interesting and innovative challenger device.

Like:

Dislike:

  • Striking design
  • Lovely display
  • Moto Mods are a nifty idea
  • Good camera
  • No headphone jack
  • Moto Mods are expensive
  • A little too thin without a back plate
  • Battery not quite as good as other high-end Android phones

Score: 80/100

Outright Cost: $624

What Is It?

The Moto Z is Motorola's flagship smartphone for 2016. Measuring in at just 5.2mm at its slimmest point, its billed as the "world's thinnest premium smartphone". As such, there's no headphone jack. In terms of other hardware specifications, you've got the usual suspects - a 5.5-inch Quad HD, Snapdragon 820 processor, expandable storage - but the big new feature is support for accessories affectionately referred to as "Moto Mods".

Moto Mods are Motorola's alliterative solution for bringing the modular smartphone dream to life. While they can't "upgrade" your phone's internal hardware, Moto Mods are interchangeable back plates capable of expanding the Moto Z's functionality. They clip on magnetically, and interface using an exposed 16-pin connector on phone's back.

Notably, Motorola says Moto Mods are future-proof; its 2017 and 2018 phones will use the same style of Moto Mod connector.

What's Good?

The Moto Z's strikingly thin design is paired with glass and aluminium body that screams "this is the future". While the starved form-factor certainly has a few accompanying quirks (which I'll touch on later), it feels premium. It's been matched with an equally high-end 5.5-inch Quad HD display; viewing angles are great and colours are almost Samsung vibrant. The one caveat is that it doesn't hold up well outside. The Moto Z isn't unusable like the Moto X Force, but doesn't handle bright sunlight as well as the iPhone 7 or the Google Pixel.

As you'd expect from a flagship smartphone, the Moto Z is zippy. It runs a clean version of Android with no modifications (other than a few pre-installed Motorola apps) which certainly doesn't hurt performance. 

Cameras haven't historically been Motorola's strong point, but the Moto Z's rear shooter is a welcome improvement over last year's Moto X devices. The Moto Z doesn't quite reach the quality the iPhone 7 / Samsung Galaxy S7 / Google Pixel "holy trinity" of smartphone shooters are capable of, but its nonetheless a solid option. You can take fantastic photos during the day, and still get decent shots in lowlight. You'll have trouble with capturing movement as soon as it starts getting dark - even during sunset - but the Moto Z is fairly reliable otherwise.

While the idea of modular smartphone components is certainly attractive, Motorola hasn't succeeded at turning it into a game changer with the Moto Z and Moto Mods. It has however implemented what could have been an alien concept spectacularly.

Mods literally clip onto the back of the Moto Z with magnets. When you're done, you just take it off. There's no need to restart the phone. The magnets are strong enough to keep the Mods firm. It just works. If a modular phone is ever going to go mainstream, this is the kind of implementation that will make it far less confronting.

What's Not So Good?

This might seem like an odd complaint, but the Moto Z almost feels a little too thin. Measuring in at just 5.2mm at its slimmest point, the Moto Z feels like it's missing something when naked. The Moto Z isn't sharp, it doesn't cut, but it doesn't quite sit right either. Exposed Mod connectors give off an industrial vibe, but aren't comfortable against the hand.

The slim size and the camera bump do make more sense when you consider the fact the Moto Z is made to be used with Mods. If the phone were much thicker, it would feel monstrous with a Mod. As it stands, attaching a "Style Cap" (a Moto Mod that doesn't add functionality, but changes the phone's look and texture, as pictured above) makes the Moto Z feel just right - and eliminates the camera bump entirely.

Motorola's razor-thin form-factor also resulted in a few other compromises. The phone's power button and volume rocker sit surprisingly high on the phone's right side, presumably to avoid any "bendgate" style incidents. Reaching them does however takes quite a stretch.

The Moto Z is also part of the new breed of smartphones ditching the headphone jack. Instead, you'll have to use USB Type-C headphones, Bluetooth, or a dongle. While there's a USB Type-C dongle in the box, the Moto Z is bundled with 3.5mm headphones rather than USB Type-C headphones. This means you can still use the free pair with your laptop or tablet, but necessitates carrying the dongle around.

As with the iPhone 7, the headphone jack's removal means you can't listen to music and charge at the same time, unless you've got Bluetooth headphones.

And finally, the Moto Z's thin build means its only packing a 2,600mAh battery. While this isn't terrible, it's not amazing either. In practice, the Moto Z could survive a day of heavy usage by the skin of its teeth. I typically found myself with between 5% and 10% to spare.

Oddly, the Moto Z's fingerprint reader doesn't double as a home button, despite being positioned like a home button. You can tap it to wake up and unlock the phone, but tapping it again puts it back to sleep. I've lost track of the number of times I've put the Moto Z to sleep when just trying to close an app. I'm sure you'd get used to this quirk with enough time with the Moto Z, it's far from intuitive.

While I love Motorola's execution of Moto Mods, I'm conflicted about their utility. Take the Moto Instashare Projector, for example. It lets you project the Moto Z's screen as in image up to 70-inches in size. That's kinda cool. But at the same time, the bulb brightness is only rated 50 lumens, which makes it hard to use in all but the darkest of environments. The 480p resolution is also a little underwhelming. The biggest problem with the Instashare Projector is the $299 price tag. I won't deny the appeal of a pocketable projector, but how often do you wish your phone could be used as one? It's probably not enough to justify blowing $299.

The Hasselblad True Zoom camera is another Moto Mod that sounds great in theory, but doesn't quite work as well as you'd hope. Attaching it to your Moto Z gives you a 10x optical zoom camera with physical controls, but it's hard to focus, struggles with mixed lighting, and isn't especially fast when shooting. For the most part, I found the Moto Z's regular camera far more reliable.

Attaching the True Zoom to your Moto Z also makes a little too big to pocket; especially if you wear slim-fitting jeans. As such, you'd probably end up storing the Mod separately (in a bag, for example). If you're not keeping the True Zoom attached to the phone, it reduces the potential for spontaneous photography - the kind of shooting smartphones excel at.

The Incipio "Off Grid" Battery Pack is the most practical out of all the Moto Z's Mods, but at the same time, it's easy to ask "why not just give the phone a bigger internal battery?". Admittedly, the Battery Pack doesn't add too much in terms of weight or thickness; you can still comfortably throw the Moto Z in a pocket with the external juice box attached. In a way, it's a far more elegant solution than a battery case, in terms of practicality and aesthetics. The Battery Pack is almost a happy medium between a battery case and a removable battery.

While the Moto Z runs an almost unmodified version of Android, software and security update availability is still determined by Motorola, rather than by Google. Unfortunately, Motorola parent company Lenovo has said that it won't be releasing monthly security updates for any of the Moto smartphones, and instead opting to bundle up and release a couple of months' worth of updates at a time due to the effort involved. At time of writing, the Moto Z is still on the August 2016 security patch. 

When it comes to a $624 flagship smartphone, at the very least, you should be able to expect a monthly security update. Samsung and LG might be a bit slow when it comes to upgrading the software on their phones, but all their recent flagships do however receive monthly security updates.

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Who Is It For?

The Moto Z is the kind of device you buy if you don't just want a new phone, but a new kind of phone. It's what you get it you're after something different. Or if you miss removal batteries and want the next best thing.

While Motorola's innovation is admirable, Moto Mods don't feel like they're useful enough to justify the high price-tags. Sure, an attachable projector for your phone is cool. It's just not $299 cool. The Battery Pack is the one key exception, and is an elegant solution for keeping the phone juiced up.

The Moto Z is an interesting device, but it's up against stiff competition. As a standalone phone, it's good. But when up against the likes of Apple, Google, and Samsung, simply being good isn't always enough.

What Else Can I Buy?

LG G5

LG is the only other mainstream manufacturer building modular smartphones, but its implementation isn't quite as polished. The G5 is a fine device, but it has a lot of quirks that stem from the modular functionality. For one, you need to turn the phone off entirely if you want to change mod. The mods also aren't quite as useful or fun as what you get with the Moto Z.

That being said, LG's confirmed it will go back to a more conventional design for its 2016 flagship smartphones, so the G5 might not be the best purchase if you want to keep using your mods going forward.

Moto Z Play

The Moto Z Play is the Moto Z's cheaper, fatter brother. It's not quite as thin, but as a result, has a headphone jack and a battery said to last up to 48 hours. It's also compatible will all the same Moto Mods as the Moto Z.

Google Pixel

If you're mostly interested in the Moto Z due its mostly clean take on Android, the Google Pixel is probably a better buy. It's a little pricier, but at the least, you're getting software and security updates straight from Google, as they come out.

More About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless was formed in 2000, as a merger between GTE Wireless and Bell Atlantic. It’s currently the second largest mobile service provider in the US, coming in just behind AT&T with over 98 million subscribers.

Verizon has a proud history of firsts in the US – it was the first US company to launch a wireless high-speed broadband 3G network, and this has extended to being the first to build a large-scale 4G LTE network, which was launched in late 2010.

Since its inception, Verizon has invested more than $80 billion to increase the coverage and capacity of its nationwide network, and it seems to be paying off; it’s widely claimed that the company have the best network in the US. There’s no arguing that Verizon’s network coverage is extensive (and reportedly fast). Its LTE network is undeniably its biggest asset; it’s currently available in over 250 more markets than closest rival AT&T’s 4G offerings and is America’s largest 4G LTE network, being accessible to around 89% of the US population. While AT&T uses combined LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul to layer its ‘4G’ network, Verizon’s 4G LTE outpaces HSPA+ significantly, so may be a favourable option for customers in major metropolitan areas looking to take advantage of their 4G capable devices.

Verizon also have a reputation for great coverage in rural areas, and have roaming agreements with other carriers for the few areas of the US that its network doesn’t reach.

What separates Verizon from the other major carriers in terms of plans, is the introduction of Share Everything Plans as its exclusive contract-based offer. While the company still offers prepaid and pay-as-you-go plans, they’ve switched their post-paid focus to data usage, and have begun to cater to customers, and in particular families, who own multiple devices. Share Everything Plans include unlimited phone calls and texting, and start at $90 per month for one smartphone and 1GB of data. Prices increase based on the number and type of devices included in the plan and the amount of data required. Verizon has provided plan options for people who own several devices (e.g. a smartphone and a tablet) or families looking to pool costs and save money rather than forking out for multiple plans. However, for customers who aren’t big talkers or texters, these plans will offer considerably less value.

Verizon is a CDMA carrier, but does offer dual CDMA/GSM handsets, meaning international coverage is an option if you have a dual phone, and Verizon offer voice and data services in more than 200 destinations globally. However, for frequent travellers, a GSM carrier may prove to be more economical and convenient.

The company also has a good reputation for customer service, although still lags behind T-Mobile’s glowing reviews. Verizon operates more than 1900 retail stores across the country, and has dedicated live chat and telephone support 24/7.

The main downside to Verizon is that the company’s plans are usually a little pricier than those of the other major carriers. However, some customers will feel that this is a worthwhile trade-off in order to access what has been awarded the best network in the US, with extensive coverage and impressive data speeds.

Verizon Wireless’ Network Specs:

  • Technology: CDMA
  • 2G Bandwidths (IS-95, 1x, EV-DO): 800/1900MHz
  • 3G Bandwidths (EV-DO): 800/1900MHz
  • 4G Bandwidths (LTE): 700MHz

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