Verizon quietly starts new lower priced carrier Visible; unlimited talk, text and data is $40 a month

Verizon quietly starts new lower priced carrier Visible; unlimited talk, text and data is $40 a month
Under the radar, Verizon earlier this year created a carrier called Visible. The service costs $40 a month for unlimited talk, text and data in the U.S. over Verizon's 4G LTE network. To subscribe, you need an invite to join Visible's early access program from a current subscriber. If you happen to have received an invitation, download the app from the App Store (Visible is iOS only at this point), fill out the necessary personal information including the invite code, and Verizon will send you a SIM card the very next day. Put the card in your phone and activate the service. 

The data speed tops out at 5 Mbps, and most videos are shown in 480p resolution (DVD quality). There is no data consumption cap that triggers throttling and there is no contract to sign. Payments can be made using PayPal and Venmo. Right now, Visible is compatible with unlocked iPhone models only.


It seems strange in a way that Verizon is starting up a new carrier that undercuts itself price-wise. But Big Red did lose 24,000 postpaid phone subscribers during the first quarter, and while we don't know where these former Verizon subscribers ended up hanging their hat (or should we say phone), Visible is an attempt to keep these subscribers under the Verizon umbrella.

source: Invisible

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26 Comments

1. Kpeterk

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 28, 2018

No hotspot, throttled to 5mbps max all the time - less for music. Video is 480p resolution all the time. Have to bring an unlocked plone. No mention of wifi calling. No international services. No family discount.

2. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

You forgot to add No Android to that list also.

12. NOLATechie

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Yeah, and what a slap in the face to Google, huh!? Google makes their BEST Android phone (Pixel line) EXCLUSIVE to Verizon and how does Verizon repay Google, by eliminating them from their new carrier and only allowing iPhones! Really Big Red!? They should be ASHAMED! If I had any say in the Pixel 3 line, I'd tell Big Red where they can stuff it and make Pixel 3 line available on ALL networks! I'm sure they would sell a LOT more Pixels that way!

13. Doakie

Posts: 2456; Member since: May 06, 2009

It's still in beta testing so limiting it to unlocked iPhones sounds like the best way to eliminate modified handsets from the possible bugs. Think of this from a business standpoint.

14. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Doakie has a point, even though Apple's iOS updates have been a raging dumpster fire for a while now.

17. black.inco unregistered

So explain why Virgin Mobile is now only selling iPhones now? They're beyond beta testing their network...

19. NOLATechie

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

That doesn't make sense at all. Google had full control over the manufacturing of the Pixel line and the Pixels have pure Android. No different than Apple with the iPhone. Not to mention it would have given Verizon a good way to beta test for Android with a pure Android device from Google, the company they supposedly have an EXCLUSIVE contract with...

16. ShapesBlue

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2018

The Pixel is available in the Google store as well, you can use the device on almost any carrier

20. NOLATechie

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

But for this company you have to be invited to join, you have to use an app to join and they ONLY made the app for iOS (Apple iPhone).

24. rezanow

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

You can use the Pixels on any network, if you buy them from Google directly. support.google.com - slash- pixelphone/answer/7107188?hl=en

25. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Did you forget that it’s $40

3. Docnjay

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2018

Apparently no matter what people are going to complain about anything. I'm certain that if you saw Jesus himself walk on water, you'd complain that he didn't swim. Geez, try to help people out at a lower price and it's never good enough. You have no idea the costs and keeping up with millions of people using data and Wi-Fi all at the same time... The towers and signals can hardly keep,up. Why not say...hey! Great idea! Great start! Keep it up and see where it goes.! It's an implementation of starting something different- and then see who all follows on doing the same thing. They're branching out for heavens sake! Try the positive! Everyone always has something to say as to why it's not good enough for THEM, but it might be perfect for that woman raising kids going thru a divorce, or someone just starting out on their own and have a budget, or maybe that retired man that still wants to do pics and face time he's just mastered with grandkids!? So it's not for you, but it's for someone! Be supportive. There's enough crabby moaning these days about everything ! Be different.! Encourage. May be just the exact action response needed . Try. See what happen

5. danidee

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2018

My thoughts exactly. Do you know anyone using the new service? This is the perfect plan for me. I am that single mom going through a divorce who could definitely benefit from saving on my cell bill!

8. bottst

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2018

If you have Xfinity internet, check out Xfinity Mobile. Unlimited is $45, but there are no activation or line charges. Or you can pay by the gig if you're a lower data user (like me). We save tons on this plan. No hidden fees. Taxes are like $3.50 a month.

9. Vaping_Orchard

Posts: 2; Member since: May 11, 2018

Boy I couldn't if said it any better myself. People are so selfish these days. If someone doesn't like something it's automaticly stupid and should of never been created. Quit making it now because John Ignorant things it's dumb. Very sad.

10. Vaping_Orchard

Posts: 2; Member since: May 11, 2018

Boy I couldn't if said it any better myself. People are so selfish these days. If someone doesn't like something it's automaticly stupid and should of never been created. Quit making it now because John Ignorant things it's dumb. If course people are allowed their opinions. But here's an idea....if you don't like something....DONT BUY IT!! Simple as that! But oh no....nope. Can't have that. We have to bitch and bitch and bitch (like I am now...

21. NOLATechie

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

It's called freedom of speech. Right to peaceful protest. It's how change is made sometimes. A company may not even know that it is doing something wrong until someone speaks up. And, by the way, way to complain about people complaining. Hypocrite much? lol.

26. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

More like right to peaceful, entitled, whiny protest.

4. Zenman

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2018

Verizon slowly moves the lower priced speeds and quality and maybe even messes with net neutrality with one lable, and the original Verizon prices go up and quality stays the same with promises of service for the rich or at least those willing to play to play just another example of how the federal government has really really shanked us!

6. HighGuy420

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2018

I just spent the last hour joining up just to reply to Docnjay, my man, you couldnt have said it any better, if it's not your flavor, so be it but don't dip your finger in it, smell it & eat it then complain about it to everyone....IheartIphone guy & dude b4 him. For 40 bucks that'd a deal.

7. GlenBarrington

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 04, 2016

When it opens up for Android, I'd consider it. I like the Verizon network, I just don't like the pricing.

11. DFranch

Posts: 490; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I was mildly interested until I read "The data speed tops out at 5 Mbps". I was on cricket years ago, and I couldn't stand the 8 Mbps limit (Actually I think it was the 250ms ping that really made things seem slow). Who decided that they should launch a low cost service and only make it available to Apple devices. Apple owners are supposed to be more affluent than us lowly Android owners. I can almost see the guy with a $1000 iPhone X complaining that his internet is slow because he has a throttled service.

15. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

It depends on where you are. Where I am, AT&T's market saturation is so dominant that I can't get more than about 3Mbps as a postpaid customer.

18. DnB925Art

Posts: 1165; Member since: May 23, 2013

5 Mbps with 480p video is good enough for someone who uses a lower res phone like the iPhone SE. I use Cricket and it works fine on my SE (backup phone, Pixel 2 XL is my main phone)

22. smoked_2na

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 15, 2017

All those iPhone users went to the Xfinity Mobile ( MVNO ). I know my brother brought over four (4) phones from Verizon, was paying $180/mo now he's paying $24/mo.

27. Austiniter

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 06, 2015

I have Verizon for my work phone, but decided to put Visible on my personal iphone. Here's the issues I had with Visible: 1) Contacting Customer Service is like contacting someone on Mars - one must utilize Chat, and only when Chat is working can you reach a Visible agent 2) Loading App's take 3-5 minutes without wi-fi 3) Porting a number into Visible took them 4 days 4) Google Maps does NOT work using Visible (however Apple Maps do), 5) Visible App drains the iPhone batter rapidly. Visible needs to do some fine tuning to its app as the iPhone lasts only half a day, if that. Visible has some major issues it needs to work out. I'm sticking with them for 60-90 days and see if they 'fix' their issues, if not, I'm porting my number over to another carrier, and got my fingers crossed it doesn't take Visible 4 days in order to do it!

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