Visible Unlimited Mobile Plan Review

Prepaid 4G LTE wireless plan with mobile hotspot
Visible
Visible
4 out of 5 stars
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  • pro
    Unlimited data
  • pro
    $25.00–$40.00/mo.

Kristin Cooke
Researcher & Writer
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July 11, 2022

First take: Is Visible any good?

Visible is Verizon’s answer to the need for affordable cell phone service. You’ll have slower speeds than you will with Verizon Wireless plans, but if you like the sound of $25 per month for unlimited wireless service, Visible could be a good option for you.

Quick facts: What to know about Visible

  • Visible is owned by Verizon (previously Verizon Wireless).
  • Visible is a monthly prepaid cell phone plan (no contracts).
  • Visible plans cost $25.00–$40.00 per month (multiple line discount).
  • Visible plans include unlimited hotspot data (capped at 5 Mbps speeds).
  • Visible can be used as a home internet connection for small or low-use households.
  • Visible is recommended for RV, travel, and marine use (service varies by location).

Visible pros and cons

Visible’s phone plan is a steal of a deal and comes highly recommended—but is it really as good as it sounds? Let’s take a look.

Pros
pro Unlimited data, talk, and text
pro Network coverage is equal to Verizon network
pro Unlimited plan is $40.00 per month—no fees or hidden charges
pro Contract-free (cancel at anytime)
pro Mobile service includes unlimited mobile hotspot data
pro Portable Wi-Fi solution for traveling and RVs
Cons
con Data speeds are slower than post-paid Verizon data plans
con Data may be slowed even more if you live in a highly congested area
con Unlimited hotspot data speeds capped at 5 Mbps
con Hotspot data can be used with only one device at a time
con Not compatible with all devices (limited to unlocked iPhone and Samsung)
con Service not available in all Verizon service areas (no 3G for rural areas)

Keep in mind that Visible is not the same thing as getting the Get More Unlimited plan from Verizon, or even the Start Unlimited. Visible is a prepaid plan and therefore doesn't have the priority data you’d expect with a Verizon plan.

As with any prepaid plan, Visible data can be deprioritized in congested areas. That means watching your connection speed drop. Also, service is exclusively on the 4G LTE network. That means your data speeds won’t ever hit 5G speeds (no matter how fast the Verizon network is in your area), and streaming video will be DVD quality only (480p). Also keep in mind that, if you live in a rural area where 3G is the only way to get service, you might not get a signal at all.

That said, Visible wireless is a powerful cellular plan suitable for most (if not all) Americans who want to save money and cut their wireless bills in half. It offers your typical mobile phone plan with unlimited talk and text on the Verizon network. Plus, VIsible offers unlimited hotspot data (which is very hard to find), although usage is restricted to one device at a time.

Visible pricing

How much is Visible mobile service?

Visible price
Price
Get it
First month
$25.00
/mo
Second month and every month thereafter (unless you enroll in Party Pay)
$40.00
/mo

Data effective 7/30/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. 

Visible’s one and only plan is $40 per month. New customers will get the first month for $25. After that, they’ll be billed at $40 per month.

As for value, $40 a month for unlimited calling on the Verizon network should make a Visible customer a happy one. Plus, 

Visible deals and promotions

It’s possible to get $5–$15 off per month if you sign up on Party Pay, which is Visible’s answer to a multi-line discount.

You can get the $40 per month unlimited Visible mobile plan for $25 per month if you sign up with Party Pay, and you don’t have to pay as a group to get the discount.

Visible Party Pay discounts

How much your Visible plan costs with Party Pay (Visible’s answer to multi-line discount)

Price
Get it
Without Party Pay
$40.00
/mo
With 1 other person
$35.00
/mo
With 2 other people
$30.00
/mo
With 3 other people
$25.00
/mo

Data effective 7/30/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. 

If you are wondering how you can get Visible wireless with unlimited hotspotting for just $25 per month, here are the deets.

  1. Sign up for Visible with your existing (unlocked) phone or order a new one. Here’s the Visible sign up page.
  2. Create your Visible account.
  3. Sit tight. Enjoy the first month for $25 (sign-on bonus).
  4. Join a Visible party with 3 other people.
  5. Start saving on your next Visible bill.

Are there additional deals and discounts for Visible?

Yes, Visible also has a referral plan (which earns you money off your next month’s bill), and a $100–$150 Visa gift card incentive for folks who bring an existing number and buy a new phone.

Combine Visible discounts and save
Bullhorn

Want to get Visible for even less? Check out Visible deals to see all the latest promos. Some customers report paying bills as low as $5 per month for Visible by taking advantage of all the deals and discounts available.

But be forewarned—getting all these discounts is complicated and technically Visible doesn’t allow multiple discounts. Plus, applying all those promos and getting a new friend to sign up for Visible every month does become a bit of a chore.

How to find a Visible group to score a Party Pay discount

Party Pay is Visible’s free-thinking answer to multiple line discounts. You can sign up with your BFF, your mom, your neighbor next door, another misunderstood student in your sculpture class . . . you get the picture. You can even sign up with some randos you meet at church, at a coffee shop, or on a VisiblePartyPay Reddit group. But we recommend sticking with Visible’s official party-finding forum.

Visible video streaming quality

If you’re streaming on Visible (either on your phone or hotspotting to a TV or other device), be aware that your video content will be streamed in DVD quality or lower. Visible doesn’t support HD or UHD quality streaming, so just be prepared to see a few fuzzy spots from time to time.

Plan
Video resolution
Visible Wireless Plan Unlimited480p

Don’t like low-quality streaming? You can always get satellite TV, cable, or use a TV antenna to get local TV stations for free.

Visible customer service

Visible customer service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via chat.

You know what that mean, though. Visible has an always-available chatbot accessible through its website that's great for low-level concerns, quick clarifications, or even account issues. You can also access Visible customer service through Twitter or Facebook Messenger.

But for special cases, tricky questions, or just the comfort of a human voice, you may want to speak on the phone directly to a human being, and some Visible customers complain it can be difficult to reach an actual person outside of chat. If you run into this, just know that you'll have to enter a chat first and request to speak to the Care team on the phone.

This chat-first approach is par for the course with most companies these days, but we still understand some Visible customers' frustration.

Visible app

Visible service mostly runs through its Visible app, available on both IOS and Android.

On IOS, the Visible app has 4.4 out of 5.0 stars, so you can feel comfortable with its technical ability. The Google Play store's version weighs in slightly less at 4.1 out of 5.0 stars, but honestly, any app rated 4.0 stars or more in this industry is a really good sign. 

Visible vs. the competition

Visible's main competitors are other MVNOs like Cricket Wireless and Mint Mobile.

Cricket Wireless and Mint Mobile share similar pros and cons to Visible: low prices, no contracts, and access to unlimited data. But of course, all three MVNOs also share the same cons of deprioritized data (even if it is unlimited, it doesn't help as much if your phone's chugging with slow data speed) and slower speeds than the providers that own their networks.

That all said, Visible outstrips Cricket Wireless simply because Visible runs on Verizon's network, which is more reliable and expansive than AT&T (the company that owns Cricket Wireless's network infrastructure). Visible and Mint Mobile meet on more even terms, since Mint Mobile uses the T-Mobile network, which is now the biggest in the country.

But which one really takes top slot will depend on where you live. Just because T-Mobile is the biggest network doesn't mean if doesn't have large holes in the mid-west where Verizon may have coverage, and vice versa.

All in all, we'd recommend Visible as a valuable competitor against any other MVNO, but the winner depends on your needs and location.

Final take

Visible is one of the freshest takes on prepaid wireless we’ve seen in a good minute. As long as you go into it with your eyes open to certain limitations (like the lack of 5G service), you can save a bundle with Visible. The closest prepaid plan to Visible is Mint, which offers rockstar pricing but without the unlimited hotspot data.

So, our best recommendation is to use Visible like you would any other cellular plan. Use it for talk, text, Google Maps, travel, email, research, social media, and hotspotting around town or while traveling. But we recommend you watch the game at home in UHD with satellite TV, cable, or a TV antenna.

Visible FAQ

What network does Visible use?

Visible uses the Verizon network.

Can I get a discount on Visible by joining with friends?

Yes, you can get a $5, $20, or $15 per month discount on Visible if you are on Party Pay with one to three (or more) people. For more details, check out our section above.

Do I need to be related to the people on my Visible Party Pay group?

No, you don’t have to be related to people in your Visible Party Pay Group. You don’t even have to be friends with people in your group—Visible invites people to join Party Pay groups on the Visible forum.

If I am on Party Pay, do I need to pay my bill with others in the party?

No, you do not pay with other people in your party. Billing is on an individual basis. The only reason for joining a Party Pay plan is to get a discount.

Will others in my Party Pay group know personal information about me?

No, your fellow Party Pay group members will not have personally identifying information about you. You do not have to share personal information with anyone on your plan or even know where they live or their cell number.

The only thing your Party Pay group members will know about you is a first name you give them (which could be a nickname or made up name). You will not be notified if a Party Pay group member does not pay their bill, is late with their payment, or cancels service, and vice versa.

How much can I save on Visible with Party Pay?

Depending on how many people are in your Party Pay group, you can save $5, $10, or $15 per month off your $40 per month wireless bill by signing up for Party Pay.

How much are Visible fees, taxes, and other hidden fees?

Visible has a flat rate for service, which includes fees, taxes, and other charges typically added onto a cell phone bill.

Kristin Cooke
Written by
Kristin Cooke
After graduating with a degree in English from the University of Utah, Kristin learned to geek speak while working as a technical recruiter, interviewing software developers and tech companies. For over 20 years, she has created award-winning content for technology, health, and finance companies. Kristin is an advocate for affordable internet for all and writes about rural internet solutions, satellite internet news, and tech products at SatelliteInternet.com. Her work has been featured in New York Post, PCMag, Forbes, Business Insider, Telecompetitor, Space.com, and The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society.