Get Reliable Connectivity with Verizon RV Internet

Verizon Unlimited Plus
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    Starts at $65.00/mo.
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    30GB high-speed
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    Good price for unlimited phone service
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    Need to use your phone as a hotspot
Verizon Premium hotspot
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    150GB high-speed
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    Excellent price, high data allowance
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    Requires a separate hotspot device
Verizon 5G Home Plus
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    Starts at $70.00/mo.
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    Unlimited high-speed data
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    Needs to be registered to an address

Dave Schafer
Aug 03, 2023
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Getting reliable internet access on the go has never been easier. Whether you’re looking to stream a movie by the fire or get some work done on the road, you have tons of options for staying connected.

Verizon, one of the nation’s largest mobile providers, offers several options to get online, including cell plans, mobile hotspots, and even 5G home internet. Each has its pros and cons, so we’ve done some digging to help determine which might be best for your RV usage and to see how they stack up against the competition.

Why Verizon for RV internet?

It’s safe to say that internet access has become a critical part of life in 2023. While it’s nice to take the RV out and get away from the stresses of modern life, you’ll likely need internet access to communicate with friends and family, pay bills, and take care of other responsibilities.

Satellite internet and campground Wi-Fi are solid options, but each has its limitations. Satellite often has restrictive data caps or high costs, and public Wi-Fi networks can be slow and insecure. Fortunately for the road warriors out there, 5G cellular networks offer a compelling alternative to satellite and Wi-Fi.

5G is speedy and affordable, and coverage has grown to the point where many carriers—including Verizon—offer nearly nationwide availability. While there will always be dead spots, it’s possible to get excellent coverage on the road. This may improve even further with future generations of mobile internet.

Additionally, 5G can be used while in motion, something that’s not possible with Wi-Fi. Starlink is the only major satellite provider to offer in-motion internet access (with Starlink Roam), and it’s both very expensive and very restricted in availability. 

Verizon compared to other cellular providers

Among mobile providers, Verizon has long had a reputation as “the reliable one.” That said, T-Mobile has made major strides in availability in the last few years, so this difference may be less pronounced—and, of course, the coverage of any provider can vary dramatically from one location to another.

A downside for Verizon is that there are no unlimited high-speed data hotspot plans available. The Unlimited Plus plan from Verizon does give you unlimited data, but your speeds will be reduced once you use 30GB of data each month. However, Verizon does offer much more generous high-speed data allotments, which may fit better for heavy data users. By comparison, T-Mobile’s hotspot plans of 2GB, 5GB, and 10 GB may have heavy users on the much slower unlimited-data speeds for much of the month.

Verizon cellular plans

Pretty much all smartphones these days include a hotspot feature, and most providers offer some amount of hotspot data with their phone plans. The advantages of using your phone as a hotspot are cost and convenience: You already own the phone, so there’s no need to purchase a separate device, and you likely have it with you most or all of the time.

The downsides are that you may not want to have your phone always with you, particularly on vacation in the RV. Additionally, the hotspot feature can drain a lot of battery, which you may need to conserve for communication when you’re away from a charger.

Verizon keeps things super simple with its phone plans. There are only two plans: Unlimited Welcome and Unlimited Plus.

Hotspot data
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Unlimited WelcomeStarts at $60.00/mo. per lineNone included—up to 100GB available for purchase
Unlimited PluaStarts at $65.00/mo. per line30GB high-speed, then unlimited at a reduced speed

The main difference between these two plans is the included hotspot data on the Unlimited Plus plan. Although Unlimited Welcome lets you purchase data as a separate package on a month-to-month basis, Unlimited Plus includes it in the cost for just $5 per month more, which means you’ll want to go with this plan if you want to use the hotspot in your RV.

It’s also worth noting that the cost per line drops dramatically as you add additional lines to the package. As you add lines, the prices change as follows:

Number of lines
Unlimited Welcome
Unlimited Plus
1$60.00/mo. per line$65.00/mo. per line
2$50.00/mo. per line$55.00/mo. per line
3 $35.00/mo. per line$40.00/mo. per line
4 $25.00/mo. per line$30.00/mo. per line

Verizon hotspot data plans

If you don’t want to use your phone as a hotspot, you can opt for a separate hotspot device and a dedicated hotspot data plan. Verizon offers several tiers based on the amount of high-speed data each plan provides.

Hotspot data
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Essential$20.00/mo.15GB high-speed, then unlimited at reduced speed
Plus$40.00/mo.50GB high-speed, then unlimited at reduced speed
Pro$60.00/mo.100GB high-speed, then unlimited at reduced speed
Premium$80.00/mo.150GB high-speed, then unlimited at reduced speed

Verizon’s hotspot plans include increasing amounts of high-speed data, with the highest tier offering a generous 150GB—that’s a lot more than competitors like T-Mobile, and at a lower price than similar AT&T plans. Once that’s gone, you can continue to use the hotspot for the rest of the month at a (drastically) reduced speed. 

Of course, nothing is perfect—Verizon requires you to have an existing smartphone unlimited plan in order to purchase these packages. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because Verizon service is great overall. However, if you’re currently a customer with a different cell provider, switching may not be a very attractive option.

Verizon 5G Home

Verizon, like T-Mobile, offers a 5G home internet service. Also like T-Mobile, this service has gotten quite good in recent years, with performance comparable to fast cable connections, plus a wide coverage area.

Base price with Auto pay
Price with qualifying cell plan and Auto Pay
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5G Home$50.00/mo. $25.00/mo. Up to 300MbpsUnlimited
5G Home Plus$70.00/mo.$30.00/moUp to 1,000MbpsUnlimited

Unfortunately for RV owners, Verizon advertises this service as a home internet service. Although some users have reported success taking the Verizon gateway out of their homes and using it on the road, this is not the intended use and may result in the termination of the account. For that reason, we don’t recommend using Verizon 5G Home for your RV.

The one exception might be if you have a sort of home base for your RV where it spends much of its time. Maybe you spend a month in Yellowstone every summer. In this case, you could register it to that address and then use another option (such as a hotspot) when on the road.

Alternatives to Verizon for your RV

If you don’t want to go with Verizon for your RV internet, you still have options.

  • Other cellular providers: T-Mobile and AT&T both offer competing hotspot plans. Each has its pros and cons—T-Mobile is affordable but doesn’t offer a ton of high-speed data, while AT&T offers more but is also the most expensive of the three. T-Mobile also has an excellent home internet option for those that want to go down that route.
  • Campsite Wi-Fi: Many campgrounds and RV parks offer Wi-Fi for guests. This is often free and can be boosted a bit by Wi-Fi extenders to improve performance. Of course, the downside is that not every campground will have fast (or even any) Wi-Fi available.
  • Satellite internet: Satellite internet for your RV offers a very widely available internet connection for your RV—after all, it’s available nearly everywhere in the US. This option means you can get a signal in places that lack cell towers or other infrastructure. The main problems with satellite internet plans are cost and a difficult setup process.

Get more from your RV internet with Verizon

Verizon offers a number of options to power your RV internet experience and help you stay connected. These include relatively affordable cellular options with Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Welcome plans, dedicated mobile hotspots with generous data allotments, and 5G home internet with unlimited data. Whatever your need or budget, Verizon offers a plan that can get your RV online.

Dave Schafer
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Dave Schafer
Dave has written professionally for tech companies and consumer technology sites for nearly five years, with a special focus on TV and internet. He uses his industry expertise to help readers at get the most out of their services. No matter the project, he prefers his coffee black (the stronger, the better).