Not one for contracts? Go prepaid with Verizon and pick the right phone.
If you're going prepaid, you can certainly try to bring your own device to Verizon, but it's pretty strict about which phones it'll allow (many unlocked phones aren't even compatible with the network).
Otherwise, Verizon has a selection of prepaid phones that you can purchase directly, which may make for less of a headache in the long run. Here are a few that you should consider first.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is Verizon's best prepaid option. You have the option of 32GB for $696 or 64GB for $792. In the Note 5 you have a BIG phone that's easy to hold, thanks to its curved edges, and its glass and metal design is both functional and gorgeous.
If you yearn for the days when hand-writing was a thing, then you'll find solace in the Note 5's S Pen, which lets you write notes by hand and converts them to text for you, a feature made sweeter by a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen that offers a resolution of 2560x1440.
You've also got the Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, which makes for a phone that's nimble and responsive and quite powerful for a prepaid option. The battery is a whopping 3,000 mAh, which will probably last you at least a full day, depending on your habits.
If your battery is running low, you have the advantage of wireless fast-charging, which can bring your phone from 0 to 100% up to 50 minutes faster than standard charging. Verizon's Note 5 comes only in Black Sapphire, but it will pair well with any case you choose!
The one downside is the Note 5 lacks a microSD card slot, so you're limited to the 32GB or 64GB.
This is definitely the best prepaid phone you can get from Verizon, so if you can afford it, do it up.
HTC One M9
In Silver Gold, the HTC One M9 isn't just a pretty face. You've got a 5-inch 1920x1080 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 under the hood, 32GB of storage, and a microSD card that allows for up to 128GB of expansion.
If you're someone who likes to fill their phone with photos and videos, then expandable storage is a godsend, especially since you'll be using the M9's camera all the time.
The front-facing camera is 4MP, while the rear-facing camera offers a whopping 20MP and the ability to shoot 4K video. The HTC One M9's rear-facing camera using HTC's "Ultrapixel" technology, which is a five dollar term for larger pixels. That does mean, however, that each pixel is able to let in more light, making for more vivid and accurate photos.
Quick-charge 2.0 will have your 2,840 mAh battery up and running in no time, and it'll probably last you all day, depending on your usage. You can customize your Home screen with tons of great themes, so your HTC One experience can be truly unique.
Keep in mind that this phone is a generation old at this point, and the newer HTC 10 is a massive improvement, but if you're stuck with prepaid, then the M9 will do fine.
Check out our review for more!
LG's 2015 flagship redefined LG smartphones and brought together a beautiful, 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a large, 3,000 mAh battery, and a great camera, which made it one of the best Android phones of 2015. You almost can't do better for a prepaid phone, and LG G4 is well-worth the $456 from Verizon.
Unfortunately, you don't get the beautiful leather-backed edition from Verizon, so you will have to settle for a Metallic Gray plastic back. This phone isn't much to look at, but it more than makes up for it in performance.
32GB of internal storage is expandable, thanks to the G4's microSD slot, which allows for up to 2TB (even though the biggest microSD card on the market is only 200GB). You can fill this puppy up with photos, videos, apps, and more without worrying about running out of space any time soon.
If you're after a powerful phone with a great camera and virtually endless expandable storage, then pick up the LG G4 for your prepaid plan.
Though the G4 is a generation old and nowhere near the phone that the LG G5 is, it'll do just nicely is Verizon prepaid is your only option.
Check out our review for more!
Of course, you can always go the iPhone route with Verizon's prepaid plans, and you can actually get the newest iPhone, the SE. At 16GB and with no expandable memory, this is for those of you that want a simple iPhone to be used for no more than making calls and texts, playing games, and taking the odd photo. Otherwise, you'll have to be backing your photos up constantly, since 16GB fills up quite rapidly.
That being said, the iPhone SE offers the same A9 processor that's available in the 6s, but in a compact 4-inch package. Yup, 4 inches. Remember when phones were that small 2 years ago? Me neither.
Along with that rockin' processor, you still have Apple's great fingerprint sensor, which allows you to easily secure your iPhone SE and truly personalize it. Verizon's also generous in terms of look for the SE, since the Space Gray, Rose Gold, and silver options are all available to you, for $400 each.
Running on the latest version of iOS also means you'll be up-to-date, so all of your Apple devices will work together in perfect harmony.
If you want a phone that's compact and easy to use on the go, then consider the iPhone SE. It may be small, but it's powerful and more than capable to handle your day-to-day.
Check out iMore's review for more!
Bring your own device
Verizon does have a fairly limited selection of phones that you can bring to the prepaid fold, but there are a couple rules:
- The phone must be a Verizon phone.
- The phone must be compatible. You can check compatibility here.
If it's compatible, you can just order the SIM activation kit and away you go.
If you do not find your Verizon phone in the list, then you may want to give them a call and they'll tell you whether or not you can use it with their prepaid plans.