Visible Wireless review: Unlimited high-speed data on Verizon's network for lower fees

If you’re a heavy user on a budget, Visible gives you totally unlimited data for just $25.

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Android Central Verdict

Visible isn’t the fastest carrier around but with unlimited data and plenty of speed for most people, it’s a phenomenal value for heavy users. If you’re looking for a bit more speed, you can upgrade to Visible Plus with faster 5G, premium data, and a few international features. I found Visible’s coverage to be strong, even in rural areas, with enough speed for streaming and browsing.


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    Unlimited high-speed data on Verizon LTE and 5G

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    Unlimited hotspot data (5Mbps or 10Mbps)

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    Taxes and fees are included in the plan price

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    Simple plans make saving easy


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    Data is deprioritized on the base plan

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    5G UW speeds are limited on the base plan

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    Videos stream at just 480p

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    No multi-line or multi-month discounts

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If you’re looking to save money on your phone bill, you’ve likely already come across an ad for Visible and its unlimited data plans. And, if you’ve been paying AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon for unlimited, Visible's prices could seem too good to be true. Before you switch, however, make sure you know what you’re getting with Visible, and more importantly, what you’re not getting.

While there are a lot of prepaid carriers advertising unlimited data, many of them, like Mint Mobile, put a limit on how much high-speed data you can use. Visible on the other hand lets you use as much data as you want so if you need 100GB or more in a month, you’ve got it. As a Verizon-owned prepaid carrier, Visible uses Verizon's LTE and 5G network for all of its coverage, but speeds likely won't be a match for a premium Verizon plan.

Visible Wireless Review: Price and availability

Visible has two plans called Visible and Visible+. The base Visible plan is cheaper at $25 per month per line and comes with unlimited talk, text, and data on Verizon LTE and nationwide 5G. This plan also comes with unlimited hotspot data at a fairly pedestrian 5Mbps, but it's still a nice addition.

Visible Plus costs $45 per month and adds Ultra Wideband 5G speeds, 50GB of premium data, international calling to 30+ countries, international texting to 200+ countries, and roaming in Mexico and Canada. the Visible+ plan has also been updated with a faster 10Mbps hotspot, free smartwatch connectivity, and a free Global Pass for a day per month.

If you need international features, Visible Plus will make a lot more sense but if you talk to your international friends or family using a chat app like Telegram, you could save some money with the smaller plan.

Visible does not have physical stores and is not sold at Verizon stores so if you’re looking to get signed up, you’ll need to do it online on Visible’s website, or using the Visible app. Luckily, support for eSIM activation means you can get signed up in just a few minutes. If you have an iPhone with eSIM, you can even try out the network for free for 15 days.

Visible Wireless Review: What works well

A Galaxy S20 with Visible service after a speed test

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If you’ve been following Visible for a while, you might be familiar with the carrier’s old plan which started at $40 per month with Party Pay bringing it down to $25. That plan is gone and has been replaced with the base Visible plan which itself has undergone a few changes that have made it a better value.

On the old plan, your phone needed to connect through one of Visible’s servers which led to some underwhelming speeds and high ping times. Visible has changed this with these new plans that now access the network the same way any Verizon phone would. That means your experience will be much closer to someone using a Verizon prepaid plan and if the network isn’t too congested, you can even get some really fast speeds on LTE or 5G.

Visible’s new plans came with a bump in speed that was immediately noticeable. I put Visible through its paces by taking a drive through the countryside to a small town in the middle of some large hills. Visible’s coverage remained strong and never missed a beat as I used Google Maps for navigation with music streaming on my stereo.

The speeds weren’t as fast or consistent as my AT&T SIM in the area, but I only experienced a single dead zone tucked in between some buildings. For the most part, I was happy with the performance and would have been perfectly happy using it as my main line. I had multiple tests come in over 50Mbps and even some topping 100Mbps on LTE. After finding a spot on Verizon nationwide 5G, speeds were solid at around 50Mbps.

Keep in mind that we really don’t need a ton of speed on our phones and the most important thing is that they stay consistent. Whether you’re downloading an app, making a video call, or just browsing online, Visible’s speeds were more than fast enough for a good experience.

Visible Wireless speed tests

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When Visible launched, it was a bit harder to recommend since its network demands VoLTE support for calling. At the time, VoLTE support was inconsistent across versions of phones but things are a lot better these days making it easier to bring your phone to Visible. You can check your IMEI on Visible’s site to be sure, but most best Android phones like Samsung's Galaxy phones, Google Pixels, and iPhones should work. I tested Visible using my Samsung Galaxy S20+ and it took less than a minute for the phone to get connected after I put the SIM in.

The phone I used doesn’t support Verizon’s C-band 5G network so I was only able to test the so-called nationwide 5G network but overall, the performance was fine. I was also able to use Visible’s hotspot with no issue. Visible includes unlimited hotspot data at 5Mbps so you can share your data with another device like a laptop or tablet as much as you want. Just keep in mind that the speed won’t be enough to replace fixed home internet but it’s great to have in a pinch. Visible’s hotspot even worked as a backup connection with eero Internet Backup.

I can’t praise Visible’s unlimited hotspot enough. While some carriers stick to chunks of high-speed data with severely limited speeds after, Visible’s consistency can make it much more useful in a pinch. One of my good friends switched to Visible on my recommendation a little over a year ago. Since then he has had some medical issues that have seen him in and out of numerous hospitals and recovery centers.

His Visible hotspot was an invaluable ally throughout the whole thing allowing him to download the latest Nintendo Switch games (with some patience), keep his PC up to date, and even play some online games. Sure, the connection wasn’t perfect, but I’m extremely grateful he was able to fire up Sea of Thieves with some Discord with his friends who live hundreds or thousands of miles away when his other Wi-Fi option was overloaded to the point of being unusable.

As far as the basics of a phone plan go, Calls and texts also worked as expected with no trouble receiving mass texts or completing calls. Calls were reasonably clear and I had no trouble hearing the party on the other line.

Visible Wireless Review: What falls short

Visible Wireless speed tests

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One of the ways Visible keeps people from wasting data on its service is by limiting video streams to 1.5Mbps. That’s enough for 480p on YouTube and while it’s clear enough for many people, it doesn’t feel fast enough today. For example, it’s not fast enough for 720p 60fps videos on YouTube so if you watch a lot of gaming content, you’ll notice the choppy frame rate. I understand that Visible doesn’t want people streaming HD video 24/7 but at 1.5Mbps, Visible doesn’t feel all that great for multimedia.

Visible's unlimited hotspot data is one of its best features, especially if you have multiple other devices in your daily carry, like a tablet, laptop, or gaming handheld. The 5Mbps speed limit on this hotspot connection is quite noticeable in everything from browsing the web to downloading apps. While it's nice that the Visible+ plan has been updated to 10Mbps, it would have been nice to also see the base plan get a little boost.

Finally, the base Visible plan has access to Verizon’s UWB 5G signal. This makes a lot of sense because that network has much more capacity than the low-band nationwide network but Visible limits the speed to be more in line with nationwide 5G and LTE. While that's reasonable for the price of the plan, it seems a bit odd after the way carriers, like Verizon, hyped the capacity and speed of Ultra Wideband 5G.  No wonder they don't show the 5G UW logo on the base plan.

It’s also worth noting that despite its low-cost focus, Visible does not offer a plan with ACP. ACP stands for Affordable Connectivity Program and it provides cheap or free data access for those in need. This government assistance is available with a number of carriers such as Metro by T-Mobile, but not Visible.

Visible Wireless Review: The competition

Mint Mobile, Visible, Ultra Mobile SIMs near a phone

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If you’re looking for unlimited data on Verizon, one of your next best bets after Visible is US Mobile. US Mobile has both a custom plan for light users as well as two unlimited plans for heavier users. US Mobiles Unlimited Starter plan is most similar to Visible but has a few differences that may make the carrier a better pick for some. Unlimited Basic starts at $29 per month and has unlimited talk, text, and data with 35GB of high-speed data on Verizon’s network. Unlimited Premium costs $50 per month and comes with 100GB of premium data and even some subscription perks when you bring multiple lines. US Mobile supports both multi-line and multi-month discounts as well for further savings.

If you’d rather be on the T-Mobile network, Mint Mobile should be one of your first considerations. As I saw in my Mint Mobile review, this prepaid carrier offers four data plans with the top unlimited plan coming with 40GB of high-speed data. While this is a cut compared to Visible, most people aren’t using that much data anyway. Mint Mobile saves customers money by offering discounts to those who buy in bulk. For example, Mint Mobile’s unlimited plan is only $30 per month if you pay for the entire year upfront.

Google Fi is a favorite for Android enthusiasts but it hasn’t always been the best value. Luckily, Google Fi’s current plans are more competitive than ever with its Simply Unlimited plan sticking out for domestic users. This plan trims all of the fat and leaves you with 35GB of high-speed data and 5GB of hotspot data. It’s pricey at $50 per month for a single line but has multi-line discounts available so you can pay as little as $20 per month with four lines. Google Fi also makes it easy to upgrade to its premium plan if you end up needing to travel internationally.

Visible Wireless Review: Should you sign up?

Visible Wireless speed tests

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You should buy this if...

  • You need a high-speed data plan with no limits.
  • You need unlimited hotspot data.
  • You only have a single line to get connected.
  • You want to save on Verizon Home Internet

You should not buy this if...

  • You need high-speed hotspot data.
  • You are bringing the whole family.
  • You want HD streaming.
  • You qualify for the ACP government assistance.

Signing up for Visible is really a rather simple choice when you get down to it. If you need more than 35GB of high-speed data on your phone line and don’t want to deal with the nickel-and-dime tactics of postpaid carriers, Visible is one of the best choices, with transparency on exactly what you’re paying upfront with taxes and fees.

Astute readers may have also noticed that quite a few carriers are offering service that seems to be modeled after Visible’s success such as US Mobile’s unlimited plans, Google Fi Simply Unlimited, and even Boost infinite. Visible has more competition than ever but it still offers one of the best values in wireless. All of this with a single line also makes it one of the best plans for a single adult and the lack of multi-month discounts means you never feel trapped with Visible. If you need unlimited wireless service and live in an area with strong Verizon coverage, preferably C-band 5G, Visible should be at the top of your list.

Review Changelog

This review has been updated with new Visible plan information including updates to the Visible+ hotspot speeds and international features. I tested Visible in November and December of 2022.

Samuel Contreras

When Samuel is not writing about networking or 5G at Android Central, he spends most of his time researching computer components and obsessing over what CPU goes into the ultimate Windows 98 computer. It's the Pentium 3.