Comparing T-Mobile and Verizon Family Cell Phone Plans

Cell phone service is practically a necessity when you have a growing family. Teenagers need a way to contact mom or dad or call 911 in an emergency. Having a cell phone is not a luxury anymore. When you have made the decision to get a family cell phone plan, the task then is deciding which service provider to choose. Selecting a plan that meets the needs of your family and fits your price range is key.

The approach to determining the ideal provider is to conduct a comparison of their family cell phone plans. The one that delivers the best value for the money will be the best one to pick. These examples below show the features and prices of T-Mobile and Verizon family plans.  Both are reputable service providers but one may have more to offer. It is always a good idea to research any company you plan to put money in.

T-Mobile Classic Family Unlimited Plus (2-line, shared)

  • Features:
  • Unlimited T-Mobile-to-T-Mobile Calling
  • Unlimited Nights and Weekends
  • Nationwide Long Distance
  • Caller ID
  • Voice Mail
  • Call Waiting, Call Hold, 3-Way Calling

Monthly Charges: $139.98

Fees: $36 activation fee, $200 early termination fee

Unique Benefits: No Roaming Charges

Verizon Nationwide Voice and Messaging Unlimited (2-line, shared)


  • Unlimited Messaging (text, picture, video) to Any Network
  • Unlimited Mobile-to-mobile
  • Unlimited Nights and Weekends
  • Nationwide Long Distance
  • Mobile Web Pay-Per-Use @1.99 per MB
  • Caller ID
  • Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3-Way Calling

Monthly Charges: $149.98

Fees: $35 activation, $350 early termination fee

Unique Benefits: No Roaming Charges on the Verizon Wireless Network


Based on the information above, it would seem like T-Mobile offers a good service and at a lower monthly charge. However, even though it is $10 more, Verizon has included text, picture and video messaging in the plan and T-Mobile has not. Text and picture messaging are optional and added onto the plan for an extra charge. T-Mobile does include unlimited web browsing while Verizon charges for data service. In determining the right plan for you, you will need to decide what feature you need and which ones you do not mind paying extra for.

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