Verizon phone service FAQ
How is VoIP phone different from a regular landline phone?
Unlike traditional landline phones that use copper telephone lines (and telephone companies), VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phones transmit communications over the internet. If you’ve ever used Skype or Google Chat, you’ve talked over a form of VoIP.
Advantages of VoIP include clearer audio and cloud-based functionality features, but its biggest disadvantage is its complete reliance on an internet connection. Old copper telephone lines will still work during a power outage; VoIP connections won’t.
Does Verizon Wireless charge for data overages?
Somewhat true to their title, Verizon Wireless’s Unlimited plans don’t charge for data overages—but they will throttle your speed when you exceed certain data points (dependent upon the plan) and during high-traffic periods. So, they’re not completely “unlimited.”
Verizon Wireless’s prepaid plans will slow down even more when you hit certain data limits, and the shared plans will charge $15 for each GB you go over. If you’d rather live with occasionally slowed speed than paying extra, Verizon’s Unlimited plans are the way to go.
Can I use my own phone with Verizon Wireless?
Verizon Wireless does allow you to BYOD (bring your own device) as long as the phone is compatible with its network. Verizon will also include a free SIM card if you check your phone’s compatibility on the website first (regularly a $25 charge).