Net 10 is a prepaid wireless service provider, while Verizon is a nationwide provider that offers prepaid and postpaid service. Aside from the difference in service, the two companies also operate using different wireless technology. Verizon uses CDMA to link phone numbers directly to the corresponding phone, while Net 10 uses GSM to connect the phone number to a SIM card in the phone.
Monthly Individual Plans
As of June 2011, Net 10 offers a 750 minute plan that costs $30 per month and an unlimited calling plan for $50 per month. The unlimited plan also includes unlimited data usage and messaging. Verizon has three basic individual plans. The 450 minute plan is $39.99 per month, the 900 minute plan is $59.99 per month and the unlimited calling plan is $69.99 per month. You can add unlimited messaging to any of these plans for an extra $20 per month.
Additional Prepaid Options
Net 10 has two different options for you to purchase minutes for a flat rate. You can buy 200 minutes for $15 or 500 minutes for $30. Verizon has three different monthly prepaid plans that can be upgraded with unlimited messaging for $20 extra each month. The 450 minute plan is $44.99 per month, the 900 minute plan is $64.99 per month and the unlimited plan costs $74.99 per month. You can also purchase unlimited Internet access on data devices for $30 per month with Verizon.
Verizon also offers four different family plans, a feature that Net 10 does not support. In June 2011, Verizon's family plans cost $69.99 per month for 700 minutes, $89.99 per month for 1,400 minutes, $99.99 per month for 2,000 minutes and $119.99 for unlimited minutes. All of these prices are based on having two lines. You can add up to three more lines at $9.99 each or add unlimited messaging for all lines for $30 more per month.
As a nationwide carrier, Verizon has a wider phone selection than Net 10, though both have high-end devices. As of February 2011, Verizon began carrying Apple's iPhone 4. Verizon also sells phones powered with Google's Android operating system such as the LG Revolution and Samsung Droid Charge. Net 10 carries the LG900G, a smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. Other Net 10 options include the Samsung T404G slider phone, the Motorola EM326g flip phone and the LG100C bar-shaped phone.
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