These are the questions we answered in this article:
Why is the Verizon device/Plus more expensive?
What's the deal with Verizon and CDMA?
I heard Verizon's 3G CDMA is shutting down soon!
How much is the Verizon plan with Pinwheel?
Verizon Just Kids and Pinwheel? Double win, right?
"Why is the Verizon device/Plus more expensive?"
Similar to the AT&T conundrum, Verizon requires specific device settings and capabilities to run on their network. They've switched all of their devices to being 4G/5G on the UWB (Ultra Wideband) network and thus require the ability to run on 5G. This is what makes the Plus a requirement, but don't worry, your kiddo will enjoy a better camera and a generally better device overall as well.
"What's the deal with Verizon and 5G?"
Every once in a while, cellular providers upgrade all their systems and networks and add a +1 to their G. This is why we're having the 5G craze on all of our favorite carriers, it will increase speeds and have more reliable connection. This is a huge win for Pinwheel customers who are able to use it, not having to worry about dropping connection or losing data.
“I heard Verizon’s 3G CDMA is shutting down soon!”
Yes, Verizon is definitely shutting down their 3G/4G network soon, but never fear, with the Plus you'll have your place secured in the future of the network changes coming to Verizon. They've set their official shut down date for December 2022, read more here if you're curious.
“How do I set up my Verizon plan with Pinwheel?"
Setting up a Verizon plan with Pinwheel is a piece of cake. You can go into your local Verizon store and have a representative grab you a SIM card and set you up a new line on your plan and it would just be included on your Verizon bill. Please note: if you do it this route, do not let the representative at the store factory reset your device... they've done this once or twice before out of confusion.
You can also get your SIM card online through your My Verizon account, just press "Add a Line" and follow the instructions for a BYOD device, enter the IMEI/Pinwheel ID and have them ship you a SIM card with the number attached, easy!
"How much is my Verizon plan with Pinwheel?"
We don't know! Verizon has a lot of different plans on both prepaid and postpaid, their latest plans can be found here. If you're a Verizon customer, go in and check out your plan anyway, you never know if you're on a legacy plan that ends up costing you more.
"Verizon Just Kids and Pinwheel? Double win, right?"
Not exactly. Remember, Pinwheel monitors the contact list to block/allow the various numbers you want your kid to have... and Verizon Just Kids tries to do the same thing but has a limit of 20 contacts. These do not play nice together. You'll want to put your kid on the regular Unlimited plan instead of Just Kids plan.