Verizon’s new test drive lets you sample its network for free for 30 days

Verizon is following T-Mobile’s lead and adopting eSIM as a way to let potential customers try out its network before switching. On Thursday, the nation’s largest mobile carrier announced a new “Verizon Test Drive” program that lets people with an unlocked eSIM-enabled phone connect to Verizon’s network for 30 days.

The program, which is now available in beta, will give you unlimited calls, texts and 100GB of 4G LTE/5G data, including access to Verizon’s faster 5G Ultra Wideband network if you have a compatible 5G phone. . Like the competing programs of T-Mobile, AT&T Cricket and even Verizon-specific Visiblethe program is free and there is no credit check, no need to give a credit card number or pledge required to participate.

Lasting one month, Verizon’s Drive test is longer than Visible’s and Cricket’s respective two-week trials, but shorter than T-Mobile’s Network Pass which lasts three months. As with other trials, you can only take the Test Drive trial once a year, with that clock starting on the first day you use the trial.

As with those programs, the Test Drive will add Verizon’s service alongside your existing provider so you can compare the two in real time. It doesn’t replace your existing phone number, which you can keep as a voice line while using Verizon’s network for data to see how it works.

The Verizon trial works with a variety of recent Apple, Samsung, and Google devices. Apple devices date back to the iPhone XR and XS lines and Google devices date back to the Pixel 4 line, although according to Verizon Support Page Samsung devices are limited to more modern models like the S21 and S22 lines, the Note 20 line, the Z Flip 3 and Flip 4, and the Z Fold 3 and Fold 4.

As with other carrier trial programs, your phone will need to be unlocked to try this. Verizon automatically unlocks phones, even those purchased on an installment basis, after 60 days. T-Mobile automatically unlocks once all device payments are complete. AT&T will allow you to unlock your phone after you complete all installment payments, even if you need to submit an unlock request to the carrier for them to release the phone.

To join the Test Drive, you need to download My Verizon via a QR code which can also be found on this support page. Downloading the app directly from the App Store or Play Store, without scanning the QR code, will not get you the correct app and will not allow you to test Verizon’s network.

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