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Verizon’s new test drive gives you a free 30-day network trial

By on November 17, 2022 0

Verizon is following T-Mobile’s footsteps and is using eSIM as a way to allow potential customers to try out their network before switching. On Thursday, the country’s largest wireless carrier announced a new “Verizon Test Drive” program that allows people with an unlocked eSIM-compatible phone to connect to the Verizon network for 30 days.

Now available in beta, the program 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. Just like competing programs with T-Mobile, AT&T Cricket and even Verizon’s own visiblethe program is free and does not require a credit check, credit card number or commitment to participate.

Verizon’s month-long test drive is longer than the roughly two-week Visible and Cricket trials, but shorter than T-Mobile’s Network Pass, which runs for three months. As with other trials, you can only take a test drive once a year, and this time starts from the first day of using the trial.

As with these programs, Test Drive will add Verizon’s service to your existing provider so you can compare them in real time. It does not replace your existing phone number, which you can keep as a voice line when using Verizon’s data network to see how it works.

The Verizon trial works with many of the latest Apple, Samsung, and Google devices. Apple devices go back to the iPhone XR and XS lines, while Google devices go back to the Pixel 4 line, albeit according to Verizon Support Page Samsung devices are limited to more modern models such as 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 schemes, your phone will need to be unlocked to try it out. Verizon automatically unlocks phones, even those bought in installments, after 60 days. T-Mobile automatically unlocks after all payments for the device are completed. AT&T will let you unlock your phone once all your installment payments are done though you you need to submit an unlock request to the carrier to release the phone.

To join the test drive, you’ll 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, does not give you the right app and does not allow you to try the Verizon network.