eSIM users can now test Verizon’s 5G network for free


Verizon has introduced a new early access program that lets you test out its network for up to 30 days. There is no SIM card involved. Instead, it’s a showcase for eSIM technology allowing users from other carriers to compare services.

The Verizon test drive program, like rival eSIM-based trial programs from T-Mobile and AT&T, is completely free but requires an unlocked phone. Ultra Wideband 5G, 5G Nationwide and 4G LTE are available to try in addition to 100 GB of data and unlimited calls and texts.

The program can be used with your existing provider, allowing users to compare the two services

To start, you must download My Verizon app via QR code and follow the instructions – no credit check or billing information required. Verizon states that scanning the QR code is required, so the program may not be unlocked if you download the My Verizon app directly.

There are a few restrictions, namely your phone must be one of the eligible models listed on Verizon FAQs and that you can’t have been a Verizon customer (or used the phone you’re testing on Verizon) in the past year. We should also note that if you sign up for the cheapest unlimited plan, you’ll only get standard nationwide 5G and not the 5G Ultra Wideband featured in the test drive program. But if you’ve been bored with your current carrier and curious if you’d get better reception on Verizon, now you can try it out without spending a lot of money (or having a credit check on your credit).


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