Do you want to change your phone’s network provider from Verizon to AT&T without losing cash or paying additional fees? Here is a detailed guide to help you make the switch and enjoy some of the perks that AT&T subscribers rave about. Keep reading to find out.
Part 1. Why Switch from Verizon to AT&T?
Different reasons can lead to switching from one network provider to another. Not all phone carrier services and perks are the same.
If the one you are using now doesn’t serve you well, help you save, or provide fantastic entertainment perks, then you are free to look for a better alternative.
Here’s a look at some of the reasons you may want to switch to AT&T from Verizon?
You might have better coverage with AT&T than Verizon in your area. The last thing you want is to stick with a phone carrier with inadequate local coverage. After all, the main reason for owning a phone is communication.
If AT&T provides good coverage in your area, then make the switch.
2. Cost Of Your Current Verizon Plan
Verizon packages are known to be slightly more expensive than other carriers.
So, if you realize you are paying a little too high and want a better deal, nothing will stop you from giving AT&T a try as long as you make the switch at the right time to avoid penalties.
It’s not worth being slowed down by poor services from your network provider. Try something new.
3. AT&T Deals
You might also get AT&T deals to switch from Verizon. AT&T currently offers several perks for customers who make the jump from their current provider.
Customers who are willing to buy a new phone will find many of these perks attractive. Here’s the breakdown:
The best deals, right now, include a new smartphone. For example, you can trade-in your old Galaxy phone no matter its age and condition for a new Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra for up to $800 off.
Find out what your old phone is worth or how to do a trade-in at AT&T Trade-in Program.
Another deal includes the iPhone 13 Pro Max for up to $1,000 off, with an eligible trade-in. Other current deals include iPhone 12, moto g stylus 5G, or the iPhone 12 mini for $10/month or less (no trade-in) required.
If you would rather have wireless deals than fresh hardware, the provider offers a four-line unlimited starting package for $35 a month if you decide to leave your current provider.
This deal comes with unlimited talk, data, and text in Canada and Mexico. Standard definition streaming is also part of the deal.
Part 2. How to Switch to AT&T from Verizon?
Step 0. Plan Ahead
Before switching, you should know what you’re getting into. First, find out if AT&T has a plan that is right for you. It makes no sense to switch providers unless there’s a fantastic offer.
Browse the AT&T website to learn more about their plans, phones, and additional services.
Step 1. Unlock Your Phone
If you’re changing carriers but sill want to use your current device, make sure it is unlocked.
Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean using your password as usual but rather making it compatible with different cellular networks and carriers. If a phone is locked, it can only use one cellular network.
Unlocking your phone shouldn’t be an issue if you’ve been using it with Verizon plans for two months or more. That’s because Verizon briefly locks phones for the first two months after purchase.
Following that, your phone will automatically unlock, enabling you to switch carriers whenever you want. AT&T can assist you with unlocking your devices, don’t be afraid to ask.
Still confused? Check our guide on how to unlock phone free with IMEI number.
Step 2. Make the Switch at the Right Time
When jumping from Verizon to AT&T, you should do so at the end of your plan’s billing cycle.
Switching to another carrier before the end of the billing cycle will result in your plans overlapping, and you end up paying for services you won’t use.
Make sure you know the end date of your contract with Verizon. Switching at the end of your billing cycle ensures no outstanding bills.
Step 3. Bring Your Phone Number With AT&T
You will lose many of the perks provided by AT&T if you get rid of your old phone number. However, don’t discontinue your Verizon service before AT&T has accepted your number.
If you are unsure whether your existing number will work with AT&T, you can visit their web page about transferring phone numbers to find out.
Here are the things you’ll need in order to transfer a phone number:
- Your Verizon’s plan social security number or name
- Your Verizon PIN and account numbers
- An AT&T SIM card to ensure your phone numbers work with AT&T plans
If you do not remember your number and the PIN or password for your Verizon account, contact the company’s customer service department.
AT&T will need that information to begin the number transfer process, immediately ending your Verizon service.
Step 4. Cancel Your Verizon Service
Once AT&T has accepted your current number, you can discontinue your Verizon subscription. Call 1-888-211-4727 to speak to a customer care representative. Tell Verizon that you are changing providers and need to stop their services.
You can also visit your nearby Verizon store to do it.
One thing you should note is that you cannot do it online since it will be very difficult to verify your identity.
Part 3. FAQs When Switching Between Verizon and AT&T
How much does it cost to switch from Verizon to AT&T?
You might be charged an early termination fee if you try to leave before your contract with Verizon expires.
How much you will be charged will depend on the remaining length of your Verizon agreement. If you’re at the beginning of your contract, you’ll pay $350, but the amount drops by $15 for every month you complete.
However, if you ask to make a switch only 14 days into your contract, Verizon won’t raise any issues or charge you anything as long as you hand in their phone undamaged and in working order.
However, some customer service reps will ask for a restocking fee, usually $50. You’re also responsible for the activation fee if you don’t cancel your subscription within three days of purchasing.
Do I need a new phone to switch from Verizon to AT&T?
A new phone is not necessary. You’ll get a free wireless charging pad and $250 in bill credits when you use your current phone.
Other benefits of bringing your own phone include:
- $30 activation fee waiver.
- You get to retain your number
- A free sim card from AT&T
- No contract will be required when you transfer
If you want a new phone, you can purchase one from AT&T, as it offers deals on this.
Will AT&T pay to switch from Verizon?
Not now! In 2016, AT&T would help you pay back your early termination and device payment charges if you switch to its postpaid plans. But this is not available now.
Part 4. Head-to-Head: Verizon vs. AT&T
Here’s a one-on-one comparison of Verizon and T&T, so you know what you are getting yourself into.
1. Network Coverage
The Verizon 4G Network is undeniably the most robust. As a matter of fact, Verizon covers 70% of the country, while AT&T covers 58% only.
Nonetheless, there’s not much difference between them since some states boast decent AT&T coverage than Verizon and vice versa. It all depends on your location.
However, AT&T’s 3G coverage is the best among all cellphone carriers. All in all, though, many users say Verizon’s network is more reliable and accessible in almost all parts of the country.
2. Network Speed
Now network speed and coverage are two different things, and as it stands, Verizon boasts the best download and upload speeds than AT&T.
Verizon’s download speed is 32.2 Mbps while its upload speed averages 10.09Mbps. For AT&T, the numbers are 28.919Mbps and 9.403Mbps, respectively.
But again, the user location matters here. Some areas have fast Verizon internet while others are meh! Same for AT&T.
3. Service Plan
Both companies offer family and unlimited plans when it comes to service plans.
AT&T tier 1 unlimited starter plan costs $35 per month per line. You can use up to 4 lines. It will give you free 5G access and SD video streaming at 1.5Mbps. If you go with Verizon, the price is the same, and you get 5G access and 480p video streaming.
However, their second-tier unlimited plans differ.
AT&T charges $40 per month per line and includes all the perks of tier 1 plus 50GB of Premium Data and 15GB Hotspot data per line per month. Verizon’s charge for tier 2 unlimited is $45, and the only difference is that the mobile Hotspot data is 25GB.
For tier 3 unlimited, AT&T provides 4K UHD streaming, plus 40GB Hotspot data per line per month for $50. For Verizon, it’s $55, and it includes 50GB of Hotspot data.
However, the sweetest thing about Verizon packages includes entertainment bundles (Disney, Hulu, and ESPN). While the only AT&T package that includes entertainment (HBO Max) is the (Elite plan) unlimited tier 3.
AT&T offers some fantastic deals, including phones and accessories, at discounted prices for those who want to join their network. Their plans are slightly cheaper than Verizon’s but a little lacking in the entertainment perks.
However, if you place little or no value on Verizon’s Disney-centric streaming-media bundle, follow the above guide to switch to AT&T.
If you still have any questions you’d like to ask about making the move from Verizon to AT&T, feel free to leave them in the comments section, and we’ll be glad to help.