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Verizon will now let you test drive its 5G network for free

Verizon will now let you test drive its 5G network for free


The program makes use of eSIM flexibility, providing 30 days of access to Verizon without switching a physical SIM.

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Verizon Test Drive makes full use of eSIM technology by allowing potential customers to trial the service before they commit to signing up.
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Verizon has introduced a new early access program that allows you to test its network for up to 30 days. There’s no SIM card involved. Instead, it’s a showcase for eSIM technology to allow folks from other carriers to compare between services.

The Verizon Test Drive program, like rival eSIM-based trial programs from T-Mobile and AT&T, is completely free but does require an unlocked and compatible phone. Ultra Wideband 5G, 5G Nationwide, and 4G LTE are available to try out in addition to 100GB of data and unlimited talk and text.

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

To get started, you need to download the My Verizon app via a QR code and follow the instructions — no credit check or billing information required. Verizon says scanning the QR code is necessary, so the program may not be unlocked if you download the My Verizon app directly.

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