Earlier this year, Verizon tossed some money in the direction of a brand new wireless service called Visible.
Visible is the new provider, and it takes advantage of Verizon’s 4G LTE network. TechCrunch reported on the new option this week, and points out that Visible actually launched earlier this year — and with the help of Verizon Wireless itself. At the time of publication it isn’t known just how much money Verizon put into Visible, but it looks like the new service’s leadership is run by a plethora of ex-Verizon employees.
Visible bills itself as a straightforward unlimited plan. You pay just $40 per month, and with that you get unlimited calling, texting, and unlimited data as well. There are caps to streaming, though, like video is capped at 480p, and speeds top out at 5Mbps. There is no mobile hotspot feature at all, either. Visible will let customers pay their bill via PayPal, Venmo (which is owned by PayPal), and with a debit/credit card.
Visible only supports iPhones right now, and the app you need to set up service is only available in the iOS App Store. The service supports the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. What’s more, access to Visible is only available with an invite, so you will need to know someone who is already paying for the service if you want in for now.
Visible doesn’t offer any phones, either, so you can’t buy an iPhone with the service. You will need to bring your own. Support for Google’s own mobile operating system, Android, is said to be coming soon, but there is no word when that might happen.
It’s interesting to see that Verizon helped launch this network option, but the fact that it uses Verizon’s network just means more money for the big red carrier. At $40 per month, even with capped speeds and streaming, it seems like a pretty solid option.
What do you think of the idea?