If you’re thinking about switching to Verizon-owned Visible, you may have heard about the prepaid wireless carrier’s Party Pay feature.
It’s a unique twist on a family plan that can drop the price of wireless service to $25 a month.
Visible Party Pay: Pros and Cons
I’ve been a Visible customer since October 2019 and joined Party Pay when it first launched. In this article, I’ll review four things you need to know about Party Pay before you sign up.
Table of Contents:
- What Is Visible’s Party Pay?
- How Does a Party Pay Group Work?
- What’s the Best Way to Fill Up My Party?
- What Happens If Someone Leaves?
1. What Is Visible’s Party Pay?
When Visible launched Party Pay in October 2019, it changed family or group cell phone plans for the better.
With Party Pay, groups of two, three or four can save on the standard $40 a month price for Visible’s unlimited talk, text and high-speed data plan that runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE and 5G networks.
Here’s how it breaks down:
- $35 a month per line for a group of two
- $30 a month per line for a group of three
- $25 a month per line for a group of four or more
Each Visible member gets their own account and pays their own bill. That’s a huge advantage compared to other family or group plans where there’s a primary account holder.
The structure of Party Pay makes it easy for users to add practically anyone to their group and enjoy the savings.
The Party Pay discount is applied to your second month of Visible service, so you may have to pay the regular $40 price for one month. However, Visible runs frequent sign-up deals for the first month anyway.
2. How Does a Party Pay Group Work?
After you sign up for a Visible account, navigate to the Party Pay section of the website or app to form your party. From there, you’ll be able to create a link that you can share with family, friends and even strangers.
If a new or existing Visible customer uses your link, they’ll send you a request to join your party.
At that point, you or other members of your party will have the ability to approve or deny requests. In February 2021, Visible began to allow unlimited members per party — not a maximum of four.
3. What’s the Best Way to Fill Up My Party?
Visible encourages customers to share their custom referral link with family and friends via email and social media.
If you don’t know anyone who would want to join your group or have an open spot or two left, many people are posting their links on this Reddit forum.
My group includes two people who I know and a stranger who was looking for an open spot.
If you’re concerned about filling up your party with people you don’t know personally, keep in mind that Visible won’t provide contact information for members of a party.
Remember, they won’t need to contact you about anyone else because everyone gets a separate bill.
From your account, you can only view the first name and a portion of the phone number for everyone in your party. Specifically, it’s the area code and the last four digits of the number displayed.
4. What Happens If Someone Leaves?
If someone cancels Visible service or decides to leave their existing party to start a new one, the remaining members of the group may no longer receive the same discount.
For example, if a group goes from four members to three members, the price will increase from $25 to $30 a month per line.
But if you have four or more people in your party at all times, you’ll pay the lowest price of $25 a month.
When someone leaves a party, Visible will notify the members of the group by email. If that happens, you’ll likely want to share your referral link to fill the spot as soon as possible.
So far, no one has left my party. However, Reddit will be my first stop if and when that happens.
When I was reviewing the Reddit Party Pay thread for this article, I noticed that one person who posted their link noted that they “had an open spot for someone who plans to stick with Visible for a long time.”
So, if you’re sharing your link, this type of language may help you attract reliable people to your Party Pay group.
Visible’s Party Pay can lower your cell phone bill from $40 to $25 a month. If you’re willing to add strangers to your group, you should have no trouble getting four members in your party to maximize your savings.
Overall, I think this is a great way for singles and couples to enjoy the savings that come with family plans.
The only drawback is that if someone leaves a group, everyone left will have to pay a higher bill. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to find a replacement through the Reddit thread that I mentioned.
And even if you paid the $40 rate for a month, it’s still a great deal for an unlimited plan on Verizon’s network.
To learn more about Visible, read my real customer review to learn Everything You Need to Know Before You Sign Up for Visible by Verizon Wireless.