Visible is a Verizon-powered prepaid carrier that offers unlimited mobile-phone service for a very reasonable $40 per month. But that's per person -- if you're a household of, say, four, your combined bill would be a less reasonable $160. Good news: Visible just unveiled a group-discount option, and while the name may be silly, the savings definitely aren't. Welcome to Party Pay. It's like a family plan, but with a rather loose definition of "family."
It works like this: Invite any two, three or four people to your "Party." This works for new and existing Visible customers alike. Each person gets billed separately, and each gets his or her own account with unlimited calls, text messages, data and mobile hotspot.
With two people, the per-person rate drops to $35 per month. Three people: $30 per month. And with four people, the maximum number allowed in a party: $25 per month. No taxes, no fees.
Needless to say, this may hold considerable appeal for people who aren't related or living under the same roof: college roommates, for example, or even co-workers. Just find three more warm bodies and you can get rates that compete with some of the best family plans.
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