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Many of Verizonâ??s 3G phones are CDMA locked handsets of leading brands like Motorola, Samsung and offer excellent reception. These phones are available in a range of screen sizes with several large 4-inch to 4.8-inch models and are great for playing movies and games. The best Verizon 3G phones are Android 4.0 mobiles with fast dual core processors of 1.5 GHz, that throw in a pretty cool 5 megapixel camera along with other state-of-the-art features.

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Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5S - Verizon Unlocked


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Apple iPhone 5s
Nokia Lumia 1520
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
LG G2
Apple iPhone 5c
Apple iPhone 5S - Verizon Unlocked
Nokia Lumia 1520 Unlocked LTE Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Note 3(LTE)
LG G2, Black (Verizon Wireless)
Apple iPhone 5c 16GB (Unlocked) Smartphone
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Release Date
Sep 2013
Nov 2013
Sep 2013
Sep 2013
Sep 2013
Carrier
Verizon
Verizon, AT-T
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
Verizon
AT-T, Verizon, Sprint
Phone Features
Touchscreen, Email, GPS, Integrated Camera, Games, 3G, 4G
Touchscreen, Integrated FM Radio, Email, GPS, Integrated Camera, Games, 3G, 4G
Touchscreen, Integrated FM Radio, Email, GPS, Integrated Camera, Games, Java, 3G, 4G
Touchscreen, Integrated FM Radio, Email, GPS, Integrated Camera, Games, Java, 3G, 4G
Touchscreen, Email, GPS, Integrated Camera, Games, 3G, 4G
Digital Camera Resolution
8.0 MP
20.0 MP
13.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
1.0 GB
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.0 inch
6.0 inch
5.7 inch
4.7 inch
4.0 inch
Processor Type
Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone, Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based), Apple A7
Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400, Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 & dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15, Exynos 5260, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 (N9005, N9002)/ Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (N9000), Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (N9005, N9002)/ Exynos 5 Octa 5420 (N9000)
Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800, Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7, Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400
Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift, Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift (ARM v7-based), Apple A6
Battery Capacity
1560.0 mAh
3400.0 mAh
3200.0 mAh
2440.0 mAh
1510.0 mAh
Operating System
iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 7.1.2, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2
Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Black, Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to v8.1
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat), v4.4.2 (KitKat)
iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 7.1.2, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2

  • The iPhone 5S is not a required upgrade, but it's easily the fastest and most advanced Apple smartphone to date.


  • Obviously, it's not the most mouthwatering inducing iPhone we've seen to date, but considering that it hits the mark in the categories that matter the most, the iPhone 5s proves itself as being a feared competitor in the space. Like we said, there's nothing in the specs or hardware department that would terrify its rivals, but the updated iOS 7 experience is enough to make this iPhone look and feel different from past ones.


  • The iPhone 5s may be small, but it's packed with more power than any other smartphone on the market today. It's the best bet for anyone who wants a future-proof, forward-looking phone that runs an unbeatable array of apps.


  • The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a gigantic smartphone with an excellent camera, but it's just plain too much phone for most people.


  • The Lumia 1520 is a watershed phone in many respects. It brings Windows Phone hardware on par with the rest of the smartphone world, but the software still needs a bit of work.


  • The Nokia Lumia 1520 has got so many things right including build quality, a great camera and a good looking screen. It's the best Windows Phone yet but software is still lacking and we just wish the darn thing was smaller because it's severely off putting.


  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is simply one balanced performing smartphone! At $300 with a 2-year contract, there's no denying the fact that it's an expensive cost, but as we've come to learn, the hefty pricing does come with some perks. The phablet category saw some new entrants into the space this year, but the Note 3 continues to be the best in its class.


  • There are a few little things about the Note 3 that we think require some attention, such as photo processing and possible concern over SIM region-locking. These feel like software issues though, and that gives us some hope that they might be fixed at some point in the future. Aside from that, the leap forward from the Note 2 is pretty epic. The included S Pen is great for handling the new air command interface, while handwriting recognition is more accurate now.


  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is king of the phablets, as was the Note II. Heck, before the original Galaxy Note, there was no such thing as a phablet. Good thing Samsung was cheeky enough to give oversized smartphones a try. The Note 3 is currently among the fastest phablets; only the Sony Xperia Z Ultra shares the Snapdragon 800 CPU with Adreno 330 graphics for now, though we expect that to change as the months pass. It's the only smartphone with a digital pen and active digitizer and it has a full HD display.


  • If you're willing to live with some minor design compromises, you can't go wrong with LG's ultrafast G2 workhouse.


  • The LG G2 is an outstanding smartphone almost every way you look at it. The screen is beautiful, albeit a bit off in terms of color temperature, while the camera is simply outstanding - definitely among the very best out there. Under the hood, the Snapdragon 800 processor is doing exactly what you'd expect it to do - making sure that everything operates perfectly smoothly with no hiccups or delays.


  • The Android-powered LG G2 is both super-sized and super-powerful, but it doesn't quite have the chops to unseat the mighty Galaxy S4 as our Editors' Choice smartphone on AT&T.


  • The colorful, plastic iPhone 5c is a welcome upgrade for existing iPhone 4 and 4S owners, and a great introduction to Apple's awesome app platform at a nice price. It's the best $99 phone you'll find on Verizon Wireless, but otherwise, there's not much new to see here.


  • While it's still an iPhone, it's not much more than 2012's device shoved in a plastic case - although iOS 8 really helps the cause.

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    With every newly activated iPhone 5c you also get the complete iWorks suite including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Pages allows you to import, create or edit documents (doc, docx are supported). It isn't as powerful as some of its Android competitors, but it covers all the basics and will do for most of the users. It also needs to be updated with the iOS 7 skin, though.


Top 5 3g verizon cell phone of 2016:

  1. Apple iPhone 5S - Verizon Unlocked
  2. Nokia Lumia 1520 Unlocked LTE Smartphone
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3(LTE)
  4. LG G2, Black (Verizon Wireless)
  5. Apple iPhone 5c 16GB (Unlocked) Smartphone