Best cell phone plans and deals right now

Best cell phone plans and deals right now
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Are you looking to save money? Switching your cell phone carrier can be a great way to do it! Now more than ever, you have a lot of choices when it comes to cell phone service.

Consumer Reports National Research Center recently surveyed about 90,000 cell phone users and discovered that half of the respondents who switched providers cut their monthly bill by $20 or more! There are so many different options for cell phone service right now and so many factors to consider to get the very best deal for you — including how many people will be on the plan and the network that works best in your area. Generally, Clark recommends Republic Wireless or Sprint as the best deal for one person, or T-Mobile or Sprint for families. Some notable plans right now include a deal Metro PCS is offering with unlimited talk, text data for $100 for four people, along with Boost Mobile’s similar plan, while T-Mobile has 2 lines with unlimited talk, text and data for $60 for those 55 and up. These plans include taxes and fees!

So to help you compare plans across carriers, we’ve compiled a simple guide. You may also want to go to the company’s website if you need more information to help you decide based on your needs.

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These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

Unlimited mobile plans

Several providers are offering unlimited service for under $80 per plan, per month. The best deals are below! (Note that some providers reduce speeds once a plan’s applicable high-speed data threshold is reached.)

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Low-cost carriers

Freedom Pop

Republic Wireless (Clark’s favorite for one person)

  • Plans start at $15 a month for unlimited talk and text.
  • Get unlimited talk, text and 1GB of cell data for $20 a month.

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Total Wireless

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Cricket Wireless

Google Fi

H20 Wireless

  • $30/month unlimited talk and text with 4GB 4G LTE high-speed data and auto-pay, unlimited 2G after that.
  • Unlimited international talk to 50+ countries + unlimited international text.

Boost Mobile

Metro PCS

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  • Plans start at $9.
  • Unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data is $30 a month.
  • Buy a phone or bring our own phone, if compatible.

U.S. Mobile

  • Plans start at $10.
  • 5,000 texts, 5,000 minutes and 3 GB of data is $46 a month.
  • Bring your unlocked GSM phone, or U.S. Mobile will try to unlock it for you for a small fee.

Straight Talk

Consumer Cellular

  • 250 minutes, 300 texts and 30MB is $17.50 per month; Unlimited talk, text and 3GB data is $60 a month before taxes and fees.
  • Buy a phone or bring your own device.

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Virgin Mobile

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TPO Mobile

Red Pocket Mobile

  • Keep your phone and your number: This company operates on all four of the main carrier networks!
  • 500 minutes, 500 texts, 500 MB LTE data for $10/month.
  • Unlimited talk, text and 3GB LTE data for $30/month.

Mint SIM

Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile

  • Runs on Verizon’s network.
  • Unlimited talk, text and data is $45 per month plus taxes and fees.
  • Note that you must already be a Comcast customer and you must buy one of their phones.

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The big 4



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Prepaid plans

If you’d rather pay for your phone plan in advance, there are several options available:

What mobile provider works best for you? Tell us in the comments below!

Charis Brown About the author:
Charis Brown is the Senior Deals Editor for Her favorite discount store is Nordstrom Rack, where she once bought something for $.01! She and her husband Justin paid off $27,000 of debt in 11 months and now live debt-free.
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