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 choice 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.

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

Boost Mobile

Consumer Cellular

  • 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 250 MB is $20 per month; Unlimited talk, text and 3GB data is $40 a month before taxes and fees.
  • Buy a phone or bring your own device. Ranked as Consumer Reports’ top choice for service!

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Cricket Wireless

Freedom Pop

FreeUP Mobile

  • Runs on America’s largest 4G LTE network
  • Plans start at $10 a month, but you can earn rewards to make your service free
  • The $25 plan features 1 GB of 4G LTE data and unlimited global talk and text

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Project 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.

Metro PCS

Mint Mobile

Red Pocket Mobile

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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Simple Mobile

Straight Talk

Tello Mobile

  • Unlimited talk and text + 1GB 4G LTE data on Sprint’s network for $14/month, though taxes and fees may apply, unlimited 2G data after that.
  • Calls to the US, Canada, Mexico & China are included, and you’ll also get free tethering.
  • Bring your own compatible device.

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Total Wireless

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  • Plans start at $9; runs on Sprint and Verizon’s network.
  • Unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data is $25 a month.
  • Buy a phone or bring our own phone, if compatible.

Unreal Mobile (Just launched!)

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U.S. Mobile

  • Plans start at $10.
  • 2,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 2GB of data is $35 a month.
  • Bring your unlocked GSM phone, or U.S. Mobile will try to unlock it for you for a small fee.

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Virgin Mobile

These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

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  • Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data for $40 per month
  • Must have a compatible iPhone to use
  • Sign up by invitation

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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 wireless providers


  • The Unlimited &More plan is $70 per month for one line or $40 per line for 4 lines and includes unlimited talk, text and data with 30+ channels of live TV, unlimited calls to Mexico & Canada and streaming with no overage fees. The Unlimited &More Premium plan is $80 for one line or $48 a line for 4 lines and includes the features of the Unlimited &More plan plus 15GB personal hotspot and your choice of one of seven music, movie, or entertainment perks.
  • The Mobile Share Flex plan starts at $45 a month with 1GB of data.
  • Check out the current promotions here.


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Prepaid plans

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

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Which 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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