The Best Cheap Phone Plans

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If you’re looking for ways to save on your cell phone bill, there are several cheaper providers you can switch to without sacrificing the quality of your service. 

I’ve researched more than 70 phone plans to find the absolute best prices on reliable networks. In this article, I’ll share my top picks for cheap phone plans. 

Cheapest Cell Phone Plan Overall
Tello Economy
Network
T-Mobile
Price
$10/month (plus taxes); $7.50/month for the first 6 months
Highlights
  • Unlimited talk, text and 1GB of high-speed data
  • Cheapest pre-built plan available
  • $10/month after first 6 months
Best Value for a Cheap Phone Plan
Mint 4GB
Network
T-Mobile
Price
$15/month (plus taxes & fees)
Highlights
  • 4GB of high-speed data for $15/month
  • Pay three months in advance to get the best price.
Cheapest Prepaid Phone Plan
Boost 2GB
Network
T-Mobile
Price
$15/month (taxes & fees included); $9/month for the first 6 months
Highlights
  • At $15/month, one of the cheapest phone plans available
  • Unlimited talk, text and 2GB of high-speed data
  • Doesn’t require credit check
Cheapest Unlimited Cell Phone Plan
Mint Unlimited
Network
T-Mobile
Price
$30/month (plus taxes & fees)
Highlights
  • 35GB data cap before reduced speeds
  • Prepay three months in advance when you sign up
  • Although the contract changes, the plan price stays the same after three months.
Best Cheap Hotspot Plan
Tello Mobile Data
Network
T-Mobile
Price
$39/month (plus taxes); $29.30/month for the first 6 months
Highlights
  • One of the cheapest unlimited phone plans available
  • Includes 25GB of high-speed mobile hotspot (unlimited but slowed to 2G after 25GB)
Best Cheap Multiline Phone Plan
Visible
Network
Verizon
Price
$40/month (taxes & fees included)
Highlights
  • Unlimited talk, text and data with max 8Mbps speeds
  • One of the cheapest prices for four lines ($25/line monthly)
  • Party Pay members pay individually

Choosing the Best Cheap Phone Plan

As you’re shopping around for a new phone plan, be sure that you consider your needs first. While price is clearly an important factor, you’ll also want to find a provider that has good coverage in your area and offers an appropriate amount of mobile data. For this reason, there are a few options to consider when looking for the best cheap phone plan.

It’s important that you have reliable phone service but also that you aren’t paying for features you don’t need. Three great ways to get the cheapest price on a phone plan include choosing a plan that isn’t unlimited, opting for prepaid service and switching to a low-cost MVNO that runs on one of the three major networks’ towers.

Here are my top picks for the cheapest phone plans available now:


Cheapest Phone Plans

If you’re looking for the absolute lowest cost on a cell phone plan, you can find deals for as low as $7.50 monthly as a new customer. For this price, you can get Tello Mobile’s Economy plan including unlimited talk, text and 1GB of high-speed data. For $15 per month, you can get a little more data with Mint Mobile’s 4GB plan. If you want a prepaid phone plan, Boost Mobile’s 2GB plan is available for $15. 

In this section, I’ll take a closer look at these three great options for a cheap phone plan:


Tello Economy

Tello Mobile review

Cheapest Cell Phone Plan Overall

If you’re looking for the absolute cheapest phone plan available, you’ll find it with Tello Mobile. Tello Economy includes an introductory offer that gives you unlimited talk, text and 1GB of high-speed data for $7.50 monthly, which makes it the least expensive pre-built plan available anywhere. The plan increases to $10 monthly after the first six months, but this still makes it one of the lowest prices around. In addition to Tello Economy, Tello Mobile offers six-month deals including 2GB for $10.50 monthly and 4GB for $14.30 per month.

If you decide to switch to Tello, you may be able to bring your own phone, which will save you even more money. You can check your phone’s eligibility online. For more information on Tello, be sure to read our full review.

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Mint Mobile

Mint Mobile Review: T-Mobile’s Network for Only $15 per Month

Best Value for a Cheap Phone Plan

Mint is another great option to consider when looking for a cheap cell phone plan. For $15 monthly, you’ll get unlimited talk and text as well as 4GB of high-speed data. Speeds reduce after 4GB, but data is unlimited with this plan. With this new-customer offer, you will have to pay three months in advance to lock in the price, which means you’ll owe $45 at the time of purchase. Additional plans from Mint Mobile include 10GB for $20 monthly, 15GB for $25 monthly and 35GB for $30 monthly.

For more information on Mint, check out Team Clark’s review. If you decide to switch to Mint, you may be able to bring your own phone and save additional money. Check your phone’s compatibility here before switching.


Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile

Cheapest Prepaid Phone Plan

Boost Mobile offers 2GB of high-speed data in addition to unlimited talk and text for $15 per month. This plan is available only to new customers who bring their own devices. You can check your phone’s compatibility online before switching. This plan is completely prepaid, which means you won’t have to worry about annual contracts, monthly bills, overage fees or credit checks. Instead, you’ll pay for everything upfront.

Other plans available from Boost Mobile include 5GB for $25 per month, 10GB for $35 per month and unlimited plans starting at $50 per month. To learn more about Boost Mobile, be sure to read our full review.


Cheapest Unlimited Data Plans

One of the best ways to save money on a phone plan is by opting for limited data. However, if you don’t have regular access to Wi-Fi, you may truly need an unlimited data plan. When it comes to unlimited phone plans, there’s a lot of fine print to consider. Many plans advertise unlimited data, but this often includes slowed speeds after a certain amount of use each month. While the plans listed here do have a limited amount of high-speed data, they are technically unlimited and come with better prices (around $30 per line). If you’re looking for a plan that’s completely unlimited with no data cap overage, check out T-Mobile Magenta Max for $85/line.

If you are looking for a cheap unlimited phone plan, here are my top picks:


Mint Unlimited

Mint Mobile Review: T-Mobile’s Network for Only $15 per Month

Cheapest Unlimited Cell Phone Plan

Mint Mobile offers unlimited talk, text and data for $30 monthly plus taxes and fees. This plan includes 5GB of mobile hotspot data and 35GB of high-speed data. After 35GB, speeds reduce, but you can still continue using unlimited data. As with all Mint Mobile plans, you will have to prepay for three months at a time, which makes this plan $90 total at the time of purchase.

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Still, you can bring your one phone to Mint Mobile to save money as opposed to purchasing a new one. Simply check your phone’s compatibility online before switching. You can learn more about Mint Mobile in our full review.


Tello Mobile Data

Tello Mobile review

Best Cheap Hotspot Plan

In addition to one of the cheapest plans overall, Tello Mobile also offers one of the cheapest unlimited data plans. For the first six months, you can get unlimited talk, text and data for $29.30 per month. After the first six months, this plan costs $39 per month. Data speeds slow after 35GB, but you can continue using unlimited data. Additionally, this plan allows you to share your data with mobile hotspot capabilities.

If you decide to switch to Tello, you may also be able to bring your own phone to save even more money. You can check your phone’s eligibility online. Be sure to read our full review of Tello before switching.


Visible

Visible cell phone

Best Cheap Multiline Phone Plan

For $40 per month, Visible offers a phone plan with unlimited talk, text and data. This plan includes truly unlimited data with no cap, but know that speeds may be reduced during congestion. Unlike Mint and Tello, Visible runs on Verizon’s network. Visible also offers a Party Pay option: You can get two lines for $35, three lines for $30 or four lines for $25 per line and each member is billed separately.

You can also potentially bring your own phone to Visible when you switch to save even more. To see if yours is compatible, visit Visible’s website. Check out our full review for more about Visible.


Cheapest Prepaid Phone Plans

There are many reasons that you may be considering a prepaid phone plan. A prepaid phone plan is one of the top three ways to save money on your phone bill. And unlike traditional post-paid phone plans, prepaid phone plans don’t require a credit check when you sign up for service. Instead, you’ll pay for what you need ahead of time. 

Here are my three top picks for the cheapest prepaid phone plans available now:

The Cheapest Prepaid Phone Plans:

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  • Mint Mobile (Review) offers an affordable plan that has the best overall value with 4GB of high-speed data for only $15 monthly.
  • Boost Mobile (Review) offers a 2GB plan that ties with Mint Mobile for the cheapest prepaid phone plan at $15 monthly. 
  • H2O Wireless offers a Basic Plan that also includes 2GB of high-speed data for $18 monthly with autopay.

Mint Mobile, Boost Mobile and H2O Wireless each offer additional prepaid phone plans that you can check out on their respective websites. The plans displayed here are the cheapest plans available from each. 


Cheap Phone Plans for Two

If you’re shopping for a phone plan for two lines, there are a few deals that are worth considering. But some phone plans offer individual lines for cheap enough prices that you may want to simply buy two. For example, Tello Economy offers 1GB of data for $7.50 per month per line, which means your total phone bill for two would be $15. Mint offers 4GB for $15/line while Boost Mobile offers 2GB for the same price, which would still keep your total bill under $30 for two. 

If you are looking for a little more data, there are several cheap phone plans available that are specifically designed for two users. Here are my top picks if you’re shopping for two lines: 

 H2O WirelessVisibleT-Mobile Essentials
Price for Two$25 per line$35 per line$45 per line
NetworkAT&TVerizonT-Mobile
Talk and TextUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
DataUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Data Cap Overage6GBNone50GB

The Best Cheap Phone Plans for Two:

  • H2O Wireless offers a plan for $25 per line monthly that includes unlimited talk, text and data. Each line gets 6GB of high-speed data before reduced speeds.
  • Visible (Review) offers unlimited talk, text and data for $35 per line monthly for two. While data is completely unlimited, speeds do slow with congestion.
  • T-Mobile Essentials is available for $45 per line monthly and also includes unlimited talk, text and data. Unlike the other plans, you will have access to high speed data up until 50GB before reduced speeds.

Other Plans To Consider:

  • AT&T Prepaid offers two lines from $25 each for 5GB per line. 
  • Total Wireless (Review) offers two lines for $30 per line monthly for 10GB per line.
  • Cricket Wireless (Review) offers plans for two beginning at $30 per line for 2GB, $35 per line for 10GB or $40 per line for unlimited high-speed data with a max speed of 8Mbps.

Cheap Phone Plans for Three

The more lines you add to a phone plan, the more discounts you’ll likely be eligible for. Still, some cheap phone plans that offer individual lines for low prices are worth considering. Tello offers plans beginning as low as $7.50 per line for the first six months while Mint and Boost offer lines beginning at $15. Of course, these plans offer very limited data. 

If you’re shopping for phone plans with a little more data, here are my top picks for cheap phone plans for three users:

 Total WirelessVisibleT-Mobile Magenta Max
Price for Three$28.33 per line$30 per line$47 per line
NetworkVerizonVerizonT-Mobile
Talk and TextUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
DataUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Data Cap Overage60GBNoneNone

The Best Cheap Phone Plans for Three:

  • Total Wireless (Review) offers a plan that includes unlimited talk, text and data for $28.33 per line. That’s $84.99 monthly. Each line will have access to high-speed data up to 60GB, and even then data is still unlimited.
  • Visible (Review) offers a Party Pay plan that’s also worth checking out. For $30 per line monthly, you’ll get unlimited talk, text and data. While the data is completely unlimited, there’s a max speed of 8Mpbs.
  • T-Mobile Magenta Max (Review) includes three lines for $47 each, which makes the total bill around $141. While it’s not the cheapest option available, it does include truly unlimited data with speeds that never slow.

Other Plans To Consider: 


Cheap Phone Plans for Four

If you’re shopping for a full family plan, or a plan with four lines on it, you’ll be able to get some of the lowest prices per line. (Of course, some cheap MVNOs offer incredibly low prices per line individually.) Tello Mobile offers plans beginning as low as $7.50 per line for the first six months while Mint and Boost offer lines beginning at $15. You should note that these plans include very limited data. 

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If you’re looking for a more sustainable multiline setup, here are my top picks for cheap phone plans for four:

 AT&T PrepaidVisibleTotal Wireless
Price for Four$20 per line$25 per line$25 per line
NetworkAT&TVerizonVerizon
Talk and TextUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Data5GBUnlimitedUnlimited
Data Cap OverageNoneNone100GB

The Best Cheap Phone Plans for Four:

  • AT&T Prepaid offers multiline plans for four beginning at $20 per line monthly. For this price, each line gets 5B of data.
  • Visible (Review) offers an excellent multiline plan for four with Party Pay. The plan includes four lines for $25 each monthly and unlimited talk, text and data with max speeds of 8Mpbs.
  • Total Wireless (Review) also offers a plan for $25 per line monthly. At this price with Total Wireless, you’ll get unlimited talk, text and 100GB of shared high-speed data before reduced speeds. 

Other Plans To Consider:

  • Cricket Wireless Unlimited (Review) offers unlimited talk, text and data with max speeds of 8Mpbs for $25 per line monthly. 
  • T-Mobile Magenta Max (Review) offers four lines for $43 per line. While this isn’t the cheapest phone plan available, it does include truly unlimited data with speeds that aren’t limited and never slow for less than $200 total monthly.

Limited-Time Cheap Phone Plans

Many phone plans offer introductory offers to first-time customers that include some of the lowest prices you can find on cell phone service. While these plans start out extremely cheap, you can expect a price bump at some point during your service. Still, if you’re looking for the absolute cheapest plans available, these limited-time cheap phone plans are worth considering. 

The Best Limited-Time Cheap Phone Plans:

  • Tello Mobile (Review) offers 1GB of high-speed data plus unlimited talk and text for $7.50 for the first six months. After six months, the rate increases to $10 per line. Additional plans begin as low as $3.80 for the first six months with no data; unlimited plans begin at $29.30 for the first six months.
  • Twigby (Review) offers 25% off service for the first six months. You can get unlimited talk and text plus 3GB of high-speed data for $15 for the first six months. After six months, the rate increases to $20 per line. Additional plans begin as low as $6.75 for the first six months with no data; 10GB data plans begin at $26.25 for the first six months. 
  • Red Pocket (Review) offers 50% off service for the first month on any unlimited plan and any network. Plans begin with 3GB of high-speed data before reduced speeds for $10 the first month and $20 monthly afterward. You can also get 10GB for $15 the first month, 22GB for $20 the first month or 50GB for $25 the first month.

Team Clark’s Methodology

For the purposes of this review, Team Clark determined that the top three things customers care about when it comes to cell phone carriers are price, network reliability/coverage and overall satisfaction.

Various members of our staff tried out each of these popular cell phone providers to get a feel for their reliability and service. We have individual reviews of those providers available on the website.

I also researched more than 70 phone plans at the time of writing and analyzed the following characteristics when determining the “best” options for each category:

  • Price
  • Network reliability
  • Network coverage
  • Monthly data allotments
  • “Bring your own device” availability
  • Available deals and discounts (loyalty, autopay, additional lines, etc.)
  • Online reviews from real customers

Final Thoughts

Switching to a cheaper phone plan can be a great way to save on your monthly bill. After researching 70+ phone plans, I’ve found the absolute cheapest prices with Tello, Mint and Boost. These low-cost MVNOs run on the same reliable towers that support major phone service providers — for a fraction of the cost. 

For the absolute cheapest phone plan, check out Tello Economy for $7.50 monthly for the first six months. It includes unlimited talk, text and 1GB of high-speed data. For slightly more data, check out Mint Mobile’s 4GB plan for $15. Boost Mobile offers 2GB of high-speed for the same $15 monthly price.

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If you’re looking for unlimited data, Mint Unlimited is a great option at $30 monthly for 35GB of high-speed data before reduced speeds. Tello Mobile also offers a cheap unlimited data plan for $29.30 per month. If you’re shopping for multiple lines, Visible offers excellent discounts up to four lines for $25 each.

For even more options, be sure to read our guide on the best cell phone plans and deals available now. Once you’ve decided on a new phone plan and you’re ready to make the switch, check out this guide that we put together to take you step-by-step through the process.

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