The Best Phone Plans for One

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If you need a phone plan with just a single line, there are several options to choose from. In this article, I’ll share my top picks for the best phone plans for one as well as the cheapest phone plans for one person. 

I’ve researched more than 70 available phone plans to find the absolute best prices and features available with plans for one line. 

Cheapest Phone Plan for One Person
Tello Economy
Network
T-Mobile
Price
$10/month (plus taxes)
Highlights
  • Unlimited talk, text and 1GB of high-speed data
  • Cheapest pre-built plan available
Best Value for One Person
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 Unlimited Phone Plan for One
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 T-Mobile Hotspot Plan
T-Mobile Magenta Max
Network
T-Mobile
Price
$85/month (taxes & fees included; autopay required to get best rate)
Highlights
  • Best price for high-speed data that never slows
  • 40GB of hotspot data
Best Hotspot Plan for One Person
Tello Mobile Data
Network
T-Mobile
Price
$39/month (plus taxes)
Highlights
  • One of the cheapest unlimited phone plans available
  • Includes 25GB of high-speed mobile hotspot (unlimited but slowed to 2G after 25GB)
Cheapest Prepaid Phone Plan for One
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

Choosing the Best Phone Plan for One Person

If you’re shopping for a phone plan that’s going to have just one line on it, it’s important to consider exactly which features you need. If you have regular access to Wi-Fi, you can save on your monthly phone bill by opting for a plan with limited data. You can also save by choosing an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) that runs on the same tower as a major phone service provider.

I mention these ways to save on a phone plan for one because you won’t be eligible for any multiline discounts. While your price per line may be higher with just one line, you can still save big on your total monthly bill with the right plan.

Taking price, network reliability/coverage and overall satisfaction into consideration, here are my top picks for the best phone plans for one person: 


Cheapest Phone Plans for One Person

If getting the best price is your biggest priority, you can find deals from as low as $10 per month. For that price, you can get Tello Mobile’s Economy plan. It includes 1GB of high-speed data as well as unlimited talk and text. For $15 per month, you can get 4GB of data with Mint Mobile. However, you’ll have to pay three months in advance when you sign up. Boost Mobile offers 2GB of high-speed data for the same price ($15 per month), but you can prepay each month one at a time. 

Below, you’ll find additional information about my top picks for the cheapest phone plans for one person: 


Tello Economy

Cheapest Phone Plan for One Person

If you’re looking for the absolute cheapest phone plan for one person, you’ll find it with Tello Mobile. As a new customer, you’ll be eligible for Tello’s Economy plan which includes unlimited talk, text and 1GB of high-speed data for $10 monthly. That makes it the cheapest pre-built plan available from any service provider. In addition to Tello Economy, Tello Mobile offers 2GB for $14 monthly and 4GB for $19 monthly. 

If you’re thinking about switching to Tello, be sure to read our full review. You may also be able to bring your own phone to save additional money. You can check your phone’s eligibility online.

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Mint 4GB

Best Value for One Person

Mint is another great option to consider when it comes to the cheapest cell phone plan for one line. For $15 each month, you can get unlimited talk, text and 4GB of high-speed data. After you’ve used 4GB of data, speeds will slow. Still, you can continue to use unlimited data with this plan. With Mint’s introductory 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. 

To learn more about Mint Mobile, read our full 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

Cheapest Prepaid Phone Plan for One Person

Boost Mobile offers 2GB of high-speed data along with unlimited talk and text for $15 per month. This plan is available only to new customers who bring their own phone; you can check your phone’s compatibility online. 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. Additional plans available from Boost Mobile include 5GB for $25 per month, 10GB for $35 per month and unlimited plans starting at $50 per month.

If you’re thinking about switching to Boost Mobile, be sure to check out our full review first.


Unlimited Data Plans for One

If your biggest priority is having unlimited data, you can expect a higher monthly price on single-line phone plans. Still, there are ways to save, including opting for an MVNO with a big allotment of high-speed data before unlimited data at reduced speeds. Mint Mobile and Tello Mobile both offer great unlimited plans for $30-$40 per month for one line, and they include 35GB and 25GB of high-speed data respectively. If you need truly unlimited high-speed data, T-Mobile’s Magenta Max plan is available for $85 per month.

Here, you’ll find more information about my top three choices for the best unlimited phone plans for one line:


Mint Unlimited

Cheapest Unlimited Phone Plan for One

If you’re looking for the cheapest unlimited data plan for one line, it’s hard to beat Mint Mobile. The T-Mobile MVNO offers the Mint Unlimited plan which includes unlimited talk, text and data for $30 monthly plus taxes and fees. It also includes 5GB of hotspot data and 35GB of high-speed mobile data. After 35GB, speeds reduce, but you can still continue using unlimited data. Like 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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You can also bring your own phone to Mint Mobile to save money instead of having to buy a new one. To see if your phone is compatible, visit Mint’s website before switching. You can learn more about Mint Mobile in our full review


Tello Mobile Data

Best Hotspot Plan for One

Tello offers one of the cheapest unlimited phone plans you’ll find overall for one line. Tello Mobile Data includes unlimited talk, text and data for $39 per month. For this price, you’ll get 25GB of high-speed data before slowed speeds. Once you’ve hit 25GB, you’ll still have access to unlimited data. Plus, you can share your mobile data via hotspot with this plan. 

If you’re thinking about switching to Tello, consider bringing your own phone with you to save even more money. You can check your phone’s eligibility online. Be sure to also read our full review of Tello before switching. 


T-Mobile Magenta Max

Best Unlimited Data Plan for One

If you’re looking for a completely unlimited data plan with high-speed access that never slows, T-Mobile Magenta Max is one of the best plans to consider. For $85 per month for one line, it includes completely unlimited talk, text and 5G access. It also includes 40GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data and a basic Netflix subscription. Other plans from T-Mobile begin as low as $60 per month for the Essentials plan which includes unlimited talk, text and data with reduced speeds after 50GB. 

You may also be able to bring your own phone instead of having to buy a new one. Before you switch to T-Mobile, be sure to check your phone’s eligibility online.


Best Prepaid Phone Plans for One

Prepaid phone plans are great options to consider because you don’t have to worry about a credit check and you only pay for what you use. A few of the phone plans I’ve already highlighted are prepaid including Boost Mobile and Mint Mobile. Both of these phone service providers run on T-Mobile’s network. If you don’t have the best coverage with T-Mobile in your area, consider H2O Wireless, which runs on AT&T’s network. 

Here, you’ll find more information on my picks for the top three prepaid phone plans for one line. I’ve also included a short list of other plans to consider including T-Mobile Simply Prepaid, AT&T Prepaid Unlimited and Total Wireless. 

The Best Prepaid Phone Plans for One:

  • Boost 2GB (Review) is the cheapest prepaid phone plan for one line at only $15 per month with taxes and fees included. For that price, you get unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data. If you’re looking for more data, check out Boost Unlimited. This plan includes unlimited talk and text plus 35GB of high-speed data before reduced speeds for $50 per month. 
  • H2O Wireless offers a prepaid phone plan that includes unlimited talk, text and data for $18 per month, but high-speed data is capped at 2GB. After you’ve used 2GB, you’ll still be able to continue using unlimited data at slowed speeds. If you need more high-speed data, you can get 6GB for $27, 15GB for $26, 40GB for $45 or 60GB for $54 per month with autopay.
  • Mint Unlimited (Review) is a phone plan that allows you to prepay for the first three months of service and then prepay for annual service to keep the same low price. This plan includes unlimited talk, text and data for $30 per month. After 35GB of premium data, speeds will reduce. If you don’t need unlimited data, you can save with Mint’s 4GB plan. It includes unlimited talk, text and 4GB of data for $15 per month.

Other Plans to Consider:

  • T-Mobile Simply Prepaid offers unlimited talk, text and data for $50 per month with a high-speed data cap of 50GB. After you’ve reached the premium data limit, you’ll still have access to unlimited data at reduced speeds.
  • AT&T Prepaid Unlimited is available for $50 per month with unlimited talk, text and data. Note that speeds may slow with congestion. 
  • Total Wireless (Review) offers unlimited talk and text plus 25GB of high-speed data before reduced speeds for $45 per month.

The Best Phone Plans for One by Network

Most of the highlighted plans in this article have included the best and cheapest phone plans from MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) that run on T-Mobile’s towers. If you know that you have better service from a different network, or if you’d rather buy a phone plan directly from a major provider, you can expect a slightly higher monthly price. Still, there are several options to choose from when it comes to choosing the best phone plan for one.

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Below, you’ll find my to picks for each network including affordable MVNOs and plans available directly from the service provider:


T-Mobile

Best T-Mobile MVNOs

  • Tello (Review) offers some of the cheapest phone plans available for one line. Tello Economy includes 1GB of data plus unlimited talk and text for $10 per month. The Mobile Data plan includes unlimited talk, text and data for $39 per month.
  • Mint Mobile (Review) is another great T-Mobile MVNO with great prices on single-line phone plans. You can get 4GB of data for $15 per month or unlimited data (35GB of high-speed data) for $30 in addition to other plans.
  • Boost Mobile (Review) also runs on T-Mobile’s towers. This prepaid service provider offers a variety of great plans for one line including 2GB for $15 per month and unlimited data starting at $50 per month.

Best T-Mobile Plans for One Person

  • T-Mobile Simply Prepaid offers unlimited talk, text and data for $50 per month with a high-speed data cap of 50GB. After you’ve reached the premium data limit, you’ll still have access to unlimited data at reduced speeds. If you don’t need unlimited data, consider T-Mobile’s Simply Prepaid 10GB data plan for $40 per month.
  • T-Mobile Essentials includes unlimited talk, text and data for $60 per month with 50GB of high-speed data. This plan also includes unlimited data sharing via hotspot at 3G speeds. 
  • T-Mobile Magenta Max is a great plan to consider if you need truly unlimited data. This plan includes unlimited talk, text and data with speeds that can’t slow based on usage. For one line, the plan costs $85 per month.

AT&T

Best AT&T MVNOs

  • H2O Wireless is an AT&T MVNO that’s completely prepaid, which means you won’t have to worry about credit checks or paying for more than you need. Plans for one line start at $18 per month for unlimited talk, text and data (2GB high-speed). Additional plans include 6GB of data for $27, 15GB for $26, 40GB for $45 or 60GB for $54 per month. These prices require autopay.
  • Cricket Wireless (Review) is another prepaid MVNO that runs on AT&T’s network. Plans begin at $30 for 2GB of data. For $35, you can get 10GB of data. Unlimited plans start at $50 per month with autopay.
  • Consumer Cellular (Review) is another great option. It runs on both AT&T and T-Mobile networks, and it won first place in our best cell phone plans for seniors category. Plans start at $25 per month for one line.

Best AT&T Plans for One Person

  • AT&T Prepaid is one of a few different prepaid plans offered by AT&T. Prepaid plans begin at $30 per month for 5GB of high-speed data. For $40 per month, you can increase that data to 15GB with unlimited talk and text.
  • AT&T Prepaid Unlimited Plus is a great AT&T plan to consider if you need unlimited data. AT&T Prepaid Unlimited Plus is available for $50 per month for one line with autopay. The plan includes unlimited data, 5G access and 10GB hotspot data. 
  • AT&T Unlimited Starter is a truly unlimited AT&T plan that costs $65 per month for one line. It includes unlimited talk, text and 5G data, though AT&T may temporarily slow data speeds if the network is busy. 

Verizon

Best Verizon MVNOs

  • Total Wireless (Review) runs on Verizon’s towers and includes a variety of single-line and multi-line plans. You can get 5GB of high-speed data followed by unlimited for $90 for three months with the extended one line plan. You can also get up to 25GB for $45 per month.
  • Visible (Review) has won several awards on our site for being the best multi-line phone plan. Still, the plan is great for one line as well. For $40 per month, you’ll get unlimited talk, text and data on Verizon’s network. 
  • Xfinity Mobile (Review) is available to Xfinity customers. This Verizon MVNO offers cheap phone plans from $15 per GB. If you have Spectrum instead, consider Spectrum Mobile (Review).

Best Verizon Plans for One Person

  • Verizon Prepaid includes 15GB of 5G data plus unlimited talk and text starting at $50 per month. After loyalty discounts and autopay discounts, the plan can be as low as $35 a month for one line.
  • Verizon Prepaid Unlimited includes unlimited talk, text and data starting at $65 per month with a prepaid plan.
  • Start Unlimited is the most affordable unlimited postpaid plan directly from Verizon. It begins at $70 per month for one line and includes unlimited talk, text and data.

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 available 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

While you’re shopping for the best phone plan for one line, simply ignore the multi-line pricing and instead pay attention to the features you need. If you’re looking for the lowest price available, check out Tello, Mint Mobile or Boost Mobile. You can find plans from as low as $10 per month. 

If your priority is unlimited data, you’ll find great plans for one including Mint Unlimited ($30 for 35GB of high-speed data), Tello Mobile Data ($39 for 25GB of high-speed data) and T-Mobile Magenta Max ($85 per month for truly unlimited data that never slows.)

Additionally, be sure to consider prepaid phone plans if you’re shopping for a single line. Boost Mobile, H2O Wireless and Mint Mobile are great prepaid phone service providers that include low prices and access to reliable networks.

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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