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The Best Individual and Family Cell Phone Plans in 2020

Everything you need to know about Cell Phone Plans. We compared every available cell phone plan to help you pick the right best for you.

Learn how to get the best deal on minutes, text, data, a discounted or free device, free streaming entertainment, and international data for when you travel.

Best Individual Plan

For those looking for an individual plan, we think the T-Mobile “10 GB” plan is ideal.

$50 T-Mobile “10 GB”

For individuals, the best single line plan is the T-Mobile “10 GB” plan for $50/month. Taxes and fees are included as well!

You’ll get 10 GB of LTE data and unlimited minutes and text messages. After 10 GB, there won’t be any overage charges, but you may have a slower data speed when your area has heavy network usage.

For two lines, this plan is $80/month, which is pretty good. Although this plan supports up to 5 lines, we have better family plan suggestions.

Best Family Plan

The easiest way to lower your cell phone bill is to put your entire family on a shared plan.

$35 / line T-Mobile “One”

The best family plan is the T-Mobile “One” plan for as low as $35/line. Taxes and fees are included as well!

You’ll get 50 GB of LTE data to share among all users and unlimited minutes and text messages. After 50 GB, there won’t be any overage charges, but you may have a slower data speed when your area has heavy network usage.

For example, for 4 lines on the T-Mobile “One” plan costs the total cost is $140 ($35/line).

Cheaper Family Plan

While we think T-Mobile is has the best family plan, Sprint is currently cheaper.

$20 / lineSprint “Unlimited”

The Sprint “Unlimited” plan has a promo offer that makes it as low as $20/line, but doesn’t include taxes and fees.

For example, 4 lines on Sprint “Unlimited” costs just $100/month (and a 5th line is free). However, this promotional pricing lasts for one year, then it goes to $160/month (or $190 if you added a 5th line).

 

“Big Four” Carriers

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are collectively called the Big Four. These are the largest and most established carriers in the United States.

Because most readers will either have or are thinking of switching to another one, we’ve focus most information on them.

MVNO Carriers

When relevant, we also highlight some of our favorite MVNO carriers, such as Mint, Straight Talk, and Virgin Mobile.

These Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) carriers essentially rent the networks of the Big Four but can pass savings onto you.

Find the Right Plan

Find the best cell phone plan for you easily and quickly. Just tell us how many lines and how much total data you’ll need.

How many lines of service do you need?
How many gigabytes (GB) of data do you use per month combined (among all lines)?
Monthly Price Data Voice Text Messages Tethering Calls to
Canada & Mexico
Canada & Mexico
Roaming
World Roaming Sign Up

AT&T

Unlimited and More Premium
Postpaid
USD 80
monthly
USD 150
USD 75 / line
USD 170
USD 57 / line
USD 190
USD 48 / line
USD 210
USD 42 / line
USD 230
USD 38 / line
USD 250
USD 36 / line
USD 270
USD 34 / line
USD 290
USD 32 / line
USD 310
USD 31 / line
22 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

15 GB

Included
to Canada & Mexico
- Sign Up

AT&T

Unlimited and More
Postpaid
USD 70
monthly
USD 125
USD 63 / line
USD 145
USD 48 / line
USD 160
USD 40 / line
USD 175
USD 35 / line
USD 190
USD 32 / line
USD 205
USD 29 / line
USD 220
USD 28 / line
USD 235
USD 26 / line
USD 250
USD 25 / line
22 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
-
Included
to Canada & Mexico
- Sign Up

Sprint

Unlimited
Postpaid
USD 60
monthly
USD 100
USD 50 / line
USD 130
USD 43 / line
USD 160
USD 40 / line
USD 190
USD 38 / line
USD 220
USD 37 / line
USD 250
USD 36 / line
USD 280
USD 35 / line
USD 310
USD 34 / line
USD 340
USD 34 / line
23 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

10 GB
^ USD 0,49
/ minute
to Canada & Mexico
-
Speed: 2G
Sign Up

Sprint

2GB Plan
Postpaid
USD 40
monthly
2 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
^ USD 0,49
/ minute
to Canada & Mexico

Speed: 2G

Speed: 2G
Sign Up

T-Mobile

One
Postpaid
USD 70
monthly
USD 120
USD 60 / line
USD 140
USD 47 / line
USD 140
USD 35 / line
USD 160
USD 32 / line
USD 180
USD 30 / line
USD 200
USD 29 / line
USD 220
USD 28 / line
USD 245
USD 27 / line
USD 270
USD 27 / line
50 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

Speed: 3G

Included
to Canada & Mexico

5 GB

Speed: 2G
Sign Up

T-Mobile

One Plus
Postpaid
USD 80
monthly
USD 140
USD 70 / line
USD 170
USD 57 / line
USD 180
USD 45 / line
USD 210
USD 42 / line
USD 240
USD 40 / line
USD 270
USD 39 / line
USD 300
USD 38 / line
USD 335
USD 37 / line
USD 370
USD 37 / line
50 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

10 GB

Included
to Canada & Mexico

5 GB

Speed: 256 kbps
Sign Up

T-Mobile

10 GB
Prepaid
USD 50
monthly
USD 80
USD 40 / line
USD 100
USD 33 / line
USD 120
USD 30 / line
USD 140
USD 28 / line
10 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

Included
to Canada & Mexico

5 GB

Speed: 256 kbps
Sign Up

T-Mobile

One Military
Postpaid
USD 55
monthly
USD 80
USD 40 / line
USD 90
USD 30 / line
USD 100
USD 25 / line
USD 110
USD 22 / line
USD 120
USD 20 / line
USD 130
USD 19 / line
USD 140
USD 18 / line
USD 155
USD 17 / line
USD 170
USD 17 / line
50 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

Speed: 3G

Included
to Canada & Mexico

5 GB

Speed: 2G
Sign Up

T-Mobile

One 55+
Postpaid
USD 35
monthly
USD 70
USD 35 / line
50 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

Speed: 3G

Included
to Canada & Mexico

5 GB

Speed: 2G
Sign Up

Verizon

Beyond Unlimited
Postpaid
USD 85
monthly
USD 160
USD 80 / line
USD 180
USD 60 / line
USD 200
USD 50 / line
USD 250
USD 50 / line
USD 300
USD 50 / line
USD 350
USD 50 / line
USD 400
USD 50 / line
USD 450
USD 50 / line
USD 500
USD 50 / line
22 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

15 GB

Included
to Canada & Mexico

512 MB/day
- Sign Up

Verizon

Go Unlimited
Postpaid
USD 80
monthly
USD 140
USD 70 / line
USD 165
USD 55 / line
USD 180
USD 45 / line
USD 225
USD 45 / line
USD 270
USD 45 / line
USD 315
USD 45 / line
USD 360
USD 45 / line
USD 405
USD 45 / line
USD 450
USD 45 / line
22 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

Speed: 600 kbps

Included
to Canada & Mexico

512 MB/day
- Sign Up

Verizon

5 GB
Postpaid
USD 55
monthly
5 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
-
Included
to Canada & Mexico
- - Sign Up

Verizon

Small
Postpaid
USD 55
monthly
USD 75
USD 38 / line
USD 95
USD 32 / line
USD 115
USD 29 / line
USD 135
USD 27 / line
USD 155
USD 26 / line
USD 175
USD 25 / line
USD 195
USD 24 / line
USD 215
USD 24 / line
USD 235
USD 24 / line
2 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
-
Included
to Canada & Mexico
- - Sign Up

Verizon

Medium
Postpaid
USD 75
monthly
USD 95
USD 48 / line
USD 115
USD 38 / line
USD 135
USD 34 / line
USD 155
USD 31 / line
USD 175
USD 29 / line
USD 195
USD 28 / line
USD 215
USD 27 / line
USD 235
USD 26 / line
USD 255
USD 26 / line
4 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
-
Included
to Canada & Mexico
- - Sign Up

Verizon

Large
Postpaid
USD 95
monthly
USD 115
USD 58 / line
USD 135
USD 45 / line
USD 155
USD 39 / line
USD 175
USD 35 / line
USD 195
USD 33 / line
USD 215
USD 31 / line
USD 235
USD 29 / line
USD 255
USD 28 / line
USD 275
USD 28 / line
8 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
-
Included
to Canada & Mexico
- - Sign Up

Boost

3 GB
Prepaid
USD 35
monthly
USD 65
USD 33 / line
USD 95
USD 32 / line
USD 125
USD 31 / line
USD 155
USD 31 / line
USD 185
USD 31 / line
USD 215
USD 31 / line
USD 245
USD 31 / line
USD 275
USD 31 / line
USD 305
USD 31 / line
3 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

Boost

Unlimited Gigs
Prepaid
USD 50
monthly
USD 80
USD 40 / line
USD 110
USD 37 / line
USD 140
USD 35 / line
USD 170
USD 34 / line
USD 200
USD 33 / line
USD 230
USD 33 / line
USD 260
USD 33 / line
USD 290
USD 32 / line
USD 320
USD 32 / line
23 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

8 GB
- - - Sign Up

Boost

Unlimited Plus
Prepaid
USD 60
monthly
USD 100
USD 50 / line
USD 140
USD 47 / line
USD 180
USD 45 / line
USD 220
USD 44 / line
USD 260
USD 43 / line
USD 300
USD 43 / line
USD 340
USD 43 / line
USD 380
USD 42 / line
USD 420
USD 42 / line
23 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

20 GB
- - - Sign Up

Cricket

2 GB
Prepaid
USD 30
monthly
USD 60
USD 30 / line
USD 90
USD 30 / line
USD 120
USD 30 / line
USD 150
USD 30 / line
USD 180
USD 30 / line
USD 210
USD 30 / line
USD 240
USD 30 / line
USD 270
USD 30 / line
2 GB
Max Speed: 8 Mbps
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - - Sign Up

Cricket

5 GB
Prepaid
USD 35
monthly
USD 65
USD 33 / line
USD 85
USD 28 / line
USD 105
USD 26 / line
USD 125
USD 25 / line
USD 145
USD 24 / line
USD 165
USD 24 / line
USD 185
USD 23 / line
USD 205
USD 23 / line
5 GB
Max Speed: 8 Mbps
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - - Sign Up

Cricket

Unlimited
Prepaid
USD 55
monthly
USD 105
USD 53 / line
USD 145
USD 48 / line
USD 185
USD 46 / line
USD 225
USD 45 / line
USD 265
USD 44 / line
USD 305
USD 44 / line
USD 345
USD 43 / line
USD 385
USD 43 / line
22 GB
Max Speed: 8 Mbps
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
^ USD 10
8 GB
- - Sign Up

Cricket

Unlimited 2 Promo
Prepaid
USD 50
monthly
USD 75
USD 38 / line
USD 85
USD 28 / line
USD 95
USD 24 / line
USD 120
USD 24 / line
USD 145
USD 24 / line
USD 170
USD 24 / line
USD 195
USD 24 / line
USD 220
USD 24 / line
22 GB
Max Speed: 3 Mbps
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
^ USD 10
8 GB
Speed: 3 Mbps
-
Speed: 3 Mbps
- Sign Up

FreedomPop

2 GB
Prepaid
USD 25
monthly
2 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - - Sign Up

FreedomPop

5 GB
Prepaid
USD 35
monthly
5 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - - Sign Up

FreedomPop

10 GB
Prepaid
USD 60
monthly
10 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - - Sign Up

MetroPCS

2 GB
Prepaid
USD 30
monthly
USD 60
USD 30 / line
USD 90
USD 30 / line
USD 120
USD 30 / line
2 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

MetroPCS

5 GB
Prepaid
USD 40
monthly
USD 70
USD 35 / line
USD 100
USD 33 / line
USD 130
USD 33 / line
5 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

MetroPCS

Unlimited
Prepaid
USD 50
monthly
USD 80
USD 40 / line
USD 110
USD 37 / line
USD 140
USD 35 / line
35 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
^ USD 10
10 GB
- - - Sign Up

Mint

2 GB
Prepaid
USD 15
monthly
2 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

Mint

5 GB
Prepaid
USD 20
monthly
5 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

Mint

10 GB
Prepaid
USD 25
monthly
10 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

Project Fi

Project Fi
Prepaid
USD 15
monthly
USD 30
USD 15 / line
USD 45
USD 15 / line
USD 60
USD 15 / line
USD 75
USD 15 / line
USD 90
USD 15 / line
- Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- Sign Up

Republic Wireless

My Choice
Prepaid
USD 15
monthly
- Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

Straight Talk

2 GB
Prepaid
USD 34
monthly
2 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - - Sign Up

Straight Talk

10 GB
Prepaid
USD 44
monthly
10 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - - Sign Up

Straight Talk

Unlimited
Prepaid
USD 54
monthly
60 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - - Sign Up

Tello

1 GB
Prepaid
USD 19
monthly
1 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

Tello

2 GB
Prepaid
USD 25
monthly
2 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

Tello

3 GB
Prepaid
USD 29
monthly
3 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

Tello

3 GB (100 minutes)
Prepaid
USD 29
monthly
3 GB 100
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

Tello

10 GB
Prepaid
USD 39
monthly
10 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

US Cellular

2 GB
Postpaid
USD 45
monthly
USD 85
USD 43 / line
USD 115
USD 38 / line
USD 140
USD 35 / line
USD 165
USD 33 / line
USD 190
USD 32 / line
2 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

US Cellular

6 GB
Postpaid
USD 50
monthly
USD 95
USD 48 / line
USD 130
USD 43 / line
USD 160
USD 40 / line
USD 190
USD 38 / line
USD 220
USD 37 / line
6 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

US Cellular

Unlimited
Postpaid
USD 55
monthly
USD 110
USD 55 / line
USD 155
USD 52 / line
USD 200
USD 50 / line
USD 245
USD 49 / line
USD 290
USD 48 / line
22 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

10 GB
- - - Sign Up

US Cellular

3 GB Prepaid
Prepaid
USD 40
monthly
3 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - Sign Up

US Cellular

Unlimited Prepaid
Prepaid
USD 55
monthly
15 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts

10 GB
- - - Sign Up

Virgin Mobile

Inner Circle
Postpaid
USD 50
monthly
23 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
^ USD 10
10 GB
- - - Sign Up

Virgin Mobile

Data Love
Prepaid
USD 35
monthly
5 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - - Sign Up

Virgin Mobile

Data Love+
Prepaid
USD 45
monthly
10 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - - Sign Up

Virgin Mobile

Data Love Unlimited
Prepaid
USD 60
monthly
23 GB Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
- - - - Sign Up

Voice & Text

Nearly every plan included unlimited minutes for calls and every plan includes unlimited text messages. There’s no longer a need to worry about “nights and weekends” or rollover minutes.

Because calls and texts are included, you should focus on more on differences on included data. Apps and services such as iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and Skype all use data, not voice and text messages.

Network Quality

Network quality varies greatly by location and sometimes by carrier. Generally speaking, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have good enough quality, with some performing better in some locations than others.

You should check a carrier’s coverage map to ensure your area has good service:

AT&T Coverage Map Sprint Coverage Map
T-Mobile Coverage Map Verizon Coverage Map

Data

Over the past year few years, all carriers have introduced or brought back “unlimited” data plans. However, all plans put some kind of limitation on how much data you can use (“data cap”). Some plans also have speed restrictions that prevent you from getting full 4G LTE speeds.

If you’re not sure how much data you need, you should check you current bill for average usage from the past few months. On average, most people use less than 4 GB of data per month. If have multiple lines, you should add up the usage from all of the lines.

AT&T and Verizon plans give you up to 22 GB before throttling; Sprint gives up to 23 GB; and T-Mobile gives up to a generous 50 GB. (Some cheaper plans from these carriers give less data.)

Pooled Data: If you choose to have a family plan, all of the lines will share the same pool of data.

Here’s some good news: while there is a data cap on your “unlimited” data, there is no penalty or surcharge for exceeding them. Once you go over your data cap, you’ll usually just have reduced speed until the next billing cycle.

Although Straight Talk doesn’t throttle you after 60 GB, but your account may be reviewed for potential terms of service violations.

Data Before Throttling

More is better. Lower cost plans may have smaller limits.

Virgin Mobile 23 GB (USD 50)
Boost 23 GB (USD 50)
US Cellular 22 GB (USD 65)
Tello 10 GB (USD 39)

Video Streaming

Many carriers can reduce video quality to minimize your data usage. You should expect quality the quality to be similar to a DVD, but not HD. Some plans make this optional, while others force you to accept lower quality limitations. AT&T calls this feature “Stream Saver” and T-Mobile calls it “Binge On.”

In the case of T-Mobile “Binge On” the lower-quality video is completely excluded from your data usage.

Should you worry about the lower quality? It depends on what you’re watching. It’ll likely be noticeable for sports content, but Netflix and YouTube videos will probably be fine.

Tethering

If you’re in an area without Wi-Fi and want to share you’re phone’s data connection, most plans will allow you to tether your devices.

Sprint and T-Mobile plans allow tethering. The “Unlimited” plans from AT&T and Verizon also allow tethering.

AT&T

Unlimited and More Premium

Allows Tethering

Limit: 15 GB

- AT&T

Unlimited and More

No Tethering

Sprint

Unlimited

Allows Tethering

Limit: 10 GB

Sprint

2GB Plan

Allows Tethering

T-Mobile

One

Allows Tethering

Speed: 3G

T-Mobile

One Plus

Allows Tethering

Limit: 10 GB

T-Mobile

10 GB

Allows Tethering

T-Mobile

One Military

Allows Tethering

Speed: 3G

T-Mobile

One 55+

Allows Tethering

Speed: 3G

Verizon

Beyond Unlimited

Allows Tethering

Limit: 15 GB

Verizon

Go Unlimited

Allows Tethering

Speed: 600 kbps

- Verizon

5 GB, Small, Medium, Large

No Tethering

Additional Devices

Most plans allow you to add cellular-enabled tablets, wearables (such as smartwatches), mobile hotspots, or vehicles. Most wearables cost $10/month while Tablets, Hotspots, and Cars cost $20/month.

Tablet Wearable Hotspot Car

AT&T

Unlimited and More Premium
USD 20
Tablet
USD 10
Wearable
USD 20
Hotspot
USD 20
Car

AT&T

Unlimited and More
USD 20
Tablet
USD 10
Wearable
USD 20
Hotspot
USD 20
Car

Sprint

Unlimited
USD 30
Tablet
USD 10
Wearable
USD 35
Hotspot
USD 30
Car

Sprint

2GB Plan
- - - -

T-Mobile

One
USD 25
Tablet
USD 10
Wearable
USD 25
Hotspot
USD 25
Car

T-Mobile

One Plus
USD 35
Tablet
USD 10
Wearable
USD 35
Hotspot
USD 35
Car

T-Mobile

10 GB
- - - -

T-Mobile

One Military
USD 25
Tablet
USD 10
Wearable
USD 25
Hotspot
USD 25
Car

T-Mobile

One 55+
USD 25
Tablet
USD 10
Wearable
USD 25
Hotspot
USD 25
Car

Verizon

Beyond Unlimited
USD 20
Tablet
USD 5
Wearable
USD 20
Hotspot
USD 20
Car

Verizon

Go Unlimited
USD 20
Tablet
USD 5
Wearable
- USD 20
Car

Verizon

5 GB
USD 10
Tablet
USD 5
Wearable
USD 10
Hotspot
USD 20
Car

Verizon

Small
USD 10
Tablet
USD 10
Wearable
USD 10
Hotspot
USD 10
Car

Verizon

Medium
USD 10
Tablet
USD 10
Wearable
USD 10
Hotspot
USD 10
Car

Verizon

Large
USD 10
Tablet
USD 10
Wearable
USD 10
Hotspot
USD 10
Car

International Calls & Roaming

International Calls

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon include free calling to Canada and Mexico from the United States. Sprint charges at least $0.49/minute, but you can add a $5 add-on that includes unlimited calls to Canada and Mexico.

Every carrier has different rates for calls to countries outside of North America and can vary for mobile phones and landlines.

Canada & Mexico Roaming

If you’re traveling to Canada or Mexico, you’ll be happy to know that most plans include roaming across all of North America.

Most AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon plans include calls, text, and data while you’re in Canada or Mexico. Sprint includes texting and data, but not calls. The data speeds you’ll get while traveling will vary by carrier and plan.

AT&T gives you LTE-speed data, assuming less than 50% of your usage is outside of the United States for two consecutive months.

T-Mobile gives you up to 5 GB/month of LTE-speed data, while Verizon gives you 512 MB/day of LTE-speed data.

Sprint only gives you 2G-speed data, but you can buy daily add-ons for higher speeds.

Worldwide Roaming

For travel to the rest of the world, both Sprint and T-Mobile offer unlimited text and slow-speed data in nearly 150 countries.

For more full-featured roaming, you’ll have to buy add-ons or get a SIM card from a local carrier.

Calls to
Canada & Mexico
Canada & Mexico
Roaming
World Roaming

AT&T

Unlimited and More Premium

Included
to Canada & Mexico
-

AT&T

Unlimited and More

Included
to Canada & Mexico
-

Sprint

Unlimited
^ USD 0,49
/ minute
to Canada & Mexico
-
Speed: 2G

Sprint

2GB Plan
^ USD 0,49
/ minute
to Canada & Mexico

Speed: 2G

Speed: 2G

T-Mobile

One

Included
to Canada & Mexico

5 GB

Speed: 2G

T-Mobile

One Plus

Included
to Canada & Mexico

5 GB

Speed: 256 kbps

T-Mobile

10 GB

Included
to Canada & Mexico

5 GB

Speed: 256 kbps

T-Mobile

One Military

Included
to Canada & Mexico

5 GB

Speed: 2G

T-Mobile

One 55+

Included
to Canada & Mexico

5 GB

Speed: 2G

Verizon

Beyond Unlimited

Included
to Canada & Mexico

512 MB/day
-

Verizon

Go Unlimited

Included
to Canada & Mexico

512 MB/day
-

Verizon

5 GB

Included
to Canada & Mexico
- -

Verizon

Small

Included
to Canada & Mexico
- -

Verizon

Medium

Included
to Canada & Mexico
- -

Verizon

Large

Included
to Canada & Mexico
- -

Perks & Bundles

The Big Four carriers are always experimenting with incentives to tempt you from their rivals. Free streaming service memberships have become their latest perk.

AT&T Perks

Choose one of the following seven music, movie, or entertainment perks HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, Starz, Amazon Music Unlimited, or Pandora Premium.

Includes 31 channels from 6 networks with WatchTV.

$15 off DIRECTV or DIRECTV NOW.

T-Mobile Perks

Includes Netflix 2-screen with 2 or more T-Mobile “One” lines.

Access to T-Mobile Tuesdays app that has weekly rewards and offers.

Verizon Perks

Can stream go90 content without counting against data.

Access to the VerizonUp that has special access to show tickets and other events.

Sign Up

Cell phone carriers have mostly eliminated contracts, but they still want to keep you loyal to their service. One way carriers try to get you to stay is with discounted or “free” device offers.

You do get a discounted/free phone, but it’s often financed over a period of 24 months. It works like this: you get a free phone; each month they charge a portion for the cost of the device and instantly credit you for that charge. If you decide to leave that carrier before the finance term, you’ll owe the remaining balance for that device.

AT&T

AT&T is offering $350 off an iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus if you have DIRECTV or add it to your account.

Sprint

Sprint is offering the iPhone X at a 50% discount. They also offer a free iPhone 8 with a purchase of an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. You can also get a free Samsung S9 when you buy a Samsung S9 or S9+.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile is offering 2-for-1 (or heavily discounted second device) deals for many smartphones.

Verizon

Verizon currently offers device discounts if you trade in your current device.

Device Promos

Phone AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon
iPhone X $650* $500 2 for $1300 $1000
iPhone 8 $350* 2 for $700 2 for $700 $700
iPhone 8 Plus $450* $800 2 for $900 $800
iPhone 7 $550 $550 2 for $550 $550
iPhone 7 Plus $670 $670 2 for $640 $670
Samsung S9 2 for $790 2 for $792 2 for $720 $800
Samsung S9+ $520 $912 2 for $960 $930
Samsung Note 8 $555 $960 $870 $960
Samsung S8 $655 $672 $600 $696
Samsung S8+ $755 - - $768

* Get $350 in AT&T bill credits when you have DIRECTV or add to your account.

Switching from Another Service

Because most customers don’t have traditional contracts, it’s relatively easy to switch carriers without early termination fees.

To AT&T

Up to $650 per line of which up to $345 can be used for early termination fees and the remainder for device payments.

To Sprint

They’ll cover your switching costs up to $650. The eligible costs include the Bill Balance for your previous phone and Early Termination Fees.

To T-Mobile

Get a new phone and they’ll pay off your current phone balance and your service contracts – up to $650 per line or $350 in early termination fees, via prepaid card.

To Verizon

Get up to $349 off the purchase of a new phone $850 and up and a $150 prepaid visa card for switching to Verizon.

Cancellation

It’s quite rare these days to find any mention of contracts or commitments when signing up for a cell phone plan. Because of that, it’s relatively easy to end your plan.

However, you should know that it is common for carriers to spread the payment of smartphones over a couple years. If you leave before you’ve completely paid off your device, you’ll owe the outstanding balance for that device.