Ring Ring Cha-Ching — We Compare 8 Cell Phone Plans by Cost & Features
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Ready to phone it in on confusing cell provider plans?
Shopping for cell phone plans can turn into hours of research of what each plan includes, the terms, features, and of course, the cost! While no one loves to do it, it can cost you in the long run if you don’t know exactly what your plan provides (and your kiddos go well beyond your allotted data!) 😱
But never fear! We’ve compiled eight popular wireless phone carriers with their advertised plans, along with a breakdown of their features. Please note that this information is subject to change due to promotions, price increases, or modified terms and conditions.
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Let us break it down a bit…
We get it — there’s a lot of information in the chart. So for a quick frame of reference, we picked out some of the best plans for different scenarios:
Bare bones plan: metroPCS 2GB Data plan
This set data plan is only $30 with taxes included, unlimited talk & text, 2GB of data, mobile hotspot capability, and no contract. It’s perfect for anyone who prefers minimal fuss and no bells & whistles! The plan also features Scam ID so receivers will know if an incoming call is from a known scammer — perfect for those searching for a plan for elderly parents or grandparents!
Best perks: Boost Mobile Ultimate Unlimited
This plan does come at a price ($80 for a single line down to $64/member with 5 lines) but it’s unbeatable when it comes to all the extras. To start, you get unlimited talk, text, & data, no fuss pricing with taxes and fees included, HD-quality streaming, access in Mexico & Canada, and mobile hotspot capability, all without having to sign an annual contract. On top of that, your plan grants you access to International Connect, a TIDAL Premium subscription, and priority customer care. Oh, and if not everyone on your plan needs all these features, you can mix and match with other unlimited plans offered by Boost.
Best value: Cricket Unlimited
Ringing in at only $25 a person when you have either 4 or 5 lines with taxes included, this plan is a steal! You and the other members on the plan will get unlimited talk, text, and data without having to sign an annual contract along with text and talk to Mexico & Canada.
Most expensive: Verizon AboveUnlimited
As a single user of this plan, you’ll be paying $100 not including taxes and smartphone access fees. You’ll get the best of the best with unlimited talk, text, & LTE data, along with HD-quality streaming and the ability to use your plan internationally. You’ll also be able to turn your phone into a mobile hotspot and have 500GB of Verizon cloud storage. It’s a pretty full-featured plan benefiting those who travel internationally frequently, though it comes at a hefty price so you’re better off rounding up some more members to bring down the cost of the plan.
Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer in self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.