It can be tough to decide which cell phone plan is best for you. You have to take into account your needs and the needs of your family, as well as the cost of the plans. Here we will compare some of the best cell phone plans available so that you can make an informed decision.
Which Network Should You Use
Before looking at specific carriers, let’s take a look at the networks that are out there. There are four major ones in the United States, but you can forget about Sprint and Verizon. These are considered ‘long distance’ networks because they don’t have their towers. You may also want to avoid Nextel or MetroPCS since they don’t offer all of the services of traditional carriers.
Alltel is now part of Verizon, while Leap Wireless merged into Cricket. Those who reside in areas serviced by these companies should determine whether coverage will be satisfactory before signing up with one of these cell phone plans.
The Big Four Carriers
These days, most people use either AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint. Of these, AT&T is your best bet. They have the most towers, and they’ve recently invested heavily in upgrading their network.
What About Prepaid?
Prepaid plans are becoming an increasingly popular option because of low monthly costs. This doesn’t mean that you’ll pay for service after you use it; rather, it’s more like a debit card since you load up your phone minutes before using them. With prepaid cell phone plans, there are no overage charges if you go over the limit of minutes on your plan (however some carriers do charge $2/day). A couple of downsides to this type of plan is that not all phones can be used with prepaid plans and that you have to buy your minutes before you can use them. Some of the best prepaid cell phone plans are with AT&T’s Aio Wireless, Cricket, T-Mobile Prepaid, Sprint’s Virgin Mobile payLo, Boost Mobile, Straight Talk Wireless, and Tracfone.
The Best Cell Phone Plans
Next, let’s take a look at some of the top cell phone plans available on today’s market. Keep in mind that these are not listed in any particular order.
AT&T Mobile Share Value Plan:
This plan is excellent for people who are heavy data users or have more than one smartphone. By signing up for this plan, you get 10GB of shared high-speed data per month which is shared by all users. You also get unlimited text and voice messages.
T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan:
This plan is extremely versatile since you can add up to 10 lines onto one account with just a few clicks. The first line costs $50 per month, but that price goes down after that for each additional line you add (the fourth line costs $30). One attractive feature of this family cell phone plan is the fact that it comes with 4G LTE high-speed data coverage, something many carriers don’t offer. All in all, this is one of the best cell phone plans available right now.
Sprint Family Share Pack:
This is another solid plan for families who use a lot of data on their phones. Unlike the T-Mobile plan, you get unlimited high-speed data, but there are a few caveats to that. For one thing, you have to sign up for autopay to get unlimited data. If you don’t do this, your account will be suspended after an allotted amount of usage, which is enough for most people. The other drawback is that you only get 20GB of shared data per month before your connection is throttled down to lower speeds, so make sure you keep track of how much everyone uses.
T-Mobile Simple Choice Prepaid Plan:
This no-contract option lets you bring your phone or buy a new one outright (you can choose from several models at different price points). Once activated, you get unlimited data at up to 4G LTE speeds, plus unlimited international texting in over 210 countries.