Cell phones are considered a necessity, and with so many telecommunication companies, it can be difficult to spot great deals. With the right phone plan, you can afford devices and service for you and your family members.
Below we highlighted the top six cheap cell phone plans.
However, if you are in a government program, such as Medicaid, there are cheaper alternatives through the Federal Lifeline Program.
Prepaid Cell Phone Plans
The top performers in this category are Ting and Republic Wireless.
Ting offers nationwide coverage at a fair price. With only $15, you can subscribe to their prepaid plan. This covers 100 talk minutes, 100 texts messages and up to 100MB of data. There are no cancellation fees or contracts, and you pay for what you use, no more.
One of the best aspects of Ting’s service is that you can spread this plan across several devices. By using the Ting Dashboard, you can choose to customize each phones usage allowances by setting custom caps and alerts.
2. Republic Wireless
For $20 a month, with Republic Wireless, you get unlimited talk and text messages. This also includes 1GB of data with nationwide 4G LTE coverage. However, this deal is not available to users with iPhones. Their policy allows you to cancel at any time, plus there are no data throttling, surprise fees or contracts. As a member, you also have access to spam call blocking and other exclusive benefits.
Non-Prepaid Cell Phone Plans
In this next category, you will spend twice as much on non-prepaid deals. However, the benefits make it worthwhile. Depending on the carrier, you get the latest Smartphone models.
Sprint has the cheapest cell phone deals in this category.
Their best offer gives you three unlimited basic lines. You also get five unlimited lines at $20 per line, in any one month. In addition, you have access to free text to 200 countries, 10GB 4G LTE data on the North American continent, 50GB LTE mobile hotspot plus music streaming on Tidal and TV from Hulu.
However, their 2GB plan is the cheapest cell phone plan on their network. For $40 each month, you get unlimited international text, unlimited talk, and text plus 2GB of high-speed data.
When you take your own device, you save $10 on the Sprint Unlimited Premium Plans and Unlimited Plus.
4. U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular also offers an affordable Total Plan with 2GB of data. This package offers unlimited talk and text, for $55 each month.
However, this carrier serves in 23 states, but their roaming agreements with other companies allow you to have nationwide coverage regardless.
No Data Cell Phone Plans
If you do not require data, then Ting has a $12 package. On this plan, you get 100 talk and text minutes.
5. No-Data Ting Plans
Their ‘pay for what you use’ policy keeps your monthly charge low. So, if in month one you use 99 minutes, you will only be charged $12. However, if in month two you do not make any calls or send text messages, you are charged only the base fee of $6.
6. Major Providers “Pay As You Go” Plans
Companies like AT&T and T-Mobile have ‘Pay As You Go’ plans. Expect to pay a $2 charge with AT&T, if you do not use your phone.
Cheap cell phone plans like these allow you to keep more money in your pocket, provide your entire family with devices and you get coverage on reliable networks.