Cell phones and plans change all the time. If you’ve gone a few years since checking the numbers on how your cell phone bill, you should take a look at your options to see if newer plans and phones can save you money.
Data Talk and Text
Data plans play a big part in your choice of cell phone carrier. Unlimited data plans have seen a large increase in usage since their initial introduction by networks like ATT and T-Mobile. These plans, instead of setting an overall maximum for the user, have an amount set-up that, when surpassed, will slow the speed of the network for that user. Unlimited plans typically cost more than shared data or individual plans.
There are also many pre-paid cell phone plans. They have been around since the mid 1990’s. You will find these at your local Wal Mart and other retailers.
Cell Phone Plans and Carriers
There’s no one-size-fits-all for cell phone plans. All the different wireless providers have different options for both individual users and families, senior plans and business plans, and there’s different levels of data as well.
Here are some of my favorite low cost cell plans.
T-Mobile Majenta Plan
- Unlimited plan. Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE high-speed data
- 3GB 4G LTE hotspot
- Netflix On Us promo.
- 5G access at no extra cost
- Taxes & fees included
- $35 month per line. Up to 4 lines for $140
Verizon 5G Plan
- Unlimited talk, text and data
- Unlimited access to Verizon 5G Nationwide network
- Talk, text and unlimited data when traveling in Mexico and Canada
- Disney+ for 6 months
- Apple Music for 6 months
- $35 month per line
Mint Mobile 3G Plan
- Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text
- 3GB of 5G • 4G LTE per month
- FREE international calls to Mexico and Canada
- FREE Mobile HotSpot
- WiFi Calling & Text
- $15 month.
AT&T Prepaid 8G Plan
- Online offer only. Pre paid 12 months
- Unlimited talk and texting
- 8GB plan with mobile hotspot and rollover data
- Bring your own phone or buy a Galaxy A11 for $99
- $25 month. 1 year prepaid required to get the deal.
Getting Your Best Cell Phone Plan Deal
The pricing of cell phone plans by carriers can be confusing and hard to decipher. Plan costs vary widely depending on the number of lines and the amount of data you will need. There is also data throttling, 5G service, the cost for international service, and hot spot usage. And some plans offer a free content from streaming services, which can be hard to place a value on.
Figure out how much data you or your family uses. Gone are the days of just using your cell phone to make phone calls and send a few texts. If you rarely access the internet or stream any content, stick to the low cost plans like Mint Mobile. Some carriers also charge you more if you want use video streaming or high-speed mobile hot spot service.
For the person who uses their phone for more than talk and text, try the AT&T 8G prepaid plan. And if you really need data, the Verizon Get More Unlimited starts at $90 per month for one phone. 30GB of 4G data per month along with HD streaming, Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu, and Apple Music all included.
Also, if you are a Comcast customer, Xfinity Mobile has a basic plan at $15 month for 3 GB, but you have to be a Comcast customer.
Don’t Forget Your Cell Phone Discounts
First responders, medical workers, military and seniors are just some of the people who often are offered discounts on phone plans. Verizon currently offers discounts for military staff, teachers, and medical works, among others. AT&T offers discounts for military staff and first responders. You may have to do a little research to find the discount as some are not advertised.
Lowes and Home Depot both offer discount plans with AT&T. Check their websites or ask your stores human resources rep for more info.
There are a lot of options out there for cell phone plans. If you’re looking to save money, these low-cost cell phone plans might just be what you are looking for.