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If you want to save hundreds of dollars on your cellphone bill this year, then it’s time to try a new mobile carrier. It is possible to get a good deal on data from one of the “Big Four” carriers — AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile — but most of their plans are a bit pricey. If you choose to go with a smaller mobile company, called an MVNO, that operates on the network of one of these major carriers, you can often save a lot of money.
Our list of top five cheap cellphone plans includes four MVNOs and one Big Four carrier. Prices range from bare-bones unlimited talk and text (no data) plans for under $10 per month to unlimited full-speed data plans at around $40 per month.
Deal No. 1: Cheapest no-data plan — Twigby
If you don’t want data included in your mobile plan, then Twigby’s Unlimited Talk and Text Plan deal is for you. It gives you unlimited talk and text across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and China. Since Twigby operates on Sprint’s network, you’ll get strong service in Sprint’s coverage areas.
It’s important to note that you will get 25% off the price of this plan for six months, plus free shipping and a free SIM by entering the coupon code WOSIMFREE at checkout. You will initially pay $9.75 per month for this plan and then $13 per month after six months. Since this plan is prepaid, you will not need a credit check to qualify, and you can add 4G data for an additional fee at any time.
Deal No. 2: Cheapest low-data plan — Tello
Tello’s Value Plan comes with 2 GB of high-speed data that can be used for tethering via your hotspot. It also comes with unlimited talk and text to the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Romania and China. Tello operates on Sprint’s network, so it’s important to check Sprint’s coverage areas to see if you’ll get good service in your area.
It’s important to note that you can update your plan’s data allowance at any time. Tello does not charge activation, cancellation or overage fees. Since it’s a prepaid plan, you will not undergo a credit check when you sign up.
Deal No. 3: Cheapest medium-data plan — Mint
Mint Mobile’s Medium data plan offers unlimited talk and text to anywhere in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It comes with 8 GB of high-speed data each month, which includes hotspot data up to your plan’s allotment. You’ll get great service in T-Mobile’s coverage areas because Mint Mobile operates on its network.
It’s important to note that Mint offers plans in three-, six- or 12-month payment cycles, but we recommend going with their introductory three-month deal first since it’s just $60 for all three months. Once you know you love your new Mint Mobile plan, you can keep the $20 per month introductory rate going by switching to the 12-month payment cycle.
Deal No. 4: Cheapest unlimited-data plan — Sprint
Sprint’s Kickstart Plan gives you unlimited data, with unlimited nationwide talk and text. Your videos will stream at up to 480p, which is DVD quality, and your games will reach speeds up to 2 Mbps. This is a stripped-down unlimited plan from Sprint, which means it doesn’t include perks like free streaming services, but it’s one of the best plans that the carrier offers.
It’s important to note that you can pay just $35 per month if you enroll in AutoPay, $40 per month without the AutoPay discount. Your unlimited data is subject to slowing when the network is busy, but you should get 4G LTE data most of the time when you’re in a Sprint coverage area. This plan is only available to new Sprint customers.
Deal No. 5: Cheapest family plan — Visible
Visible’s Unlimited Family Plan gives you four lines for $25 per line, with taxes and fees included. Each line comes with unlimited high-speed data, texting and talk time. The unlimited hotspot data included in this plan gives you gaming speeds up to 5 Mbps (which is still pretty fast), and videos stream at 480p (DVD quality.) Verizon Wireless is Visible’s parent company, so you’ll get the benefit of being on the largest network in the nation.
It’s important to note that if you don’t want a family plan, Visible’s single-line unlimited plan is $40 per month, just $25 for your first month. Since Visible is a prepaid carrier, you will not need a credit check to sign up for a plan.
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