5 Secret Cellphone Plans That Cost Less, and Give You More

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If you’d like to start saving on your mobile bill, then it’s time to switch to an MVNO — a “mobile virtual network operator,” a smaller mobile company that operates via a larger network (Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T). The trick is to select the MVNO that offers excellent service, gives you plenty of high-speed data, and other features you want at an unbeatable price. We’re here to help you navigate the process!

These five MVNOs are our top picks:

1. Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile has been around for over 20 years, and they have a wide range of offerings from bare-bones data plans starting at just $35 per month to unlimited plans with tons of perks and hotspot data for just a little more. They operate on Sprint’s network, so if Sprint offers great coverage in your area, then you’ll get excellent service if you switch to Boost.

Boost Mobile’s standout deal is their Unlimited Gigs plan for just $50 per month. With it, you’ll get unlimited 4G LTE data, 12GB of 4G hotspot data and unlimited nationwide talk and text. Importantly, the plan price includes all taxes and fees.

2. Metro by T-Mobile

Metro by T-Mobile has been around for 26 years, longer than both AT&T (Wireless) and T-Mobile! This Texas-based mobile company offers stellar service on T-Mobile’s network, and the carrier’s offerings range from 10GB plans starting at just $40 per month to unlimited plans starting at just $10 per month more.

The $50 per month unlimited high-speed data plan will give you 5GB of hotspot data, 100GB of Google One cloud storage, as well as unlimited talk and text. Best of all, for a limited time, if you bring your own phone when you switch to Metro, they’ll throw in a $50 prepaid Visa card after you pay for your second month of service.

3. Mint Mobile

This California-based MVNO has been around for nearly 10 years, and they operate on T-Mobile’s robust network. Mint Mobile dares to change things up by offering limited data plans in three-, six- and 12-month cycles.

Our pick for Mint’s best deal is their 12GB data plan that comes with unlimited talk and text to anywhere in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Not only will you end up paying just $25 per month for your first three months, but they’ll let you keep that ultra-low introductory rate going when you switch to their 12-month plan after your initial three-month plan ends.

4. Visible

Visible was launched in 2018 by former Verizon employees. While Verizon later acquired the company, the business model has remained very straightforward: They offer a single prepaid unlimited plan at an incredibly low rate. The unlimited data is high-speed, and it comes with an unlimited 3G hotspot (capped at 5Mbps). You will also get all the nationwide talk and text you need. Since Visible is on Verizon’s largest network in the nation, you’ll get great coverage.

Visible’s single-line plan is just $40 per month, and that’s with all taxes and fees included. For a limited time, your first month of service for a single line is just $25 (discount applied at sign-up). Visible’s family plans are excellent, too. They’ll give you four lines for just $25 per line — that’s $100 per month to keep a family of four streaming, browsing and gaming without having to manage their minutes!

5. Cricket Wireless

The Atlanta-based Cricket Wireless has been around for 20 years. Since their parent company is AT&T, Cricket plans are served by the second-biggest network in the nation. The price of Cricket’s plans includes all taxes and fees, and their prices range from $30 per month for their 2GB data plan to $60 per month for their Unlimited & 15GB Mobile Hotspot plan. If you sign up for AutoPay Cricket will give you another $5 per month discount.

That means Cricket’s top unlimited plan is just $55 per month with AutoPay, and it comes with unlimited 4G data, 15GB of 4G LTE hotspot data, unlimited talk to/from the U.S., Mexico and Canada as well as unlimited texting to over 37 countries!

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