The Cheapest Cellphone Plans in 2021

Man excited about savings on his cell phone smartphone plan
Photo by YoloStock / Shutterstock.com

If saving money is the most important thing to you in a cellphone plan, you’ve got a couple of different options. You can choose the absolute cheapest cellphone plan out there, but what if you want some wireless data or better cell service?

Let’s break down the best value cellphone plans in 2021, depending upon what you want — including the absolute cheapest options if that’s your jam.

The absolute cheapest cellphone plans

The absolute cheapest cellphone plan we could find is from GenMobile, and will cost you $6 per month for 300 minutes of talk, unlimited text and 1GB of data. GenMobile uses T-Mobile’s network and even includes 5G access.

Just keep in mind that you’ll burn through 1GB data incredibly fast while using 5G speeds. But as long as you keep to Wi-Fi wherever you can, it’s conceivable that you can get by with so little data. Of course, paying only $6 per month for your cellphone service sounds pretty incredible.

But if you know it’s not realistic for you to send less than 300 texts in a given month, you can pay an extra dollar every month and go for US Mobile’s Unlimited Talk & Text plan with 1GB of data.

Plus, US Mobile uses Verizon’s awesome network to provide cell service. If the cheapest cellphone possible is what you care about most, it’s probably worth forking over the extra dollar every month to get unlimited texts on a better service network.

The cheapest cellphone plans with unlimited data

If you want to keep your costs low, but still have unlimited data, there’s some surprisingly affordable options out there. In particular, there’s two cellphone plans that reign supreme when it comes to cheap unlimited data — Mint Mobile and Visible Wireless.

Starting with Visible Wireless, you can actually get unlimited data for as cheap as $20 a month for the first three months of your service (along with a free $100 Prepaid Mastercard Virtual Account when you switch). Once those three months are up, your price will jump to $40 a month, which is still a stellar deal for unlimited data. Especially when you consider that Visible uses Verizon’s super-reliable network to provide cell service.

Mint Mobile, on the other hand, can’t quite match Visible’s introductory price, but it does offer a cheaper monthly rate going forward. Currently, you get an unlimited data plan with Mint Mobile for $30 a month. Mint Mobile is a prepaid cellphone carrier that uses T-Mobile’s network to provide service. Considering the cheapest T-Mobile unlimited plans cost upward of $60 per month, getting an unlimited plan on T-Mobile’s network for half that price is a pretty great deal.

The cheapest family plan

As for family plans, the best deal you can get on a major network is the T-Mobile’s Essentials plan split across at least four lines.

The price comes down to a little less than $27 per month per line, and you get unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited data on T-Mobile’s proprietary network.

You even get free coverage in Canada and Mexico, and unlimited texting in over 200 countries. Going the family plan route instead of the individual plan route allows you to save money and still use a major carrier.

Major carriers offer perks (like family plans, for example) that smaller prepaid carriers can’t match. For example, the T-Mobile Essentials plan comes with unlimited DVD-quality streaming, 5G network access and affordable financing options for new smartphones.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Most Popular
New Retirement Bill Would Help Savers of All Ages
New Retirement Bill Would Help Savers of All Ages

With bipartisan support, this bill could help millions of workers and retirees boost or conserve their retirement savings.

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

This iconic dinnerware is prized for everyday use as well as reselling for profit.

3 Colors That Can Ruin Your Car’s Resale Value
3 Colors That Can Ruin Your Car’s Resale Value

Select the wrong color for your next car, and it could depreciate twice as fast as others.

20 Things That Are Actually Worth Stockpiling
20 Things That Are Actually Worth Stockpiling

You don’t need a year’s supply of toilet paper to survive an outbreak, but consider stocking up on these items.

9 of the Best Things to Do When You Retire
9 of the Best Things to Do When You Retire

You’ve waited all your life for this moment. Make the most of your retirement.

Beware This Hidden Ingredient in Rotisserie Chicken
Beware This Hidden Ingredient in Rotisserie Chicken

Something foul may lurk in those delicious, ready-to-eat birds.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.