Best Family Cell Phone Plans

Is a family cell phone plan really what’s best for you?  Let’s find out.

Here is a comparison list of the best cell phone plans that are currently available for families. Plans from every provider including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are compared as are plans from each of their respective MVNO’s.

Please be advised that family plans aren’t always your best option to save you and your family money on a phone plan.  We have many different phone plan comparison lists that you should check out before making a final decision on what to purchase.



The Best Family Cell Phone Plans

Last Updated: Nov 2, 2019



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Ultra Mobile Logo

Ultra Mobile Flex Family


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Special Features:
  • Unlimited global sms
  • Unlimited international calling to 15 countries including Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and The United Kingdom
  • Extra data can be purchased priced at $5 for 500 MB
  • Single line subscribers can save additional money by paying for service months in advance.  Pay 2 months in advance for $17.50, 3 months for $15 or 4 months for $12.50.
  • Plan includes data carryover
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: No
Mobile Hotspot: No

Multi-Line Features: Each line gets 500 MB of data that is shared among all subscribers.  The main line can turn off data sharing for individual lines.  Unused data in a month carries over to the next month.

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T-Mobile
Unlimited
Unlimited
500MB
2 – $35
3 – $45
4 – $50
Altice Mobile Unlimited Plan

Altice Mobile Unlimited

Special Features:
  • Altice Mobile has own network infrastructure, but still relies heavily on Sprint and uses AT&T for roaming
  • Price is a limited time offer for Optimum and Suddenlink customers.  Signup now and keep the discounted pricing for life.  For all other customers, regular price is $30/month per line.
  • Not available everywhere.  Only available in areas served by Altice USA cable and internet but you don’t need to be a subscriber to either service to signup for the mobile plan.
  • Plan includes unlimited data at 4G LTE data speeds, however, customers who consume more than 50GB of data in a month will have their hotspot speeds and video streaming speeds reduced to 2G data speeds.
  • Includes unlimited mobile hotspot with hotspot data speeds limited to 600Kbps
  • Video streaming while using hotspot limited to a resolution of 480p
  • Includes unlimited international talk and text to over 35 countries.  Subscribers also get free unlimited talk, text, and data while traveling in each of those countries, however, only first 1GB of data is at 4G LTE data speeds.
  • Prices shown also include a $5/month auto-pay billing discount
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes

AT&T, Sprint
Unlimited
Unlimited
50GB
2 – $40
3 – $60
4 – $80
TextNow Logo

TextNow 5GB

Special Features:
  • International texting and calling is to Canada
  • Mobile hotspot is available if you ask TextNow to enable it on your account and phone if your phone supports it
  • Not ready for a paid plan?  Download the TextNow app for your device and get free calling and texting over WiFi.  No subscriptions required. Available for iOS and Android.
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: No

Sprint, T-Mobile
Unlimited
Unlimited
5GB
2 – $52.98
3 – $75.97
4 – $98.96
Total Wireless Logo

Total Wireless 2 Lines Family Plan


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Special Features:
  • Price is with autopay billing enabled.  Without autopay billing enabled the price is $60.
  • Bonus: If you are running low on data, you can add 5 GB of bonus data with lifetime carryover for just $10.
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: No

Multi-Line Features: Data is shared between each line.

See a review of Total Wireless

Verizon
Unlimited
Unlimited
30GB
2 – $57

Xfinity Mobile Logo

Xfinity Mobile By The Gig Shared 10GB

Special Features:
  • This plan is only available to Comcast Infinity Internet subscribers
  • Data is shareable between devices, up to 5 lines per account at no extra charge
  • Priced By the Gig at $12 for 1GB, or 3GB for $30, or 10GB for $60
  • Overages priced at $12/GB and data used at the end of a billing cycle is automatically rounded up to next GB
  • Any line can switch between shared By the Gig or upgrade to Unlimited data for $45/line
  • Add a tablet or smartwatch to the plan for $10/month
  • WiFi calling and texting available on iPhones and select Android devices
  • Get unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada for $10/month
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: No
Mobile Hotspot: Yes

Multi-Line Features:
  • Data is shared between each line

Verizon
Unlimited
Unlimited
10GB
2 – $60
3 – $60
4 – $60
Patriot Mobile Logo

Patriot Mobile Allegiance

Special Features:
  • Proceeds from the cost of your phone bill are used to support and advance conservative causes
  • Add an additional shared line for $20/month
  • Add additional LTE data priced at $10 per GB

Mobile Hotspot: Yes

Sprint
Unlimited
Unlimited
2GB
2 – $60.00

Boost Mobile Logo

Boost Mobile Unlimited Starter

Special Features:
  • Extra data available at $5 per additional GB.
  • Includes unlimited music streaming that doesn’t count against your high speed data cap from the following providers: Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Napster, 8Tracks, Slacker Radio
  • Includes 50 domestic voice roaming minutes

Mobile Hotspot: Yes

Sprint
Unlimited
Unlimited
3GB
2 – $60
3 – $90
4 – $120
Pure TalkUSA Logo

Pure TalkUSA 35

Special Features:
  • Mobile hotspot for iPhones and Androids. Hotspot capability for Androids depends on the device. Customers can call Pure TalkUSA to check compatibility.
  • Unlimited 2G data speeds at 128Kbps
  • $5 trial kits available for purchase through Amazon. Include 100 minutes, 100 text messages, and 100MB of 4G LTE data.
  • Free FedEX 2 day shipping on all orders through the Pure TalkUSA website.

Mobile Hotspot: Yes

AT&T
Unlimited
Unlimited
8GB
2 – $63
3 – $89.25
4 – $112
Affinity Cellular

Affinity Cellular Unlimited

Special Features:
  • For AAA members only
  • Additional data billed at 3¢/MB
  • Data shared between lines

Mobile Hotspot: No

Verizon
Unlimited
Unlimited
10GB
2 – $64
3 – $78
4 – $92
Walmart Family Mobile

Walmart Family Mobile Unlimited 40

Special Features: Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes

T-Mobile
Unlimited
Unlimited
14GB
2 – $64.76
3 – $89.64
4 – $114.52
ATT Prepaid Logo

AT&T Prepaid 8 GB

Special Features:
  • Price shown is with autopay billing enabled, $50 without
  • Rollover data, data lasts for one additional billing period
  • Unlimited talk, text and data while roaming in Mexico or Canada.
  • Unlimited talk and text to Mexico and Canada.
  • Family discounts. $10 off of line 2, $10 off of line 3, $20 off line 4, $20 off of line 5.
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes

Multi-Line Features: Customers may mix and match different plans from AT&T.  They do not all have to be on the same plan.

AT&T
Unlimited
Unlimited
8GB
2 – $70
3 – $100
4 – $120
Cricket Wireless Logo

Cricket Wireless Basic

Special Features:
  • LTE download speeds limited to 8 Mbps
  • WiFi calling and texting is supported but limited to only a few devices, the majority being iPhones
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: No

AT&T
Unlimited
Unlimited
5GB
2 – $70
3 – $90
4 – $110
T-Mobile Logo

T-Mobile ONE Unlimited 55+ Plan For Seniors

Special Features:
  • You must be 55 years or older and have a valid ID to qualify for this plan
  • Unlimited calling and texting to Mexico and Canada and while traveling in Mexico and Canada.
  • Includes unlimited data and texting in 140+ countries with data speeds at 128 kbps. Bonus! 5 GB of high speed data while in Mexico or Canada!
  • Wi-fi calling included.
  • Unlimited text & 1 hour of free data on Gogo® enabled flights.
  • Get ONE PLUS – For additional $10/month per line which includes, unlimited HD video streaming and unlimited mobile hotspot with the first 10 GB at high speed. Also includes unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi on Gogo enabled flights, and 256 kbps data speeds while traveling abroad. Voicemail to Text and Name ID also available.
  • Get ONE PLUS International – All the features of ONE PLUS for $25/per month plus unlimited calling to landlines in 70+ countries and mobile in 30+ as well as unlimited 4G LTE mobile hotspot
  • Data prioritization policy applied once over 50 GB of data has been consumed during a billing cycle
  • Taxes and fees included with price, as is a $5 per line auto pay discount
Includes WiFi Calling!

Mobile Hotspot: Yes

T-Mobile
Unlimited
Unlimited
UnlimitedGB
2 – $70

Metro By T-Mobile Logo

MetroPCS 40

Special Features:
  • Music Unlimited, over 40 music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple.  Music can be used without having it count against your high speed data cap.
  • Video streams to DVD quality or a resolution of about 480p.
  • International texting available for $5 month, global calling for $10.
  • Full service roaming while in Mexico for $5/month, includes unlimited calling and texting to and from Mexico as well as 5GB high speed data usage.
  • Full service roaming while in Canada for $5/month, includes unlimited calling and texting to and from Canada as well as 5GB high speed data usage.
  • Add global calling for $10/month
Add $5/month value bundle to get the following additional services
  • Name iD: Blocks calls from unwanted, restricted, anonymous, private or unknown parties.  Also includes Reverse Number Lookup and Real Time Caller ID. This service is currently not available on iPhones.
  • International Text Messaging: Send text messages across the globe.
  • Voicemail to Text: Converts your voicemails to texts and delivers them straight to your phone.
  • Call Forwarding: Forward calls from your cell phone to any local number.
  • Unlimited Directory Assistance: Unlimited calls to directory assistance for business and residential listings in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: No

T-Mobile
Unlimited
Unlimited
10GB
2 – $70
3 – $100
4 – $130
T-Mobile Logo

T-Mobile Simply Prepaid

Special Features:
  • Includes WiFi calling
  • Full talk, text and data roaming while traveling in either Mexico or Canada for additional $5/month.  Includes pp to 5GB of high speed roaming data before throttling to 2G data speeds.
  • Stateside international calling is available for $15/month which gives subscribers international calling to landlines in over 70 countries and mobile in over 30 countries.
  • Includes music unlimited –  stream music from over 40 providers and it won’t count against your high speed data cap.
  • Data Maximizer is on by default but can be disabled.  Data Maximizer reduces video streams to a rate of 1.5Mbps.
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes

T-Mobile
Unlimited
Unlimited
10GB
2 – $70
3 – $100
4 – $130
US Cellular Everything To Know Before Subscribing

US Cellular Prepaid 5GB

Special Features:
  • $5 to add unlimited talk and text to Mexico
  • $5.99 to add unlimited talk and text to Canada
  • $10 to add unlimited talk and text to Canada and Mexico
  • $3.99 international calling add-on to provide discounted calling to over 200 countries
  • Regional provider that uses national networks to provide roaming outside of US Cellular’s coverage area.

Mobile Hotspot: Yes

US Cellular
Unlimited
Unlimited
5GB
2 – $70
3 – $100
4 – $130
Verizon Wireless Logo

Verizon Prepaid 16GB

Special Features:
  • Price shown is with auto-pay billing discount applied.  Without auto-pay billing, price is $45/month
  • HD-Voice calling included.
  • International SMS included to over 200 countries
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes

Verizon
Unlimited
Unlimited
16GB
2 – $75
3 – $105
4 – $135
Consumer Cellular Logo

Consumer Cellular Unlimited 60

Special Features:
  • AARP Members save 5% off their monthly bill
  • Ranked number 1 by Consumer Reports in customer satisfaction, and tops by JD Power as well as in other studies
  • Add an additional line for $15/month
  • WiFi calling may be available upon request
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: No
Mobile Hotspot: Yes

AT&T, T-Mobile
Unlimited
Unlimited
25GB
2 – $75

Simple Mobile Logo

Simple Mobile Unlimited LTE 45

Special Features:
  • Those who consume more than 40GB of LTE data in a month may have their data speeds temporarily slowed down during times of heavy network congestion
  • Includes Unlimited international calling and Texting
  • Talk, text, and data roaming while in Mexico free of charge
  • $45 with auto pay enabled, $50 without auto pay.
  • Includes 5GB of mobile hotspot
  • WiFi calling and texting not available on all devices

Add-On Card Options

  • $10 – International calling card with carryover
Includes WiFi Calling!

Mobile Hotspot: Yes

Multi-Line Features: None Offered

T-Mobile
Unlimited
Unlimited
UnlimitedGB
2 – $75
3 – $100
4 – $125
T-Mobile Logo

T-Mobile Simply Prepaid Unlimited

Special Features:
  • Unlimited mobile hotspot is included but limited to 3G data speeds or about 512Kbps.
  • Upgrade to 10GB of mobile hotspot at 4G LTE data speeds for $10/month
  • Video streams are limited to 1.5Mbps.
  • Subscribers that consume more than 50GB of LTE data in a month may notice reduced speeds during times of network congestion.
  • Includes WiFi calling.
  • Get full service, talk text and data roaming while traveling in either Mexico or Canada for just $5/month.  Up to 5GB of high speed roaming data is available while traveling in either country before throttling to 2G data speeds.
  • Stateside international calling is available for $15/month which gives subscribers international calling to landlines in over 70 countries and mobile in over 30 countries.
Includes WiFi Calling!

Mobile Hotspot: Yes

T-Mobile
Unlimited
Unlimited
UnlimitedGB
2 – $80
3 – $110
4 – $140
Cricket Wireless Logo

Cricket Wireless Cricket Core

Special Features:
  • LTE data speeds limited to 3 Mbps
  • Video streaming limited to a resolution of about 480p
  • Unlimited international texting. Talk, text and data roaming while in Mexico and Canada.
  • Price shown is with auto pay billing enabled.  Without auto pay price is $55/month.
  • 10GB of 3Mbps mobile hotspot available for an additional $10/month.
  • WiFi calling and texting is supported but limited to only a few devices, the majority being iPhones
  • Data speeds may be temporarily slowed anytime the network is heavily congested
Includes WiFi Calling!

Mobile Hotspot: No

AT&T
Unlimited
Unlimited
UnlimitedGB
2 – $80
3 – $90
4 – $100
Lycamobile Logo

LycaMobile 10GB Family Plan 2 Line Minimum

Special Features:
  • Unlimited talk and text to 75+ countries
  • Includes 200 domestic roaming text and voice minutes

Mobile Hotspot: No

T-Mobile
Unlimited
Unlimited
10GB
2 – $80
3 – $105
4 – $120
Total Wireless Logo

Total Wireless Up To 3 Lines Family


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Special Features:
  • Price is with autopay billing enabled.  Without autopay billing enabled the price is $85. Up to 3 devices allowed with this plan.
  • Bonus:  If you are running low on data, you can add 5 GB of bonus data with lifetime carryover for just $10.
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: No

Multi-Line Features: Data is shared between each line.

See a review of Total Wireless

Verizon
Unlimited
Unlimited
60GB
2 – $80.70
3 – $80.70
T-Mobile Logo

T-Mobile Essentials

Special Features:
  • Unlimited mobile hotspot at 3G data speeds or estimated at 512 Mbps
  • Unlimited calling and texting to Mexico and Canada and while traveling in Mexico and Canada.
  • Includes unlimited 2G data while traveling in Mexico or Canada
  • Unlimited global texting to and from over 200 countries.
  • Wi-fi calling included.
  • Video streaming limited to 1.5Mbps
  • Data prioritization policy applied once over 50GB of LTE data has been consumed during a billing cycle.  That means if network is busy, you may experience temporarily slower data speeds until the network is no longer busy.
  • Taxes and fees are not included with price
Includes WiFi Calling!

Mobile Hotspot: Yes

T-Mobile
Unlimited
Unlimited
UnlimitedGB
2 – $90
3 – $105
4 – $120
Total Wireless Logo

Total Wireless Family Plan For Up To 4 Lines


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Special Features:
  • Price is with autopay billing enabled.  Without autopay billing enabled the price is $100. Up to 4 devices allowed with this plan.
  • Bonus:  If you are running low on data, you can add 5 GB of bonus data with lifetime carryover for just $10.
Includes WiFi Calling!
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: No

Multi-Line Features: Data is shared between each line.

See a review of Total Wireless

Verizon
Unlimited
Unlimited
100GB
2 – $95
3 – $95
4 – $95
T-Mobile Logo

T-Mobile Magenta

Special Features:
  • Unlimited calling and texting to Mexico and Canada and while traveling in Mexico and Canada.
  • Hotspot limited to 3GB at LTE data speeds.  Get additional 10GB for $10.
  • Includes subscription to Netflix.
  • Includes unlimited data and texting in 140+ countries with data speeds at 128 kbps. Bonus! 5 GB of high speed data while in Mexico or Canada!
  • Wi-fi calling included.
  • Unlimited text & 1 hour of free data on Gogo® enabled flights.
  • Get MAGENTA PLUS – For additional $15/month per line which includes, unlimited HD video streaming and unlimited mobile hotspot with the first 10 GB at high speed. Also includes unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi on Gogo enabled flights, and 256 kbps data speeds while traveling abroad. Voicemail to Text and Name ID also available.
  • Get MAGENTA PLUS International – All the features of ONE PLUS for $25/per month plus unlimited calling to landlines in 70+ countries and mobile in 30+ as well as unlimited 4G LTE mobile hotspot
  • Data prioritization policy applied once over 50 GB of data has been consumed during a billing cycle
  • Taxes and fees included with price
Includes WiFi Calling!

Mobile Hotspot: Yes

T-Mobile
Unlimited
Unlimited
UnlimitedGB
2 – $100
3 – $140
4 – $160
Sprint MVNO Comparison

Sprint Unlimited

Special Features:
  • Price is with autopay billing enabled.  Without autopay, plan is $65/month
  • 500MB hotspot
  • Video streaming at resolution of 480p
  • Free calling and texting to Mexico and Canada
  • Free talk, text and data roaming while in Mexico and Canada.  Includes 5GB of 4G LTE data
  • Includes a subscription to Hulu
  • If more than 50GB of high speed data has been consumed in a month, speeds may temporarily slow down any time the network becomes busy
Includes WiFi Calling!

Mobile Hotspot: Yes

Sprint
Unlimited
Unlimited
UnlimitedGB
2 – $100
3 – $120
4 – $140