Cheapest Cell Phone Plans

    Updated: Feb 21, 2017

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    The following page showcases and compares the best and cheapest cell phone plans that are available for smartphones as determined by BestMVNO.com.

    Wireless Provider Talk Text Data Price
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    Boom! Mobile



    Special Features: All taxes and fees included in price shown. Extra data can be purchased with 90 day rollover. Voice and data roaming included.
    unlimited unlimited 250 MB

    $19.99

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    Boom! Mobile



    Special Features: All taxes and fees included in price shown. Extra data can be purchased with 90 day rollover. Voice and data roaming included.
    unlimited unlimited 2 GB

    $29.99


    INTRODUCTION

    There are many alternatives on the market to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile for mobile phone service.  Switching to one of these alternative cell phone service providers can literally save you hundreds of dollars a year, particularly if you need a single line phone plan.  The best thing about these alternative providers is that they all operate on either the Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile networks but at a fraction of the cost that the main carriers charge for service.  In fact some of these providers, like Cricket Wireless for instance, are actually owned by one of the four major wireless carriers.  In the case of Cricket Wireless, it is actually owned by AT&T.   This type of service provider, one that doesn’t actually have it’s own cellular network, is called a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, or MVNO for short.

    In the USA alone, there are over 50 MVNO’s in existence.  With that many companies offering phone service, competition among each of them to try and acquire you as a subscriber is very high.  The benefit of this competition to you means that you can get a very good deal on a cell phone plan if you know where to look.  Fortunately for you, you found this page and thus know where to look!  Use the table below to aide you in your research so that you can make an informed decision and choose the best phone plan for your needs.

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    Tello



    Special Features:

    Custom build your own plan! You can upgrade or downgrade your plan anytime during the month with no fees. The change is instant, and your remaining balance will rollover for the next 30 days.  International calling to Mexico and Canada included!

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    100 200 0.2 GB (200 MB)

    $9.00

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    Tello



    Special Features:

    Custom build your own plan! You can upgrade or downgrade your plan anytime during the month with no fees. The change is instant, and your remaining balance will rollover for the next 30 days.  International calling to Mexico and Canada included!

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    100 200 1 GB

    $16.00

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    US Mobile



    Special Features: Plans start at $4/month with 252 potential plan options and 24/7 customer support. Snooze your plan and keep your number for just $2/month in service fees.
    100 100 0.25 GB (250MB)

    $12.00

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    US Mobile



    Special Features: Plans start at $4/month with 252 potential plan options and 24/7 customer support. Snooze your plan and keep your number for just $2/month in service fees.
    100 unlimited 0.5 GB (500MB)

    $21.00

    List Of Cheap Cell Phone Plans That Cost $30 Or Less

    (Cell Phone Plans for $30 or less that feature unlimited talk and text with at least 500 MB of data)

    Get 4 lines 15 GB shared data for $100/month with Total Wireless

    Nearly all providers in this list support bring your own device (BYOD).  That means that if you have for example a Sprint phone that is no longer under contract, you can take it to any provider listed in the table that operates on the Sprint network.  Likewise, any out of contract and paid off AT&T phone that you have can easily be used with any one of the mobile phone plans that are listed in the table below that operate on the AT&T network.

    Don’t need unlimited talk and text? Scroll down to the list of the best cheap plans without unlimited talk, text and data.




    Best Cheap Plans Without Unlimited Talk, Text And Data

    The following represent some of the cheapest cell phone plans around that don’t necessarily have unlimited talk, text or data.  Most plans may be best suited for those that don’t use their cell phones a lot or those that are techies and are comfortable using Google Hangouts or some other service for free phone calls.

    Wireless Provider Talk Text Data Price
    FreedomPop Free Talk Text and 4G LTE Data

    Freedompop Basic



    Network Used: Sprint
    Special Features: Hotspot cost $3.99, voicemail $2.49, 100 minutes international calling to 60 countries included
    Mobile Hotspot: Yes
    200 500 0.5 GB (500 MB)

    Free!

    FreedomPop Free Talk Text and 4G LTE Data

    Freedompop Global Basic



    Network Used: AT&T, T-Mobile
    Special Features: data access in dozens of countries, voicemail costs $2.49 month
    Mobile Hotspot: Yes
    200 500 0.2 GB (200 MB)

    Free!

    Nextplus Go Compare Wireless Plans

    Nextplus GO T&T



    Network Used: T-Mobile
    Special Features: International calling and texting to Canada
    Mobile Hotspot: No
    unlimited unlimited 0

    $9.99

    US Mobile Logo

    US Mobile



    Network Used: T-Mobile
    Special Features: Price includes $2 monthly service charge. Plans start at $4/month with 252 potential plan options and 24/7 customer support. Snooze your plan and keep your number for just $2/month in service fee.
    Mobile Hotspot: No
    250 250 0.25 GB (250MB)

    $15.00

    Tracfone

    Tracfone Monthly 15



    Network Used: AT&T, Verizon
    Special Features: Unlimited talk, text and data carryover
    Mobile Hotspot: No
    200 500 0.2 GB (200 MB)

    $15.00

    TPO Mobile Black Friday Week

    TPO Mobile People’s



    Network Used: Sprint, T-Mobile
    Special Features: 10% of your monthly plan goes to a cause of your choice, price with auto pay $26 without
    Mobile Hotspot: No
    unlimited unlimited 1 GB

    $21.00

    Envie Mobile

    Envie Mobile 1 GB



    Network Used: Verizon
    Special Features: $5 international calling credit
    Mobile Hotspot: No
    500 unlimited 1 GB

    $25.00

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    T-Mobile Basic Monthly 30



    Network Used: T-Mobile
    Special Features: 100 MB hot spot included, Plan available only at Walmart or for devices activated via T-Mobile, extra minutes priced at 10c each, unlimited music streaming from select providers like pandora and spotify
    Mobile Hotspot: Yes
    100 unlimited 5 GB

    $30.00


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    salocin411
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    Great post! I really am glad I found your site.. I was so excited to get the $30 5 gig data plan from Tmobile but it appears that the starter kit is not available at the moment. Does anyone know if its a temporary thing? Does it come in and out of stock?

    IOK Wasamatau
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    I just looked into Republic that you list as all unlimited, talk, msg, and text. Not true. They limit you to 5G data when using their cell system and only 25meg while roaming! Far from unlimited!

    esc0
    Guest

    @bestmvnocom:disqus
    Is the above info regarding H2OWireless correct surrounding true “Unlimited Incoming and Outgoing” Global sms on the $30 monthly plan? A few months back this plan offered “100 Outgoing Global sms” & “Unlimited Incoming Global sms”.

    Their website does reflect both “Unlimited Outgoing and Incoming Global sms” but we all know that these companies are slow at updating their websites and tend to have a different version of plans when you call their CS center.

    I might have to reconsider H2O if the info found is correct.

    Thanks in advance!!

    Jess
    Guest

    There are more options than the basic carries that can help make cell phone plans more affordable. GIV Mobile, which utilizes T-Mobile’s 4G fast nationwide network, is another viable option. GIV Mobile offers no-contract unlimited talk and text wireless plans for as little as $20/month with 150 Mb of data. Every month, 8% of each customer’s monthly plan amount is donated up to three charities of their choice including the American Red Cross, United Way Worldwide and the Children’s Scholarship
    Fund.

    Ron Schroeder
    Guest
    Hey so i wanna say thanks for all the awesome info you put on your site. Really good for people comparing products & service. Maybe u can look into and add britespot which is a tmobile prepaid provider phones & service thru target stores. Also i was looking at ptel online & it looks like they may have the best & cheapest pay as you go service which i would give my 7 yr old daughter to use on a unlocked firefly phone just to call us at her baseball fields. Looka like its only .02 for text &.05 for… Read more »
    Bruce Curtis
    Guest

    If you only plan to use data via WiFi, Republic has a $10/month plan as well.

    Susie M
    Guest
    I have been using US Mobile, but can never use it in Southern CA where I visit my family. I paid in September 2015 for one month, and got some service after many many trys. Calling and texting were limited, so I explained my situation to them. They said they are expanding all the time so I signed up for another month. Got down to Southern CA and no internet, which was so frustrating. I couldn’t even check my account with them to see how many minutes, text & data I had left. I let the account laps on November… Read more »
    Gene
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    Ting is both sprint(Cdma)/ATT(GSM) – Also why is Ting 24 a mo? Tings lowest cost would be 6 (device) + 3(100 minutes) + 3(100 texts) + 3 (100 mb) = 15.

    Chris Hansen
    Guest

    You should add the free RingPlus plan to this list. I have a free plan with them with 1.5GB’s of data for Free!

    PamperingCampers
    Guest

    Thanks for all the great info to help me compare! I’m wondering why StraightTalk is not on the list? I’ve heard it is popular for smartphone use.

    Veganica
    Guest

    Bluegreen Mobile appears to no longer offer Verizon plans. Sad, since I was ready to buy. 🙁

    Erik
    Guest

    How can I get the 2GB TPO plan for $25? When I go to their site it says its $25/$30

    radio
    Guest

    TPO looks good, but on GSM phones they have my people who can NOT use data or MMS. I called them and they put me on the list of customers who are not able to send/receive MMS. Texting and phone work great but they have yet to work out the “details” on GSM BYOD! I’ll be leaving them at the end of the month if they have not fixed the issue.

    Al Mars
    Guest

    I know this is an old post but great website and great post!
    Really informative and organized.

    I’m currently looking for MVNO that’s similar to T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan. Basically international roaming.

    Thanks

    Bruce B.
    Guest

    This is an exceptional site. Just what I needed.

    Himanshu Rastogi
    Guest
    A group of four of us are planning a 6 to 8 week visit to USA. We will have two unlocked mobile phones (Android Ver 5 and above plus Apple 6) and one hot spot device (to be bought if phone tethering not permitted) between us. We will be covering the North East and South West US in our trip. We need to have a reliable connectivity in our travel as well be driving through remote areas and obviously we do not wish to get stuck in the middle of nowhere with no way to access help. Our driving plans… Read more »
    Luc
    Guest

    Don’t expect any good results activating an unlocked phone with a Sprint MVNO!

    David
    Guest

    Hello, this table is amazing, but I had one question: Is there any network besides Google (I don’t have a Nexus phone) that uses 2 carriers at the same time (depending on coverage in the area)? Thanks!

    Matt
    Guest

    Do any of these carriers offer Parental Controls? My wife is unwilling to leave Verizon due to the parental controls. Any advise is greatly appreciated.

    Blaiwesk
    Guest

    Ringplus being dropped by Sprint feb11, 2017

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