Smartphone data plans can be expensive, but a well-known carrier is the only way to get good service, right? Wrong! Times are changing, with cell phone towers popping up everywhere. And many discount companies are using the bigger company’s towers anyway.
If you’re in the market for a new smartphone plan, check out this breakdown of inexpensive plans, from The Broke Life blog. Each plan has plenty of 4G data included, and the cost of purchasing a phone has been figured in. *Additional taxes and fees may apply at some carriers.
6 Smartphone plans that will save you money:
Cricket‘s plan for 2 lines is the cheapest. Their reputation for being the go-to provider for drug dealers has kept me from looking into them in the past. But, that’s silly, because drug dealers usually know how to handle their business at a very affordable rate. Case in point: Cricket’s plan has unlimited talk & text, and 2.5 GB of 4G data per line for $70 per month. You can bring your own phone over to Cricket for 99 cents, or buy one of their 4G capable smartphones, (starting at $50), OR….find a cheap one on Amazon.
2 years of service + 2 phones at retail price= $1780, or $74 per month.
Virgin Mobile‘s plan for 2 lines, has the same monthly rate, but it doesn’t come with unlimited talk, and their cheapest 4G phone is a little more expensive than Cricket. The plan comes with 300 talk minutes, unlimited text messaging, and 2.5 GB of 4G data per line, (unlimited data at a slower speed). Virgin’s cheapest 4G capable smartphone is $79.99, but you can find them cheaper on Amazon.
2 years of service + 2 phones at retail price=$1839.98, or $77 per month.
Metro PCS‘s plan for 2 lines includes unlimited talk & text, and 4 GB of 4G data per line. You have to buy a Metro PCS phone, but their 4G capable smartphones start at $50, (and you can find better deals on Amazon).
2 years of service + 2 phones at retail price=$2260, roughly $94 per month.
Straight Talk‘s plan for 2 lines includes unlimited talk & text, and 3GB high speed data per line. They’ll let you bring your own smartphone over to their service, for 99 cents. Need to buy a phone? Straight Talk’s cheapest 4G capable smartphone is $79.99, but you can find cheaper options on Amazon.
2 years of service + 2 phones at retail price= 2320, roughly $97 per month.
Boost‘s plan for 2 lines is a little more expensive, but comes with 5 GB of 4G data per line, in addition to unlimited talk & text. You’ll have to buy a Boost phone, but they have 4G capable smartphones for, as low as, $79.99, or find a better deal on Amazon.
2 years of service + 2 phones at retail price= $2320, roughly $97 per month.
Republic Wireless‘s rate for 2 lines, has unlimited talk, text, and 4G data, which is fantastic. But, they require you to use one of their special wifi phones, and they aren’t cheap. The lowest price I could find on their website for a 4G cabaple smartphone is $299, but you can sometimes find them cheaper on Ebay or Amazon. Republic uses Sprint and Verizon towers, so spotty reception shouldn’t be a problem.
2 years of service + 2 phones=$2,520, or $105 per month.