Best Cell Phone Plans for 2018

3 minute read | 7/23/18July 23, 2018

If you’re looking for an easy way to save money, switching cell phone carriers could be just the ticket.

Back in the day, there were only a handful of options to choose from when signing up for a phone service provider, but now there are dozens of choices. From unlimited data plans to bare-minimum plans, options are plentiful and can sometimes be confusing.

Here are the best cell phone plans for every type of user to help you decide which plan is right for you.

Best for Heavy Data Users

T-Mobile ONE

Price (monthly): $70 for one line with autopay discount

Features: Unlimited data for every line including 10GB of 4G LTE data for mobile hotspot use

Why we like it: Use as much data as you please, plus unlimited talk and text messages, in over 140 countries and destinations

Also consider:

  • AT&T Unlimited &More Premium
  • MetroPCS Unlimited Plan

Best Family Plan

T-Mobile Family Plan

Price (monthly): $160 with autopay discount for four lines

Features: Unlimited data for every line including 10GB of 4G LTE data for mobile hotspot use, along with unlimited talk and text messages

Why we like it: This all-inclusive plan is perfect for families and can be used in over 140 countries and destinations

Also consider:

  • AT&T Unlimited Choice
  • Cricket Basic with Group Save

Best for International Travelers

T-Mobile ONE Plus International

Price (monthly): $95 for one line with autopay discount

Features: Includes all features on the basic ONE plan, plus unlimited international calling to landlines in 70+ countries and mobiles in 30+ countries; 2x data speed abroad, and unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi on Gogo-enabled flights

Why we like it: T-Mobile outdoes itself with this fully inclusive plan that’s packed with features for anyone traveling internationally.

Also consider:

  • Sprint Unlimited Freedom w/International Connect
  • AT&T Unlimited Data Choice

Best for Seniors

For Light Use: GreatCall Healthy & Safety Services w/600 Minutes Plan

Price (monthly): $37.48, plus cost of phone

Features: 600 minutes for calling, 40MB data, Greatcall’s signature 5Star Urgent Response service, which includes 911 support and follow-up

Why we like it: Greatcall’s plans combine talk time with access to 24/7 emergency services at affordable rates

For Heavy Use: T-Mobile ONE 55+

Price (monthly): $70 for two lines with autopay discount

Features: Unlimited talk, text, and data, plus texting and data in 140+ countries and destinations

Why we like it: Seniors can enjoy T-Mobile’s signature unlimited plans (including Canada and Mexico) at discount rates

Best Network & High Speed Data

Verizon Beyond Unlimited

Price (monthly): $50 per line with autopay discount and paper-free billing

Features: Unlimited premium 4G LTE Data, unlimited talk and text, HD-quality streaming, and unlimited mobile hotspot

Why we like it: While it may not be the cheapest plan available, this plan is fully capable and backed by the best network in the country

Best Basic Plan

Republic Wireless No Data

Price (monthly): $15

Features: Unlimited minutes and text messages

Why we like it: A perfect no-frills plan with unlimited calls and text messages, and data access via Wi-Fi

Also consider:

  • Boost Mobile 2GB Plan
  • Sprint Forward Plan w/ Unlimited Data

Best Prepaid Plan

Mint Mobile 3 Month Plan (small)

Price (monthly): $15, plus $1 upfront

Features: Unlimited talk and text (including international calls) on T-Mobile’s strong network, plus 2GB of full speed data

Why we like it: Incredible value for unlimited minutes, text messages, and limited data with no contract required

Also consider:

  • Cricket Wireless Basic
  • MetroPCS 6GB Plan

Disclaimer: This content and the opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and have not been provided, commissioned, or endorsed by any of the aforementioned service providers. All information was accurate at the time of this post but plans, special offers, and terms and conditions may change at any time without notice.


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