Best Cell Phone Plans 2018

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article by Kerri L. author
Most cell phone services claim to have the best cell phone plans but often fall well short of their promises. Customers often find themselves locked in plans with hidden fees, taxes or strict plan limits. We’ve reviewed the major cell phone providers and compiled a list of the best cell phone deals.

AT&T

AT&T 210X100AT&T is the best choice for those looking for an unlimited data plan. The AT&T Unlimited Choice offers all of the following features starting at just $60 a month for one line and $115 for two.

 

  • Unlimited talk and text to Mexico and Canada
  • Unlimited texting from the US to over 120 countries
  • Max 3Mbps data speeds
  • HBO included – Stream your favorite shows from HBO on your device

For faster speeds, you can upgrade to the AT&T Unlimited Plus which offers the fastest data speeds, high definition viewing and the ability to turn your device into a 10 GB hotspot. Unlimited Plus plans start at $90 a month or $145 for two lines.

AT&T also has one of the best prepaid cell phone plans in the business. For just $65 a month, you get unlimited talk, text in the U.S., Mexico and Canada along with unlimited texting to over 100 countries. You also get unlimited data in the US.

To learn more about AT&T’s services, check out our extended review on their plans.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile_ 210X100T-mobile offers one of the best cell phone family plans with T-Mobile ONE. With T-Mobile ONE you can connect four lines for just $160 a month, that’s just $40 per line with taxes and fees included.

Here are some of the main advantages to using T-Mobile ONE:

  • Unlimited talk, text and data anywhere in North America.
  • Largest 4G LTE network
  • Unlimited in-flight texting and one-hour of free data on Gogo-enabled flights
  • Use your phone as a wireless hotspot
  • Free Netflix on two screens

T-Mobile also has one of the best cell phone plans for seniors with their Unlimited 55+ plan. For just $60 a month you get two lines with unlimited talk, text and data.

If you’re looking to skip a credit check, consider T-Mobile prepaid. They offer unlimited calling and texting with 4 GB of 4G LTE data for just $45 a month with taxes and fees included.

Check out our extended review to learn more about T-Mobile and their plans.

Verizon

Verizon Wireless_ 210X100Verizon prides itself as being America’s best network and they offer an excellent unlimited plan. With Go Unlimited by Verizon, you can get four lines for $160. Here are some of the features:

  • Largest and most reliable US network
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Unlimited 4G LTE data
  • DVD-quality streaming
  • Use your phone as a mobile hotspot

Due to its coverage, Verizon is one of the best cell phone plans for college students. It doesn’t matter whether your student goes to school across town or across the country, you can stay in touch.

Learn more about Verizon and their available plans in our extended review.

Sprint

Sprint 210X100If you’re looking for the best unlimited data plan, consider Sprint. They presently offer the best price for unlimited, allowing you to connect five lines for just $90 per month. Here’s some of the advantages of using Sprint:

  • Free activation
  • Unlimited talk, text and data
  • HD Video Streaming
  • 10 GB Mobile Hotspot included

Sprint is a great option for those looking for the cheapest unlimited cell phone plans as you pay just $18 per month per line. That’s up to half off of other providers and you get the same quality as you expect from other providers.

To learn more about Sprint, check out our extended review.

US Cellular

US Cellular 210X100US Cellular is one of the best phone plans for a single person. Their Total Plan is just $70 a month for one line and comes with the following features:

 

  • Unlimited data with speeds of 1.5Mbps
  • Unlimited talk and text in all of North America
  • Use your device as a wireless hotspot for free
  • No monthly connection charges, hidden fees or overage fees

If you don’t want to commit to a contract, US Cellular has great prepaid plans. Their 5GB plan offers unlimited talk and text with 5 GB of data for just $45 a month. One unique feature of their prepaid plan is you can make your phone a wireless hotspot for free. Most other services charge for this feature.

More information about US Cellular is available in our extended review.

Compare and Save Huge on Your Next Cell Phone Plan

Like most things in life, you need to shop around to get the best deal on cell phone plans. When choosing a plan, make sure to read all the fine print to ensure that unlimited data is truly unlimited and that there are no hidden fees. Sticking with the plans listed above will not only save you money but also will help ensure you have a plan that fits your lifestyle.