How Much Does a Cell Phone Plan Cost?

In order to choose a cell phone plan that is right for you, you need to answer a few basic questions.  First, what company do you want to use?  Choose one that provides the best service in your area for the lowest price.  To check the signal strength of different companies, go to cellreception.com.  If you live in a well populated area, chances are there will be many companies that provide good coverage in your area.  The next thing you want to consider is how much you are willing to spend.  Cell phone plans can cost anywhere from $30 a month to $150 a month depending on the features included.  Finally, decide what features you need to be included and which ones would just be a bonus.  Some of these features include mobile-to-mobile, text messaging, and 3g service.  You also need to consider what type of phone you want, such as a touch screen, flip phone, or one with a qwerty keyboard.

Cellphone by .v1ctor Casale., on Flickr
Cellphone” (CC BY 2.0) by  .v1ctor Casale.

How much is it?

CarrierMonthly Price
AT&T$55 per month for unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data
Boost Mobile$50
Cricket Wireless$65 with auto-pay
Sprint$100 for two lines
Straight Talk$45
T-mobile One$70
Virgin$40
Verizon$50 per month for unlimited talk, text and 4GB of data

What is going to be included?

What are the extra costs?

How can I save money?

CarrierCost
Boost MobileUnlimited talk, text and 1G for $30
Cricket WirelessUnlimited talk, text and 2.5GB for $35
Freedom PopFirst 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB are FREE
Google FiBasics start at $20.  Each additional 1GB is $10.
H20Unlimited talk, text and 500MB for $35
Republic WirelessPlans start at $15
RingPlusFirst 100 minutes, texts and MB are FREE
Ting$23~
Total WirelessUnlimited talk and text plus 5GB for $35

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