Metro’s Heritage Plan ($60 per month for one line, $120 per month for four lines)
Best unlimited plans with perks
Most cellphone users subscribe directly to mobile providers like AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon for their wireless service. However, there is a way to save money on your mobile plan, and that’s by going for smaller providers. They can get you reliable service at a cheaper rate. Traditional wireless providers tout unlimited data plans as the big attraction, but smaller carriers still offer a variety of plans with high-speed data or even a better price on unlimited plans. If you want to switch over, these are the best prepaid phone plans for October 2023.
As someone who’s covered the wireless industry for more than a decade, I know there are a ton of prepaid service providers. For this article, I’m going to focus on just a few: Boost Mobile, Cricket, Mint, Google Fi Wireless, MobileX, Tracfone, Metro by T-Mobile, Total by Verizon, Verizon Prepaid and AT&T Prepaid. Since these carriers also have so many different prepaid cellphone plan options, I’ll focus on the best options for under 5GB of data, under 15GB of data and the best unlimited plans.
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Know the prepaid phone plan promos and deals
As with the leading carriers, there are periods when the prepaid players offer deals. Boost Mobile used to run a promo for new customers that let you get three lines with unlimited talk, text and data for $90 per month ($30 per line) after “your first payment of $100.” It has since added a new unlimited plan that is $25 per month for new users, though each line must be separate and cannot be grouped on a family plan.
Best prepaid phone plans of 2023
Pros: Low-priced unlimited plan, access to T-Mobile and AT&T networks as well as Dish’s own, plan isn’t tied to a 12-month commitment.
Pros: Runs on T-Mobile’s network, more high-speed data than some comparably priced plans from other prepaid rivals, includes hotspot data and free international calls to Mexico and Canada.
Pros: Google Fi Wireless uses T-Mobile’s network, great pricing for multiple lines, ability to add Samsung and Google smartwatches at no extra charge.
Pros: Runs on T-Mobile’s network, good pricing and perks like hotspot data, Amazon Prime and Google One storage.
Pros: Runs on T-Mobile’s network, more data than some comparably priced plans from other prepaid rivals.
Pros: Very cheap rate for 1GB of data, runs on AT&T, T-Mobile and Dish’s own network.
Prepaid phone plan FAQ
What exactly is a prepaid phone plan?
There are two main types of ways to pay for phone service: postpaid, where you pay at the end of the month, and prepaid, where you buy service before you use your phone. The advertisements you see for AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon are almost always for postpaid plans, while the plans and carriers we’re talking about here are all prepaid plans.
Will your area get good cell coverage?
As I noted when covering the best unlimited plans, to get the most out of your deal you need to make sure you have the coverage you need. This makes it hard to give a blanket recommendation of any one carrier: T-Mobile’s service in New York may be excellent, but if you’re in, say, rural Iowa, Verizon is more reliable.
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