Over the past two years, I have been fairly focused on reducing unnecessary costs. The way I look at it, debt minimization or elimination is the key to freedom and the easiest way of achieving that is to not over-pay for products and services. At the moment, I am paying $25/mo for cellphone service and $8/mo for MiFi service. I want to use this post to focus on options for cellphone service.
I am going to look exclusively at service for smartphones. I am also limiting the search to services that offer unlimited data. I am sure you can shave a penny by buying a plan with 500mb per month but I do not see the sense in that. I also did not bother with any services that required a service contract. All of these plans ended up offering unlimited voice minutes.
|Provider||Plan||Cost Per Month||BBB Rating||“Full Speed”
|Republic Wireless||WiFi + Cell (3G) Talk, Text, & Data||$25||A+||5 GB||CDMA / Sprint / 3G|
|Republic Wireless||WiFi + Cell (4G) Talk, Text, & Data||$40||A+||5 GB||CDMA / Sprint / LTE|
|Straight Talk||Unlimited 1 Month||$45||A||2.5 GB||GSM / AT&T or T-mobile / HSPA or LTE|
|Aio||Aio Smart||$55||N/A||2 GB||GSM / AT&T / LTE|
|Aio||Aio Pro||$70||N/A||7 GB||GSM / AT&T / LTE|
|GoSmart Mobile||UNLIMITED TALK, TEXT & WEB||$35||B-||None||GSM / T-mobile / 2G|
|GoSmart Mobile||UNLIMITED TALK, TEXT & HIGH-SPEED WEB||$45||B-||5 GB||GSM / T-mobile / 3G|
|Solavei||500MB High Speed Data||$39||B-||500 MB||GSM / T-mobile / HSPA+|
|Solavei||2GB High Speed Data||$49||B-||2 GB||GSM / T-mobile / HSPA+|
|Simple Mobile||UNLIMITED 1GB||$40||A||1 GB||GSM / AT&T or T-mobile / HSPA+|
|Simple Mobile||UNLIMITED 3GB||$50||A||3 GB||GSM / AT&T or T-mobile / HSPA+|
|Virgin Mobile||Unlimited Beyond Talk||$55||A+||2.5 GB||CDMA / Sprint / LTE or WiMax|
|Cricket||$50 SMART PLAN||$50||A+||2.5 GB||CDMA / LTE|
|Cricket||$60 SMART PLAN||$60||A+||5 GB||CDMA / LTE|
|Boost Mobile||$55 Monthly Unlimited||$55||A+||2.5 GB||CDMA / Sprint / LTE or WiMax|
|Sprint||Sprint As You Go Smart Phone||$60||N/A||None||CDMA / LTE or WiMax|
|T-mobile||Unlimited talk, text and web||$70||B-||None||GSM / LTE or HSPA+|
|Chit Chat Mobile||Unlimited Talk/Text/Data (LTE)||$54.99||F||None||CDMA / Sprint / LTE|
I will probably need to revisit this chart once per year or so. Are you considering a service that is not listed? Feel free to leave a comment below.