Best phone plan deals: Free streaming services, $200 gift cards and more

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The cost of phone ownership never seems to go up, but there are ways to try and avoid price hikes. This can often mean looking beyond the three major players in the US market – those being Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile – and looking for deals from lesser-known carriers that piggyback on the larger carriers’ networks. While your coverage and customer service experience may differ, it could open you up to several additional options you may not have known about and save you money in the process.


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Whether you just want to reduce your current bill or upgrade to something new so you can add a few extra lines, there are different cheap phone plans available and some great deals you should be aware of. Below, we’ll show you the best phone plan deals available right now.

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The best prepaid phone deals

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One of the best wireless service offers comes from Mint Mobile. You can sign up for the service for as little as $15 per month (prepaid in blocks of three, six, or 12 months), which is a fraction of what the major carriers charge. Mint Mobile operates on the nationwide T-Mobile network, so you’ll have service everywhere and getting started is as easy as answering a few questions online. You can move your current number to Mint Mobile with your current phone, or look to get a new one from both. It is entirely up to you. Mint Mobile has also just rolled out new family plan options.

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Visible currently has several offerings that are all worth considering based on your current needs. If you bring an older phone that isn’t compatible with the Visible network (which is built on Verizon’s nationwide network), you can get a ZTE Blade A7 Prime from Visible for free. If you finance your phone using Affirm through Visible, you can upgrade your phone once it’s at least 50% paid off. The final offer is a virtual gift card of up to $200 for people who transfer their existing number to Visible and make three full months of service payments. After that, Visible will send a code to redeem for the virtual gift card.

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Verizon is one of the largest carriers in the United States. It offers both prepaid and contract plans, but on the prepaid side, the company rewards people who continue to use the service and pay for it. Verizon is offering prepaid customers up to $10 off per month for loyalty rebates. You need to be a prepaid customer for 10 months to see the discount, but for months four through nine you can save $5. Plus, Verizon is giving those who use Autopay an additional $5 monthly discount, which means you can save up to $15 a month to stay.

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Boost Mobile has been around for a long time and the carrier is currently offering one of its best deals yet. New customers can try Boost’s 5G network for just $1 for the first month with 2GB of high-speed data. Both the SIM kit and delivery are free in this deal, making it a real no-brainer if you want to save some cash. After the first month, you can sign up for plans at Boost Mobile with prices as low as $15 per month, depending on how much data you plan to use.

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Metro by T-Mobile offers four different prepaid plans, with the top-tier option also including a free Amazon Prime membership and a 100GB Google One membership. With this plan, you can also get four lines of service for $120 per month. , which is the same price as you could normally only get three.

Best contract plan offers

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Instead of offering a monetary discount each month on its contract plans, Verizon just kept increasing the amount of free extra items included in the plans. Right now, some plans offer free subscriptions to things like Hulu, Disney Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, TravelPass and more. Freebies included in Verizon’s 5G Get More plan total up to $65, and Verizon is offering a $10 rebate to those who sign up for Autopay.

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T-Mobile offers different plan options that can save you money, but some of them require you to meet certain requirements. For example, T-Mobile offers a discount to military, veterans, and first responders, as well as people over 55. If you don’t qualify for either option, anyone can buy two lines, get a third free, which means you can get three lines for as little as $90 a month. Like Verizon, T-Mobile also offers things like six months of Apple TV Plus, one year of Paramount Plus for free, a standard Netflix subscription, and more.

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On its Unlimited Premium plan, AT&T offers up to 50 GB of hotspot data and unlimited calls and texts in 19 Latin American countries. These are in addition to other normal offers, such as unlimited talk and text, 5G access, AT&T Active Armor advanced mobile security and more, plus discounts for military, veterans and medical workers.

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