Best phone plan deals: options starting at just $15 per month

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Over the past few years, owning a phone has become more and more expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. In the United States, there are three main carrier choices: Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. These operators tend to offer the “best” service in terms of coverage and customer support, but there are many other options available that are also worth considering. Looking around a bit and being willing to try a different carrier could save you a lot of money each month.

There are many cheap phone plans available regularly, but there are also some great deals you should be aware of. Whether you’re just looking to lower your current bill or want to upgrade to something new so you can add a few extra lines, let’s find out all the best phone plan deals available below.

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 three offerings that are all worth considering based on your current needs. If you bring an older phone that isn’t compatible with Visible’s network (which is built on Verizon’s nationwide network), you can get a 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 $200 virtual gift card for people who port 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 Auto Pay.

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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 and veterans as well as people over 55. If you don’t qualify for either option, everyone 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 features like Apple TV Plus and Paramount Plus free for one year, a standard Netflix subscription, the ability to stream unlimited music over cellular data, and more.

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The big thing with wireless carriers currently seems to include other subscriptions that you would normally pay for as part of your service. On its Unlimited Elite plan, AT&T offers up to 40GB of hotspot data, unlimited calls and texts in 19 Latin American countries, and subscriptions to HBO Max and Stadia Pro. These are on top of other normal offerings, such as unlimited talk and text, 5G access, AT&T Active Armor advanced mobile security, and more.

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