Best Phone Plan Deals: Get Unlimited 5G, Free Streaming Services and More
Go easy on your wallet. These mobile service options can help you save some cash on your monthly phone plan.
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There's no point in dropping hundreds on a pricey high-end phone if you're pairing it with spotty and unreliable service. But you also don't have to spend top dollar to get dependable coverage. Though it may require a little digging, there are plenty of ways to save on your monthly service bill. Fortunately, we've done most of the legwork for you and have scoured the web to bring you some of the best offers currently available. These deals can help you score discounts when adding multiple lines of service, or grab some free subscriptions at major carriers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. And you can save even more when you're looking at smaller carriers that piggyback on larger networks.
Whether you simply want to lower your current bill or switch to something new so you can add some more lines, there are various cheap phone plans available, as well as some great offers you should be aware of. Below, we'll show you the best phone plan deals available right now.
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One of the best deals in wireless service comes from Mint Mobile. You can sign up for service for as little as $15 a month (prepaid in three-, six- or 12-month blocks), which is just a fraction of what the big carriers are charging. Mint Mobile runs on the nationwide T-Mobile network, so you'll have service all over the place, and getting started is as easy as answering a few questions online. You can move your existing number to Mint or get a new one, and use your current phone or a new device -- it's entirely your call. Mint Mobile recently rolled out some new family plan options as well.
Visible is running several deals right now that are all worth considering, depending on your current needs. New customers who bring their old phone over to Visible's network on a Visible Plus plan can save $10 per month for the first six months with the promo code 35FOR6. That scores you six months of unlimited data for just $35 per month. If you bring in an old phone that isn't compatible with Visible's network (which is built on Verizon's nationwide network), you can get a TCL 30 LE phone or Orbic Joy for free from Visible.
If you need a new phone, you can save up to $240 via monthly bill credits on select Google Pixel phones -- including the new Pixel 8 and 8 Pro -- when adding a new line on the Visible Plus plan. And if you finance your phone using Affirm through Visible, you can upgrade your phone once it's at least 50% paid off. And if you refer a friend, both of you will save $20 on your first month's bill.
Verizon is one of the largest carriers in the US. It offers both prepaid and contract plans, but on the prepaid side the company rewards people who keep using the service and paying for it. Verizon offers prepaid customers up to $10 off per month for loyalty discounts. You need to be a prepaid customer for 10 months to see the discount, but for months four to nine you can save $5. Or if you choose, you can save $10 a month by signing up for autopay. However, Verizon no longer allows you to stack these discounts.
Boost Mobile has been around for a long time, and right now the carrier is offering a deal on a SIM card. New customers can try out Boost's 5G network with 2GB of high-speed data and get the SIM Kit for free, making this deal a real no-brainer if you want to save some money. Plus, Boost Mobile is offering new customers 50% off their first month of its unlimited data plan, which drops the price down to just $12.50.
Metro by T-Mobile offers four different prepaid plans, with the top-tier option also including a one year subscription to Vix Premium, 25GB of hotspot data and a 100GB Google One membership. With this plan, you can also get four lines of service for $150 a month, which is cheaper than the price you'd normally pay to get only three.
Verizon doesn't offer any straightforward monetary discounts on its contract plans, but there are still some savings available. Those on an Unlimited Welcome, Plus or Ultimate plan can add additional services and subscriptions like Hulu, Disney Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, TravelPass and more for a flat rate of just $10 a month. That saves you as much as $35 a month on select subscriptions. You can also pick and choose which ones you want to add to your plan, and swap or cancel them at any time.
T-Mobile has a few different plan options that can save you money, but you have to meet certain requirements for some of them. For example, T-Mobile offers military, veterans and first responders a discount as well as those who are over 55 years old. If you don't qualify for either of those, everyone is eligible to buy two lines, get a third free if you're on an eligible Essentials, Go5G or Go5G Plus plan. Those on a Go5G Next plan will get a discounted third line for just $10 a month. With this offer, you can get three lines for as little as $90 a month. Like Verizon, T-Mobile also offers other bonuses like Netflix and Apple TV Plus subscriptions, and a free one-year AAA membership.
On its Unlimited Premium plan, AT&T offers up 50GB of hotspot data and unlimited talk and text in 19 Latin American countries. These are in addition to the other normal offers, like unlimited talk and text, 5G access, AT&T Active Armor advanced mobile security and more, plus discounts for military, veterans and medical workers.