Two weeks ago I showed you US Cellular, C Spire and Total Wireless have a wide range of prepaid plans, many of which undercut the big kids on the block.and the largest prepaid-only carriers that have nationwide service. But as some readers on that comparison noted in the comments, I didn't include every provider in the country. That was intentional -- I wanted to keep the manageable to peruse -- but those readers had a good point. Carriers like
So, to give you even more options in your search for simple and affordable mobile phone service, here are the plans from a dozen more carriers. Most of the bullet points that I listed in my previous post also apply to these providers, but there are a couple of additional things you need to know.
- Unless otherwise stated, all plans listed below include unlimited calling and texts.
- Many of the below plans also include calls and texts to Canada and Mexico. Outside of international service, though, additional features are limited. Check with each carrier for specifics.
- Like with
, taxes and fees aren't typically included in the monthly plan price.
- Though I didn't list them here, Net10 also has five plans for talk and text only.
- Yes, FreedomPop's "Free" plan .
How the carrier plans compare
|Plan||Monthly price||Included 4G data allowance|
|C Spire Simple Talk & Text||$37.50||N/A (you can access data at 2G speeds)|
|C Spire 6GB||$50||6GB|
|C Spire 12GB||$55||12GB|
|C Spire Unlimited||$70||Unlimited|
|FreedomPop (includes 200 minutes and 500 texts)||Free||500MB|
|*Lycamobile 500MB International||$19||500MB|
|*Lycamobile 1GB International||$23||1GB|
|*Lycamobile 4GB International||$29||4GB|
|*Lycamobile 5GB International||$39||5GB|
|*Net 10 8GB International||$65||8GB|
|Pure Talk 500MB||$20||500MB|
|Pure Talk 1GB||$25||1GB|
|Pure Talk 3GB||$30||3GB|
|Pure Talk 5GB||$35||5GB|
|Pure Talk 10GB||$45||10GB|
|Republic Wireless Talk & Text||$15||N/A (4G data costs $5 for each 1GB)|
|Straight Talk Basic (Includes 1,500 minutes and unlimited texts)||$30||100MB|
|Straight Talk 2GB||$35||2GB|
|Straight Talk 10GB||$45||10GB|
|Straight Talk Unlimited||$55||Unlimited|
|*Straight Talk International||$60||10GB|
|Total Wireless Talk & Text||$23.70||N/A|
|Total Wireless 5GB||$33.20||5GB|
|US Cellular Talk & Text||$30||N/A|
|US Cellular 3GB||$40||3GB|
|US Cellular Unlimited||$55||Unlimited|
* Includes calling to select countries
Wait, there's more
I listed Mint Mobile and Tracfone separately because they have prepaid plans that last more than just a single month. Also, Tracfone's plans have different allowances for calling minutes and texts.
Dissecting Mint Mobile's plans
|Plan length||Monthly price||Included 4G data allowance|
Dissecting Tracfone's plans
|Plan length||Monthly price||Included calling minutes||Included texts||Included 4G data allowance|