Cellular plans are not a one-size-fits-all proposition. That's because users come with different needs. You want the best rates when you travel overseas? Or maybe you are a Netflix junkie who streams show after show to a phablet. Or you want the cheapest cell phone plan around. Different people, different plans. But we have you covered. Drill down into this roundup of nine of the best plans for the one that fits you.
Ultra-low cost. StraightTalk, from Walmart, is the frugal caller's choice. Katelyn Cresmer, who writes a minimalism blog called Taking it Back a Notch, tells why: “For just $45 dollars a month you get unlimited text, talk and data.” Cresmer, of course, acknowledged that only 2 GB of the data is at 4G/LTE speed. But she added, "If you use the Bring Your Own Phone program, which I do, you get 5GB, which I never go through.” (The average cellular customer uses 2.9GB of data per month, according to researchers NPD Group.) Note: this plan is pre-paid. No credit check required.
Best switch incentive. All the major carriers offer deals where they will pick up all or most of the “early termination fee” you are slapped with for leaving a postpaid cellular provider before the contracted period (two years, usually) is up. T-Mobile goes one better by not locking incoming customers into a contract. T-Mo will also buy your phone from you: “Just trade in your devices, and we’ll cover your remaining phone payments with a trade-in credit and Visa Prepaid Card,” it promises. The Visa Prepaid card, by the way, is as good as cash at any store that accepts Visa.