Lesser-Known Cheap Unlimited Talk & Text ONLY Cell Phone Plans on Every Network – From $8 a Month
Updated 2020. Cell phone bills have gotten to the point that you can now get unlimited talk and unlimited texts for $15 or less on every major network. That’s less than my bare landline used to cost. The major networks sell wholesale minutes to lesser-known MVNOs (Mobile Network Virtual Operators), which they in turn sell at a significant discount to individuals.
This post focuses on unlimited talk & text only plans (although some plans include some anyway). Here are the cheapest plans with unlimited talk & text and 2+ GB LTE data. Here are the best options by network below (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint) along with an alternative. I sort by network because that usually makes it easier to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), though every MVNO will have a form where you can check compatibility via identification number (IMEI or MEID).
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T-Mobile Network – T-Mobile Network Color: Hot Pink
Unlimited Talk & Text + 3 GB LTE data.Mint Mobile has a $15 a month plan with unlimited talk, text, and 3 GB of LTE data. You even get slower 2G data speeds if you exceed your LTE allotment. Their intro offer is 3 months at $15 per month. After that, you’ll have to buy 12 months of airtime upfront to get the $15 per month price. They offer a 7-Day Money Back Guarantee (starts upon SIM activation) so you can test them out before making the multi-month commitment.
Less data, but not MVNO. Alternatively, you can go directly with T-Mobile Connect and get unlimited talk and text with 2 GB data for $15 a month.
Unlimited Talk & Text. Tello Mobile also has an unlimited talk, text, and no data for $8 a month. You need to choose a custom plan to find this option. I also like the same plan with 1 GB of data at only $10 per month.
Alternatively, Republic Wireless has $15 a month plan (or $150/year or $12.50/mo if bought annually) for unlimited talk and text (no data) on the Sprint Network, but you can’t bring any used Sprint device over – you must buy a specially-modified Android phone.
AT&T Network – AT&T Network Color: Blue
Unlimited Talk & Text + 500 MB LTE data.FreeUP Mobile offers unlimited talk, text, and 500 GB data each month for $40 for 3 months ($13.33 a month). It is only sold three months at a time.
3 GB LTE data, more expensive. Alternatively, Red Pocket Mobile offers unlimited talk, text, and 3 GB data for $19 a month. After your LTE data runs out, you still get data included at slower 2G data speeds until your month resets. You can choose the AT&T network (GSMA) when you sign up.
Verizon Network – Verizon Network Color: Red
Unlimited Talk & Text.US Mobile offers unlimited talk and unlimited text (zero data) for $14 a month. You can also choose a plan with no texts ($8/mo) or 1,000 texts ($12/mo). US Mobile uses both T-Mobile (“GSM LTE”) and Verizon (“Super LTE”), so be sure to use the right SIM card.
3 GB LTE data, more expensive. Alternatively, Red Pocket Mobile offers unlimited talk, text, and 3 GB data for $19 a month. After your LTE data runs out, you still get data included at slower 2G data speeds until your month resets.You can choose the Verizon network (CDMA) when you sign up.
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