Best Phone Plan Deals: Get Cheaper Plans, Trade-In Credits and More

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Having a good cellphone service plan is important, especially if you tend to rely on it heavily on it in your day-to-day life; after all, why spend a ton on a phone if you aren’t going to get a good service plan with it? Luckily, there are a lot of excellent offers you can take advantage of on a variety of things depending on your needs. That could include a large internal plan, better coverage, extra minutes or a whole bevy of different things.

It may require a little digging to find the best ways to save on your monthly service bill, but we’ve gone ahead and done a lot of the legwork and have rounded up the best offers currently available. Some deals will help you score discounts when adding multiple lines of service, while others may offer free subscriptions with your phone plan, especially at major carriers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. And you can often 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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Best prepaid phone deals

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Best contract plan deals

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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. 

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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.

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On its Unlimited Premium plan, AT&T offers up 60GB of hotspot data and unlimited talk and text in 20 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.

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There’s a lot of offers on phones from Visible. You can get $100 for an old phone with trade-in or up to $240 off on a new phone with a Visible Plus plan. If you have a Samsung phone and switch, you can also get a $50 gift card. And 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.

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