If you’re looking for a better deal on your cellular plan, checking out some of the growing prepaid options is a great idea. Below we are going to take a look at 7 of the best cheap iPhone plans with valuable features like free trials, free activation and no contracts from $10 per month without giving up the good coverage.
There are certainly benefits to paying a premium on US carriers’ main plans like getting mostly unlimited data, priority speeds in congested areas, and extras like free entertainment services.
But if you’re looking to lower your carrier bill while still maintaining reliable coverage, there are more options than ever, especially prepaid plans backed by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon’s solid networks.
One handy option is T-Mobile and Verizon/Visble that offer free eSIM trials for iPhones. This means that you can immediately test their networks before committing to changing carriers.
Most of the carriers below sell new hardware or allow you to bring your own iPhone or other smartphone, but be sure to check for compatibility with your specific device.
Best Cheap iPhone Plans
T-Mobile Connect offers some of the most affordable prepaid plans with the latest starting at just $10 and the highest plan going up to $35 a month.
- Works on T-Mobile network including 5G
- Plans range from 1 to 12 GB of data for $10 to $35 a month
- Speeds are reduced after 50GB of monthly data
- No contract or credit check
Mint Mobile offers 4G/5G data plans starting at $15 per month.
- Works on T-Mobile network including 5G
- 4 to 15 GB of data plus unlimited data on prepaid 3, 6 or 12 months plans
- Speed is less after 35GB of 5G/4G data in unlimited packages
- 5GB Portable Hotspot with Unlimited Plans
- Free SIM card or activate the service instantly with an eSIM
- Bring your current phone or buy a new one
- No contract and taxes + fees included
Consumer Cellular has earned a reputation for solid customer service along with good coverage using multiple communication networks. It offers cheap iPhone plans starting at $20 per month.
- Works on AT&T and T-Mobile networks including 5G
- Plans from $20 per month to $55 per month for an unlimited number
- Speed decreases after 50 GB of monthly data
- no contracts
- AARP members get 5% off
Visible is owned by Verizon and operates on its national network. One useful feature here is a free 15-day eSIM trial for iPhone users (for example, instant setup of trial via App Store).
- Works on Verizon network including 5G
- Unlimited Single Line Plan $25-40/month, taxes and fees included
- 15-day free trial (with eSIM option for iPhone)
- No activation fee or annual contract
- Includes unlimited data, talk and text (5G max 200Mbps)
- Includes unlimited 5Mbps hotspot
Ting — owned by Dish Network — operates on T-Mobile and Verizon towers with cheap iPhone plans starting at $15 a month.
- Works on T-Mobile and Verizon network including 5G
- Plans range from $15 to $45 per month
- Hotspot included
- No extra data charges
- Add additional GB of data for $5 as needed
- Transfer unused data
Cricket was acquired by AT&T in 2014 and offers plans starting at $30 a month.
- Works on AT&T network including 5G
- Plans from $30 to $60 per month for the best unlimited plan
- No throttling on top of the unlimited plan
- 15 GB Hotspot with the best unlimited package
- Discounts as you add more fonts
- The price does not include any annual contract and monthly taxes
Google offers mobile Fi plans at prices as low as $30 per month with no activation fees:
- Uses T-Mobile and US Cellular networks including 5G
- 3 plans to choose from: Flexible (Design yourself), Simply Unlimited and Unlimited Plus
- Speed is less after 15 GB on the flexible plan or 22 GB on the unlimited plans
- Hotspot included with Unlimited Plus Flexible Packages
- No activation or contract fees
Best Cheap iPhone Plans Conclusion
Whether you’re looking for a cheap iPhone plan with minimal data or still want unlimited data without paying what you pay for now, the above 7 prepaid options should cover almost everyone.
Along with seamless eSIM experiences from T-Mobile, Verizon/Visible, and carrier coverage maps, you can check out the standalone Opensignal app to better compare carrier coverage.
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