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These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

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Charis Rebecca Brown

Are you looking to save money in 2016? Switching your cell phone carrier can be a great way to do it! Now more than ever, you have a lot of choices when it comes to cell phone service.

Consumer Reports National Research Center recently surveyed about 90,000 cell phone users and discovered that half of the respondents who switched providers cut their monthly bill by $20 or more!

There are so many different options for cell phone service right now and so many factors to consider to get the very best deal for you — including how many people will be on the plan and the network that works best in your area. Generally, Clark recommends Republic Wireless as the best deal for one person, or T-Mobile or Sprint for families. If you also want to do a bundle deal including TV, AT&T might be the best price for a family.

So to help you compare plans across carriers, we’ve compiled a simple list. You may also want to go to the company’s website if you need more information to help you decide based on your needs.

Several providers are offering unlimited service for under $80 per plan, per month. The best deals are below! (Note that some providers reduce speeds once a plan’s applicable high-speed data threshold is reached.)

Low-cost carriers

Freedom Pop

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

  • 100% free basic plan: 200 minutes, 500 texts, 500 MB each month.
  • Cancel anytime.

Republic Wireless (Clark’s favorite for one person)

These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

  • Plans start at $15 a month.
  • Get unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for $20 a month.
  • No-contract, but must use one of their phones.

RingPlus (Sprint Network)

  • Free plan: 100 minutes, 100 text messages, 100 MB data, Wifi calling
  • Mad Scientist plan: $15.99 + tax: Unlimited talk, text, and 1 GB data.
  • Bring your own CDMA-compatible phone or data-only device.
  • Most Ringplus plans play a short ad or music clip when you place an outgoing call to help pay for the service.

Ting

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

Total Wireless

These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

Cricket Wireless

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

  • $35/month unlimited talk, text and 2.5 GB data with auto-pay.
  • Buy a phone or bring your own device.
  • Check out the deals and promotions here.

Google Fi

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

H20 Wireless

These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

  • $35/month unlimited talk and text with 500 MB high-speed data, unlimited 2G after that.

Boost Mobile

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

Twigby

These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

  • Plans start at $9.
  • $39 a month for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data.
  • Buy a phone or bring our own phone, if compatible.

Straight Talk

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

Consumer Cellular

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

  • 250 minutes, 300 texts and 30MB is $17.50 per month; Unlimited talk, text, and 4GB data is $90/month.
  • Buy a phone or bring your own device.

Virgin Mobile

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

TPO Mobile

The big 4

Sprint

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

  • The Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan is $60/month for a single line of unlimited unlimited voice, text and LTE data. A second line will be $40.
  • Video delivery is limited to 480p, music is limited to 500 Kbps and gaming is limited to 2 Mbps. No tethering support at all.
  • Check out the current promotions here.

T-Mobile

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

Verizon

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

AT&T

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

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