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These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

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By Charis Rebecca Brown, clarkhoward.com

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!

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

Unlimited plans

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

Republic Wireless 

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

  • Refunds you for whatever you don’t use.
  • Average bill is $13.83 per month after refund.
  • No-contract, but must use one of their phones.

RingPlus (Sprint Network)

  • Free plan: 125 minutes, 50 texts, 15 megabytes data, Wifi calling
  • $12.99 + tax plan: Unlimited talk, text, and 2 GB data.
  • No contract, bring your own CDMA-compatible phone or data-only device.

Ting

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

  • Average bill is $23 a month.
  • Buy a phone or bring your own device in most cases; no contract.

Cricket Wireless

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

  • $40/month unlimited talk, text and 2.5 GB data.
  • Buy a phone or bring your own device; no contract.
  • Current promotion: Bring your number to Cricket and get a $50 bill credit. Get this deal.

Project Fi

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

Boost Mobile

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

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

  • $75/month for unlimited talk, text and data. $50/month for unlimited talk, text and 3GB data.
  • Current promotion: Switch to Sprint and get an iPhone 6s for free. Get this deal.

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

For more information follow this link, clarkhoward.com

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