5 wildly new, money-saving mobile plans

These companies can help you dodge the dreaded two-year contract or even erase your cell phone bill altogether. But there are, of course, a few conditions.

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Oct 30, 2013 8:20PM

Gosh.... can I AGAIN state how very much I HATE Verizon!!!!!!!! My monthly bill is ridiculous every month.

Nov 2, 2013 1:28AM
Why don't we just go back to the in house phone ? OOPS I forgot you cant text and drive on a house phone. I guess people just died from boredom before they had cell phones. No internet at your finger tips so you can spend money faster. No games to play, Kids would have to go and see their friends instead of calling them. and good lord you might be able to save some coin.
Nov 1, 2013 9:43PM
I see people with the government phone and they have a second expensive phone also....why doesn't the government get rid of those free phones....we are all paying for them on our cellphone bill.....like with everything else....people always have to cheat and get free......the people that deserve disability don't get it while those who can still work get it and then work under the table.......there has to be more accountability......
Nov 3, 2013 12:59PM
Verizon is beholding to Wall Street, therefore the ridiculous pricing. After 10 years with them I bought a Samsung Galaxy from Virgin Mobile and now pay $35.00 mo. and have been very happy with their service and coverage. Beats the hell out of $120.00 a month on Verizon for a lot less minutes, data, and text.
Nov 3, 2013 4:17PM
Wireless companies are like politicians. They all suck but you still have to choose one. 
Nov 1, 2013 9:54PM
Verizon is bleeding us dry. The Best Network... indeed.
Nov 1, 2013 11:58PM
DAMN!!!! CROOKED Verizon.......... I HOPE their STOCK CRASHES on CROOKED Wall Street........ That Would MAKE Me HAPPY,HAPPY,HAPPY........
Nov 1, 2013 9:17PM
I too have Verizon who for some reason hates me! I have been with them for over 10 yrs! And I'm still trying to get out of a year agreement with them ONLY because I upgraded a phone.
Nov 3, 2013 4:20PM
I hate verizon so much that I fantasize about nuking all their stores.  I'll have to see how this works.
Nov 3, 2013 5:05PM
Net 10, unlimited everything, 50 bucks a month.
Oct 30, 2013 9:27PM
Sprint network is spotty at best. I guess thats why they need to rent out their network!
Nov 2, 2013 1:33AM
I say if you cant live with out a cell phone stop complaining and feed the cell companies
Nov 1, 2013 10:52PM
Big Cell phone companies are screwing their customers. Data does not cost anywhere what they are charging. Really $50.00 for 2 Gb. It is the way they use to control data usage. When I worked for a small cable company we would charge people $5 for 10 Gb after they used 100 GB on their original limit. And if you don't use the big companies your coverage suffers. We are screwed unless you were grandfathered in, until you get a new phone that is.
Oct 30, 2013 8:57PM
I've been on Straight Talk for a year and a half, but would recommend shopping around for other plans because the customer service is pretty bad.
Nov 3, 2013 6:08PM
it is not only the basic cost but then you add local, state, fed. taxes and franchise fees and you are in for a biggggg bill.
Nov 3, 2013 4:17PM
Dear Author of this article Tamara: these plans are not worth it for the vast majority of users with their restrictions (and very poor performance) and most are outright more expensive. If you had done your research, you will find plans like StraightTalk (on Att or Verizon networks), PagePlus Cellular (Verizon network), PlatinumTel (my favorite on T-Mo network), and a few others. Once can get 4G and some off LTE speeds (At&t & T-Mo) for $30-$45 a month unlimited. With PlatinumTel I  use their $40. unlimited talk, text, 250MG plan and usually pay $33. by using their frequent coupons and get 4G or LTE speeds. And yes, ALL of the the companies above will work with any iPhone. In fact, StraighTalk offers the iPhone 4S at $400. and $45. a month..much better than the At&t post paid contract plans.
Oct 30, 2013 10:30PM
Beware of US Cellular. They advertise 4G but are 3G most places. Plus they left Chicago and the surrounding areas high and dry for coverage this summer. Last but not least, their billing system is months behind.
Nov 3, 2013 7:31PM
I like the $49.00 a month plan with unlimited talk-text-data, no contract and every three people you refer you get $20. back every month. Using T-Mobile service.  I found it at mycellplanpays.us
Nov 3, 2013 4:52PM

"... as good as Sprint coverage"?


In other words, maybe good enough for the kids, but you don't want to have to deal with it.

Nov 3, 2013 6:07PM

The free phone is a good idea for disabled folks that are also poor, people with serious medical problems flaring up or simply having car trouble with limited mobility can be a crisis.....and EVERYBODY with an ongoing medical condition is poor very quickly or they quit getting their meds because they are so expensive.  So all of you can quit complaining and blaming the poor for everything, they often die off quickly without their meds.


The phones are basic, no frills, no cameras, and have limited minutes.  They would be the cheapest of all if they were on the market.  and you have to be really poor to get them.  I do not begrudge my taxes helping my fellow Americans who are having bad luck, I actually remember what Jesus tried to teach us. and here's a hint Republicans, it wasn't that Money is the One True God. 


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