The Mid-Year Pricing Round Up

If there is one thing that has happened this year, it’s that people are finding out that they have overpaid for their cellular service for far too long. Our mid-year pricing round up will take the big 4’s current pricing and compare that to their underlying MVNO networks to see who offers the best deal for you.

AT&T: 450 min/unlimited M2M, Text and 3GB data
Single Line – $108 with free device
Family of 5 – $390 with 5 free devices

Straight Talk: Unlimited Talk, Text and 1.5GB data
Single Line – $45 with $250 for device
Family of 5 – $225 with $1250 for 5 devices

Red Pocket Mobile: Unlimited Talk, Text, 2GB data and 200 international minutes
Single Line – $59.99 with $250 for device
Family of 5 – $299.95 with $1250 for 5 devices

Net10 Wireless: Unlimted Talk, Text and 1.5GB data
Single Line – $50 with $250 for device
Family of 5 – $210 with $1250 for 5 devices

H2O Wireless: Unlimited Talk, Text and 2GB data
Single Line – $60 with $250 for device
Family of 5 – $300 with $1250 for 5 devices

AT&T GoPhone: Unlimited Talk, Text and 2GB LTE data
Single Line – $60 with $250 for device
Family of 5 – $300 with $1250 for device

2 Year Single Line Cost:  AT&T $2592 – Straight Talk $1330 – Red Pocket $1689.76 – Net10 $1450 – H2O $1690 – GoPhone $1690
2 Year Family Line Cost: AT&T $9360 – Straight Talk $6650 – Red Pocket $8448.80 – Net10 $6290 – H2O $8450 – GoPhone $8450

If you are an international caller, Red Pocket Mobile is by far the best deal out there with nearly 200 rollover minutes included every month.  If you aren’t, the straight up AT&T GoPhone deal with their high speed LTE data is the best deal around at the moment. Families however, should check out Net10 and their lower cost ‘add a line’ deals. The $3000 in savings over 24 months will put a cool $100 back in your pocket every month and still let you take the family to pizza.

 

Verizon Wireless: Unlimited Talk, Text and 1GB of LTE data per user
Single Line – $108 with free device
Family of 5 – $336 with 5 free devices

Page Plus: Unlimited Talk, Text and 2GB of 3G data per user
Single Line – $55 with $300 out of pocket for device
Family of 5 – $275 with $1000 out of pocket for devices

2 Year Single Line Cost: Verizon $2595 – Page Plus $1620
2 Year Family Line Cost: Verizon $8064 – Page Plus $7600

If you are a single line user on Verizon’s network and don’t mind the slower 3G speeds, you can save a bundle with Page Plus. If you are a family, we recommend staying on the mother ship for the extra $400 over 2 years for the faster data speeds and additional service areas.

 

T-Mobile: Unlimited Talk, Text and 500MB 4G data / Unlimited 2G data
Single Line – $60 with $20 a month for device
Family of 5 – $135 with $100 a month for 5 devices

Simple Mobile: Unlimited Talke, Text and 500MB of 4G data/2GB of 3G data/Unlimted 2G data
Single Line – $40 with $150 for device
Family of 5 – $200 with $750 for 5 devices

Spot Mobile Unlimited Talke, Text and 500MB of 4G data/Unlimted 2G data
Single Line – $40 with $150 for device
Family of 5 – $200 with $750 for 5 devices

Straight Talk: Unlimited Talk, Text and Unlimited data
Single Line – $45 with $150 for device
Family of 5 – $225 with $750 for 5 devices

Net10 Wireless: Unlimted Talk, Text and Unlimited data
Single Line – $50 with $150 for device
Family of 5 – $210 with $750 for 5 devices

Walmart Family Mobile: Unlimited Talk, Text and 1GB Data
Single Line – $40 with $150 for device
Family of 5 – $180 with $750 for 5 devices

2 Year Single Line Cost: T-Mobile $1920 – Simple Mobile $1110 – Spot Mobile $1110 – Straight Talk $1230 – Net10 $1350 – Walmart $1110
2 Year Family Line Cost: T-Mobile $5640 – Simple Mobile $5550 – Spot Mobile $5550 – Straight Talk $6150 – Net10 $5790 – Walmart $5070

Overall, if you have T-Mobile service in your area, you are in great shape. T-Mobile’s aggressive Simple Choice plans offer enough advantage to ride them out as you home carrier. With free Wi-Fi calling, T-Mobile TV and their retail store support, it’s a tough argument to ditch the magenta carrier and go to an MVNO. Of course, if you already have a device and want to save $20 a month, Simple Mobile’s new plans are simply stunning. They added the 3G step down as a bonus and the $40 a month bill is amazing! For families, the best deal looks to be the Wal-Mart Family plan, but honestly, the 1GB of shared data is a major drawback. We completely recommend staying with T-Mobile’s home network or saving a buck or two with Simple Mobile once again.

That’s it for today’s MVNO/Major Carrier roundup. Next up we will take on Sprint and the bevy of MVNO’s that are available for Sprint. We had to break this one down for everyone as they now have quite a few major players vying for your cash. Check out the next posting to see how many options there are for Sprint and how far they are taking their MVNO’s.

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