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Shopping for a new cell phone plan? You can take away most of the stress by doing the necessary research to find the right plan for you. Some tips for finding this information are to visit a local store, like Target, that would give you a wide range of options. Visiting a carrier store can also help you find the right cell phone plan and phone to meet all of your daily needs. These associates are trained with knowledgeable information and are equipped to answer all of your concerns. They can even find ways to help you save money with your purchase or in the long run. Finding the right plan depends on certain information. The needs of a single student could vary vastly different from a family with two parents and five kids. The following plans are based on overall savings.

Sprint – Sprint was one of the first cell phone plan providers that ever existed. They have gone through all of the quirks of maintaining a celll phone company, so they know how to meet a customer’s needs. Their most popular plan is one that has unlimited talk, text and data for up to five lines for $100 a month. This is a great plan for a large family who might worry about staying in touch with each other. If you are already a customer, they might even offer additional deals for upgrading.

T-Mobile – T-Mobile has significantly upgraded their service and plans over the years. Some of the plans are still a little expensive but they meet all of your needs and are still a little less than some other options. For unlimited data, talk and text, you can get a line for $70 a month. This price includes taxes and fees and is available with the auto pay option that automatically charges your credit card or bank account once a month. Other options are available, including the least expensive plan of unlimited talk and text for $25 a month. If you need data, you can add 1GB at a time for $10. They also have a pay as you go plan if you don’t need to use the phone often.

Cricket – Cricket is the budget friendly plan that has gained popularity over the last few years. Their best plan is the Smart plan with 8GB of data and unlimited talk and text for $45 a month and $9.99 up front cost.

The People’s Operator – This is one of the newer cell phone carriers with prices for the budget conscious. Their Unlimited Goodness plan offers unlimited talk and text with 1GB of data for $16.80 a month. Without auto pay, the price is $26 a month. You have to have your own phone with this plan, and they currently have an offer for a free GSM sim when the phone is activated on an unlocked GSM phone. They are also waiving the $3.99 fee and giving you $20 off the price of the plan for six months. They also have a $16 plan that comes with 1000 minutes of talk.

Verizon – Verizon is known to provide great service and plans for their customers. They are a little more expensive than some of the other plans, but you get what you pay for. They have an individual plan for $50 a month with unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data. You can add one more GB of data for about five dollars. There are also data sharing plans that charge $20 for each additional line that is added to the account. They also have rollover data that can be used the next month.

Before you buy, find out how many minutes that you need to talk on the phone, how many messages you anticipate on texting and how much data you intend on using. Sometimes the unlimited talk, text and data plans are attractive, but if you don’t use some of the features, you waste money. Also consider sharing an account or adding a line to save overall and split the costs with someone else. It is also a good idea to find out how the carrier’s service works in your area. Have a good time shopping.