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Monthly Pricing Comparison
2-3GB Individual Plan
$50
$90
$60
$80
$50
N/A
$100
$45
N/A
$55
N/A
N/A
N/A
Unlimited Individual Plan
$60
N/A
$80
N/A
N/A
$60
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
$104.97
N/A
N/A
10GB Family Plan
$180
$260
$100
$260
$140
$100
$260
$180
N/A
$220
N/A
N/A
N/A
Unlimited Family Plan
$220
N/A
$220
N/A
N/A
$260
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
$274.92
N/A
N/A
Unlimited Prepaid Plan
$50
N/A
$80
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
$50
Additional Smartphone
$45
$40
Varies
$40
Varies
Varies
$40
$45
$6
N/A
$39.98
$5.99
N/A
Additional Basic Phone
$45
$30
Varies
$20
Varies
Varies
$30
$45
$6
N/A
$24.98
$5.99
N/A
Additional Tablet
N/A
$10
$20
$10
N/A
$10
$25
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Subsidized Phones
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phone Payment Plans
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Services Available
Contract Plans
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monthly Prepaid
 
 
Early Upgrade Option
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Plans
Contract Length (Years)
None
2
None
2
None
2
2
None
None
None
2
None
None
Maximum Phones on Plan
5
10
5
10
5
10
6
1
20
1
5
1
1
Days to Return Phone
7
14
14
14
30
14
15
30
Varies
30
30
30
N/A
Family Share Plans
 
 
 
 
Business Plans
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
International Calling Plans
 
 
 
 
 
Unlimited Data
 
 
Throttled
 
Throttled
 
Throttled
 
 
Coverage
Primary Coverage Network
T-Mobile
Verizon
T-Mobile
AT&T
AT&T
Sprint
U.S. Cellular
Sprint
Sprint
Sprint
Sprint
Various
Sprint
Urban Coverage Score
75%
100%
75%
95%
95%
65%
55%
65%
45%
65%
65%
45%
65%
Rural Coverage Score
50%
95%
50%
75%
75%
55%
45%
55%
35%
55%
55%
35%
55%
Markets with 4G LTE Coverage
268
506
268
526
526
303
64
303
303
303
303
N/A
N/A
Average 4G Speed (Mbps)
18
14
18
15
15
8
8
8
8
8
8
N/A
N/A
Device Selection
Android
 
 
iOS
 
 
 
 
BlackBerry
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Windows Phone
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tablets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mobile Hotspots
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Features
Night Hours Begin
Unlimited Talk
9:01 PM
Unlimited Talk
9:00 PM
Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Talk
7:00 PM
Unlimited Talk
N/A
N/A
9:00 PM
N/A
Unlimited Talk
Free Nights and Weekend Minutes
 
 
 
Free Mobile-to-Mobile Minutes
 
 
 
Transfer Existing Number
 
Conference Calling
 
Push-to-Talk Available
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Refurbished Phones
 
 
 
 
 
 
No Credit Checks
 
 
 
 
Fees
Early Termination Fee
None
$350.00
None
$325
None
$350.00
$350.00
None
None
None
$325
None
None
Return/Restocking Fee
None
$35
$50
$35
$25
$35
$35
$25
None
None
$30
None
N/A
Activation Fee
None
$35
$35
$36
$25
$36
$30
None
None
None
$35
None
None
Data Overage Fee (per 1GB)
None
$15
None
$15
None
Varies
Varies
None
$23
None
None
Varies
None
Roaming Charges
None
None
None
None
None
None
None
None
None
None
None
Varies
None
Help & Support
Customer Service Score
90%
100%
80%
75%
85%
50%
95%
70%
85%
75%
40%
75%
35%
Telephone
Email
 
 
 
 
Social Media
 
 
Live Chat
 
 
 
 
 
 
FAQs