How to Get Cheap Cell Phone Plans for Every Budget

By Techwalla Contributor

They say talk is cheap, but if you're locked into an expensive cellphone plan, you may find talking to be very expensive indeed. If you're looking for ways to trim your budget, you likely are weighing just how much that cellphone is costing you every month. It is possible to get a cheap cellphone plan that will serve your communication needs while saving you money. There are a variety of resources and providers to check out to help you get a cheap cellphone plan for every budget.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • Cell provider contacts

Step 1

Comparison shop on the Internet to view a variety of phones and plans from multiple providers. Seeing the phones and plans side by side can help you quickly choose what options and price ranges appeal to you. Once such comparison site is Wirefly. This site is an authorized agent for the major cellphone carriers and gives a comparison of plans and phone costs, with many of the phones being free with select plans. See the Resources section for a link.

Step 2

If you find a plan you like on Wirefly, visit the carrier's website directly. With many cellphone plan providers offering contract-free plans, you often can find incredible deals -- including no activation fees and even free cellphones -- if you agree to sign a one to two-year contract.

Step 3

Check to see if Cricket offers service in your area. Cricket offers some of the least expensive cellphone plans on the market today, with basic plans beginning at $35 a month, as of time of publication. These plans are unlimited and contract-free. There are some caveats, though. Coverage may be limited in your area, and you may face a limited choice of phones, though smartphones are available. Additionally, you may have trouble getting good reception while traveling.

Step 4

Prepaid cellphones are an ideal way to save money on your cellular phone bill. These cheap cellphone plans are paid in advance with no contracts, and often no frills. They may be a good solution for children, seniors and anyone who doesn't use their cellphone too often, but appreciates the security of having one available.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some carriers may not have complete coverage in your area, so it's important to search for cheap cellphone plans based on the ZIP code where you do most of your calling.
  • If you travel a lot or have lengthy commutes, visit the carrier's website and search for their coverage zone map, which will show you which states (and even driving routes) offer coverage.