Talk, Text, 4G Data Per Dollar – The Breakdown of Every Cellphone Plan


Efficiency Is Everything-Michael Kirk:

This article was written by our brilliant intern Donald who fascinated at solving every problem thrown at him. Here is his year end masterpiece. He’s gone back to Alabama to finish his senior year.

Cell Phone Plan Efficiency – Donald Lochbiler:

Efficiency Is Everything brings you the data so you can decide the most efficient cell phone plan for You.

Process for Data

We gathered data from over 20 different mobile plan providers and got specifics on over 180 different plans. People have different quality needs and a variety of cell phone plans are offered. The qualities studied are minutes of calling, number of texts, and amount of 4G LTE data.

Unlimited is not really unlimited, FROM ANYONE. Not one single plan allowed uncapped 4G LTE data for unlimited usage, often after a certain amount of usage unlimited plans slow down data speeds, use older 3G or 2G, deprioritization, or whatever legal crap gets them out of providing service. Efficiency puts a number to “Unlimited”. This is a particular problem with Tmobile who’s service essentially ends after 50GB.

4G LTE data can be restricted by overage charges, loss of internet connection, or a reduced speed of connection.

Many plans will require you to pay a one-time startup fee so always be aware of this and ask before signing up for your plan so you don’t get surprised by an extra amount added to your bill.

How to Use

The goal is to spend the least amount of money and satisfy all of your needs. Verizon family 4 plan far exceeds your needs unless you need 300 gigs of data. This is buying in bulk, and letting your food spoil.

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Note: This does not view well on Mobile, we recommend downloading Donald’s raw data in excel for the best experience. This includes additional notes that will be helpful in selecting a specific plan. Click Here

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Plan Devices Price Per Month Minutes Text 4G/LTE Data Data Per Dollar Text Per Dollar Minutes Per Dollar
Sprint 1 Year Free 1 $- unlimited unlimited 50.0 FREE FREE FREE
FreedomPop Free Plan 1 $- 200 500 0.2 FREE FREE FREE
Verizon above unlimited plan 4 $240 unlimited unlimited 300.0 1.250 unlimited unlimited
Straight Talk Ultimate Unlimited 1 $55 unlimited unlimited 60.0 1.091 unlimited unlimited
Sprint Unlimited Basic 1 $60 unlimited unlimited 50.0 0.833 unlimited unlimited
Verizon above unlimited single plan 1 $95 unlimited unlimited 75.0 0.789 unlimited unlimited
Sprint Unlimited Plus 1 $70 unlimited unlimited 50.0 0.714 unlimited unlimited
T-Mobile One Prepaid 1 $70 unlimited unlimited 50.0 0.714 unlimited unlimited
T-Mobile One Taxes and Fees Included 1 $70 unlimited unlimited 50.0 0.714 unlimited unlimited
Virgin Mobile Inner Circle 1 $50 unlimited unlimited 35.0 0.700 unlimited unlimited
T-Mobile One Plus 1 $85 unlimited unlimited 50.0 0.588 unlimited unlimited
US Cellular Total Unlimited 4 lines 4 $160 unlimited unlimited 88.0 0.550 unlimited unlimited
US Cellular Total Unlimited Plus 4 lines 4 $200 unlimited unlimited 100.0 0.500 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop 12 Month 10GB 1 $20 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.500 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Unlimited &More Premium 4 $190 unlimited unlimited 88.0 0.463 unlimited unlimited
Verizon beyond unlimited plan 4 $200 unlimited unlimited 88.0 0.440 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop 6 Month 10GB 1 $23 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.435 unlimited unlimited
Cricket Wireless Unlimited 1 $55 unlimited unlimited 22.0 0.400 unlimited unlimited
Cricket Wireless Unlimited Max 1 $55 unlimited unlimited 22.0 0.400 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop 3 Month 10GB 1 $25 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.400 unlimited unlimited
Mint Mobile 12 month 10GB 1 $25 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.400 unlimited unlimited
Virgin Mobile Data Love Unlimited 1 $60 unlimited unlimited 23.0 0.383 unlimited unlimited
US Cellular Total Unlimited 1 $60 unlimited unlimited 22.0 0.367 unlimited unlimited
Sprint Unlimited Basic 4 lines 4 $140 unlimited unlimited 50.0 0.357 unlimited unlimited
US Cellular Total Unlimited Plus 1 $70 unlimited unlimited 25.0 0.357 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Prepaid 4 lines Unlimited Plus 4 $260 unlimited unlimited 88.0 0.338 unlimited unlimited
Mint Mobile 6 month 10GB 1 $30 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.333 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop 12 Month 5GB 1 $15 unlimited unlimited 5.0 0.333 unlimited unlimited
T-Mobile One No Credit Check 4 $160 unlimited unlimited 50.0 0.313 unlimited unlimited
T-Mobile One Taxes and Fees Included 4 lines 4 $160 unlimited unlimited 50.0 0.313 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Standard Unlimited 35 1 $39 100 100 12.0 0.308 3 3
AT&T Prepaid Unlimited Plus 1 $75 unlimited unlimited 22.0 0.293 unlimited unlimited
Verizon Prepaid 4 lines unlimited data 4 $210 unlimited unlimited 60.0 0.286 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Fast Unlimited 45 1 $49 100 100 14.0 0.286 2 2
Sprint Unlimited Plus 4 lines 4 $180 unlimited unlimited 50.0 0.278 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop 6 Month 5GB 1 $18 unlimited unlimited 5.0 0.278 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Unlimited &More Premium 1 $80 unlimited unlimited 22.0 0.275 unlimited unlimited
US Cellular Unlimited Prepaid 1 $55 unlimited unlimited 15.0 0.273 unlimited unlimited
Verizon Prepaid 4 lines 40GB 4 $150 unlimited unlimited 40.0 0.267 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Prepaid 4 lines 8GB 4 $120 unlimited unlimited 32.0 0.267 unlimited unlimited
Mint Mobile 3 month 10GB 1 $38 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.263 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop 3 Month 5GB 1 $19 unlimited unlimited 5.0 0.263 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Standard Unlimited 42 1 $46 unlimited unlimited 12.0 0.261 unlimited unlimited
Verizon beyond unlimited single plan 1 $85 unlimited unlimited 22.0 0.259 unlimited unlimited
T-Mobile One Plus 4 lines 4 $200 unlimited unlimited 50.0 0.250 unlimited unlimited
Total Wireless 25 GB 4 $100 unlimited unlimited 25.0 0.250 unlimited unlimited
Total Wireless 15 GB 2 $60 unlimited unlimited 15.0 0.250 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Fast Unlimited 52 1 $56 unlimited unlimited 14.0 0.250 unlimited unlimited
Mint Mobile 12 month 5GB 1 $20 unlimited unlimited 5.0 0.250 unlimited unlimited
Total Wireless 20 GB 3 $85 unlimited unlimited 20.0 0.235 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Standard Unlimited with Hotspot 1 $51 unlimited unlimited 12.0 0.235 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Ludicrous Unlimited 65 1 $69 100 100 16.0 0.232 1 1
USMobile Fast Unlimited with Hotspot 1 $61 unlimited unlimited 14.0 0.230 unlimited unlimited
Verizon Prepaid 4 lines 28GB 4 $125 unlimited unlimited 28.0 0.224 unlimited unlimited
Straight Talk 45 1 $45 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.222 unlimited unlimited
Virgin Mobile Data Love + 1 $45 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.222 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Ludicrous Unlimited 70 1 $74 unlimited unlimited 16.0 0.216 unlimited unlimited
Mint Mobile 6 month 5GB 1 $24 unlimited unlimited 5.0 0.208 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Ludicrous Unlimited with Hotspot 1 $79 unlimited unlimited 16.0 0.203 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Prepaid 4 lines 6GB 4 $120 unlimited unlimited 24.0 0.200 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Prepaid 4 lines 4GB 4 $80 unlimited unlimited 16.0 0.200 unlimited unlimited
Verizon Single Phone Unlimited Data 1 $75 unlimited unlimited 15.0 0.200 unlimited unlimited
T-Mobile Simply Prepaid 10GB 1 $50 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.200 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Prepaid 8GB 1 $40 unlimited unlimited 8.0 0.200 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop 12 Month 2GB 1 $10 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.200 unlimited unlimited
Google Fi – 6 1 $80 unlimited unlimited 15.0 0.188 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Mobile Share Flex 20GB 1 $120 unlimited unlimited 20.0 0.167 unlimited unlimited
Best Cellular Unlimited +10GB 1 $60 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.167 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop 1 Month 10GB 1 $60 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.167 unlimited unlimited
Net 10 Mega Data User 1 $60 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.167 unlimited unlimited
Verizon Single Phone 10GB 1 $60 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.167 unlimited unlimited
Mint Mobile 3 month 5GB 1 $30 unlimited unlimited 5.0 0.167 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop 6 Month 2GB 1 $12 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.167 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Custom Data 1 $30 0 0 5.0 0.167 0 0
Net 10 Preferred Data User 1 $50 unlimited unlimited 8.0 0.160 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Prepaid 6GB 1 $40 unlimited unlimited 6.0 0.150 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Talk, Text, and Data 1 $40 unlimited unlimited 6.0 0.150 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop 1 Month 5GB 1 $35 unlimited unlimited 5.0 0.143 unlimited unlimited
Total Wireless 5 GB 1 $35 unlimited unlimited 5.0 0.143 unlimited unlimited
Virgin Mobile Data Love 1 $35 unlimited unlimited 5.0 0.143 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop 3 Month 2GB 1 $14 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.143 unlimited unlimited
US Cellular Total 6GB 4 lines 4 $170 unlimited unlimited 24.0 0.141 unlimited unlimited
Verizon Single Phone 7GB 1 $50 unlimited unlimited 7.0 0.140 unlimited unlimited
EcoMobile 1 $60 unlimited unlimited 8.0 0.133 unlimited unlimited
Mint Mobile 12 month 2GB 1 $15 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.133 unlimited unlimited
Cricket Wireless 5GB 1 $40 unlimited unlimited 5.0 0.125 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Custom Data 1 $24 0 0 3.0 0.125 0 0
Verizon Prepaid 4 lines 12GB 4 $100 unlimited unlimited 12.0 0.120 unlimited unlimited
EcoMobile 1 $50 unlimited unlimited 6.0 0.120 unlimited unlimited
US Cellular Total 6GB 1 $50 unlimited unlimited 6.0 0.120 unlimited unlimited
Verizon shared data plan Large 1 $70 unlimited unlimited 8.0 0.114 unlimited unlimited
Mint Mobile 6 month 2GB 1 $18 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.111 unlimited unlimited
T-Mobile Simply Prepaid 6GB 1 $55 unlimited unlimited 6.0 0.109 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Mobile Share Flex 10GB 1 $95 unlimited unlimited 10.0 0.105 unlimited unlimited
Blackwireless Data Monster 1 $60 unlimited unlimited 6.0 0.100 unlimited unlimited
EcoMobile 1 $40 unlimited unlimited 4.0 0.100 unlimited unlimited
Net 10 Essential Data User 1 $40 unlimited unlimited 4.0 0.100 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Custom Data 1 $20 0 0 2.0 0.100 0 0
USMobile Custom Maxed 1 $52 5000 5000 5.0 0.096 96 96
Verizon shared data plan 5 1 $55 unlimited unlimited 5.0 0.091 unlimited unlimited
T-Mobile Simply Prepaid 4GB 1 $45 unlimited unlimited 4.0 0.089 unlimited unlimited
Mint Mobile 3 month 2GB 1 $23 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.087 unlimited unlimited
Boost Mobile 1 $35 unlimited unlimited 3.0 0.086 unlimited unlimited
Blackwireless Unlimited Everything 1 $30 unlimited unlimited 2.5 0.083 unlimited unlimited
Verizon shared data plan Medium 1 $50 unlimited unlimited 4.0 0.080 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop 1 Month 2GB 1 $25 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.080 unlimited unlimited
Ting 1 Line 1.1 – 2GB 1 $26 0 0 2.0 0.077 0 0
US Cellular 3GB Prepaid 1 $40 unlimited unlimited 3.0 0.075 unlimited unlimited
Verizon Single Phone 3GB 1 $40 unlimited unlimited 3.0 0.075 unlimited unlimited
Best Cellular Unlimited +4GB 1 $55 unlimited unlimited 4.0 0.073 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Mobile Share Flex 5GB 1 $70 unlimited unlimited 5.0 0.071 unlimited unlimited
Cricket Wireless 2GB 1 $30 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.067 unlimited unlimited
EcoMobile 1 $30 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.067 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Custom Data 1 $15 0 0 1.0 0.067 0 0
Best Cellular Unlimited +3GB 1 $50 unlimited unlimited 3.0 0.060 unlimited unlimited
Net 10 Budget Data User 1 $35 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.057 unlimited unlimited
Straight Talk 35 1 $35 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.057 unlimited unlimited
Verizon shared data plan Small 1 $35 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.057 unlimited unlimited
US Cellular Total 2GB 4 lines 4 $150 unlimited unlimited 8.0 0.053 unlimited unlimited
Sprint 2GB plan 1 $40 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.050 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop Premium 1GB 1 $20 unlimited unlimited 1.0 0.050 unlimited unlimited
Republic Wireless 1 $20 unlimited unlimited 1.0 0.050 unlimited unlimited
Ting 1 Line 501MB – 1GB Data 1 $22 0 0 1.0 0.045 0 0
US Cellular Total 2GB 1 $45 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.044 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Custom Data 1 $12 0 0 0.5 0.042 0 0
Blackwireless Data Monster 1 $25 unlimited unlimited 1.0 0.040 unlimited unlimited
FreedomPop Premium 500MB 1 $13 unlimited unlimited 0.5 0.038 unlimited unlimited
Best Cellular Unlimited +1.5 1 $40 unlimited unlimited 1.5 0.038 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Prepaid 1GB 1 $30 unlimited unlimited 1.0 0.033 unlimited unlimited
Google Fi – <6 GB 1 $30 unlimited unlimited 1.0 0.033 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Custom Data 1 $9 0 0 0.3 0.033 0 0
Ting 1 Line 101 – 500MB Data 1 $16 0 0 0.5 0.031 0 0
US Cellular 1GB No Contract 1 $65 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.031 unlimited unlimited
US Cellular 2GB No Contract 1 $65 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.031 unlimited unlimited
Verizon Prepaid 4 lines 2GB 4 $90 unlimited unlimited 2.0 0.022 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Mobile Share Flex 1GB 1 $45 unlimited unlimited 1.0 0.022 unlimited unlimited
EcoMobile 1 $25 unlimited unlimited 0.5 0.020 unlimited unlimited
Verizon Single Basic Phone Plan 1 $30 unlimited unlimited 0.5 0.017 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Custom Data 1 $6 0 0 0.1 0.017 0 0
Best Cellular Unlimited Talk 1 $35 unlimited unlimited 0.5 0.014 unlimited unlimited
Best Cellular Basic Plus 1 $19 750 1000 0.3 0.013 53 39
US Cellular Unlimited No Contract 1 $50 unlimited unlimited 0.5 0.010 unlimited unlimited
Ting 1 Line 1 – 100MB Data 1 $10 0 0 0.1 0.010 0 0
Best Cellular Basic Talk 1 $15 500 100 0.1 0.007 7 33
Blackwireless Keep On! 1 $20 unlimited unlimited 0.1 0.005 unlimited unlimited
EcoMobile 1 $20 unlimited unlimited 0.1 0.005 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Prepaid 4 lines Unlimited 4 $180 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Unlimited &More 4 $160 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
Verizon go unlimited plan 4 $160 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
T-Mobile Essentials 4 $120 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
Verizon go unlimited single 1 $75 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Unlimited &More 1 $70 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Prepaid 4 lines Talk and Text 4 $60 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Prepaid Unlimited 1 $55 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
US Cellular Unlimited Talk & Text Prepaid 1 $30 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
AT&T Prepaid Talk & Text 1 $25 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
Cricket Wireless Talk and Text 1 $25 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
Total Wireless talk and text only 1 $25 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
Google Fi – Call and Text 1 $20 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
T-Mobile Unlimited Talk and Text only 1 $20 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
Republic Wireless Call and Text 1 $15 unlimited unlimited 0.0 0.000 unlimited unlimited
USMobile Custom Talk 1 $19 5000 0 0.0 0.000 0 263
USMobile Custom Talk 1 $14 2000 0 0.0 0.000 0 143
USMobile Custom Talk 1 $12 1000 0 0.0 0.000 0 83
Ting 1 Line 1001 – 2100 1 $41 2100 0 0.0 0.000 0 51
USMobile Custom Talk 1 $10 500 0 0.0 0.000 0 50
Ting 1 Line 501 – 1000 minutes 1 $24 1000 0 0.0 0.000 0 42
Ting 1 Line 101-500 minutes 1 $15 500 0 0.0 0.000 0 33
USMobile Custom Talk 1 $9 300 0 0.0 0.000 0 33
USMobile Custom Talk 1 $7 100 0 0.0 0.000 0 14
US Cellular 400 No Contract 1 $35 400 400 0.0 0.000 11 11
Ting 1 Line 1-100 minutes 1 $9 100 0 0.0 0.000 0 11
USMobile Custom Talk 1 $7 40 0 0.0 0.000 0 6
T-Mobile Pay as you go 1 $3 15 15 0.0 0.000 5 5
US Cellular Pay-as-you-go No Contract 1 $10 0 0 0.0 0.000 0 0
USMobile Custom Text 1 $11 0 5000 0.0 0.000 455 0
Ting 1 Line 2001 – 4800 Texts 1 $17 0 4800 0.0 0.000 282 0
USMobile Custom Text 1 $10 0 2000 0.0 0.000 200 0
Ting 1 Line 1001 – 2000 Texts 1 $14 0 2000 0.0 0.000 143 0
USMobile Custom Text 1 $9 0 1000 0.0 0.000 111 0
Ting 1 Line 101 – 1000 Texts 1 $11 0 1000 0.0 0.000 91 0
USMobile Custom Text 1 $8 0 500 0.0 0.000 63 0
USMobile Custom Text 1 $7 0 300 0.0 0.000 43 0
USMobile Custom Text 1 $6 0 100 0.0 0.000 17 0
Ting 1 line 1-100 Texts 1 $9 0 100 0.0 0.000 11 0
USMobile Custom Text 1 $6 0 40 0.0 0.000 7 0

Sprint Promotion

Sprint is currently running a promotion valid until September 2019 that give you access to their services for free. Click Here to see it.

Loss leaders are fantastic values to customers and should often be acted upon.

Even after the promotion, Sprint gives a surprising amount of data per dollar for the individual.

From this metric alone, this becomes a top Efficiency recommendation.

FreedomPop Free

FreedomPop Free Basic 500 Plan is free on a per monthly basis, it can be tricky to navigate as free trails are used to get customers to pay for better plans. Their data speeds are slow, and the limits for talk text and call are low. This plan is recommended to someone who spends very little time talking on the phone, texting, and using data. Also you must stay on-top of your account and be sure to downgrade to the free plan. You must also pay startup fees and maintain credit on your account incase of overages. FreedomPop also has good prices on many of their other plans just be aware that high speed data costs extra and you must be making sure you’re only signed up for what you want

4G Quality For Civilized Folk

King Verizon

If you really tear through the data and just need uncapped reliable high speed 4G LTE data then Verizon’s above unlimited plan will give you this, the price you pay will be quite high but it does offer 75GB of 4G LTE data before you may experience slowdowns during congestion. This is a very very high amount of data but because of that it is the plan that offers the best 4G LTE data per dollar. Not recommended for most individuals as they do not need this much data and should not pay the high price for something they don’t need.

Top Talk and Text Per Dollar

USMobile custom plans have the highest minutes per dollar and texts per dollar plans and are easily customizable. Some of their unlimited plans have slower data speeds so be sure to take note when considering that.

Other oddities

There are only 5 Cell providers owned by Sprint, Verizon, T-mobile, AT&T, and US Cellular.

Sprint, Verizon, T-mobile, and AT&T, often offer auto-pay that allows users to save 5,10,20 or even more on their monthly bills.

Many plans offer discounts for multi-line plans or require a flat rate to add a device to an existing plan.

T-Mobile offers some plans that have the taxes and fees included with the price of the plan, making these quite appealing if other plans taxes and fees in your area make the monthly price shoot up.

Hotspots are often available for most plans except basic unlimited plans. They usually offer either no hotspot or very slow hotspot speeds. Premium unlimited plans can offer lots of 4G LTE hotspot data and slower speeds after that is used.

Mobile phone plans are reliant on a strong network in the area they are being used, be sure to check the coverage for your area because some networks cover certain areas better than others. For those who are concerned about international use and pricing, this may be a good place to start your search but all of these plans include limited international use.

Using this information you can change cellphone plans. Most cover any fees and transfer numbers. There is no reason to stay with a significantly overpriced plan and scummy carrier.

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