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How to save on mobile plans: Your guide to 16 no-contract carriers

By Rick Broida
April 24, 2014 06:30 AM ET

16 no-contract carriers: Minimum data plans

Provider Monthly Cost Data* BYOD
Boost Mobile $55.00 2.5GB Limited
Consumer Cellular $12.50 10MB Yes
Cricket $50.00 2.5GB No
FreedomPop $0.00 500MB Yes
Giv Mobile $40.00 250MB Yes
H2O Wiress $30.00 500MB Yes
Net10 $40.00 500MB Yes
Page Plus Cellular $12.00 10MB No
Republic Wireless $25.00 5GB (3G speeds) No
Solavei $39.00 500MB No
Straight Talk $30.00 30MB Yes
Ting $9.00 100MB Yes
Ultra Mobile $19.00 100MB Yes
UppWireless $15.00 1GB Yes
Virgin Mobile $35.00 2.5GB No
Zact Mobile $1.88 50MB No
*Note: Plan limits are for high-speed data. Many plans then go drop-down to lower speeds; check each plan carefully.

16 no-contract carriers: Maximum data plans

Provider Monthly Cost Data* BYOD
Boost Mobile $55.00 2.5GB Limited
Consumer Cellular $40.00 2GB Yes
Cricket $70.00 10GB No
FreedomPop $0.00 500MB Yes
Giv Mobile $50.00 2GB Yes
H2O Wireless $60.00 Unlimited Yes
Net10 $75.00 5GB Yes
Page Plus Cellular $69.95 5GB No
Republic Wireless $40.00 5GB (4G speeds) No
Solavei $69.00 4GB No
Straight Talk $45.00 2.5GB Yes
Ting $35.00 2GB Yes
Ultra Mobile $49.00 1GB Yes
Upp Wireless $55.00 5GB Yes
Virgin Mobile $35.00 2.5GB No
Zact $262.77 15GB No
*Note: Plan limits are for high-speed data. Many plans then go drop-down to lower speeds; check each plan carefully.

This article, How to save on mobile plans: 16 no-contract carriers compared, was originally published at Computerworld.com.

Rick Broida has written about technology for nearly 25 years. He pens the popular Cheapskate blog and writes for Computerworld, PC World, Popular Science and Wired.

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