As cell phones continue to improve and progress so do the plans that make them useful in the first place. While “The Big Four” (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile) are still considered the best mobile phone plans, and sought after by most they are no longer your only viable choice.
There was also a time where prepaid plans, or “pay as you go” were only reserved for your granddaddy (no offense, grandpa). Those days have changed as more people are flocking to budget plans to avoid the steep prices of “The Big Four”, and honestly some of them are providing as good of coverage (if not better) than the major carriers.
Lastly, new Wi-Fi based options are hitting the market by storm (Google Fi, Republic Wireless) and could represent the future of the top phone plans on the market.
Quality of Coverage, Speed & Overall Performance
You will hear these three words strung together a lot in the best plans for smartphones conversation. According to Tom’s Guide, one of the most reliable third-party sources out there for speed, coverage and overall performance testing concluded that:
- Boost Mobile
- Straight Talk
Most of the top contenders offer coverage to most major regions of the United States, but many are still lagging when it comes to covering less populated, rural regions.
If you don’t live by a major city, this is an important aspect to investigate, especially since some service providers market themselves with truth-bending “coverage maps.”