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With the T-Mobile One plan, a family of four pays $160 a month (you must make automatic payments to qualify for that price). The plan provides unlimited calling, texting and data in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Video streams in standard definition, but that shouldn’t bother most people who view video on a phone, says Maggie Reardon, author of the CNET.com column Ask Maggie. The plan also comes with unlimited textA ing and data at up to 2G speed in more than 140 destinations.
With US Mobile, choose your prepaid plan’s quantity of voice minutes, text messages and data A la carte. Prices start at $9 monthly for 100 calling minutes, 100 text messages and 100 megabytes of data. The service runs on T-Mobile’s network.
The Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan comes with unlimited calling, texting and data at a price of $60 for one line, $100 for two lines or $160 for four lines (you must make automatic payments for those prices). Video streaming is limited to standard definition, and music streaming is restricted to 500 kilobits per second, but you can upgrade to higher-quality streaming for $20 per line. You can sign up free for unlimited talk, texting and 1GB of full-speed data in Canada, Mexico and some Latin American countries. Plus, get free texting and data at up to 2G speed in 149 destinations.
If you’re a moderate data user, consider the Cricket Wireless Basic prepaid plan, with unlimited talking and texting and 2.5GB of data (slowed to a maximum 2G speed if you surpass the limit) for just $35 monthly if you make automatic payments. Cricket operates on the AT&T network.