In Short

Finding the right cell phone plan is no easy task. With so many carriers in so many places, it can be hard to decide just which cell phone plans may be the right ones for you — but not to worry because we’re here to help. As the competition between carriers heats up — especially in the US — big names like AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, Virgin, Metro PCS, Cricket and others are all out to win you over with various incentives, freebies or other “great” offers for the price of a contract.

Family plans are offering bigger and bigger data buckets for bundling lines, and some carriers like T-Mobile even offer free data for things like streaming music. No longer do you have to shell out cash up front for phones on many cases either. Carriers now let you pay for phones monthly over a two-year period.

When it comes down to it, there are a handful of things you’ll need to consider when contemplating a new phone plan: Will you be buying a new device, or bringing your own? What is your estimated voice/data usage per month? How many lines are you looking to add? With these things in mind you can get a better feel for what the best cell phone plan for you may be.

You may not know it, but you can actually use your device on most carriers without ever signing a contract too. If you already own a device, you can add a line without the cost of a new phone and won’t have to worry about being locked into a contract at all.

We’ll be sure to keep this page updated with everything you’ll need to know — from the best carriers, to the best phones, to the best overall cell phone plans — so nothing will ever be more than a few clicks away.