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Best Cheap Android Phones of 2017

Update, March 2017: The $229 Moto G5 Plus is now our go-to budget pick, and we've added the ZTE Blade V8 Pro as a great option for dual-camera fans. The Moto E 2015 has also been replaced with the Moto G4 Plus.

Best overall

Moto G5 Plus

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Motorola performed yet another pricing miracle with the Moto G5 Plus, the successor to last year's excellent Moto G4 series and a contender for the best affordable smartphone today.

It starts with the excellent 5.2-inch Full HD display, but the real benefit to the G5 Plus this year is the excellent performance and battery life from the combination of a Snapdragon 625 platform and a 3,000mAh battery.

Also of note is the improved low-light performance from the 12MP camera, which boasts the same hardware as (and similar results to) the Galaxy S7.

Bottom line: This is the best sub-$250 phone you can buy today, and it's still a great device even if price isn't a factor.

One more thing: Motorola.com is offering the Moto G5 Plus with inexpensive financing if you don't want to pay up front.

Why the Moto G5 Plus is the best

Last year, we recommended the $199.99 Moto G4 over its $249.99 Plus variant, but this year the only distinction is between memory and storage amounts: the Moto G5 Plus comes in either a $229.99 2GB RAM / 32GB storage version, or a $299.99 4GB RAM / 64GB storage version — they are otherwise identical.

With either decision, you'll be happy with your purchase. Motorola has changed up the phone's design this year, adding a metal back and a more compact, mature look that complements the Moto Z series, and the excellent 5.2-inch IPS display is much more manageable in one hand. Also more manageable is the improved shape of the front fingerprint sensor, which is turned oblong and considerably easier to activate.

Motorola has also bestowed a fantastic camera on the Moto G5 Plus this year, giving it the same 12MP sensor and lens combination that's in the Galaxy S7 — though the results aren't quite as good. The phone isn't perfect — there's no NFC on the U.S. model, and it still uses the older Micro-USB charging port — but it's close.

And if you buy it through Amazon, you can save $45 on the base model, bringing it down to $184.99!

Best for dual camera

ZTE Blade V8 Pro

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Who would have thought that a device with an absurd name like the Blade V8 Pro (it sounds like a weaponized drink) would end up on this list, but here we are. ZTE has done an amazing thing: make a big, plastic phone that adds up to far greater than the sum of its parts. The 5.5-inch 1080p display is fantastic, and it runs like a dream on the Snapdragon 625. There's a massive 3,100mAh battery inside, too, to go along with the dual-13MP cameras, something you don't see from this class of phone.

Bottom line: The ZTE Blade V8 Pro has everything going for it, including great hardware, endless battery life and competent cameras.

One more thing: The phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, with no timeline for an upgrade to Nougat.

Best all-metal

Honor 6X

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For the new year the Honor 6X replaces its predecessor the 5X on this list. While you won't be blown away by magnificent design or all of the top-end features, the Honor 6X is an exercise in what you can get for about $250. You get a good enough screen, expandable storage and a fingerprint sensor, wrapped in a metal body that's better than the plastic offerings out there. There's also a neat dual camera setup around back that can take interesting-looking shots.

Sure it's stuck on Micro-USB and the software has yet to make the jump to Huawei's new EMUI 5.0 (and we can't wait for that to come), but you can't get that complete of a package in a phone this inexpensive.

Bottom-line: It doesn't offer everything, but it's a solid package for the money.

One more thing: Keep an eye out for discounts and promotional "flash sales" at lower prices.

Best under $100

Moto G4 Play

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We're stretching this one a little, because the Moto G4 Play is actually $149.99, but you can get it for under $100 by purchasing it through Amazon's Prime Exclusives section. It's the same phone, but it comes preloaded with unobtrusive lockscreen ads and a few pre-installed Amazon and partner apps and games.

Looking at the phone itself, this is a very well-rounded product for the price. You get a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor at 1.2Ghz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, and an 8MP rear camera, with all-day battery life from the 2,800mAh cell, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Bottom-line: The Moto G4 Play is the spiritual successor to the Moto E, but it has a bigger and better screen, more power, and a much nicer design.

One more thing: Don't expect an update to Android 7.0 Nougat on the Moto G4 Play.

Best in Europe

Wileyfox Swift 2

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The Wileyfox Swift 2 is the British company's latest Android phone and has every right to be taken notice of. It costs a ridiculously cheap £119 and packs Moto G-matching hardware while undercutting it on price.

The display is nice, the battery life is pretty good, the overall appearance is on point and the software provided by Cyanogen is slick, speedy and bloat-free. It's not available officially outside Europe right now, but it's absolutely one of the best cheap phones money can buy. And with recent offers dropping the price to just £99, it really is a bargain.

Bottom-line: For those in Europe looking something a little nicer than a Moto E, with a fresh software experience, the Swift is a good choice.

One more thing: Don't be tempted by the lower-end Spark or Storm. The Swift is the only one we recommend.

Conclusion

If you don't want to spend over $250 and still want a great Android phone, the Moto G5 Plus is the best choice. You don't get the best looking or feeling phone, but it offers a top-notch experience, especially for the price.

Best overall

Moto G5 Plus

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Motorola performed yet another pricing miracle with the Moto G5 Plus, the successor to last year's excellent Moto G4 series and a contender for the best affordable smartphone today.

It starts with the excellent 5.2-inch Full HD display, but the real benefit to the G5 Plus this year is the excellent performance and battery life from the combination of a Snapdragon 625 platform and a 3,000mAh battery.

Also of note is the improved low-light performance from the 12MP camera, which boasts the same hardware as (and similar results to) the Galaxy S7.

Bottom line: This is the best sub-$250 phone you can buy today, and it's still a great device even if price isn't a factor.

One more thing: Motorola.com is offering the Moto G5 Plus with inexpensive financing if you don't want to pay up front.

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20 hours ago

The Android O Developer Preview is made for developers — it's right in the title

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Not even Google thinks you should try the Android O developer preview if you're not a developer.

It's really cool that Google released a preview of Android O for everyone. Google has always made sure that developing for Android has almost no barriers and anyone can use the tools that they need to do it without paying any special developer fees or using specific equipment. If you're trying to attract as many great ideas as you can, this is a good way to do it.

There is a side effect, though. Seeing something called an Android O preview of any kind is both a temptation and invitation for people with no need to check out the new APIs and no plans to ever write an Android app to install it. People like you and me who just want to flash it to our phone because it's new. And sometimes that doesn't end well because the software Google is offering isn't ready for primetime.

What is a developer preview?

It's not Google's fault if we install a developer preview build of Android on our phone and things get all kinds of buggy. It says developer preview right on the download link and Google even tells you it's strictly something cobbled together so developers — people writing apps for Android or building things that run or work with Android — can see what's changing so they are ready.

Caution: Developer Preview 1 is for developers only and not intended for daily or consumer use. See the release notes before installing it on your device. Enrolling in updates by Android Beta is not supported in Developer Preview 1.

The emphasis is theirs, not ours, and this is simple language that tells us to back off and think before we do anything. Developer Preview 1 isn't even part of any beta software program just yet and nobody at Google will be surprised if everything here crashes and burns.

So why does Google release it to everyone?

This is the good part and the bad part.

Google says this is for developers, and Google wants all of us to be a developer. Or at least make being a developer accessible for all of us.

Google wants everyone to have access to all the developer tools and the Android O dev preview is yet another development tool.

Android development is a bit like the wild west. Anyone and everyone can do anything they like, and only a few places have specific rules that need to be followed in order to distribute your work. Every development tool from Google, including early access to future versions, is free and accessible for everyone. Google knows the next great idea may come from someone without the means to buy into a paid developer program and it wants that person to have the tools they need to build that great idea.

It's fair to gripe about a lot of things Google does when it comes to Android: it has a less than ideal license, all major development is done in private, and the platform distribution method not being the greatest are just a few. But there's one thing it does really well: You and I have the same access to developer tools as any Fortune 500 company does.

The Android O developer preview is just another one of those development tools.

Keep these things in mind

It's not Google's fault that we get enticed to give a first developer preview a try on our phones. It's our own fault, as nobody is saying we should even try it. But trying it isn't the worst thing we could do, especially if we think ahead.

If you're going to try it anyway, keep a few things in mind.

  • The Developer Preview 1 is not meant for you to install on a phone you'll use every day. Put it on a spare phone if you have one.
  • Every device you can try it on also has a custom recovery available. Take advantage of that and use it to back up your current system so you have an easy way to go back. If you like to try this sort of thing you should have an unlocked bootloader anyway.
  • If you don't know how to use a custom recovery to backup and restore the running system, are you sure you want to be fooling with a developer preview?
  • You don't have to install this one, and if you do there isn't much to see just yet. Future builds should be moved to the Android Beta program and will be more stable and easier to install.

Finally, it's OK not to care about it. Android O is something you probably won't see for at least a year unless you have a phone or tablet direct from Google. Some changes will look really great. Some will make your phone more secure. But none of them mean what you have now will work any differently than it did last week.

Besides, we can install it and talk about it for you. Let us deal with bad software!

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20 hours ago

Here's what we're playing in VR this week!

There's always something new and interesting to play.

Whether you're recovering from a Summer Sale hangover or you're in desperate need of something new to keep your kids distracted while you figure out a good vacation schedule, there's a lot happening in the VR world right now. New apps and games are being released on an almost daily basis, and keeping up with that is a lot of work.

To lend a hand, we've assembled a short list of the fun things we're playing this week, so you've got something quick to glance at while you sort out the rest of your week in the real world.

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22 hours ago

Facebook wants people to use its app for messaging again with new Stories feature

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Facebook is adding Stories to its core app, and over 1.6 billion people will now get to know Snapchat, whether they realize it or not.

For years, Facebook has been about sharing with everyone — and doing a million other things, from selling products to joining groups to marking yourself as safe during emergencies. All of these things, together, have led to the service being the most-used Android app in the world, and overall the most popular digital platform on earth, with over 1.6 billion people hitting some form of Facebook's wide berth every day.

But since Facebook split Messenger from its core app, to participate in one-on-one communication you have to leave the app. Well, no more. Facebook has announced that it is adding Stories to its core app, taking a lot of Snapchat and a bit of Instagram and giving it a new front-and-center placement. Stories, which is rolling out worldwide to all Facebook mobile users on Android and iOS, is similar to what you see on Instagram (and Snapchat, of course) today. It is a feed of photos and videos that string together to form a 24-hour diary, replete with filters and other camera frills.

Facebook is acknowledging that filters, and the camera itself, is quickly replacing text as the important status update in peoples' days. The new camera interface will be available, as with Snapchat and Instagram, a swipe away on the left side of the app, and will offer live filters and effects (many of which will be sponsored) that can be added to photos and videos. They can either be added to one's story, which can optionally be shared to the main Facebook feed, or sent using Direct, to a single person or group of people. Either way, the content will expire within 24-hours.

Direct is an interesting addition, because it ostensibly makes the core Facebook app a competitor to its own Messenger, along with WhatsApp and Instagram, all of which incorporate their own versions of private messaging. It's unclear whether Facebook plans to consolidate these things down the line, or just slowly add asynchronous story sharing to all of its apps, but it will be interesting to see whether people actually want this to be in the core Facebook experience.

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22 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy S8 event: Live from NYC at 11:00 a.m. ET March 29!

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Samsung Galaxy S8

Join us as Samsung unveils its next flagship phones.

The leaks are all over, and we know a lot about the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+, but there's always more to learn at the official unveiling of any big phone. And when we're talking about Samsung, there's usually a good bit of pageantry involved in the process to keep it interesting as well.

We'll be on hand to see and you everything that Samsung has to announce at its event in New York City on March 29. It all starts at 11:00 a.m. ET — that's 8:00 a.m. in San Francisco and 4 p.m. in London — so join us then for all of the fun!

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22 hours ago

Amazon Prime members can score big savings on nearly all Kindle E-readers right now

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a way to save big on a new Kindle!

The summer is coming and there is no better way to read a book on the beach or at the pool than on a Kindle. If you are an Amazon Prime member you can score some pretty sweet savings, dropping the price of the e-readers down to as low as just $49.99. The whole line is discounted, from the most basic option to the newest, so you won't want to miss out.

Don't worry if you aren't already a Prime member, Amazon offers a free 30-day trial of the service so you can take part in these low prices. In addition to being able to save on these, Prime members can also pick one of six different books to get for free, so you'll always have something new to read.

Amazon also offers a great service, Kindle Unlimited, which gives you access to over 1 million books, thousands of audiobooks, and even current magazines on any of your devices for just $9.99 a month. With the money you are saving on the purchase, you can subscribe to a few months of the service, or grab yourself a nice case to keep your new e-reader safe.

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For other great deals on tech, gadgets and more, be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!

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23 hours ago

T-Mobile is giving all of its customers a free year of baseball streaming

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T-Mobile Tuesdays has something good for baseball fans starting April 4.

T-Mobile is into doing nice things for its customers recently. The company has announced that it is giving away a free year of MLB.tv baseball streaming to all of its users, including those on older plans and prepaid service.

A regular season costs $112.99 a year, with MLB at Bat, which includes mobile phone access, an additional $19.99, so Major League Baseball is likely hoping that this turns into some revenue-positive conversions in the 2018 season. At Bat is included in the promotion.

T-Mobile says that the promo is not a part of its T-Mobile Tuesdays campaign, where it gives something nice away every week. This one you'll need to find by heading to the Groupon link. The promo begins April 4 to celebrate the official return of baseball in the U.S. (and Canada — don't forget the Blue Jays!)

Customers will only have over a day to sign up for the promotion; it ends at 4:59am ET on April 5. Once signed up, customers will need to sign into the MLB.tv app or website before 4:59am ET on April 11, so there isn't much time to take advantage of the promo. And according to the rules, the free access will expire on February 28, 2018.

T-Mobile Tuesday 'Thank You' gifts on April 4th include a free VUDU baseball movie rental, a $2 DUNKIN' PROMO CARD, and 30% off Groupon Local (up to a $40 value).

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23 hours ago

Best smartwatch you can buy today

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If you're going to wear a wrist computer, it may as well be the best!

Our phones are capable of an incredible level of computing, and most of us really enjoy using them for watching videos of hamsters interact with miniature versions of our favorite things. Some of us use these phones for so much, we buy little versions of our phones that we can wear on our wrists to avoid reaching for the phone every couple of minutes.

Snarky as that sounds, smartwatches have a lot of practical uses. These wrist computers are better suited for capturing sleep and activity data to better understand how healthy you are, and are a much safer way of getting turn-by-turn directions places.

There are tons of great uses for a quality smartwatch, but first you need to pick a quality smartwatch. Here are some of the best available today!

Looking for just the Android Wear watches? These are the best you can buy today!

LG Watch Style

Not only was this watch one of the first to be released with the latest version of Android Wear onboard, but it's also one of the most compact Android Wear watches available today. The LG Watch Style is light enough that you don't notice it on your wrist, but the metal body gives the watch a nice sturdy feel with just enough battery to get you through a whole day without issue.

Check out our LG Watch Style review!

Each Watch Style comes with Google's easy to replace watchbands onboard, so you can quickly customize your watch to look just the way you want. Which is good, because the outer shell only comes in three very similar shades of metal. The real fun you'll have here is when you start making sure your watch band matches whatever watch face you choose from the tens of thousands available in the Google Play Store!

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Samsung Gear S3

Samsung's smartwatches are basically phones in their own right. The Gear S3 can take its own SIM card and act entirely separate from a phone, instead of connecting via Bluetooth. This means you can make phone calls right from your wrist, or get your notifications while out jogging without the phone needing to be with you. You can also make payments at any card terminal with Samsung Pay baked right in.

Read our Gear S3 Review for more!

This is also a capable fitness wearable, with a heart-rate monitor for additional information for when you're active and a sleep monitor that kicks in automatically. With the included wireless charger that sets the watch up almost like a bedside clock and a battery that will easily get you two full days of use, this watch is great for getting you to put your phone down without actually disconnecting you from the world.

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LG Watch Sport

The larger relative of the LG Watch Style crams as many features as possible into a larger body. This watch makes calls, can pay for things at many but not all terminals, and offers most of the fitness features you'd expect to find on something built to be taken out for a serious workout session. It's a big watch with three large buttons and unless you are very lucky and find the limited edition this watch only comes in one color.

Check out the LG Watch Sport Review

What you won't find on this watch is the ability to replace the strap if you don't like the sporty rubber strap, because it actually has parts of the computer built into it. As long as you're fine with that strap, this is the watch to get when you want Android Wear and every possible feature onboard.

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Fitbit Blaze

The closest thing to a household name when it comes to fitness tech made a smartwatch that puts fitness first before anything else. Fitbit's watch doesn't try to look like a watch, either. This oddly-shaped fitness band is just wide enough to put a nice display on it, and like every other Fitbit works to give you constant information on your daily workout progress. Since the battery will last you between three and five days on a single charge, it's the kind of thing you're likely to wear everywhere and anywhere, which is great.

One of the most impressive things about the design of this watch is the way the entire outer shell comes off when you replace the band. This means you can have multiple color options for the outer shell to go with all of the different watch strap options you can buy today!

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Ticwatch 2

This isn't a name you're likely to have heard of before, but Ticwatch 2 is an Android-based watch that isn't running Google's Android Wear. Instead, this custom version of the OS focuses on a special natural language search system that competes directly with Google Assistant in a couple of very interesting places.

The big standout feature for this watch is the touch sensitive strip you use for scrolling. Instead of turning a knob or swiping on the screen, you can drag your finger across the bottom of the bezel and the interface will move to match.

Ticwatch 2 offers GPS, heart rate monitoring, and a microphone/speaker combo with plenty of apps onboard that work with both. While the battery is going to get you a little over a day, the included charger will be something you likely use each night.

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What if I have an iPhone?

To be perfectly honest, if you own an iPhone there's really only one watch worth your time and that's the one made by Apple. Our friends at iMore have everything you need to know about the Apple Watch and how it works with every kind of iPhone.

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1 day ago

LG G6, one month on: A great phone, and the best LG has ever made

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LG G6

LG is back on the right track with the G6.

The Spring smartphone launch season is under way, and LG made a calculated decision to get out ahead of most phones with a late-February announcement of the G6. Coming in less than a year after the all-but-failed G5 and just a few months beyond the niche market V20, the G6 is what will be advertised as the phone from LG hoping to create a halo for its whole lineup.

Well time flies, and we're no longer talking about our first impressions of the LG G6 or saying how much longer you'll have to wait to buy it. I've been using the phone for a full month now, and it's already on sale in many countries. There's a certain bit of perspective that you get from using a phone for a long time that you don't get from an initial review period, and that's why we continue to use and revisit these great phones to see how they continue to perform.

Here are my thoughts on using the LG G6 for the past month.

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1 day ago

Alleged Moto X 2017 breaks cover with Snapdragon 625, dual camera setup

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Motorola could use dual rear cameras as the differentiator for the Moto X 2017.

Motorola moved away from the Moto X brand last year to focus on the Moto Z lineup, but it looks like the series could see a resurgence this year. A series of images leaked on Google+ of an alleged Moto X 2017 show off a metal chassis, a front fingerprint sensor that's similar to what we've seen on the Moto G5, and a dual camera setup at the back.

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1 day ago

Truecaller picks up huge update with Google Duo integration, payment support in India

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Truecaller is doubling down in India.

Truecaller has announced that it is teaming up with Google to offer support for Google Duo from within its interface. The tie-in will boost the capabilities of Truecaller's dialer, which will now offer the ability to make video calls via Google's messaging client.

With Truecaller boasting over 150 million users just in India, the integration is a win-win for both companies. The integration will go live sometime on both Android and iOS in the coming months, and will be an opt-in feature.

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1 day ago

OnePlus 3T Midnight Black color option is now up for sale for $479

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You can now pick up the OnePlus 3T Midnight Black color option without waiting in line.

The sleek Midnight Black color option for the OnePlus 3T is now available for purchase. The phone is up for sale on OnePlus' website for $479 in the U.S., €479 in Europe, and £439 in the UK.

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1 day ago

Google Home and Google Wifi launching in the UK on April 6 for £129

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Google Home

The latest products in Google's hardware family are coming to the UK next week.

After a brief teaser last month, Google has today officially announced the launch of Google Home and Google Wifi for the UK.

The new devices see the company building out its "made by Google" hardware range internationally, following last October's Pixel phone launch. Home and Wifi represent new frontiers for Google in the UK, where Amazon has been selling its Echo-branded smart speakers since late last year.

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Moto G5 will make its debut in India on April 4

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Moto G5 with Snapdragon 430 is coming to India next week.

After launching the Moto G5 Plus in the country earlier this month for ₹16,999, Motorola is getting ready to introduce the Moto G5 next week. The phone will make its debut in the country on April 4.

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Mint SIM vs. Boost Mobile: Which is better for you?

It's Mint SIM vs. Boost Mobile in this head-to-head comparison.

Mint SIM and Boost Mobile are "alternative carriers" or mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). They're not the Big Four (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile), but they lease coverage from those networks and resell it to you for less. Plans are often prepaid and fixed contracts are few and far between.

Let's compare Mint SIM and Boost Mobile to see how they stack up against one another.

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Who owns it? Ultra Mobile

Which network does it use? T-Mobile 4G LTE

How long has it been around? Since 2016

Tethering allowed? No.

Cheapest plan: $35 for 1 month: 2GB 4G LTE, unlimited nationwide talk, text, and 2G data

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Who owns it? Sprint

Which network does it use? Sprint CDMA and LTE

How long has it been around? Since 2000 in Australia and New Zealand, since 2001 in the U.S.

Tethering allowed? Yes

Cheapest plan: $35/month: 2GB 4G LTE, unlimited nationwide talk, text, and 2G data

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Mint SIM plans

Mint SIM doesn't operate with traditional contracts. You pay upfront for your term, which can be 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months, with "buying in bulk" saving you more money in the long run. All plans include unlimited nationwide talk, text, and data, though you only get so much 4G LTE per month. Unlimited international texting is included in all plans.

Duration Small (2GB LTE) Medium (5GB LTE) Large (10GB LTE) 1 month $35 $50 $60 3 months $23/month ($69 upfront) $33/month ($99 upfront) $39.67/month ($119 upfront) 6 months $19.83/month ($119 upfront) $28.17/month ($169 upfront) $34.83/month ($209 upfront) 12 months $16.58/month ($199 upfront) $24.92/month ($299 upfront) $33.25/month ($399 upfront)

Add-ons

As far as add-ons are concerned, Mint SIM's selection is very slim:

Extra data:

  • 1GB/month: $10
  • 3GB/month: $20

International credit:

Mint SIM's plans contain no international calling, though unlimited international texting is included. You can add international calling credit to your account in $5, $10, or $20 increments.

You can see a list of international rates here.

Boost plans

Boost Mobile offers two types of plans: family and single line. What you get with each plan is the same, but you'll save money on each additional family plan line (up to 5 lines).

Single line 2GB LTE Unlimited GBs (up to 23GB LTE) Price $35/month $50/month With Auto Re-Boost $30/month No discount Extras Streaming music without data charges Unlimited HD streaming for $20/month Family plan 2GB LTE Unlimited GBs (up to 23GB LTE) Primary line price $35/month $50/month Primary line with Auto Re-Boost $30/month No discount Secondary lines (up to 5) $30/month $30/month Extras Streaming music without data charges Unlimited HD streaming for $20/month

Note: Data is not shared between lines on a family plan. Each line gets its own allotment, based on its plan.

Add-ons

Unlimited music streaming:

One thing that Boost Mobile does offer over Mint SIM is the ability to stream music for free without it counting towards your data limit. Available through services like iHeartRatio, Spotify, Pandora, Napster, 8Tracks and Slacker, it's one of the best ways to stream lots of music without paying extra.

Extra data:

  • 1GB of 4G LTE: $5/month
  • 2GB of 4G LTE: $10/month

Phone Insurance:

$7 per month covers out-of-warranty software issues, accidental damage (including liquid), stolen/lost phones. You can make up to 2 claims in a 12-month period, at up to $1,500 per claim. Deductibles are $20, $50, $100, or $175, depending on your phone.

International add-ons:

Prices ranges from $3 per month to $10 per month.

boostTV:

$10 per month. You get 24/7 access to premium live and on-demand content, like movies, TV shows, news, sports, and more. Latino package is also available for $10 per month.

Boost Dealz:

Install the free Boost Dealz app and receive a $5 discount off your plan every month for viewing content and ads within the app. You must view 1 ad or offer, per day, for a minimum of 20 non-consecutive days during your billing cycle.

Boost phones

When it comes to unlocked phones and Boost (a subsidiary of Sprint, lest we forget), bringing your own unlocked phone will work, but you have to bring the right phone. A part of the Sprint network still operates using CDMA, and its rules are rather stringent for bringing phones from other carriers, so to save yourself a giant headache and a lot of effort in vain, you'll want to purchase a phone from Boost.

We recommend the following phones:

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 ($499.99)
  • Google Pixel ($649.99)
  • Google Pixel XL ($769.99)

Which should I go with?

If you're looking to save more money on your cell phone plan, then Mint SIM is the way to go. Despite Boost's family plans, you'll still save more money on a single-line basis — up to $200 per year over boost. From a purely price-conscious point of view, it's plans are excellent. And, you can bring just about any unlocked GSM phone over to the network.

That being said, if you're looking for "unlimited" data and think you'll need more than 13GB of data (with the Mint SIM add-on), then Boost is the better option for you. It also supports unlimited music streaming with select services, so if you're addicted to the tunes, then Boost is probably for you.

Alternative carriers (MVNOS)

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