Cellular Carrier Pricing & Data Plan Guide

Selecting your ideal cellular carrier and plan can be an overwhelming adventure, especially for nomads who need to replace a home internet connection while being mobile.

This guide is here to help you do that, and is a living document that we'll keep updated as each of the four major carriers change around their plans and offerings.

When considering cellular plans, we are focused on finding the best options for keeping a nomadic household online.

We are only interested in data that can be shared with your laptops and other gadgets, not just consumed on a single phone or tablet. Data that is “unlimited” but throttled to super slow speeds isn’t particularly interesting for this comparison either.

Most nomadic households also need a voice line or two as well, so we do factor in voice somewhat into our analysis.

But the focus here is on data. Lots and lots of glorious data!  As a result, this guide offers very detailed information.

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Postpaid Plans and Features for the Four Carriers

Shopping the direct postpaid plans offered by the carriers is typically the first stop for most consumers. Postpaid means that you pay for your service at the end of the month, and the carriers tend to give higher priority and customer service to their consumer postpaid plans.  Because you are paying for service after delivered, the carrier will want you to establish an account with them based on your credit record.

Postpaid plans also traditionally associated with contracts - although options exist to avoid contracts on postpaid plans if you're willing to purchase your cellular devices on your own instead of subsidizing or financing them.

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Plan Guide

Here are all of the plans we're tracking on each of the carriers - from resellers, MVNOs, prepaid and more.  Use the filter buttons to find the plans that you're seeking, and click on the squares to get more information on the plans:

U.S. Cellular

The largest regional carrier offers plans that include nationwide coverage, but not for primary use.


FreedomPop offers free cellular plans on Sprint and global plans including T-Mobile & AT&T.

Straight Talk

A TracFone brand available at Walmart offers prepaid mobile hotspot plans, primarily on Verizon and AT&T.

Verizon Unlimited Data Plan (Rental/Lease)

Renting or leasing a plan is a flexible way to obtain a Verizon unlimited plan, but has a higher monthly cost.

Virgin Mobile

Subsidiary of Sprint, offering prepaid smartphone plans with mobile hotspot use.

Karma Go

Karma’s proprietary mobile hotspot provides service powered by Sprint.


H2O Bolt

Reseller of AT&T offering dedicated data plans for mobile hotspots.

Sprint Prepaid

Sprint’s own prepaid native cellular phone plans.

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4G Antenna Shop

Offers month-to-month no contract plans on T-Mobile, AT&T and sometimes Verizon.

Impact Wireless

Reseller of T-Mobile based unlimited plans.

Consumer Cellular

Reseller of AT&T and T-Mobile, offering smaller data plans with mobile hotspot use.

Mobile Solutions (Defunct)

Offers month-to-month no contract unlimited plans on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. But poor customer service reported.

Boost Mobile

Subsidiary of Sprint, offering prepaid smartphone and mobile hotspot plans.

Charge (Defunct)

Now defunct, Charge offered prepaid never expiring data on the Sprint network for smartphones and mobile hotspots.

Cricket Wireless

Subsidiary of AT&T offering prepaid smartphone plans with data usage.

Unlimitedville Rental Plans

Unlimitedville offers one-stop shopping for unlimited data plan rentals on AT&T, T-Mobile, & Verizon.


A Sprint MVNO with ‘build your own’ plans and either prepaid or pay-as-you-go options.

Wireless Home Phone & Internet

AT&T’s cellular data plan intended for homes, offers more GBs for the dollar.

Credo Mobile

Verizon reseller that includes mobile hotspot use on tiered data plans.

Boom! Mobile

Verizon reseller that includes mobile hotspot use on iPhones, and no roaming restrictions.

Republic Wireless

A Sprint / T-Mobile MVNO

Flash Wireless

Flash Wireless is an MVNO on the Verizon and Sprint networks. They offer phone-only voice/text/data plans with limited mobile hotspot.


T-Mobile authorized reseller offering prepaid business plans with most of the perks of a direct T-Mobile account, at competitive prices.

US Mobile

T-Mobile & Verizon MVNO featuring smaller, hotspot ready, full speed data buckets on customizable plans.

Verizon Connected Home Plans and SmartHub

Verizon’s cellular data plans & “smart” router intended for homes.



A flexible global mobile hotspot with a virtual-SIM or personal SIM options.


Xfinity Mobile

Xfinity Mobile offers an unlimited data plan for Comcast cable TV and internet customers.

Skyroam & Similar Alternatives

Global mobile hotspot with a virtual-SIM that allows you to purchase day passes for unlimited international use.

$9 - $149

Simple Mobile

A T-Mobile MVNO offering an unlimited data plan with tethering capabilities.

Mint Mobile

Mint SIM offers multi-month prepaid plans with tethering capabilities on the T-Mobile network.

Pure Talk USA

AT&T MVNO offering prepaid smartphone plans with capped data usage and hotspot capability.

Konnected Router & Data Plans

An upstart in the mobile internet business, offering a mobile router packaged with unlimited type data plans in the near future.

Ultra Mobile

T-Mobile based MVNO.


T-Mobile, Verizon & Sprint based MVNO.

UnlimitedToGo Rental Plans

UnlimitedToGo offers one-stop shopping for unlimited data plan rentals on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

Red Pocket

MVNO Red Pocket offers capped data plans on T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon & Sprint


Unreal Mobile is a Sprint & AT&T based MVNO providing smartphone-only plans with tetherable data.

Spectrum Mobile

Spectrum Mobile offers an unlimited data plan for Spectrum Home Internet customers.

Metro by T-Mobile

Metro by T-Mobile, T-Mobile’s prepaid subsidiary offers an array of prepaid plans – including some with unlimited data.

Google Fi

Google’s unique MVNO option that combines the coverage map of Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular.

AT&T Postpaid Plans

AT&T postpaid native cellular phone & data plans.

T-Mobile Prepaid

T-Mobile’s prepaid native cellular phone & data plan.

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