A lot of cell phone plans are built for families looking for multiple lines. Fortunately, there are great options for individuals that only need a single line. Below, I list my favorite one-line plans for a variety of situations.
High-performance plans tend to be expensive for single-line subscribers. If you’re willing to shell out some cash, there are some excellent options.
Verizon’s Play More Unlimited
It’s hard to beat the performance of Verizon’s postpaid plans. I particularly recommend Verizon’s Play More Unlimited plan. It offers unlimited minutes, texts, and data along with a sizable allotment of high-priority data and mobile hotspot data. Unfortunately, the plan is pricey for single-line subscribers. After discounts for automatic payments and paperless billing, a single-line plan with Verizon’s Play More Unlimited service comes in at $80 per month plus taxes and fees. The Play More Unlimited plan includes free, perpetual access to Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu.
If you’re a heavy user of hotspot data, you might consider Verizon’s Do More Unlimited plan instead. It comes in at the same price as the Play More Unlimited plan, but it offers more hotspot data. On the downside, it does not include perpetual access to Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu. I don’t typically recommend Verizon’s Get More Unlimited plan. It’s more expensive than the Play More and Get More plans, and most people won’t benefit from the plans added features.
If you’re looking for a high-performance plan and don’t need the extensive coverage offered by Verizon’s network, T-Mobile’s Magenta plan may be a good option. It comes with unlimited data, minutes, and texts. The plan also includes a small allotment of mobile hotspot data and a large allotment of high-priority data to minimize how speeds are affected when T-Mobile’s network is congested. The plan comes in at $70 ($10 cheaper than the Play More Unlimited plan).
There are a lot of good options for low-cost, single-line phone plans.
Mint Mobile runs over T-Mobile’s network. The carrier offers a handful of plans with excellent prices for subscribers that only need one line. All of Mint’s plans come with unlimited minutes and texts. The plans vary in their monthly data allotments:
- 3GB – As low as $15 per month
- 8GB – As low as $20 per month
- 12GB – As low as $25 per month
- 35GB – As low as $30 per month
T-Mobile’s Connect plans offer excellent prices for single-line subscribers that don’t need tons of data. Both of T-Mobile’s Connect plans come with unlimited minutes and texts. A 2GB plan is available for $15 per month. A 5GB plan is $25 per month. Unlike many other low-cost options, T-Mobile’s Connect plans come with high-priority data that can improve performance when the network is congested.
If you want a low-cost plan and want solid coverage, Verizon’s prepaid options might be a good bet. A plan with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, and 15GB of data starts at $50 per month. The price can drop up to $15 per month from there thanks to a loyalty program and a discount for automatic payments. A similar, cheaper plan with 5GB of data is also available.
Last updated: October 2020