I gear my regular cell phone service recommendations towards fairly typical consumers. Most people tend to stick with cell phone carriers for a little while. They don’t reassess their options each month or frequently switch carriers to get the best possible deal. Accordingly, my typical recommendations are for services that I think are (a) especially high-quality and/or well-priced today and (b) likely to be especially high-quality and/or well-priced in the future.
On this page, I list deals that might be appealing to unusually proactive deal seekers. If you purchase service from a carrier after clicking a link on my website, I may receive a commission. For details about the financial arrangements I have with carriers, see my transparency page.
First 3 months at the 12-month rate (intro offer)
Each of Mint Mobile’s plans is priced based on the number of months a customer pays for upfront. With the standard rates, the monthly price of 3 months of service will be higher than the monthly rate for 12 months of service on the same plan. However, Mint Mobile has an intro offer allowing new customers to purchase 3 months of service at the rate that is typically reserved for those purchasing 12 months of service upfront.
6 months for the cost of 3 promotion (8GB plan only)
Mint Mobile is currently running a promotion offering new customers 6 months of service on Mint’s 8GB plan for the typical 3-month price. This promotion stacks with the previously mentioned promotion, so the 3 months a new customer pays come at the monthly rate that’s typical for 12 months of service ($20 per month).
At the end of the day, customers taking advantage of this promotion will get six months of service with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, and 8GB of regular data each month for a total of only $60 plus taxes and fees.
T-Mobile Test Drive
T-Mobile is running a promotion offering non-customers a free mobile hotspot device that’s good for up to 30GB of data use or 30 days of service (whatever comes first). The promotion is designed to let people easily trial T-Mobile’s network while using their existing devices. As far as I can tell, the deal really has no strings attached. You don’t need to give T-Mobile a credit card number or agree to future charges in order to take advantage of the offer.
8GB prepaid, annual plan
AT&T is offering a prepaid plan with 8GB of data, unlimited minutes, and unlimited texts for only $300 ($25 per month). To take advantage of the promotional pricing, a year of service must be purchased upfront. The deal supposedly ends on October 21, 2019.