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6 Alternative Cell Phone Companies to Consider

Alternative Cell Phone CompaniesAre you considering switching from your current cell phone company to one of the many alternative cell phone companies out there these days? Perhaps it’s because you’re tired of paying astronomical fees for your cell service. If so, you’re not alone.

Data from spring 2015 showed that 26.22 million Americans planned on switching their cell carrier within the year.

Conclusions drawn from this information leads us to believe that many people are unsatisfied with some aspect of their current service.

But what can you do about it if you are unsatisfied with your current cell phone company?

One solution is to consider alternative cell phone companies with better rates and better service.

Here are some alternative cell phone companies to consider if you are unhappy with your current provider.

Republic Wireless

Republic Wireless customers enjoy an extra perk on top of their already low prices. The company will refund your account for data not used each month. They also boast of average bills being under $14.00/month. Some of their popular features include:

  • Network – WiFi and Sprint
  • No contracts
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Plans start at $10.00/month
  • No hidden fees
  • Nationwide coverage
  • Drawback – You must purchase one of their phones

Tello

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Tello  is a unique company because they allow you to create your own plan. This way you can use only the services you need. If you only need talk and text, you don’t have to pay for data, etc. Or you can choose one of the predefined plans they offer. Plus, unlike Republic Wireless, with Tello you can use a phone you already have. Some of their features include:

  • Network – Sprint
  • No contracts
  • Unlimited talk and text plans available
  • Plans start at $5.00/month
  • No hidden fees
  • Nationwide coverage
  • Use your own phone

Straight Talk

Straight Talk offers a 30 day guarantee if you switch to them and are unsatisfied with your service. Some  features include:

  • Network – Uses AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, & Sprint
  • No contracts
  • Unlimited talk, text and data plans available
  • Plans start at $30.00/month
  • Nationwide coverage
  • Use your own phone and keep your number

Scratch Wireless

If you buy a phone through Scratch Wireless, you can enjoy free service for 3 months. After that, you’ll pay only $7.99 each month. Some of Scratch Wireless’ features include:

  • Network – Sprint
  • No contracts
  • Unlimited text and data on WiFi
  • Unlimited talk plans available
  • Drawback – Outside of WiFi, you have to pay for voice minutes.
  • Drawback – Only one phone to choose from.

Go Smart

If you choose Go Smart Mobile as your provider you will not rack up roaming charges. Features:

  • Network – T-Mobile
  • No contracts
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Plans start at $25.00/month
  • No hidden fees
  • Nationwide coverage
  • Bring your own phone
  • Unlimited International Texting to over 200 countries

Ultra Mobile

With Ultra Mobile it is possible to customize your plan. Features:

  • Network – T-Mobile
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Plans start at $19.00/month
  • Nationwide coverage
  • Bring your own phone
  • International talk and text offered

It’s true that cell phone bills can account for a pretty large chunk of your budget these days, and with some carriers the service is lacking as well. But with all of the alternative cell phone companies out there, you should be able to compare plan features and prices to find one that suits your needs and your budget.

 

Photo courtesy of: helloolly

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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