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You may be tempted to pick a carrier like Verizon or AT&T because it sounds like a fancy carrier and everyone else has it, but is it really worth the money? A prepaid plan like MetroPCS may not seem so appealing, but it may save you more money in the long run. Here are six carriers and reasons for why you should, or shouldn’t, consider using them.


T-Mobile has a smartly-priced unlimited data plan that’s great for families, but this type of plan streams videos at lower resolutions. Other useful features the carrier offers includes weekly giveaways and great pricing for international travel.

This carrier is a great choice for those that live in the city. In the past T-Mobile hasn’t fared so well outside of cities, but they’re working on it. T-Moblie lags behind other big carriers when it comes to customer support testing.


Verizon has an extensive network, which covers plenty of markets. They are also at the top of the 4G network performance charts. This carrier excels when it comes to customer service, whether it’s online or on the phone. When I was under this carrier and had phone issues it was quite easy to get in touch with someone for help.

This carrier is now making it so that you get more data with monthly plans, and currently their 4GB for $70 is looking good for those who need a phone plan only for themselves. It will also add 2G of data per line for any plan that’s 8 GB or larger.


Their customer service is even better than Verizon. It’s the best actually. They also have a great selection of phones to choose from. AT&T’s network performance is solid, making this a solid carrier to stick with.

They’re still working on improving their brand by making better cell phone plans, getting rid of overage fees, and charging one device an access fee instead of charging according to how much data you’ll use. There are added benefits if you decide to use AT&T’s TV service too.

It should be known that their family plans can be more costly than their competitors, and that subscribers have few perks other than enjoying great customer service and network performance.


MetroPCS is the fastest discount carrier out their, with upload and download speeds faster than a big carrier like Sprint. It’s a top choice for pre-paid carriers. There are also a range of appealing plans, with $30 for a 1GB plan for those who don’t use the phone much, going up to $60 for unlimited service.

One of its biggest downsides is that customer service is horrible. MetroPCS also has a limited number of phones and features, which is typical of a discount carrier. Besides international calling, there’s not many other features.

Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile relies on Sprint’s network for service, which hampers their performance. There are not too many positive aspects that makes this phone look great. It has a limited plan selection, but there is a $35 data plan that gives you a lot of data.

The carrier has lowered their rates and boosted their LTE data amount for their plans, but that’s about it. It has some of the worst phone selections, and you can’t use your own device. One of its few redeeming qualities is good customer service, especially when using the on-phone menu options to answer questions.

Cricket Wireless

The network performance is horrible. In fact, it’s one of the worst carriers for network performance. And it’s a shame, because Cricket Wireless has a great plan for families, has been increasing discounts on multiple lines, and it has some amazing customer service.

This would be a great carrier, but the network speed is just too slow. This phone comes with few special features. Options for international calling is pretty much the only perk you’ll get.

As you now know, more isn’t always better, but sometimes buying too cheap a carrier can be costly in the long run. Consider where you live, your family’s phone habits, your phone habits, and income to figure out which plan works best for you.