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Best Cellular Increases Data, Decreases Prices

Normally when an MVNO makes changes it is pretty incremental. Data goes up. Prices go down. New international locations are added. However, it looks like Best Cellular, an MVNO which offers plans from all four main carriers, has gone above and beyond and both increased data and dropped prices on several of its plans.

The company isn’t one that we’ve talked about a lot, but it has been around for a few years and unlike many prepaid companies, it is a US owned business with support centers based here in the United States.

Rather than trying to explain all of the differences in plans, here are all of the monthly plans, with the changes in bold and previous amounts in (parenthesis).

CDMA (Verizon) Plans view plans here

  • $15 – 350 minutes, 100 texts, 100 MB (formerly $20)
  • $19  400 minutes, unlimited texts, 250 MB (formerly $30)
  • $35  unlimited minutes and texts, 500 MB (formerly $40)
  • $40 – unlimited minutes and texts, 750 MB (new plan)
  • $50 – unlimited minutes and texts, 1,500 MB (formerly 1,250 MB)
  • $60 – unlimited minutes and texts, 5,000 MB (formerly 2,000 MB)

Additionally, the $70 and $80 plans are discontinued for the Verizon plans.

PCS (Sprint) Plansview plans here

  • $15 – 350 minutes, 100 texts, 100 MB
  • $19 – 400 minutes, unlimited texts, 250 MB
  • $35 – unlimited minutes and texts, 500 MB
  • $40 – unlimited minutes and texts, 750 MB
  • $50 – unlimited minutes and texts, 1,500 MB
  • $55 – unlimited minutes and texts, 2,000 MB
  • $60 – unlimited minutes and texts, 5,000 MB (formerly 3,000)

GSMA (AT&T) Plansview plans here

All plans include unlimited talk and text. Although the other plans were all changed, these remained the same. However, posts from the carrier on other sites indicate this may change soon.

  • $35 – unlimited minutes and texts, 250 MB
  • $40 – unlimited minutes and texts, 500 MB
  • $45 – unlimited minutes and texts, 750 MB
  • $50 – unlimited minutes and texts, 1,000 MB
  • $55 – unlimited minutes and texts, 1,250 MB
  • $70 – unlimited minutes and texts, 2,000 MB
  • $85 – unlimited minutes and texts, 3,000 MB

GSMT (T-Mobile) Plansview plans here

  • $15 – 350 minutes, 100 texts, 100 MB
  • $19 – 400 minutes, 225 texts, 250 MB (formerly $25, 750 minutes)
  • $35 – unlimited minutes and texts, 500 MB (formerly $30, 250 minutes)
  • $40 – unlimited minutes and texts, 750 MB (formerly 500 MB)
  • $50 – unlimited minutes and texts, 1,500 MB (formerly 1,000 MB)
  • $60 – unlimited minutes and texts, 5,000 MB (formerly 1,500 MB)

As you can see, there are quite a few changes, and only one price increase (the GSMT $30 plan jumped to $35 with the data increase). However, the next question has to inevitably be whether the plans are a good deal. And that’s where the bad news is… because if all you’re looking at is price, then the answer has to be no. Even Verizon’s prepaid brand offers better pricing options and more data, and Verizon is historically the most expensive carrier of them all.

That being said, Best Cellular is 100% based in the United States, and all of its call centers are here, which can go a long way. If you’ve ever tried to talk network problems with someone from India or Mexico, then you probably understand what I say when that alone might make some of the plans worth it.

Best Cellular sells devices on it website, but customers can also bring a compatible device with the purchase of a SIM card for $10. International calling options are available as well. For more information, visit the Best Cellular website.