The best cell phone plans at $60 a month or less
Best Cell Phone Plans under $60
You can get your cell phone bill down to $60 a month or less and still get all the cool things you want, like unlimited data, unlimited talk, and unlimited text.
Okay, let's figure out how we can get your monthly cell bill down to, at most, $60 a month.
- : Best value
- : Best data plan
- : Best budget plan
- : Best family plan
Visible: Best value
- Unlimited data for $40/mo.
- Uses the Verizon network
What we like
Visible Wireless serves up amazing value for $40 a month. How about we get you $20 under your $60 budget, and you go use that money you saved to buy yourself some lunch? I'll go buy lunch right now in honor of you.
Unlimited data for $40 a month
Visible Wireless offers only one plan, and it's the $40 Unlimited Plan. You don't have to stress yourself out about whether or not you should get unlimited data—it's your only option. Oh, and of course you get unlimited talk and unlimited text as well. You can basically do anything on your phone without worrying about going over your limits.
What's wild about Visible Wireless is that it doesn't have any data caps either. If there's high-speed data available where you are, you can use as much of it as you want. There's nothing holding you back from streaming YouTube or live NBA games while waiting at the always-super-long drive-through at Chick-Fil-A. (I think we just broke the record for most hyphens in a sentence too.)
You do get unlimited hotspot data, but the catch is that your data speeds cap at 5 Mbps, and you can only tether to one device at a time. You won't have blazing fast hotspot data, but enough to send out some emails and access your calendar.
Uses the Verizon network
Visible Wireless is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which means it uses a network from a bigger carrier to provide cell service. In this case, Visible Wireless and Verizon are buddies and share the same network. Fortunately Verizon happens to have the best network in the country, covering 70% of the country.1 Your coverage will especially feel more reliable than usual in rural areas of the country compared to other wireless carriers. Verizon's network is your best bet to make a call while camping or hiking.
Check out the coverage map below to see what kind of network to expect while using Visible Wireless.
Visible Wireless/Verizon coverage map
What we don’t like
Visible Wireless users can be deprioritized in favor of Verizon users. Visible Wireless and Verizon might be buddies, but that doesn't mean that Verizon always plays fair.
Because Visible Wireless is an MVNO, its data speeds can be deprioritized on the Verizon network. When you're out and about, there's a chance that your signal will drop out of the blue when you enter a more crowded area.
Imagine you (a Visible Wireless user) go to finally see Hamilton with your friend (a Verizon user). Your friend's Verizon phone runs out of battery half-way through the show and now it’s up to you to call an Uber to get home. But your Visible Wireless phone becomes deprioritized because of the big crowd, and it can't get a signal strong enough to open the Uber app. Next thing you know, you're walking several blocks down the street looking for some signal bars.
Deprioritization should only be an issue when you're in a big crowd, but it's certainly annoying when it pops up.
Alternative value picks under $60
Here are some other unlimited plans well under your $60 budget worth your consideration.
T-Mobile: Best data plan under $60/mo.
- High data cap
- Reliable network
- More expensive
What we like
It may be right at the ceiling of our budget, but T-Mobile's Essentials plan offers up the most high-speed data you can find for that price point.
High data cap
T-Mobile still straps you down with a data cap, but 50 GB of high-speed data is pretty generous. Most basic unlimited plans will either have a low data cap or just deprioritize your data in crowded areas.
Seriously, you'll probably have to challenge yourself to use more than 50 GB of data in a given month. You could binge-watch all three seasons of Stranger Things (roughly 21 hours) purely off your wireless data, and you wouldn't even reach the halfway point to your data cap.
If you're curious about how much data you use, remember that every hour of HD-quality streaming takes up about 1 GB of data. So with the T-Mobile Essentials plan, you can stream for about 50 hours every month.
T-Mobile also has some of the faster data speeds in the country as well. Here's how the download data speeds breakdown across the four major wireless providers.
On average, T-Mobile users say they get a 25.8 Mbps download speed.2 With data speeds that fast, you should have no problem streaming YouTube, playing online games, or scrolling through Instagram.
T-Mobile covers around 59% of the country.1 It doesn't quite hold a candle to Verizon's coverage, but T-Mobile has the second best coverage in the country. The main difference between T-Mobile's and Verizon's networks is rural coverage. So, if you live in a city or the suburbs, chances are you'll have very reliable coverage with T-Mobile's network.
Check out the coverage map below to make sure that T-Mobile covers your town.
T-Mobile coverage map
What we don't like
To get on a T-Mobile unlimited plan, you'll need to max out your $60 a month budget.
All those perks (50 GB data cap, fast data speeds, other cool perks) come at a price, and in this case, it's $60 a month. You'll need to decide if this T-Mobile plan is worth stretching your budget to its maximum. Overall, the Essentials plan offers a lot of value, but it'll cost you a pretty penny to get on the network.
Alternative high-speed data plans
Here are some other unlimited data plans with high data caps and no deprioritization. Except for the T-Mobile prepaid plan, none can quite keep up with a 50 GB data cap. Still, you can save a few bucks every month if you accept a lower data cap with one of these unlimited providers.
US Mobile: Best budget plan
- $37 for unlimited data
What we like
US Mobile undercuts the competition and offers the cheapest unlimited plan right now.
$37 a month
You can't find a cheaper unlimited plan than US Mobile's Unlimited Talk, Text and Fast Data plan right now. At $37 a month, US Mobile shoots to the top of our rankings for the cheapest unlimited plan available. It's only a difference of a few dollars between the top budget unlimited plans, but even a few dollars makes a difference when it comes to paying for something monthly.
Check out the rankings for the cheapest unlimited providers right now. You know that those other providers behind US Mobile are hungry for the title and will hopefully drop its prices even more eventually. Stay tuned.
What we don’t like
US Mobile may be subject to deprioritization more than your typical MVNO provider.
By definition, MVNOs can be deprioritized in favor of customers on who are on the main provider's network. For example, Verizon will give its best coverage to its own customers. But what happens if when you have two MVNOs, like Visible Wireless and US Mobile? In this case, Visible Wireless is owned by Verizon, so in terms of the deprioritization food chain, Visible Wireless would beat out US Mobile. US Mobile isn't owned by a major network, so it can be deprioritized even more than your typical MVNO.
Mint Mobile: Best family plan
- Up to 8 GB for each plan for $60 a month
- Mix and match data plans
What we like
Mint Mobile offers some of the best deals in wireless right now, and it's your best bet to get your entire family on a wireless plan for $60 a month or less.
8 GB for each family member
For a family of three, you can get a Mint Mobile family plan that gives each user 8 GB of data every month for $60. Splitting it three ways, you're paying $20 a month for 8 GB of data, which is unheard of in the wireless world.
Mix and match data plans
Mint Mobile allows you to break down your data allotment for each line basically however you want. For example, if you want more data for yourself (don't feel bad!), but your two kids will still want some wireless data every month, you can go for a $50 plan that will give you 8 GB of data for one line, and 3 GB of data for two other lines.
The point is, you can divvy out data however you want, and Mint Mobile will give you super affordable data plans.
What we don’t like
Mint Mobile is an MVNO, so your signal may be deprioritized during peak usage periods.
There's a catch as to why Mint Mobile's prices are so much cheaper than the big wireless carriers, and in this case, it's because of deprioritization. Mint Mobile uses T-Mobile's network for coverage, but Mint Mobile users can be deprioritized during peak usage times. In other words, T-Mobile will favor its own customers over Mint Mobile users and give the T-Mobile folks the better signal. This is something you should only encounter in crowded areas and during peak-usage times (like the evenings).
Recap: What are the best cell phone plans under $60?
You can find tons of cell phone plans under $60, but we've narrowed down what we think are the best four plans.
- Best value plan: Visible Wireless gives you the most value out of any plan under $60 a month. You get unlimited data on Verizon's network for $40 a month.
- Best data plan: You get the most high-speed data under $60 with the T-Mobile Essentials Plan. You can use 50 GB of high-speed data before things start to slow down.
- Best budget plan: US Mobile offers one of the cheapest unlimited plan right now. You can cut your budget in half and still get unlimited data with US Mobile.
- Best family plan: Mint Mobile has such affordable data plans that you can cover an entire family for $60 or less a month.
There you have it, the best cell phone plans under $60 a month. What cell phone plan under $60 caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below.