Best No Data Plans

Best Value
US Mobile
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    Unlimited text and calls for $7/mo.
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    Reliable coverage
Best Pay-As-You-Go
ATT
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    $2/Day when you make a call or send a text
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    Unlimited texts and calls when you pay
Best Build-Your-Own Options
Tello
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    Cheapest customization options
Tyler Abbott
Staff Writer, Mobile & Wireless
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Published on July 22, 2020
4 min read

The most expensive part about every cell phone plan is the data that comes with it. If you cut data out of the equation, suddenly you're paying a single-digit dollar amount for your cell phone bill. Seriously, if you're not using data regularly on your phone, you're probably paying way too much for your cell phone bill.

If you're over the whole data-reliant lifestyle, these are the three best no data plans you can choose from.

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Best no data cell phone plans
Plan
Price
Call minutes
Texts
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US Mobile Unlimited Talk & Text

$7/mo.

Unlimited

Unlimited

AT&T Prepaid $2/Day Plan

$2/day

Unlimited

Unlimited

Tello Build Your Own Plan

Starts at $7/mo.

Starts at 300 minutes

Unlimited

US Mobile: Best no-data plan value

The cheapest way to get unlimited talk and text on Verizon's network
Pros
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Works on Verizon's network
Cons
  • Not compatible with many phones

What we like

If you're familiar with American Hero Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation, I would wager that he probably uses US Mobile. You can stay off the data grid, have unlimited talk and text, and you can get a cell signal almost anywhere you go thanks to Verizon's awesome network. Take a look at the coverage map below to see how wide a coverage net Verizon casts.

US Mobile is an mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) which means it uses another carrier's network to provide cell service--in this case, US Mobile uses Verizon. The downside to MVNOs is that your data speeds can get throttled in crowded areas, but hey, no data speeds, no data throttling. So basically you get the cheapest access to Verizon's super-reliable network without the downside of data throttling.

What we don't like

It's honestly hard to come up with a con for US Mobile when it comes to no-data plans, but some folks might be bummed out by the lack of Android and older iPhone cell phone options. US Mobile is currently compatible with only iPhone 11 and iPhone X models and the more budget-friendly LG Revel 3 LTE and ZTE Cymbal-C LTE. So basically, it's get a new expensive iPhone, or choose one of these two lesser-known devices.

AT&T Prepaid $2/Day Plan: Best pay-as-you-go plan

Pay for your cell phone plan only when you use it
Pros
  • Only charged when you use it
  • Unlimited talk and text for 24 hours
Cons
  • Adds up if used frequently

What we like

If you know you'll only use your phone every once in a while, this AT&T pay-as-you-go plan is your best option. You only pay the $2 if you make a call or send a text, or if you receive a call or text (so don't hand out your number willy-nilly). But if you don't touch your phone, you won't be charged a dime. Think of it as a break-in-case-of-emergency phone, or maybe a phone with a little coin slot that takes two dollars to make it work.

Any time you use your phone, you get unlimited talk and text for the next 24 hours. So if you're going to make one call on this AT&T plan, you might as well make a thousand calls. Or at least however many calls you can make in a 24-hour period.

Compatible with most phones
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Since this plan comes from a major carrier like AT&T, you can count on this cell phone plan working with pretty much any cell phone.

What we don't like

This cell phone plan only makes sense if you really think you'll rarely use the phone. Let's put it this way, if you end up using it more than four times in a month, it would be cheaper to go with the US Mobile unlimited talk and text plan for $7 a month. But if you need the phone for just-in-case situations, this AT&T plan can really come in handy.

Tello: Best build-your-own cell phone plans

Customize your cell phone plan how you want it
Pros
  • Variety of options
  • Cheap data with no overages
Cons
  • Pricier no-data plans

What we like

Tello prides itself on having tons of different customization options for your cell phone plan, but there's a dirty little secret to which you must become aware. Tello (which uses Sprint's lackluster network) will never be able to compete with US Mobile's unlimited talk and text on Verizon's network for $7 a month, but it does beat out US Mobile when you add data into the equation.

Yes, we know that you're specifically looking for no-data plans, but a little bit of data can come in handy in a pinch. Let's say you're completely lost looking for a friend's house--you can use the maps app to get yourself straightened out. And the nice thing with Tello is that you're never charged for data overages, instead your data just slows down when you pass your allotment for the month.

Choosing between US Mobile and Tello
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It comes down to a game of "would you rather." Would you rather have 300 minutes of calls, unlimited texts, and 500 MB of data for $7 a month with Tello, or would you prefer unlimited talk minutes, unlimited texts, and no data for $7 a month with US Mobile? The choice is yours ...

What we don't like

Whatever you do, don't go with Tello if you're positive that you don't want any data in your cell phone plan. Tello can't hold a candle to US Mobile's no-data plans, as evidenced by the fact that you can get unlimited talk and text for $7 with US Mobile (on a better network too), meanwhile Tello will charge you $7 a month and limit you to 500 minutes on a worse network. Tello only makes sense over US Mobile if you want a little data to your cell phone plan.

Recap: What are the best no-data cell phone plans?

Out of all the no-data cell phone plans, we'd recommend choosing between these three options.

What are the best no-data cell phone plans?

Best value: US Mobile gets you unlimited talk and text on Verizon's awesome network for $7 a month. Assuming you have a phone that can work with US Mobile, Best pay-as-you-go: As far as break-in-case-of-emergency phone plans go, AT&T's $2/day plan makes the most sense. You get 24 hours of unlimited talk and text for $2 every time you use your phone. If you never use your phone, you'll never get charged. Best build-your-own options: Tello essentially lets you customize your own cell phone plan. It can't beat out US Mobile's value for no-data plans, but it makes up for it by offering small data plans that cost the same as a no-data plan.

Any questions about no-data cell phone plans? Need some more help deciding which options suits you best? Let us know in the comments below.

You can use Wi-Fi even with a no-data cell phone plan

Even if you don't pay for cell phone data, you can still use Wi-Fi if you have a smartphone. As long as you're connected to Wi-Fi, you can download apps like Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram and scroll the day away.

These are our top picks for internet providers with Wi-Fi connections.

5 best home internet options
Provider
Monthly price
Download speeds
Data cap
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Xfinity Internet$19.99$94.99*501200 Mbps1.2 TB
Verizon Fios Home Internet$39.99$89.99200940 MbpsNot Available
AT&T Fiber$45$80300940 MbpsUnlimited
CenturyLink Internet$50$65^100940 MbpsUnlimited
Viasat Internet$30$169.99°12100 Mbps12300 GB
Data effective 10/04/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months. Some packages require a 1- or 2-year contract.
w/ Auto Pay + taxes & equip. charges.
For the first 12 months plus taxes and equip. fee.
^ New customers only. Rate requires paperless billing and excludes taxes. Additional fees apply.
° For the first 3 months.
Tyler Abbott
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Tyler Abbott
Tyler has been obsessed with watching sports as efficiently as possible since the creation of the DVR. He is always on the lookout for the best tech in TV and wireless so he can watch all the sports and still have enough time to hang out with his baby. He has written about streaming, wireless, and TV for over three years. He hopes the Lakers will eventually get better.

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