Finding the right mobile phone plan for your family is key to keeping costs down. We have listed the best family mobile phone plans in several categories. Prices do not include phones, taxes, fees or other charges, like insurance.

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Best family plans: family of four

To reinforce

  • Plan name: Boost unlimited mobile

  • Price (monthly, four lines): $ 120

  • Plan at a glance: Unlimited calls, texts and data, plus 30 GB of mobile hotspot and HD video streaming

  • Why we love it: An incredible prepaid deal that’s too good to last. This limited time Boost offer is available to new and existing customers.

T Mobile

  • Plan name: T-Mobile Essentials

  • Price (monthly, four lines): $ 140; $ 120 with automatic payment discount

  • Plan at a glance: Unlimited data, minutes and SMS

  • Why we love it: An affordable entry-level unlimited plan with bonuses like a mobile hotspot (at 3G speeds) and unlimited texting from over 200 countries.

TO KNOW

Boost is owned by Sprint and uses its network. Sprint has entered into a merger deal with T-Mobile that includes the sale of its prepaid service (including Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile) to Dish Network, but the deal still has several hurdles to overcome before it becomes effective. Until then, it’s business as usual for Boost Mobile customers.

T-Mobile Essentials includes unlimited mobile hotspot data, but at 3G speeds, which is slightly slower than the 4G data speed you get on your smartphone. International features include unlimited texting outside of the US, as well as 2G (read: slow) calling, texting, and data in Mexico and Canada. Unlike other T-Mobile plans, taxes and charges are not included in the price. T-Mobile hopes to merge with Sprint, but the deal still has several hurdles to overcome. Until then, it’s business as usual for T-Mobile customers.

Best family plans: two people

Metro by T-Mobile

  • Plan name: Metro by T-Mobile 10 Go

  • Price (monthly, two lines): $ 70

  • Plan at a glance: Unlimited calls and texts; 10 GB of data per line

  • Why we love it: Each line has its own data plan, for a total of 20 GB, as well as unlimited music streaming from selected services. Access to the mobile hotspot is not included.

Sprint

  • Plan name: Basic unlimited sprint

  • Price (monthly, two lines): $ 110; $ 100 with automatic payment discount

  • Plan at a glance: Unlimited data, minutes and SMS

  • Why we love it: An affordable entry-level unlimited plan with bonuses like Hulu and 500MB of hot spot access per line.

TO KNOW :

MetroPCS is now called Metro by T-Mobile. As the name suggests, the prepaid provider is owned by T-Mobile and uses its network. T-Mobile hopes to merge with Sprint, but the deal still has several hurdles to overcome. Until then, it’s business as usual for Metro prepaid customers.

Sprint’s unlimited basic plan includes calls, texts and 5 GB of high-speed data for use in Canada and Mexico. Standard definition video stream. Sprint hopes to merge with T-Mobile, but the deal still has several hurdles to overcome. Until then, it’s business as usual for Sprint customers.

Best family plans: prepaid

To reinforce

  • Plan name: Boost unlimited mobile

  • Price (monthly, four lines): $ 120

  • Plan at a glance: Unlimited calls, texts and data, plus 30 GB of mobile hotspot and HD video streaming

  • Why we love it: An incredible prepaid deal that’s too good to last. This limited time Boost offer is available to new and existing customers.

Locust

  • Plan name: Cricket Core Unlimited (with Group Save discount)

  • Price (monthly, four lines): $ 100

  • In short : Unlimited calls, texts and data

  • Why we love it: A great deal for a family of four who understands texting from the United States to nearly 40 other countries.

Things to know:

Boost is owned by Sprint and uses its network. Sprint has entered into a merger deal with T-Mobile that includes the sale of its prepaid service (including Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile) to Dish Network, but the deal still has several hurdles to overcome before it becomes effective. Until then, it’s business as usual for Boost Mobile customers.

Data speeds on the Core Unlimited plan are capped at 3Mbps, which is slower than the 4G LTE speeds most smartphone users would expect, but still fast enough for most smartphone activities. Video streaming is in standard definition. Cricket is owned by AT&T and uses its network.

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Best family cell phone plans: summary

Plan: Boost unlimited mobile

Monthly cost : $ 120 (four lines)

Plan: T-Mobile Essentials

Monthly cost : $ 140; $ 120 with automatic payment discount (four lines)

Plan: Metro by T-Mobile 10 Go

Monthly cost : $ 70 (two lines)

Plan: Basic unlimited sprint

Monthly cost : $ 110; $ 100 with automatic payment discount (two lines)

Plan: Boost unlimited mobile

Best for: Prepaid family plan

Monthly cost : $ 120 (four lines)

Plan: Unlimited cricket core

Best for: Prepaid family plan

Monthly cost : $ 100 (4 lines)

METHODOLOGY

To determine the best plans, we looked at the monthly plan price before taxes and fees, the price per gigabyte, and features like international calling, mobile hotspots, and free subscriptions. We only considered national operators, which excluded regional providers like US Cellular. For family plans, we looked at plans with at least 6GB of data and calculated prices for a family of four.