1 - Plans & Phones
Boost Mobile fits the bill if you're looking for affordable unlimited plans with lots of data going from under $10 a month (paid yearly) to $50 a month for unlimited data.
Coverage is provided by T-Mobile, which acquired Sprint, the previous provider. To check out yours, go to the Coverage Map and enter your zip code to see the coverage in your area.
Boost Mobile offers a simple set of unlimited talk and text plans with varying amounts of data, they make it confusing by offering some of them only to new customers on a separate page. Even on the main plans page, some of the plans are only available to new customers, which complicates things further. Read on for a simple description of these plans.
New Boost Mobile customers can sign onto a plan that costs $100 for a whole year for 1GB data per month and unlimited talk and text. This works out to $8.33 per year!
This is clearly a foot-in-the-door offer, but for those who have access to WiFi for most of the day, 1GB per month may be enough. It's good enough for me.
On the other end, you can pay $300 a year for unlimited talk, text and data, which works out to only $25 a month, For unlimited data, that's a deal.
Here's the full list.
There are three regular Boost Mobile phone plans that don't depend on whether you are a new customer:
There are a few features you can add to your plan such as HD video streaming for an additional $10 per month, and Secure WiFi for $2 per month.
Boost Mobile's airG, available as an add-on, attempt to build a community around Boost Mobile users, presumably to keep them on the service.
Here are a few deals on Boost Mobile phones.
Boost Mobile offers some great rates on unlimited plans. As long as you don't sign up for a lot of extras, these plans could definitely be good for your budget.