Best Target Cell Phone Plans

Kelsey SheehyNov 14, 2016
Best Target Cell Phone Plans

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Target is a go-to store for everything from home goods and groceries to school supplies and clothing. It can also be your go-to store for cell phones and plans.

You can upgrade your phone or start new service with Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. You can also get prepaid phones and refill cards for nearly a dozen carriers, including Cricket, Boost Mobile, and Net10.

The advantage to buying at Target: exclusive promotions, such as discounts on popular phones or prepaid airtime cards. The disadvantage: Phones and plans with some carriers can only be purchased in stores.

Keep reading for the best cell phone plans available at Target. Since some plans aren't available online at Target, the links below will take you directly to the carrier to get started.

Best prepaid cell phone plans at Target

Things to know

  • Cricket: New customers might pay a $25 in-store activation fee. Cricket allows customers to bring their own phone, if it’s compatible.

  • Simple Mobile: Mexico is included in your coverage area. Text messages to international numbers are also included, as are international calls to some countries. Simple Mobile lets you bring your own phone, if it's compatible.

How other plans compare

AT&T

6GB for $45; $40 with autopay discount

Boost Mobile

3GB for $35

Verizon

7GB for $50

Best postpaid cell phone plans at Target

Things to know

  • Sprint: A $30 fee may apply for upgrades and new activations. Sprint's single line plan includes unlimited 2G data, which kicks in after you hit your high-speed data limit.

  • Verizon: A $30 fee may apply to new activations and upgrades. You can only have one smartphone on the 5GB plan, so it’s not an option for families. The autopay discount is only available when paying via checking account or debit card.

How others compare

Best family cell phone plans at Target

Things to know

  • AT&T: Video streams in standard definition. You can save $10 per month if you opt for automatic payments.

  • Cricket: New customers might pay a $25 in-store activation fee. LTE data speeds are slower for Cricket customers than those with AT&T, despite using the same network. This difference is most noticeable with high-bandwidth activities, such as streaming HD video. Unlimited 2G data kicks in if a line hits its monthly high-speed allotment.

How others compare

Target cell phone plans: summary

Carrier

Plan

Best for

Cost per month

Get started

Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless Basic (5GB)

People who want a prepaid plan

$40; $35 with autopay discount

at Cricket Wireless's site

Simple Mobile

Simple Mobile (6GB)

People who want a prepaid plan

$40; $37.50 with autopay discount

at Simple Mobile's site

Sprint Wireless

Sprint (2GB)

People who want a postpaid plan

$45; $40 with autopay discount

at Sprint's site

Verizon

Verizon 5GB plan

People who want a postpaid plan

$60; $55 with autopay discount

at Verizon's site

AT&T

AT&T Unlimited Choice

Families

$165 (4 lines); $155 with autopay discount

at AT&T's site

Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless Basic (5GB of data per line)

Families

$110 (4 lines)

at Cricket Wireless's site

Updated November 15, 2017.