Best Costco Cell Phone Plans

Cell Phones, Personal Finance, Utilities
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Costco is known for its great deals on bulk items. What it’s less known for: cell phone plans.

The warehouse store carries cell phones and plans from the Big 4 carriers — AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. So you can grab a 2-pound jar of mixed nuts, stock up on organic produce, fill your gas tank and buy a new cell phone, all in one place.

Costco has the same plans you’d find on the carriers’ websites or in their retail stores but offers perks you won’t get elsewhere, such as free accessories or a Costco Cash card. These bonuses may not make it worth a special trip, but if you’re already planning a Costco run, the convenience is hard to pass up.

Keep reading for the best cell phone plans available at CostcoGetting started via Costco’s website isn’t very convenient, so we recommend going to a store. If you prefer to go directly through the carrier, you can do so via the links below. 

Best Costco cell phone plans: single line

 

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  • Plan name: Sprint single line plan
  • Price (monthly): $45; $40 with autopay discount.
  • At a glance: Unlimited talk and text with 2GB of data.
  • Why we like it: One of the cheapest postpaid plans available from the Big 4.
Get Started at Sprint's site
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  • Plan name: Verizon 5GB plan
  • Price (monthly): $60; $55 with autopay discount.
  • At a glance: Unlimited talk and text with 5GB of data.
  • Why we like it: Verizon’s top-rated network, plus the option to roll over unused data for up to 30 days.
Get Started at Verizon's site

 

 

Things to Know

  • Sprint: The single line plan includes 2GB of high-speed data and unlimited data at slower, 2G speeds. No additional features, such as rollover data or unlimited music streaming, are included in the plan.
  • Verizon: 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 OTHER PLANS Compare

3GB for $60
Unlimited for $75; $70 with autopay discount

Best Costco cell phone plans: family plan

 

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  • Plan name: T-Mobile One
  • Price (monthly, four lines): $180; $160 with autopay discount.
  • At a glance: Unlimited talk, text and high-speed data.
  • Why we like it: Taxes and fees are included in the monthly fee.
Get Started at T-Mobile's site
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  • Plan name: AT&T Unlimited Choice
  • Price (monthly, four lines): $165; $155 with autopay discount.
  • At a glance: Unlimited talk, text and high-speed data.
  • Why we like it: It’s an affordable, entry-level unlimited plan on a top-notch network.
Get Started at AT&T's site

 

things to know

  • T-Mobile: Video streams in standard definition. Mobile hot spot is available, but at 3G speeds. You can upgrade to HD video and 10GB of 4G LTE hot spot usage for $10 per month, per line.
  • AT&T: Data speeds are capped at 3Mbps, which is slower than the 4G LTE speeds smartphone owners expect (4G LTE can handle download speeds of 5 to 12Mbps). Video streams in standard definition and mobile hot spot usage is not included.

How other PLANs Compare

Four lines with unlimited talk and text and 8GB of shared high-speed data for $150 per month.
Four lines with unlimited talk, text and high-speed data for $180 per month.
Four lines with unlimited talk and text and 2.5GB of high-speed data per line (10GB total) for $130 per month. (Not available at Costco.)

Costco cell phone plans: summary

CarrierPlanBest forCost per monthGet started
Sprint single line planAverage users$45; $40 with autopay discount.
Get started at Sprint's site
Verizon 5GB PlanAverage users$60; $55 with autopay discount.
Get started at Verizon's site
T-Mobile OneFamilies$180 for four lines; $160 with autopay discount.
Get started at T-Mobile's site
AT&T Unlimited ChoiceFamilies$165 for four lines; $155 with autopay discount.
Get started at AT&T's site

 

 

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