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Best Target Cell Phone Plans

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Best Target Cell Phone Plans

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

 

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  • Plan name: Cricket Wireless Basic
  • Price (monthly): $40; $35 with autopay discount.
  • At a glance: 5GB of data, plus unlimited talk and text.
  • Why we like it: Hits the sweet spot on monthly data for most users.
Get started at Cricket's site
Simple Mobile
  • Plan name: Simple Mobile
  • Price (monthly): $40; $37.50 with autopay discount.
  • At a glance: Unlimited talk and text with 6GB of data.
  • Why we like it: A great value for a lot of data.
Get Started at Simple's site

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

6GB for $45; $40 with autopay discount
3GB for $35
7GB for $50

Best postpaid cell phone plans at Target

 

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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: Sprint’s single line plan is one of the most affordable traditional plans available.
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: 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

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

Best family cell phone plans at Target

 

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  • Plan name: AT&T Unlimited Choice
  • Price (monthly, four lines): $165; $155 with $10 autopay discount
  • Plan at a glance: Unlimited data, minutes and text messages
  • Why we like it: It’s an affordable, entry-level unlimited plan on a top-notch network
Get started at AT&T's site
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  • Plan name: Cricket Wireless Basic (with Group Save discount)
  • Price (monthly, four lines): $110.
  • At a glance: Unlimited talk and text, 5GB of data per line.
  • Why we like it: A no-frills family plan with an affordable price tag.
Get started at Cricket's site

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

Unlimited for $180; $160 with autopay discount
Unlimited for $180; $175 with autopay discount
Unlimited for $140

Target cell phone plans: summary

CarrierPlanBest forCost per monthGet started
Cricket Wireless Basic (5GB)People who want a prepaid plan$40; $35 with autopay discount
Get started at Cricket Wireless's site
Simple Mobile (6GB)People who want a prepaid plan$40; $37.50 with autopay discount
Get started at Simple Mobile's site
Sprint (2GB)People who want a postpaid plan$45; $40 with autopay discount
Get started at Sprint's site
Verizon 5GB planPeople who want a postpaid plan$60; $55 with autopay discount
Get started at Verizon's site
AT&T Unlimited ChoiceFamilies$165 (4 lines); $155 with autopay discount
Get started at AT&T's site
Cricket Wireless Basic
(5GB of data per line)
Families$110 (4 lines)
Get started at Cricket Wireless's site

Updated November 15, 2017.

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