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U.S. Cellular Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

Aug. 27, 2019
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U.S. Cellular is a regional provider that offers nationwide coverage, but you need to live in a U.S. Cellular licensed market to get service with the carrier.

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U.S. Cellular

At a glance

  • Plans start at $30 per month
  • Notables: Strong network in home area, but service only available if you live in a licensed market.
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U.S. Cellular prepaid cell phone plans

U.S. Cellular’s prepaid plans have unlimited talk and text and don’t offer shared data between lines.

Available prepaid plans are:

  • Talk and text (no data): $30
  • 5GB: $40
  • Unlimited: $55

Multi-line discount: You can have up to five lines on one account, and get a discount of $10 per month for additional lines on qualifying plans of $40 or more.

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How U.S. Cellular prepaid compares on price

 2GB or less3-5GB6-9GB10-25GBUnlimited
*Google Fi customers pay $20 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $10 per gigabyte.
**Republic Wireless customers pay $15 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $5 per gigabyte.
AT&T Prepaid$35 (2GB)$50 (8GB)$65
Boost Mobile$10 (1GB)

$15 (2GB)
$25 (5GB)$35 (10GB)

$45 (15GB)
Cricket Wireless
$30 (2GB)$40 (10GB)$55
Google Fi*
$20 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)

$30 (1GB)

$40 (2GB)
$50 (3GB)

$60 (4GB)

$70 (5GB)
$80 (6GB+)
Metro by T-Mobile
$30 (2GB)$40 (10GB)$50
Net10$20 (2GB)$35 (5GB)$40 (10GB)
Republic Wireless**
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)

$20 (1GB)

$25 (2GB)
$30 (3GB)

$35 (4GB)

$40 (5GB)
$45 (6GB)

$50 (7GB)

$55 (8GB)

$60 (9GB)
$65 (10GB)

$90 (15GB)
Straight Talk Wireless$30 (1,500 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data)$35 (5GB)$45 (25GB)$55
T-Mobile prepaid$40 (10GB)$50
Ting$10 (talk and text)$25 (5GB)$45 (with 12GB of hotspot)

$60 (with 30GB of hotspot)
Total Wireless$25 (talk and text only)$35 (5GB)$50
Tracfone$20 (1GB)

$25 (2GB)
$30 (3GB)
U.S. Cellular prepaid$30 (talk and text only)$40 (5GB)$55
Verizon prepaid
$35 (talk and text only)$40 (5GB)$50 (15GB)$65
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Stephen Layton is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected].