US Mobile Cell Phone Plans

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US Mobile lets you customize your cell phone plan to fit your usage. The plan tiers start at 40 minutes, 40 texts and 100 megabytes. You can select the number of minutes, texts and data separately, so you don’t pay for more than what you need.


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US Mobile

At a glance

  • Plans start at $6.50 per month for 40 minutes (no texts or data)
  • Notables: Flexible, inexpensive plans; service runs on T-Mobile’s network
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US Mobile

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US Mobile cell phone plans

US Mobile operates a tiered pricing system, similar to those at Ting and Consumer Cellular. The base price is $4 per month per line. Plan components — minutes, texts and data — are arranged into tiers based on usage.

Talk$2.50

40
min
$3

100
min
$5

300
min
$6

500
min
$8

1,000
min
$10

2,000
min
$15

5,000
min
Text$1.50

40
texts
$2

100
texts
$3

300
texts
$4

500
texts
$5

1,000
texts
$6

2,000
texts
$7

5,000
texts
Data$2

100MB
$5

300MB
$8

500 MB
$11

1GB
$16

2GB
$20

3GB
$26

5GB

You add up your selections and the service fee to get your total monthly cost. If you wanted 100 minutes ($3), 1,000 texts ($5) and 3 gigabytes of data ($20), for example, your total monthly cost would be $32 ($3 + $5 + $20 + the $4 line service fee).

US Mobile also offers a handful of unlimited data plans. But unlike traditional unlimited plans offered by other companies, the prepaid carrier’s offerings are broken into speed tiers.

  • Standard: Caps data speed at 1 megabit per second, which will feel like a crawl if you’re used to standard speeds with other carriers
  • Fast: Caps speed at 5Mbps, which gets closer to the 4G speeds that smartphone users expect (4G LTE can handle download speeds of 5 to 12Mbps)
  • Ludicrous: Does not cap data speed, so you can achieve full 4G LTE speeds if your phone is capable
Standard (1Mbps)$35
Unlimited data
100 min, 100 texts
$42
Unlimited data
Unlimited talk and text
$47
Unlimited data
Unlimited talk and text
Mobile hot spot
Fast (5Mbps)$45
Unlimited data
100 min, 100 texts
$52
Unlimited data
Unlimited talk and text
$57
Unlimited data
Unlimited talk and text
Mobile hot spot
Ludicrous$65
Unlimited data
100 min, 100 texts
$70
Unlimited data
Unlimited talk and text
$75
Unlimited data
Unlimited talk and text
Mobile hot spot

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US Mobile’s network

US Mobile uses T-Mobile’s network to provide service, but its customers don’t enjoy the same coverage offered to T-Mobile users. Large areas of Montana, Iowa and Nebraska aren’t covered by US Mobile, for example, even though they are covered by T-Mobile. 

US Mobile Coverage Map

Image courtesy of US Mobile Wireless.

How US Mobile compares on price

US Mobile doesn’t compare directly on price because most other carriers offer unlimited talk and text with different data tiers.

It generally wins out when compared with carriers that have similar pricing systems, like Ting and Consumer Cellular. For 100 minutes, 1,000 texts and 1GB of data, you’ll pay $23 with US Mobile and $30 with Ting.

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Use the table below to see how US Mobile stacks up against prepaid providers that offer unlimited talk and text with their data plans.

 1GB or less2-4GB5-6GB8-10GBUnlimited
AT&T GoPhone
$35 (talk and text only)$45 (6GB)$65
Boost Mobile
$35 (3GB)$50
Cricket Wireless
$25 (talk and text only)
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$60
MetroPCS
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$50
Republic Wireless
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)

$20 (1GB)
$30 (2GB)

$45 (4GB)
$60 (6GB)$90 (10GB)
Sprint prepaid$45 (4GB)$65
Straight Talk Wireless$30 (1,500 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data)$35 (2GB)$45 (10GB)$55
T-Mobile prepaid
$45 (4GB)$55 (6GB)$75
Verizon prepaid
$30 (talk and text only)$40 (3GB)$50 (7GB)$60 (10GB)$80
Virgin Mobile
$50
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Updated Nov. 15, 2017.

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