Utilities

The basics

The average smartphone owner uses about 2GB or 3GB per month, according to various industry reports. So we scoped out plans that met data needs, while minimizing costs. We took into account not just monthly plan prices, but how much you would spend per gigabyte, to uncover the best value. The results may surprise you. For solo users, prepaid plans are often a better monthly value than traditional plans, which require a two-year lease or contract.

Starting at six-hundred and fifty dollars for the 16GB model, you can purchase the new iPhone 6S and own it outright. By doing this, you’re not beholden to a carrier, and when the next round of iPhones are introduced you’re free to sell it online and earn some of your money back.

Just keep in mind that no plan is truly unlimited. All of the unlimited data plans out there cap high-speed data usage at around 23GB. If you hit that threshold, your usage may be “deprioritized,” that is, slowed considerably. So connect to Wi-Fi when you can to conserve your data.

With NEM, customers with distributed energy systems like solar panels or wind turbines get full credit for the excess energy they feed on to the electric grid. For example, if they are away during the day when their solar panels are producing power, that power goes to the grid for the utility to sell to others, and the solar homeowner gets full retail credit for that electricity. When they start using power at night from the grid, they get to use up their credit before paying for additional usage. It provides the utility with on-site, clean electricity during peak usage periods when they need it most, and it benefits consumers.