The major carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint and even the smaller players like Virgin Mobile and U.S. Cellular all have family mobile phone plans. Some family plans provide talk, text and web, others one or more of the above. Some are nationwide plans and you can make calls from anywhere in the country while others are restricted to your local region. Some plans charge you extra per minute for going over your minute allocation on the one hand, but on the other hand you lose your unused minutes at the end of the month. Other plans allow you to rollover your unused minutes from one month to the next. The best cheap family cell phone plans however are affordable and value-packed with the most features at the lowest prices. Here are the family plans that meet these criteria.
T-Mobile Even More Plus for Families Unlimited Talk (5 out of 5)
This plan does not come with a contract and you can get out of it at any time. It costs $80 per month, comes with two lines and each additional line costs an extra $30 per month. The plan comes with unlimited talk at all times for all members of the plan. Of course since there is no contract, the phones are offered at full retail price.
T-Mobile Even More for Families 3000 Talk (5 out of 5)
This T-Mobile plan also has no contract obligation. It comes with 3000 anytime minutes, unlimited nights and weekends and unlimited mobile to mobile calls with other T-Mobile cell phone customers. The plan costs $80 per month and the price covers the first two lines. Each additional line costs $25 per month. The phones are also offered at full retail price.
AT&T 550 Minutes Plan (4 out of 5)
The AT&T 550 minutes plan costs $60 per month and comes with 550 nationwide anytime minutes to be shared among plan members. The base price covers two members, a maximum of three people are allowed on each plan and the additional member costs $10 per month. The plan comes with unlimited night and weekend minutes, unlimited mobile to mobile calling to other AT&T mobile customers and you can carry over your leftover minutes to the next month.
AT&T 700 Minutes Plan (4 out of 5)
This $70 per month plan comes with 700 anytime minutes to be shared among all plan members. A maximum of five lines are allowed on each plan and each additional line after the second costs an additional $10 per month. As with the 550 minutes plan, it comes with unlimited night and weekend minutes and unlimited mobile to mobile calling to other AT&T customers.
Verizon 700 Minutes Plan (3 out of 5)
The Verizon 700 minutes plan costs $70 per month and comes with 700 minutes to be shared among all plan members. The basic monthly cost covers two lines and each additional line, up to a maximum of a total of five lines, costs $10 per month. The plan also comes with unlimited nights and weekend minutes and unlimited mobile to mobile calls to other Verizon Wireless customers.