Best Phone Plans for Every Type of User, 2017

The wireless wars continue as mobile carriers continue to revamp their plans and run promotions in a bid for your business.

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The wireless wars continue as mobile carriers continue to revamp their plans and run promotions in a bid for your business. And the most recent changes are a big win for data gobblers. All four big carriers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon – now offer unlimited data plans, giving users who burn through a boatload of data each month more options. Meanwhile, if you don’t use a lot of data, you’ll find yourself with fewer choices, as some carriers scrapped plans without unlimited data, says Logan Abbot, president of Wirefly.com, a website that compares phone plans.

To help you find the best option for you, we’ve selected plans based on how you use your phone and what’s important to you. But before you switch carriers, ask neighbors, coworkers and friends or family in the area who use the carrier you’re considering about how the coverage stacks up. Or, look at the coverage map from RootMetrics (opens in new tab) to see how each major carrier performs in your area.

Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.