Looking For Cheap BYOD Deals? Try These Phone Plans
If you are one of those who do not mind jumping from one carrier to another without having to get a new smartphone, then a bring your own device deal (BYOD deal) is definitely right up your alley. Wireless carriers all across the United States offer BYOD deals of every shape and size, but if you really want to enjoy some savings, you can do well to approach mobile virtual network operators (MVNOS), small companies that rent network space from major wireless carriers. Let us take a closer look at a few of them and the BYOD deals they offer.
TextNow Wireless is one of a number of small wireless carriers that use Sprint’s countrywide network. TextNow Wireless mainly offers phone plans that include unlimited voice calls especially on the Wi-Fi network.
This carrier basically offers three plans. Its Tall Plan costs $18.99 a month, and already includes unlimited text messaging and domestic/Canada voice calls, unlimited (but slowed) cellular data and data over the Wi-Fi network, and 500 megabytes of high speed data. Those who want a plan that offers more data can check out TextNow’s Venti Plan, which costs $39.99 and includes unlimited Wi-Fi use, unlimited cellular text messaging and voice calls, and unlimited (but slowed) cellular data with 2 gigabytes at high speed. If you want 4 gigabytes of high speed speed data, the carrier’s Quattro Plan ($59.99 a month) is the one for you.
TextNow’s plans generally already come with unlimited Wi-Fi calling and data. But it should be noted that the carrier does not allow overages. Also, because TextNow uses Sprint’s network, you can only bring your own device as long as it is compatible with Sprint.
Republic Wireless uses a combination of Wi-Fi hotspots and Sprint’s cellular networks, and its plans are basically offered in 5 pricing tiers. These are:
- $10 a month (over Wi-Fi only) -- voice calls and text messaging over Wi-Fi only
- $17.50 a month -- voice calls and text messaging over Sprint’s cellular networks and over Wi-Fi, with 500 megabytes of 3G/4G LTE data on cellular but unlimited on Wi-Fi
- $25 a month -- voice calls and text messaging over Sprint’s cellular networks and over Wi-Fi, with 1 gigabyte of 3G/4G LTE data on cellular but unlimited on Wi-Fi
- $40 a month -- voice calls and text messaging over Sprint’s cellular networks and over Wi-Fi, with 2 gigabytes of 3G/4G LTE data on cellular but unlimited on Wi-Fi
- $55 a month -- voice calls and text messaging over Sprint’s cellular networks and over Wi-Fi, with 3 gigabytes of 3G/4G LTE data on cellular but unlimited on Wi-Fi
Republic does not actually allow you to bring your own device to their network, but they offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you want to try out the carrier’s plans.
ROK Mobile mixes cheap phone plans with unlimited music streaming and radio for just $50 a month. This plan already comes with unlimited voice calls, text messaging, and data (with 5 gigabytes high speed). Plus, customers get access to ROK Music, which offers more than 20 million tracks.
ROK Mobile users Sprint’s LTE network and more than 20 million hotspots across the US. Customers can bring their own devices compatible with the Sprint network, or selected unlocked GSM devices from other wireless carriers.
Ting offers plans in specific buckets (blocks of voice call minutes, number of text messages, and amount of megabytes), with customers paying only for the bucket they consumed. If you consider yourself an average user, you may be paying around $6 smartphone service charge, $9 for 101 to 500 minutes of voice calls, $5 for 1,001 to 2,000 text messages, and $19 for 501 megabytes to 1 gigabyte of data.
Like the other carriers mentioned above, Ting will only allow you to bring your own device if it is compatible with the Sprint network.
With RingPlus’s plans, voice calls are made over the Wi-Fi network instead of LTE cellular networks. But what will really interest you is the fact it only offers a free plan. Yup, it is really free, and already includes 200 minutes of voice calls, 50 text messages, and 10 megabytes of data. If you are not that poor, perhaps you can go for the carrier’s Joy Plan ($1.99 a month), which provides 50 megabytes of data and 100 text messages. RingPlus’s most pricey plan is the Bliss Plan ($49.99), which comes with unlimited voice calls (on cellular and Wi-Fi), unlimited text messaging, 5 gigabytes of cellular data, and unlimited data over Wi-Fi.