There comes a time in every parent’s life when they must let go, cutting the proverbial phone cord and handing over cellphone responsibility — namely paying the bill — over to their kid.
But fear not, penny-pinching student. Here are five plans in no particular order that will keep you Snapchatting and hitting the town without having to resort to ramen for every meal.
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This carrier’s $30 unlimited plan for 1 GB of LTE data comes with no annual contract, includes taxes and fees, 4G LTE T-Mobile Network and mobile hotspot, Wi-Fi calling, voicemail and visual voicemail, plus caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling. Not enough byte? You can get 3 GB for $40, 8 GB for $50 and unlimited for $60.
Virgin has a $35 plan that includes unlimited 5 GB of data, talk, text and streaming music with 4G LTE, or 10 GB for $10 more. You can also add 1 GB more of data for $5 or 2 GB for $10.
Cricket offers 3 GB of 4G LTE speed for $40, which includes unlimited nationwide talk and text, video and photo messages. For $50, users can get 8 GB and the addition of unlimited international texting, and unlimited talk and text to and from Mexico and Canada. For just $10 more, they can get all that, plus up to 12 GB. There’s also a $5 discount if you sign up for autopay.
US Mobile offers free SIM cards to students at partner universities that include Yale, Harvard, Northwestern and Brown. From there, students can custom-build a plan for talk, text and data that ranges from $2 for 100 texts and 100 MB of data and $3 for 100 minutes to 5,000 minutes for $15, unlimited texting for $7 and $35 for 6 GB of data.
Boost has an unlimited 2 GB data, talk and text plan for $30 if enrolled in auto pay, or $35 if not. For $20 more, users can get unlimited GBs of data, talk and text.