Best Prepaid Family Plans In The US – Updated
Savings through activating multiple line services on one account means a lot to a family budget. Paying for a phone service for a whole family that can count two, three, four, five or more members can be really tough, especially these days. Single line plans are definitely more profitable to providers but having in mind that just one family can bring a number of subscribers to that same provider should be enough for them to offer some benefits. And if families prefer to be free of leaving prepaid provider if not happy without any consequences, prepaid family plans are the way to go.
In the US, many providers are offering prepaid family plans as Boost Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket Wireless, Net10 Wireless, Kitty’s newly added My Time Wireless and others. Some of them are actually competing between themselves openly to offer better deals and get customers to switch, which is always a good thing for customers, while some don’t. That’s why we have listed some of the best prepaid family plans in the US below to help families find the most affordable option for them. Which plan someone will choose depends on coverage, number of lines activated, amount of high speed data and additional features that are included.
MetroPCS Prepaid Family Plans
Let’s start with T-Mobile owned MetroPCS since its prepaid family plans are the freshest; they were announced couple of days ago. Even though MetroPCS family plans are available for a limited time, those who sign up during promotional period can keep them as long as they stay with MetroPCS. New MetroPCS family plans require that at least one line is ported in from another non-T-Mobile related carrier in order to all lines to include 6GB of data. If at least one line is not ported, plans will include 3GB of high speed data instead of 6GB. Family plan starts with 2 lines for $60 per month and each additional line, up to five, can be added for $30 per month.
- 2 lines for $60 per month – each line includes 6GB of data
- 3 lines for $90 per month – each line includes 6GB of data (3GB if at least line in a family plan is not ported in)
- 4 lines for $120 per month – each line includes 6GB of data (3GB if at least line in a family plan is not ported in)
- 5 lines for $150 per month – each line includes 6GB of data (3GB if at least line in a family plan is not ported in)
All lines will also get free music streaming from more than 40 streaming services, mobile hotspot at no additional cost as well as Data Maximizer that streams video at DVD quality (480p+). Also, all plans already include taxes and fees in their monthly cost. With MetroPCS, customers can also get up to five free phones for switching and for adding lines, for a limited time.
Cricket Wireless Prepaid Family Plans
AT&T’s prepaid brand Cricket Wireless, also GSM-based, is offering five lines for $100 per month if the $40 plan with 2.5GB of data is chosen. The first line offers no discount, the second line is $10 off; the third $20 off; the fourth $30 and the fifth is $40 off per month. Therefore, maximum saving per five lines is $100 per month. Cricket’s Group Save discounts work on $40, $50 $60 and $70 plans. The plans include:
- $40 plan includes unlimited talk, text and data with first 2.5GB at 4G LTE speeds
- $50 plan includes unlimited talk, text and data with first 5GB at 4G LTE speeds
- $60 plan includes unlimited talk, text and data with first 10GB at 4G LTE speeds
- $70 plan includes unlimited talk, text and LTE data
The $50, $60 and $70 plans also include unlimited international texting (SMS only) to 38 countries, unlimited calling, texting (text, picture and video messaging) and data roaming in Mexico and Canada.
With Group Save there is no auto pay discount as there is for single line plans so the full price of the plan is counted. With $40/2.5GB plan, two lines would be $70 per month and five lines $100. With $50/5GB plan, two lines would be $90 per month and five lines for $150. With MetroPCS, two lines are $60/6GB, five lines are $150/6GB.
Boost Mobile Prepaid Family Plans
Sprint owned Boost Mobile also recently introduced new family plans that offer five lines for $95 per month with $40 plan and 2GB of data. With $40 plan, 2 lines are available for $65, 3 lines for $90, 4 lines for $100 and 5th line is free. Boost is offering up to $75 discount for adding maximum of five lines; 2 lines are $5 off, 3 lines $15 off, 4 lines $40 off, and 5 lines are $75 off. Customers can choose from:
- $35 plan – unlimited talk, text and data with 2GB at high speed
- $45 plan – unlimited talk, text and data with 5GB at high speed
- $60 plan – unlimited talk, text and high speed data
These plans do not include growing data and additional 14 days to pay for the service (Grace Period) as single line plans do.
The first line is the primary account holder responsible for monthly charges of other lines and recurring services and only this line receives $5 monthly Auto Re-Boost discount. For its family plans, Boost requires a valid credit or debit card. Secondary lines are responsible for their own one time purchases.
New Boost Mobile family plans also include mobile hotspot ($60 unlimited plan is limited to 8GB data for hotspot), free unlimited music streaming that doesn’t count against plan’s high speed data and free incoming call and text messages even if customers haven’t paid for the service for up to 60 days.
Update May 16, 2016: Boost Mobile has added new promotional prepaid family plans. Until July 6, 2016, customers can sign up to a new family plan which includes unlimited talk, text and data with 10 GB at high speeds per line, up to five lines. Two lines are available for $70 per month ($65 with auto pay), three lines are $95 ($90 with auto pay), four lines are $120 ($115 with auto pay), and five lines are $145 per month ($140 with auto pay). A $5 auto pay discount applies only to primary line.
Everything that applies to above mentioned regular Boost family plans, applies to new Boost Mobile 10GB Family Plan as well, except that new promotional family offering does not include hotspot data.
Original: Even though Boost Mobile prepaid family plans sound like the best option, Boost doesn’t include taxes and fees to the cost of the plans so there is more to pay at the end of the month. MetroPCS and Cricket include all additional costs to the monthly cost of their plans. With Boost Mobile, new customers need to purchase a phone while at Cricket, they can bring their own compatible GSM phone. MetroPCS, on the other hand, is offering a promotion in which they are providing up to five free phones for switching or for adding lines of service. And there is also coverage to consider.