When choosing your phone you not only take a look at the price of the phone but also the plan that comes with it. Depending on the exact phone there can be different costs included and getting the best overall price is a big factor for the price-conscious consumer. That’s why we’ve broken down which wireless carrier has the cheapest plans available for the Samsung Galaxy S5.
In our quick guide we took a look at all of the major wireless carriers as well as secondary prepaid carriers to see how much difference there was in price. We decided to look at individual plans with at least 2GB of data along with unlimited talk and text. This is the usual amount offered by the wireless plans we see so it should be a good benchmark. Check out our guide below to finding the cheapest plans available for the Galaxy S5.
T-Mobile ($60 per month*)
The T-Mobile plan is the cheapest overall when you look at the total price but it’s a little trickier than that due to the way their plans are priced. Instead of getting the phone for a couple hundred dollars and having the plan seperate they basically combine the two. So the plan with 3GB of data and unlimited text/talk is $60 total. On top of the $60 you also pay around $24 per month for the phone if you have good credit. This still makes the plan for the S5 a reasonable $87.50 per month according to the T-Mobile website before you add in taxes and fees. Just like we mentioned with Sprint, make sure that T-Mobile has good coverage in your area before purchasing as we’ve seen many complaints about their coverage from consumers who have bought into their new plans recently.
AT&T ($80 per month)
AT&T has one of the cheaper plans out of the major wireless carriers for the Galaxy S5. The phone varies in price depending on what type of sale is going on but you can usually purchase it for around $199 or less. The plan offers 2GB of data along with unlimited talk and text for $80 per month. When you sign up for a new agreement there’s also an activation fee for the phone just like other carriers which is currently at around $40. They do have free activation codes from time to time that you can take advantage of on their website.
Verizon Wireless ($90 per month)
The Verizon plan is very similar to the AT&T plan with 2GB of data along with unlimited talk and text with a total $10 more expensive at $90 per month. The one major upside is that Verizon seems to have much better deals on the S5 with a current sale at the time of this post where you can get the phone for $99 with 2-year agreement. The activation fee is also $5 cheaper at just $35. All-in-all the plans are nearly the same and those simply looking to save money probably aren’t going to save any money switching from one provider to another.
The plans from Sprint are different than other wireless carriers as they’re big on giving unlimited data. This means we can’t use our regular data set of 2GB or more per month as they only offer unlimited. The unlimited plan they have for the Galaxy S5 is $110 per month before taxes and fees. It also includes unlimited talk and text messaging. Make sure you check the coverage map for Sprint as well since just because the data is unlimited doesn’t mean they have fast enough data speeds to make it worth it in your area.
So overall the cheapest plan we found was the T-Mobile plan that after you included the price of the phone was still less than the Verizon plan where you must also pay a minimum of $99 up-front for the phone. To be honest, other than Sprint most of the prices were very close. Verizon and AT&T even though slightly more expensive, may provide better overall quality due to their larger coverage area and faster data speeds in many areas where T-Mobile is still slowly trying to expand. This means that the cheapest isn’t always the best deal so when the prices are this close you need to look at the overall value and the other costs associated with terminating your contract before you would make the jump to another carrier or start up a new contract.
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