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Wireless Plan Questions
  • How much data do I need?
    The average person uses about 2GB of data per month, but it varies a lot based on how you use your phone. If you like watching streaming video you should consider 5GB per month. Read More
  • Can I keep my phone number?
    Yes, you can always keep your phone number when moving to a new provider. No exceptions. You will get this option during the sign up process. Read More
  • Can I take my phone to a new provider?
    Probably, although this will depend on your current carrier and where you want to take your phone. U.S. networks run on one of two technologies. T-Mobile and AT&T use GSM while Verizon and Sprint use CDMA. Phones typically work with one technology and are incompatible with the other. Read More
  • How do I pay for the phone?
    You can buy a phone upfront in full, or spread the payments out over 24-months. Leasing plans and early upgrade options are also available - it's up to you. Look for these payment options when running a search on WhistleOut.
  • Do I get paid to switch carrier?
    You may have seen advertisements promising money to switch carriers. The amount you receive depends on the contract you choose and the phone you purchase, plus you'll need to trade-in your current phone. Read More
  • There are only 4 major networks?
    Only Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile own network equipment, like cell towers. All other wireless providers resell services to you and share space on one or more of these networks. Read More.

We all need a a little help, right? Take a look at some of our easy to use pages to get you started.

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iPhone 8 64GB

iPhone 8 64GB

Apple's 2017 device features a new glass design, 4.7" Retina HD display with True Tone, 12MP camera and wireless charging

iPhone 7 32GB

iPhone 7 32GB

Apple's flagship phone has a 4.7" HD Retina display with 3D Touch, 12MP camera with optical image stabilization and water resistance

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung's 2017 Flagship device has an infinity 5.8" Quad-HD+ display, a new artificial intelligence -Bixby, a face recognition system & a pro mode for camera

iPhone 8 Plus 64GB

iPhone 8 Plus 64GB

Apple's 2017 device features a new glass design, large 5.5" Retina HD display with True Tone, 12MP wide-angle and telephoto camera and wireless charging

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How Do I Find the Best Cell Phone Plan?

Steps for the best cell phone plan...

Relax. You're in the right place to find the perfect cell phone plan.

  1. Define your budget. How much are you willing to pay each month?
  2. Estimate your usage: Think out how much talk, text and data right now, and what are you planning on for the future. Most of us now use over 3GB of data per month. Find out how much you need here.
  3. Think about where you use your phone: This will be important in checking the coverage with the carrier.
Many carriers now offer unlimited data plans. You might not need unlimited data, but if that's what you need, check out our guide to the Best Unlimited Data plans available right now. 

Small Carriers vs. Major Carriers

There are four major networks. You probably recognize their names: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. 

However, there are many more smaller carriers (MVNOs) which run on top of the four major networks and make the market competitive. MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator; these are smaller carriers you may or may not have heard of—Cricket, MetroPCS, Ting etc.—that buy network space from the major carriers. 

Sometimes the best deals are hidden with these smaller carriers. For example, some carriers offer super cheap plans and some offer free cell phone plans

Check out our list of the best cell phone plans for help.

What's the Best Phone for Me?

A lot can go into picking the perfect phone—smartphone or dumb phone? Big screen or small screen? Android or iOS? The following are some considerations will help you narrow your search:

  • Am I an iPhone or Android person?
  • Do I need a smartphone? 
  • Do I want a nice camera? 
  • What size phone is right for me? 
  • Which brands do I trust?  

Once you've answered these questions—or even if you haven't—you're ready to go over to WhistleOut's phone finder to find the perfect device. 

We can help you find the best phone for your needs with our Phone Finder

If you're interested in the latest iPhone prices and plans, check our comprehensive guide to all iPhone Plans 

What is a Bring Your Own Phone Plan?

Keeping the phone you already love...

BYOP stands for Bring Your Own Phone and it simply means taking your current phone to a new carrier to get a new plan. Lots of MVNOs—and major carriers too—allow you to bring your own device along with you, sometimes just requiring a new sim card to activate.


One thing that’s important to keep in mind, though, is that some phones are GSM while others are CDMA. What does this mean? In the U.S., GSM phones are configured for AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks, while CDMA phones are configured for Verizon, Sprint  and U.S. Cellular’s networks. 

Since MVNOs run on the major carriers’ networks, they’ll belong to either GSM or CDMA networks—sometimes both. If you’re bringing your phone with you, knowing whether it’s a GSM or CDMA device will help you pick a carrier that will work for you.  We can help you with everything you need to know about keeping your phone and switching carriers

Why choose a BYO Phone plan?

  • Save on the monthly cost of a new phone (a new iPhone installment plan costs $27/mth for the phone - you can save that every month - $300/year
  • Upgrade to the latest plans when they come out

Compare BYO phone plans now!

Which Carrier is the Best and Why?

Whatever your lifestyle, there's a plan and a carrier to fit. 

There are many different types of carriers and plans. Some carriers are focussed on coverage, others are focussed on innovation. Some are purely focussed on price and value. The best carrier is a personal choice. The key things that you should look for: 

  • Value for money
  • Coverage & network
  • Ease of navigating plans on carrier's website / customer service / perceived customer experience & support
  • "All in" pricing V.S. prices + taxes and further fees
  • Is the carrier an innovator or a follower?
  • Is the carrier customer focussed?

Every carrier in the US now offers No Contract Plans

  • Greater flexibility to switch between carriers
  • Keep your phone number when you switch

In different areas, each carrier shines differently. The best unlimited carrier, might not be the best budget carrier. We've covered each of the key segments here.

Which Carrier Has the Best Coverage and Plan?

Verizon boasts the best national coverage, based on independent tests, with 97.7% reliability; AT&T takes the second spot with 96.44% reliability, followed by T-Mobile at 95.4% and Sprint at 93.42% (check out the national chart below). City to city, however, it's a different story; the supposedly less reliable carriers actually win out in many markets. 

Remember how MVNOs run on these major networks? You'll enjoy the same level of coverage as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile, depending on which network the carrier leases network space from.

The best plan for you is a balance of features and coverage. Surprisingly, coverage is less of an issue for differentiation between carriers. 

In almost all metro areas coverage is very good from major carriers. Hills, valleys and buildings all create variation in coverage patterns. Also, your phone will also impact your coverage - the latest phones will ALWAYS get the best coverage signal from a carrier.  

Check our guide to the best carrier and best plans in America's Top 25 Cities..

WhistleOut's comparison tool is. . .

Always up-to-date. WhistleOut is the only site to monitor all the price changes in the market. Our data is always accurate and up-to-date, so you can be confident that the latest and best cell phone plans are at your fingertips.

Flexible. We allow you to search for multiple lines, BYOP and non-BYOP plans, contract and no-contract, and more.

Customizable. Our powerful search filters and sorting allow you to tailor your results according to what's important to you, whether it's specific carriers, the prepaid expiry period, international calling features, and many more. 

Best in market. WhistleOut is the only site to be able to compare hundreds of thousands of different comparison scenarios, from switching a single low use line with a Sprint compatible device, to comparing prices five unlimited lines including current promotional pricing or finding all the iPhone options under $300 right now. WhistleOut has you covered with the best search engine in the market to help you get the perfect plan.