What you get with a $10 cellphone plan,
These are basic, low-cost plans from companies that purchase and resell capacity from the country’s largest phone service providers.
All of the companies offer higher-priced plans with more data.
Q Link Mobile — Unlimited talk, text and 1GB of 4G LTE data. Bring your own phone or buy one from Q Link. SIM card included.
Gen Mobile — 300 U.S. minutes, unlimited U.S. and international text, 1GB 4G LTE data. Bring own phone or buy one from Gen Mobile. SIM kits cost $5 for all brands but Sprint, which can use current SIM. Phone can be used as Wi-Fi hotspot for no additional charge.
Red Pocket Mobile — 500 minutes of unlimited U.S. talk and text, plus 500MB of 4G LTE. Buyers can choose which network they want to use and get a free SIM card for that network.
Unreal Mobile — Unlimited U.S. minutes and text, plus 1GB of 4G LTE per month. SIM Card included. Bring own phone or buy one from Mint. SIM card included.
Works on AT&T and Sprint networks. Hotspot requires purchase of separate device and plan.
FreeUP Mobile — Actually lets users start with a free plan that includes 1,000 minutes of talk or text with access to 4 million Wi-Fi hotspots.
Additional talk and data capacity is available for increments of $5. The $10 plan buys unlimited talk and calling to U.S., Mexico and Canada, 200MB of 4G LTE data with additional 500MB available during the billing cycle for $10.