MVNO plans can provide a less expensive option & PC Magazine shares informative research & shares their picks at start of 2021 in a number of price ranges.

The Best Cheap Phone Plans for 2021 | PCMag

Most Americans are signed up with one of the major carrier brands—AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon Wireless—but there are many more choices available to US cell phone customers looking for a bargain. Known as MVNO (mobile virtual network operators), these low-cost carriers piggyback on the major networks and can deliver lower prices, especially for individual users who aren’t looking to be part of a family plan.  All the major carriers have low-cost brands, and their deals are worth checking first. AT&T runs Cricket Wireless. T-Mobile currently owns Metro. Verizon owns Visible. If you’re looking for a wide range of stores and solid customer service, these brands have excellent prices and should be your first shopping stops.