We talk a lot here about stuff that the big four – Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint – get up to. But the thing is, even with T-Mobile’s un-carrier, anti-contract slant and the new installment payment plans for buying new devices, they can all end up being way past what your budget will allow. Fortunately, there are no shortage of unsung heroes in the telecommunications industry, stocked with budget phones and budget plans. And, hey, in the end, you’re still getting talk, text, and data on your smartphone, just like anyone else running with one of the big four. At less than $25 per month, these plans make cutting-edge look downright overrated.
Unlimited 4G LTE for $10. No contract. No, this isn’t a dispatch from a future utopia – this is Ciao Mobile, which just recently launched in the United States, after starting in Latin America. Granted, you won’t be surprised to discover that there’s a catch – it’s ad supported. Basically, you get a modified HTC Evo (for $199), which has a special lock screen designed for one purpose – ads. Those ads keep your monthly bill down, though, so as far as ads go, it’s hard to complain too much about these.