As of 2015, some popular cell phone plans include data, unlimited talk and unlimited text features. One popular type of cell phone plan includes features such as 10 gigabytes of data with unlimited talk and unlimited text. Thirty-gigabyte plans with unlimited talk and text is another common choice.
Most consumers choose the 10-gigabyte or the 30-gigabyte plans due to the high demand for mobile video applications and content websites. Applications such as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat quickly drain users' data allotments, forcing them to pick larger data packages. If mobile phone users upgrade to larger data plans, they have fewer data overage fees. Mobile data traffic increased up to 69 percent between 2013 and 2014. Cellular phone provider T-Mobile offers a popular plan for small budgets that costs only $3 per month for a monthly plan that includes 30 airtime minutes and 30 text messages.
Single-plan smartphones users typically opt for an 8-gigabyte or 10-gigabyte plan. This is because two-year contracts increase the price of plans as compared to buying the phone outright or leasing it. Knowing how you plan to use the phone with regards to data, talk and text features is helpful in choosing an affordable and appropriate plan.