This Tool Will Help You Figure Out the Best Cell Phone Plan for Your Budget

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Cell phones are one of those things people find it really hard to live without.

Sure, we can cut cable, stop shopping for clothes and even go without a car — but cell phones are our lifelines!

How else would we be able to reach people on the go? Or, you know, have a silent text conversation with someone five feet away. Or check the weather while in the bathroom.

Those are essentials!

But, like everything else in life, cell phone service comes at a cost. The real question is: how much are you willing to pay?

Money recently released its 2017 Best Cell Phone Plan analysis, comparing costs and hidden fees among other metrics. They also surveyed about 1,900 cell phone users and found 55% would change their plan if it meant a lower cost.

Among Money’s recommendations for the best plans out there, the most basic plan — Republic Wireless 30 — comes at an annual cost of $360, or $30 per month.

The most expensive is their recommendation for a family plan — T-Mobile One — with an annual cost of $1,680, or $140 each month. That’s including a discount for enrolling in autopay — but you have to keep in mind it includes service for four users.

Deciding what cell phone plan will best fit your individual needs (or shared needs, if your plan will include more than one user) can be tricky, but Money has made it easier with a neat tool to help you determine the right plan for you.

Just scroll to the end of their Best Cell Phone Plan article, answer a few questions and voila! The interactive widget should spit out a few suggested plans designed to suit you best based off cost concerns, average usage and more.

The results will even tell you how much the service will cost each year.

So plug that into your annual budget, because we all know you’ll feel lost without your favorite device.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Money’s cell phone plan widget suggested she get the exact plan she currently uses.