12 Best Cell Phone Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

12 Best Cell Phone Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

If you haven’t looked for a new cell-phone plan in a while, you may be paying a price for your loyalty—or your inertia. In a recent survey of almost 120,000 Consumer Reports subscribers, more than half of those who switched providers in the past two years say they saw a big drop in their monthly bill. After making the shift, some respondents said they got more reliable coverage, a bigger data allowance, and better customer service.

And here’s another change: Remember unlimited data plans? They disappeared for a couple of years but then started being offered again by the major carriers. You may not need that much data—and many people sign up for more expensive plans than they need. But if you stream a lot of music or movies over your cellular network, an unlimited plan may be a smart move.

Top 12 Cell Phone

- $46.06Bestseller No. 1
Samsung Galaxy A20 32GB A205G/DS 6.4' HD+ 4,000mAh Battery LTE Factory Unlocked GSM Smartphone (International Version, No Warranty) (Black)
52 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy A20 32GB A205G/DS 6.4" HD+ 4,000mAh Battery LTE Factory Unlocked GSM Smartphone (International Version, No Warranty) (Black)
  • 3G Bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - 4G LTE Bands LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900),...
  • Super AMOLED 16.20cm (6.4") HD+ Infinity-V Display (~268 ppi density) - Android Pie Samsung One UI
Bestseller No. 2
BLU Studio Mega 2018-6.0' HD Unlocked Smartphone with Dual Main Camera -Black
169 Reviews
BLU Studio Mega 2018-6.0" HD Unlocked Smartphone with Dual Main Camera -Black
  • 6. 0" HD+ 18: 9 curved glass display; premium metallic finish design
  • Dual 13MP+2MP Main camera's with flash and 8MP front Camera with flash
- $4.01Bestseller No. 3
Samsung Galaxy S8 (G950u GSM only) 5.8' Unlocked Smartphone for All GSM Carriers - Midnight Black (Renewed)
633 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy S8 (G950u GSM only) 5.8" Unlocked Smartphone for All GSM Carriers - Midnight Black (Renewed)
  • This Certified Refurbished product has been tested and certified to work and look like new, with minimal...
  • Infinity Display: a bezel-less, full-frontal, edge-to-edge screen. Default resolution is Full HD+ and can...
Bestseller No. 4
Apple iPhone 6, GSM Unlocked, 16GB - Silver (Renewed)
2707 Reviews
Apple iPhone 6, GSM Unlocked, 16GB - Silver (Renewed)
  • Renewed products look and work like new. These pre-owned products have been inspected and tested by...
  • The resulting product includes all relevant accessories, comes with a minimum 90-day warranty, and may...
Bestseller No. 5
Samsung Galaxy A10 32GB A105G/DS LTE Unlocked GSM 6.2' HD+ Smartphone - International Version, No Warranty (Black)
5 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy A10 32GB A105G/DS LTE Unlocked GSM 6.2" HD+ Smartphone - International Version, No Warranty (Black)
  • 3G UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 - LTE Cat4 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28) TD-LTE (Bands 38, 40, 41) - Dual...
  • 6.2 inches 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~271 ppi density) Infinity-V Display, Capacitive Multitouch -...
- $33.00Bestseller No. 6
Samsung Galaxy A10 32GB SM-A105M/DS 6.2' HD+ Infinity-V LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone (International Version) (Black)
13 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy A10 32GB SM-A105M/DS 6.2" HD+ Infinity-V LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone (International Version) (Black)
  • HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800),...
  • (6.2") HD+ Infinity-V 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~271 ppi density) - Front glass, plastic body
Bestseller No. 7
Huawei Honor 8X (64GB + 4GB RAM) 6.5' HD 4G LTE GSM Factory Unlocked Smartphone - International Version No Warranty JSN-L23 (Black)
135 Reviews
Huawei Honor 8X (64GB + 4GB RAM) 6.5" HD 4G LTE GSM Factory Unlocked Smartphone - International Version No Warranty JSN-L23 (Black)
  • 4G LTE bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 28(700), 4G LTE TDD: B41, 3G...
  • 6. 5-inch Borderless full view display 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19. 5: 9 ratio (~397 pip density) - Glass Body...
- $10.00Bestseller No. 8
BLU VIVO XL4 6.2' HD Display Smartphone 32GB+3GB RAM, Black
853 Reviews
BLU VIVO XL4 6.2" HD Display Smartphone 32GB+3GB RAM, Black
  • 6.2" HD+ 19: 9 All Screen Design with Curved Glass Display
  • Dual A.I Camera's: 13MP + 2MP with flash, and Front Camera: 13MP with flash; Your device will be fully...
Bestseller No. 9
Moto X (4th Generation) with Alexa Hands-Free - 32 GB - Unlocked - Super Black - Prime Exclusive
623 Reviews
Moto X (4th Generation) with Alexa Hands-Free - 32 GB - Unlocked - Super Black - Prime Exclusive
  • Pre-installed selection of Amazon apps, including the Amazon Widget, provide Prime members with easy...
  • Amazon Alexa hands-free: Simply by saying "Alexa" you can play music, hear the news or check the weather...
- $25.99Bestseller No. 10
Samsung Galaxy A10 A105M 32GB Duos GSM Unlocked Phone w/ 13MP Camera - Blue
6 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy A10 A105M 32GB Duos GSM Unlocked Phone w/ 13MP Camera - Blue
  • HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800),...
  • (6.2") HD+ Infinity-V 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~271 ppi density) - Front glass, plastic body
Bestseller No. 11
UMIDIGI A3 Cell Phone with 5.5' Screen 16GB+2GB Ram Android 8.1- Triple Slot, 2 NanoSIMs+Micro-SD 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera Fingerprint ID 3300mAh Battery Unlocked Smartphones - Space Gray
172 Reviews
UMIDIGI A3 Cell Phone with 5.5" Screen 16GB+2GB Ram Android 8.1- Triple Slot, 2 NanoSIMs+Micro-SD 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera Fingerprint ID 3300mAh Battery Unlocked Smartphones - Space Gray
  • TRIPlE SLOT - 2 NanoSIMs+Micro-SD.UMIDIGI added a triple tray for the UMIDIGI A3 unlocked smartphones,...
  • 2GB+16GB - UMIDIGI A3 mobile phone has MT6739 Quad-core CPU load with 2GB RAM, greatly enhance...
- $40.00Bestseller No. 12
Rugged Cell Phone Unlocked, Blackview BV5500 GSM IP68 Waterproof Smartphone, Android 8.1 3G Dual SIM 5.5' Quad Core 2GB+16GB,4400mAh Battery [MIL-STD 810G] [Facial Recognition] Mobile Phones,Black
22 Reviews
Rugged Cell Phone Unlocked, Blackview BV5500 GSM IP68 Waterproof Smartphone, Android 8.1 3G Dual SIM 5.5" Quad Core 2GB+16GB,4400mAh Battery [MIL-STD 810G] [Facial Recognition] Mobile Phones,Black
  • 【MIL-STD-810G Certified &IP68 Waterproof Level】Blackview BV5500 unlocked cell phone has military...
  • 【4400 mAh Battery & 5V/1A Fast Charge】Blackview BV5500 rugged smartphone equips with 4400 mAH big...

Provider: The First Choice You’ll Make

Go Big or Go Small
Generally speaking, prepaid service from the smaller carriers such as Consumer Cellular, Republic Wireless, and Ting benefits people with modest data needs (web browsing, email, Facebook) and little lust for the hot phone of the moment. Heavy data users, especially those who want three or more phone lines, will most likely be happier with one of the Big Four carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless).

Confirm the Coverage
Large carriers such as AT&T and Verizon have a distinct advantage. They have the country well-covered with high-speed 4G internet service. Use the providers’ ZIP code maps and other resources to confirm basic coverage. But these references don’t take into account small dead zones in your neighborhood or home. (You might want to ask friends in the area how well their phones work in those spots.)

Count Your Phone Lines
That’s easy: you plus spouse plus dependents.

Do the Math
For smartphone users, the biggest charge is usually related to data use. See the chart below to estimate how much data you’ll need on a monthly basis.

The Lowdown on Data

How much data you’ll burn through each month depends on your WiFi access (and how often you’re away from it), how much you regularly stream or download, and whether you’re a gamer.

Light Data Use (1GB per Phone)
You spend more time calling and texting than checking e-mail and using apps such as Facebook and Twitter. When streaming content such as movies or YouTube videos, you do it almost exclusively on WiFi.

Medium Data Use (2GB per Phone)
You are less reliant on WiFi and engage in a little bit of everything—streaming some movies and TV shows. Additionally, one of you does limited live gaming.

Heavy Data Use (4GB or More per Phone)
You are also less reliant on WiFi, and additionally, everyone in your household loves to download movies and TV shows, plus watch YouTube videos—and two of your kids are heavy live gamers.

Do You Need a New Phone?

Take a clear-eyed look at whether your phone is past its prime. Here are three cases when it might be wise to replace it:

Your Current Phone Is Giving You Trouble
You can replace a cracked display or an anemic battery (by yourself on many Android phones), but when system improvements from Apple or Google reduce the performance of your phone, it’s probably time to replace it. Ditto sluggish response times, frequent crashes, and a battery that gives out before the end of the day.

You’re Moving to Another Provider
In the past, switching carriers meant you were definitely getting a new phone. Providers locked the phones they sold into their services. Once you met the terms of your agreement, you might persuade the company to set yours free, but chances are the device lacked the technology to function properly on a rival network. That’s no longer true for all phones: Apple, for instance, sells unlocked phones with the technology to operate in multiple networks. Okay, so you don’t have to get a new phone if you’re switching providers. But it can still be a great idea. You may be able to trade in your old phone for money toward a new one or even replace a model from your old provider with one that’s the same or similar at no additional cost.

You Can’t Resist a New Gadget
These days, annual improvements in handset technology are less significant than they were a few years ago, so there’s less incentive to upgrade. For instance, the iPhone 6s is still recommended by Consumer Reports, even though it was introduced back in 2015 (and if you want a conventional headphone jack, you might be happier sticking with the older model). Ditto for the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. These are great phones—but so are the S7 models they nudged aside in our rankings. Phone cameras and displays have been excellent in many smartphones for several generations now. Only you can say whether the incremental improvements are enough to make you want to upgrade.

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