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

Bestseller No. 1
BLU Studio Mega 2018-6.0” HD Unlocked Smartphone with Dual Main Camera -Black
131 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
- $137.99Bestseller No. 2
Samsung Galaxy S9 Unlocked Smartphone - 64GB - Midnight Black - US Warranty
1701 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy S9 Unlocked Smartphone - 64GB - Midnight Black - US Warranty
  • Super Speed Dual Pixel Camera; Music Play Time: AOD off: Up to 90 hours, AOD on: Up to 51 hours
  • Infinity Display: edge-to-edge immersive screen, enhancing your entertainment experience
Bestseller No. 3
Moto X (4th Generation) - with Amazon Alexa hands-free – 32 GB - Unlocked – Super Black - Prime Exclusive
623 Reviews
Moto X (4th Generation) - with Amazon 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...
Bestseller No. 4
Moto G6 – 64 GB – Unlocked (AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile/Verizon) – Deep Indigo – Prime Exclusive Phone
566 Reviews
Moto G6 – 64 GB – Unlocked (AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile/Verizon) – Deep Indigo – Prime Exclusive Phone
  • Pre-installed selection of Amazon apps, including the Amazon Widget, Amazon Shopping, and Amazon Alexa....
  • Amazon Alexa: Double press the power button to just ask, and Alexa will respond. Alexa can play music,...
- $20.04Bestseller No. 5
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
- 26Bestseller No. 6
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...
Bestseller No. 7
UMIDIGI Mobile A3 5.5' 16GB Unlocked Cell Phone Android 8.1-2GB Ram Triple Slot, 2 NanoSIMs+Micro-SD 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera Fingerprint ID 3300mAh Battery Smartphone(Gray)
172 Reviews
UMIDIGI Mobile A3 5.5" 16GB Unlocked Cell Phone Android 8.1-2GB Ram Triple Slot, 2 NanoSIMs+Micro-SD 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera Fingerprint ID 3300mAh Battery Smartphone(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...
Bestseller No. 8
BLU Advance A4 -Unlocked Dual Sim Smartphone -Black
1307 Reviews
BLU Advance A4 -Unlocked Dual Sim Smartphone -Black
  • 4.0" Capacitive touchscreen display: 5MP Main Camera with flash and 2MP front Camera with flash
  • 8GB Internal memory 512MB RAM Micro SD up to 64GB. Battery capacity 1350 mAh
Bestseller No. 9
Apple iPhone 6, GSM Unlocked, 16GB - Silver (Refurbished)
2707 Reviews
Apple iPhone 6, GSM Unlocked, 16GB - Silver (Refurbished)
  • 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. 10
Huawei Y7 2019 Dub-LX3 32GB Unlocked GSM LTE Android Phone w/Dual 13MP+2MP Camera - Midnight Black
26 Reviews
Bestseller No. 11
Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime (16GB) 5.0' 4G LTE GSM Dual SIM Factory Unlocked International Version, No Warranty G532M/DS (Gold)
236 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime (16GB) 5.0" 4G LTE GSM Dual SIM Factory Unlocked International Version, No Warranty G532M/DS (Gold)
  • 5.0-inch qHD TFT Capacitive Touchscreen, 540 x 960 pixel resolution (~220ppi pixel density)
  • Android OS, MediaTek MT6737T, Quad-Core 1.4 GHz
Bestseller No. 12
Apple iPhone 6 64GB Factory Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Smartphone, Silver (Renewed)
604 Reviews
Apple iPhone 6 64GB Factory Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Smartphone, Silver (Renewed)
  • Factory unlocked iPhones are GSM models and are ONLY compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile...

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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