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
Moto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free – Unlocked – 64 GB – Ceramic Black (US Warranty) – Verizon, AT&T, T–Mobile, Sprint, Boost, Cricket, & Metro
2,853 Reviews
Moto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free – Unlocked – 64 GB – Ceramic Black (US Warranty) – Verizon, AT&T, T–Mobile, Sprint, Boost, Cricket, & Metro
  • Pre-installed selection of Amazon apps, including Amazon Shopping, Amazon Music, Audible and Amazon Alexa
  • Amazon exclusive version with Amazon Alexa built-in: Simply say “Alexa” or double press the power...
$111.00Bestseller No. 2
Google - Pixel 3a with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Purple-ish
3,312 Reviews
Google - Pixel 3a with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Purple-ish
  • Capture stunning photos with features like night sight, portrait mode, and HDR+
  • Save every photo with free, unlimited storage at high quality through Google photos
Bestseller No. 3
Samsung Galaxy A20S w/Triple Cameras (32GB, 3GB RAM) 6.5' Display, Snapdragon 450, 4000mAh Battery, US & Global 4G LTE GSM Unlocked A207M/DS - International Model (Black, 32GB + 64GB SD Bundle)
515 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy A20S w/Triple Cameras (32GB, 3GB RAM) 6.5" Display, Snapdragon 450, 4000mAh Battery, US & Global 4G LTE GSM Unlocked A207M/DS - International Model (Black, 32GB + 64GB SD Bundle)
  • International Model - No Warranty in US. Compatible with Most GSM Carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T, MetroPCS,...
  • RAM 3GB , ROM 32GB Internal Memory ; MicroSD (Up to 512GB), Android 9.0 (Pie), Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon...
$7.00Bestseller No. 4
Unlocked Cell phones, Ulefone Note 7 (2020) Android 9.0 Unlocked Smartphones, Triple Rear Camera Triple Card Slots, 6.1' Waterdrop Full-Screen Dual SIM Phones, 3500mAh, Face Unlock, US Version - Black
10 Reviews
Unlocked Cell phones, Ulefone Note 7 (2020) Android 9.0 Unlocked Smartphones, Triple Rear Camera Triple Card Slots, 6.1" Waterdrop Full-Screen Dual SIM Phones, 3500mAh, Face Unlock, US Version - Black
  • Android 9.0 Pie unlocked cell phones, 1 GB RAM + 16 GB ROM storage, 3500mAh battery
  • Triple Camera with 8MP + 2MP + 2MP main camera and 5MP front camera
Bestseller No. 5
Samsung Galaxy A30S w/On-Screen Fingerprint (64GB, 4GB) 6.4', Triple Camera, Dual SIM GSM Unlocked A307G/DS - US + Global 4G LTE International Model (64GB + 64GB SD + Case Bundle) (White)
359 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy A30S w/On-Screen Fingerprint (64GB, 4GB) 6.4", Triple Camera, Dual SIM GSM Unlocked A307G/DS - US + Global 4G LTE International Model (64GB + 64GB SD + Case Bundle) (White)
  • 6.4 inch Infinity-V Super AMOLED display, 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~268 ppi density), 4000 mAh...
  • 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM - microSD Up to 1TB, Triple Rear Camera (25MP+8MP+5MP) with LED Flash, Panorama, HDR &...
$100.00Bestseller No. 6
Samsung Galaxy S9 G960U 64GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Phone w/ 12MP Camera - Midnight Black
3,663 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy S9 G960U 64GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Phone w/ 12MP Camera - Midnight Black
  • 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
$70.00Bestseller No. 7
LG K50S (32GB, 3GB) 6.5" HD+ Display, Triple Camera, MIL-STD 810G Certified, US + Global 4G LTE GSM Factory Unlocked LM-X540HM - International Model (Black, 32 GB)
  • 6.5” 19.5:9 HD+ FullVision Display, MIL-STD 810G Military Resistance Certification, Bluetooth 5.0
  • ROM: 32 GB, RAM: 3 GB, Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm), CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Bestseller No. 8
AT&T Cell Phone Signal Booster 4G LTE Band12/17 US Cellular T-Mobile 700Mhz FDD ATT Cell Signal Booster AT&T Cell Phone Booster Mobile Signal Booster AT&T Cell Phone Signal Amplifier with Antennas Kit
  • AT&T cell phone signal booster work for AT&T 4G LTE 700MHz , it can receive the signal from the signal...
  • cell phone signal Amplifier ATT Booster is designed for band 12 Band17 AT&T 700mhz cellular band , Much...
Bestseller No. 9
Samsung Galaxy A20s (SM-A207F/DS) Dual SIM, 32GB, 6.5”, GSM Factory Unlocked - International Version - No Warranty - Red
17 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy A20s (SM-A207F/DS) Dual SIM, 32GB, 6.5”, GSM Factory Unlocked - International Version - No Warranty - Red
  • Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carrier such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but are not compatible...
  • Please check if your GSM cellular carrier supports the bands for this m odel before purchasing, LTE may...
Bestseller No. 10
Amazon eGift Card - City Lights Birthday (Animated)) [American Greetings]
  • Amazon.com Gift Cards never expire and carry no fees.
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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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