Are you looking to save money in 2017? Switching your cell phone carrier can be a great way to do it! Now more than ever, you have a lot of choices when it comes to cell phone service.

Consumer Reports National Research Center recently surveyed about 90,000 cell phone users and discovered that half of the respondents who switched providers cut their monthly bill by $20 or more! There are so many different options for cell phone service right now and so many factors to consider to get the very best deal for you -- including how many people will be on the plan and the network that works best in your area. Generally, Clark recommends Republic Wireless or Sprint as the best deal for one person, or T-Mobile or Sprint for families.

So to help you compare plans across carriers, we've compiled a simple list. You may also want to go to the company's website if you need more information to help you decide based on your needs.

Read more: The #1 mistake people make when switching cell phone carriers​

Unlimited plans

Several providers are offering unlimited service for under $80 per plan, per month. The best deals are below! (Note that some providers reduce speeds once a plan's applicable high-speed data threshold is reached.)

Read more: 3 unlimited data plan 'gotchas' hidden in the fine print

Low-cost carriers

Freedom Pop

These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

Republic Wireless (Clark's favorite for one person)

These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

  • Plans start at $15 a month for unlimited talk and text.
  • Get unlimited talk, text and 1GB of cell data for $20 a month.

Ting

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

Total Wireless

These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

Read more: Hey, Verizon customers: 2 ways to cut your wireless bill by 60% to 75%!

Cricket Wireless

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

  • $30/month unlimited talk, text and data. (1 GB high speed data)
  • Buy a phone or bring your own device.
  • Check out the deals and promotions here.

Google Fi

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

H20 Wireless

These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

  • $27/month unlimited talk and text with 3GB 4G LTE high-speed data and auto-pay, unlimited 2G after that.
  • Unlimited international talk to 50+ countries + unlimited international text.

Boost Mobile

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

Twigby

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2017

U.S. Mobile

These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

  • Plans start at $9.
  • Unlimited text, 5,000 minutes and 2.5 GB of data is $44 a month.
  • Bring your unlocked GSM phone, or U.S. Mobile will try to unlock it for you for a small fee.

Straight Talk

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

Consumer Cellular

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

  • 250 minutes, 300 texts and 30MB is $17.50 per month; Unlimited talk, text and 3GB data is $60 a month before taxes and fees.
  • Buy a phone or bring your own device.

Read more: 5 surprising ways your cell phone affects your health

Virgin Mobile

These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

TPO Mobile

Mint SIM

These are the best cell phone plans and deals out there

The big 4

Sprint

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

Read more: Get 5 lines of unlimited data for $90 a month from Sprint

T-Mobile

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

Read more: T-Mobile fires back at Verizon with rollout of HD video and 10 GB high-speed hotspot data​

Verizon

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

Read more: Verizon is finally offering a true unlimited plan​

AT&T

Best cell phone plans and deals for 2016

Read more: AT&T offers cheaper unlimited data plan starting at $60 a month

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