Looking for a cell phone plan that doubles as a way to do good? Credo Mobile has five postpaid plans to choose from. All of them are technically shared data plans, though you’re welcome to purchase one using only one device. Each additional smartphone on the plan costs $20, while basic phones cost $30, and tablets cost $15. It’s important to keep that added cost in mind when considering the price of their phone plans, which are more expensive than typical MVNOs.
This guide provides you with information about each type of Credo Mobile plan so that you can choose the one that’s right for you and/or your family.
Credo Mobile Postpaid Plans
All of the plans offered by Credo Mobile are postpaid. This is the traditional kind of carrier plan you are probably used to, in that you are billed at the end of each month for the service you use. Credo Mobile has a small selection of postpaid plans, with each of them offering unlimited talk and text, along with a personal WiFi hotspot.
The main distinction between Credo’s plans is their respective data allowances. That data can be shared with multiple devices, with a maximum of five lines per plan. No matter which one you choose, there is a one-time activation fee of $36, as well as the monthly cost of whatever device you have—$20 for a smartphone.
If you exceed your data allowance for the month, you are automatically charged $15 for each extra 1GB you use. This can result in expensive phone bills if you or those you share data with don’t pay close attention to data use. Credo does offer an unlimited data plan for $65/month, though it comes with an extra device cost—so for smartphone users, you’re really looking at $85/month. This certainly isn’t the best unlimited deal you can get; several other carriers offer unlimited plans starting at $50/month, though these other carriers don’t donate their monthly profits to nonprofits like Color of Change and Women’s March.
Credo Mobile Plans Compared
|3GB Shared Plan||6GB Shared Plan||Unlimited Data Plan|
|Data Allowance||3GB||6GB||Unlimited (speeds slowed after 20GB)|
|Data Speed||4G LTE||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Domestic Texts & Calls||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|International||Calls to Mexico & Canada||Calls to Mexico & Canada||Calls to Mexico & Canada|
|Hotspot||Mobile hotspot (1 device)||Mobile hotspot (1 device)||10GB hotspot|
|Contract||No contract||No contract||No contract|
|Benefits||HD Video Streaming|
|Full Details||Credo Mobile Plans|
All Credo Mobile plans are technically shared data plans, though you’re welcome to purchase one using only one device
All of Credo’s plans include calls to Mexico and Canada when you’re in the U.S., a feature that not all MVNOs offer. Plus, you can feel good knowing that you’re fighting for social change. You’ll want to explore the various organizations that Credo Mobile donates to in order to ensure that you’re making the right choice for yourself and your beliefs. Some examples of organizations they support:
- Planned Parenthood
- Rainforest Action Network
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- Color of Change
- Women’s March
Postpaid Plans from Credo Mobile
Buying Tip: Our Pick of Credo Mobile’s Plans
Nobody likes to limit their data each month, and you shouldn’t have to. We figure that since the 6GB/month plan costs $60 (really $80) and the unlimited data plan is priced at $65 (really $85), you might as well go with the unlimited data plan. If that price tag is too high, consider asking a few loved ones to hop on your plan. A catch with this plan is that the unlimited plan price increases to $105/month as soon as you add a line. It remains at $105/month whether you have two or five lines, so it’s cheaper to add more people to the plan.
You will wind up spending only $41/month if you split the unlimited plan with four other people
With this unlimited data plan, you also get 10GB of mobile hotspot on capable devices. There is no contract so if you wind up disliking the plan or getting poor cell service where you live (as unlikely as that may be on the Verizon network), you can always cancel.
Note: unlimited data rarely means unlimited high-speed data. As with many unlimited plans from varying carriers, your data speeds will be reduced after you consume a certain amount of data per month and will pick back up once the next billing cycle begins. Credo Mobile’s data deprioritization is 20GB.
Let’s Talk Editor’s Pick
Credo Mobile Family Plans
“Let’s Talk Tip: You can save up to $528/year with the 5-line unlimited plan”
All of Credo Mobile’s plans can be utilized as family plans, as up to five lines can be added to them. If you and/or your group does a lot of streaming and browsing, though, we’d recommend springing for the unlimited plan. Alternatively, if you spend most of your time on WiFi, a plan with a lower data allowance should suffice.
How to Buy a New Phone Through Total Wireless
Credo Mobile sells a limited variety of phones, consisting mostly of iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices. This includes flagships like the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy Note9, and Samsung Galaxy S9+. With Credo Mobile, you can buy your phone outright or via a 24-month installment plan.
Buying it Outright
Today’s flagship phones tend to be very expensive, particularly those from the likes of Apple and Samsung. For instance, both the iPhone XS and the Samsung Galaxy Note9 cost $999 through Credo Mobile. For this reason, you may decide that paying for your device outright is not for you. On the other hand, it’s nice to know that you own your device free and clear. Not picky about your device? There are a few older models and certified pre-owned options available through the site. You can get an iPhone 6 in “like new” condition for $99.
Have your heart set on a newer model but don’t want to fork over that much cash in one sitting? You can choose to purchase your phone on a 24-month installment plan and pay off the device in 24 monthly payments. If you choose to leave Credo Mobile any time before the two years is up, you’ll be required to pay off the remaining balance, so it’s not wise to buy a phone through Credo Mobile if you aren’t sure how long you’re going to remain with the carrier.