Consumer Reports: Match cell service to lifestyle

Are you paying too much for cell service? Now is the time to look at your cell phone plan, and Consumer Reports says you should consider a smaller camera.

All cell phone plans are not created the same Consumer Reports says Ting Wireless may be a good option for college student. It offers one of the cheapest deals out there and is compatible with about 80 percent of phones.

For $6 a month, you get unlimited calls and texts when you're on WiFi. When you're not on WiFi, cellular prices are still reasonable, and best of all, your bill is based on how much service you used in the previous month.

If you're looking for a plan to cover your whole family, Consumer Reports says you'll want one that's highly customizable with low rates and top-notch customer service. For that, check out Consumer Cellular.

The downside? Fewer phone models to choose from compared to bigger carriers.

If you often travel out of the country, using your smartphone can be expensive, but there are ways to save.

"For world travelers we recommend Google Project Fi-which relies on WiFi for service and to keep costs low," says Chris Raymond.

When WiFi isn't an option, rates are still affordable.

However, there is one drawback for Google's Project Fi. It offers only two models: Google's new Pixel smartphone and older Nexus phones.

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