Finding the best trail camera for your needs can be a daunting task, but when you add in all the options that a cellular trail camera gives you, it can be down right impossible. Among some of the most important trail camera features such as picture quality and price, with cellular cameras you also have to look for coverage in your area, along with cellular plans that will not break your budget.
How much does a cellular trail camera plan cost?
The average cost of a cellular trail camera plan is $8 for every 1,000 photos. Depending on the manufacturer and the service plan you choose, however, a cellular service can cost anywhere from free all the way up to $1,000 per year.
It can be excruciatingly time consuming to find and sort through all of the different data options that are available. The amount of effort it takes, could deter you away from ever wanting to use a cellular trail camera. Don’t worry we did all the leg work for you. In an attempt to provide you with all the information you need to to make the best decision you can.
As we all know the prices of cellular plans can and do change at any moment. We will work at trying to keep up with those changes and keep this page up to date for you on a bi- annual basis. We will be sure to inform you of the last date we have updated the information below.
Last Updated : April 25, 2021
For most the easiest way to set up a cellular trail camera plan is go directly through the manufacturer. While this is not offered by all trail camera companies, most provide this convenient benefit. There is no messing with data rates with a third party wireless provider, and no frustration of trying to jump through the loops of adding devices to your current cell phone plans.
With these companies you simply purchase the camera and activate your camera on their website. They provide you with the exact amount of photos you will be able to download a month, and give you excellent support in setting up your camera.
Spy Point Cellular Plans
Spy Point trail cameras are one of the leading cellular trail camera manufactures in the world, and they make accessing, setting up and using their cameras as simple as you possibly can. They offer only 4 data plans, ranging from free to $15 per month, making the decision process simple and straight forward.
Since 2019 they began offering the Spypoint Experience. This feature gives you access to their Buck Tracker software, free mobile app, cloud storage, GPS Geotag, and live chat.
One unique feature that we particularly like is the Buck Tracker software. This software allows you to place a filter on your trail camera photos, that will identify if a deer has antlers or not. Using this filter will only show you photos of antlered deer, and eliminate the countless pictures you receive of does and fawns, saving you time while looking over all of your photos.
While Spy Point trail cameras are going to be more expensive than most cameras on the market, their low data plans, and no charge for activation will quickly pay for itself. We were surprised at some of the deals you can find on Spypoint trail camera at Amazon.
|Photos Per Month||100||250||1000||Unltd|
|Month to Month Price||Free||$5 / Mth||$10 / Mth||$15 / Mth|
|Annual Subscription||Free||$4 / Mth||$7 / Mth||$10/Mth|
Bushnell Cellular Plans
Bushnell home of the Trophy Cam series cameras, also allows you to set up your cellular data package directly through their website. As most cellular trail cameras, the images that are sent to you are simply thumbnails, but Bushnell offers you the ability to send full resolution images as well, for an add on price.
Maintenance mode is another feature they offer, allowing you to keep your trail camera data package active, even during the off season. While their data packages on average are a little higher, their quality cameras still makes them a viable option.
|Data Package||Monthly Thumbnails||Price Per Month|
Bushnell Annual Plans
|Data Package||Yearly Thumbnails||Price Per Year||Monthly Price|
Bushnell Full Resolution Images
|10 Image Pack||$7.99|
|25 Image Pack||$16.99|
Covert Cellular Plans
Since we began tracking the price of cellular trail camera plans, back in 2018, the price of Covert plans have gone down significantly. With the increase in popularity in their brand they have been able to buy more coverage, at a cheaper price, and have been able to pass those prices on to the consumer.
In 2021 Covert has thrown their hat into the Link game, allowing up to 9 trail camera to link to one single base camera, using their LoRa system. This allows you to link all of your covert LoRa cameras together and by having only one trail camera on your LoRa plan, you will never have to add additional cameras to your LoRa plan. If you run multiple wireless cameras, it is definitely worth checking out.
Verizon & At&T Monthly
Verizon & At&T Quarterly
|Pictures||Price||Payment||Additional Camera (Quarterly)|
Verizon & At&T Annually
|Pictures||Price||Payment||Additional Camera (Annually)|
Monthly International Data Plans
LoRa Monthly Plans
LoRa Quarterly Plans
LoRa Yearly Plans
CuddeBack Cellular Plans
Cuddeback offers a unique plan structure for those who are taking advantage of the Cuddelink system. With Cuddelink, you can connect up to 16 cameras, sending all of the photos to one single camera. With their plan you can receive photos from all 16 cameras with one single plan. The best part of it all is, you only need one cellular camera to do this. All of the other cameras will link to the cellular camera through their proprietary wireless network.
If you do not use the Cuddelink system, you also have the option of having a single camera data plan as well.
Cuddde Link Cell Plans
|Photo / Month||Monthly Plan||Annual Plan||Overage|
|750 / Month||$15 / Month||$120/ Year||$5 / 1,000 Images|
|2000 / Month||$20 / Month||$180/ year||$5 / 1,000 Images|
|Unlimited||$40 / Month||$360 / Year||N/A|
Cuddeback Single Camera
|Basic Month||100MB||$20/Month||$5/100MB||2,000 Thumbnail|
100 Full Res.
|Deluxe Month||2 GB||$40/Month||$5/100MB||20,000 Thumb|
2,000 Full Res.
|Basic Annual||100MB||$180/Year||$5/100MB||2,000 Thumbnail|
100 Full Res.
|Deluxe Annual||2 GB||$360/Year||$5/100MB||20,000 Thumb|
2,000 Full Res.
Browning Cellular Plans
In 2020 Browning came out with their first cellular trail camera the Browning Defender. Their cellular plans for this camera however are a bit pricey at first glance. The added feature of being able to receive additional High Definition downloads each month, is different than most plans where you have to pay for each HD download.
Browning’s cellular plans are the same for both AT&T and Verizon carriers, and there is no activation charge on the first trail camera on each plan. Adding an additional camera to a plan, there is a $5 per month additional camera charge.
Verizon and AT&T Monthly Plan
|Plan||Photos||Price||HD Downloads||Cameras Per Plan|
|Scout Plus||2,400||$12.99||10 Images||Up to 2|
|Hunter||3,000||$19.99||50 Images||Up to 3|
|Hunter Plus||6,000||$29.99||300 Images||Up to 4|
|Guide Pro||12,000||$49.99||400 Images||Up to 6|
Moultrie Cellular Plans
Moultrie over the years has been playing around with new innovative ways to make all of their trail cameras, even stand alone cameras, have mobile ability with their Moultrie Mobile devises. In 2021 however they have decided to stray away from this plan and compete with in the cost effective category with Tactacam and Spypoint, with their new Camera the Moultrie Delta, with an MSRP of $99. When this camera hits the shelves in early summer, it might be worth a shot to capture some of Moultrie’s quality at such a cheap price.
|Monitor||100 / Month||$4.99||1 / Month|
|Standard||1000 / Month||$9.99||10 / Month|
|Large||1,500 / Month||$14.99||25 / Month|
|Unlimited||Unlimited||$16.99||50 / Month|
|Pro Series*||Unlimited||$34.99||50 / Month|
|Monitor||100 / Month||$35.88||1 / Month|
|Standard||1,000 / Month||$107.88||10 / Month|
|Large||1,500 / Month||$131.88||25 / Month|
|Unlimited||Unlimited||$155.88||50 / Month|
|Pro Series *||Unlimited||$275.88||50 / Month|
Exodus Cellular Plans
Exodus Trail Cameras released their first Cellular trail camera in the fall of 2019, the Exodus Render. This camera’s service is only available through Verizon Carriers.
Exodus uses a third party service, Scoutek to handle their cellular service plans. These plans are considerably cheap, as there is no added fees for downloading HD photos, just the amount of data that is used in doing so. They do have a $7 activation fee per camera, but with unlimited amount of trail cameras that can be added. They do have an overage fee of $0.15 per MB of overage.
|Data / Month||Estimated Photos||Price / Month|
Spartan Cellular Plans
Spartan Trail cameras is one of the leaders in performance when it comes to cellular trail cameras. The Spartan GoCam is their flagship camera. How they price their plans is a little bit different than most companies. With only 2 options for monthly service plans and two options for quarterly plans, it makes your decision process a bit less complicated.
Spartan Verizon & AT&T Plans
|500 MB||1 Month||$15.99|
|1 GB||1 Month||$22.99|
|2 GB||1 Months||$32.99|
|1 GB||3 Months||$35.99|
|3 GB||3 Months||$64.99|
|6 GB||6 Months||$109.99|
|12 GB||12 Months||$199.99|
Stealth Cellular Plans
New in 2020 Stealth Trail Cameras are trying their hand at handling their data plans in house. With the release of their new trail camera the Stealth Fusion, and their new app The Stealth Cam Command App, they are offering both AT&T and Verizon compatible trail cameras.
They offer one year free of cloud storage with their service plans, as well as the ability to upgrade for $5 to their Pro Scout management features that include animal detecting and filing as well as security tracking.
|Images||Price / Month||Additional Cameras|
|Pro Bundle / 36,000||$50||3 Cameras Included|
|Images / Month||Price / Year||Price / Month||Additional Cameras|
|Pro Bundle/ 36,000||$480||$40||3 Cameras Included|
Tactacam Cellular Plans
In 2020 Tactacam took the cellular trail camera market by storm, by introducing the Reveal. This camera comes in at a very reasonable price and reliable service. Since, however the demand for these cameras has sky rocketed and it is hard to find them in stock. In 2021 they will be releasing their second camera the Reveal X.
|Starter||250||$5||$5 / Camera|
|Intermediate||500||$8||$7.5 / Camera|
|Pro||Unlimited||$13||$12 / Camera|
|Starter||250 / Month||$55||$55 / Camera|
|Intermediate||500 / Month||$85||$75 / Camera|
|Pro||Unlimited||$120||$96 / Camera|
Wildgame Innovations Cellular Plans
Wildgame Innovations, known for their cost effective trail cameras, has dipped their toes into the cellular trail camera game with their new model the Insite Cell. This camera works will all cellular networks nation wide, and covers both 3G and 4G frequencies.
|Plan||Photos||Monthly Price||Annual Price|
|Bronze||250||$5 / Month||$48 / Year|
|Silver||1,250||$10 / Month||$96 / Year|
|Gold||Unlimited||$15 / Month||$120 / Year|
Cellular Service Providers
This is where things might get slightly tricky when buying a cellular trail camera. Other cellular trail camera providers, such as Wildgame Innovations and Moultrie simply manufacturer the trail camera, and allow you to go through a wireless provider yourself to purchase a data package. When you use a cellular provider, you no longer will get a photo count, but rather a data measurement.
I wont speculate how many pictures you will receive per set amount of data, and after talking with different service providers, they wont either. All I can say to help you in this decision is that some trail camera companies claim you will get 10,000 photos for every 1 GB, while others have claimed you will receive 5,000.
With these plans, you can either add them to your existing shared data plan, or you can purchase plans individually. You can use multiple trail cameras on the same plan, but there is a charge per month for every camera you add.
With AT&T you have the option to have prepaid data, in which you will assure that you never get charged with overages, or you can take advantage of their monthly shared data plan, where you have the option of adding multiple cameras to one single plan.
Monthly Data Plans
|Data Connect||250 MB||$15||$14.99 / 250 MB|
|Data Connect||3 GB||$30||$10 / 1GB|
|Mobile Share Data||4 GB||$30||$10 / 1GB|
|Mobile Share Data||6 GB||$40||$10 / 1GB|
|Mobile Share Data||10 GB||$60||$10 / 1GB|
|Mobile Share Data||15 GB||$90||$10 / 1GB|
|Mobile Share Data||20 GB||$110||$10 / 1GB|
|Mobile Share Data||30 GB||$185||$10 / 1GB|
|Mobile Share Data||40 GB||$260||$10 / 1GB|
|Mobile Share Data||50 GB||$335||$10 / 1GB|
Prepaid Data Plans
|Data Connect Pass||2 GB||$25 / 90 days|
|Data Connect Pass|
|1GB||$14.99 / 30 Days|
|Data Connect Pass|
|7 GB||$50 / 30 Days|
With Verizon you have two choices to connect your trail camera to their services. You can create a new plan which will charge you a stand alone $30 activation fee, and you can add multiple cameras to that plan for $10 each camera, and share the data, which is ideal if you are running multiple cameras. There is no charge for cancellation, in the case you desire to only use your camera for a few months out of the year
If you already have a mobile shared data plan for your cell phone, you can add a camera to that account, for a $5 fee. The data you use with your camera will be shared with your original plan.
|Connected Device Plan||2 GB||$20 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||4 GB||$30 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||6 GB||$40 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||8 GB||$50 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||10 GB||$60 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||12 GB||$70 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||14 GB||$80 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||16 GB||$90 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||18 GB||$100 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||20 GB||$110 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||30 GB||$185 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||40 GB||$260 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||50 GB||$335 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||60 GB||$410 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||80 GB||$560 / Month|
|Connected Device Plan||100 GB||$710 / Month|
It is easy to see how you can get lost in the weeds when setting up a cellular trail camera. There are a lot of options for services, which will add to the overall confusion. Be sure to keep the price of the service in mind along with the quality and price of the camera to make the best decision for your situation. In many cases a higher quality camera with a higher upfront price, may be cheaper in the end when you add into account the monthly service fee.