Best Prepaid Cell Phone Plans
Prepaid cell phone plans are perfect for those who don’t use their cell phone very often. Instead of paying a monthly fee every month a prepaid plan lets you pay only for what you use. Its the perfect way to stay connected and save money in the process. However, not all prepaid services are created equal. Below we include overviews of the four best prepaid cell phone plans on the market today.
Also, check out our full reviews of the cheapest prepaid cell phone plans below:
Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk
According to reviewers Virgin Mobile goes above and beyond when it comes to their prepaid service. You can get all the bells and whistles of a contract plan without the high price tag. You can even get top smartphones to use with your prepaid plan. Virgin mobiles prepaid plans start at just $25 a month. With that plan you can get 300 minutes with unlimited text, email, data and web.
They also have a prepaid plan known as the PayLo pay as you go plan. It starts at $20 and gives you 400 minutes to use. Virgin mobile is geared more towards the younger generation. However, the plans are perfect for senior citizens who only want a phone for emergency purposes. The biggest problem people have with Virgin mobile is that the website is pretty confusing. Some even complain about their customer service.
Even still Virgin Mobile gets a lot of praise. Especially since they have no hidden fees for you to worry about. They also have advanced phone options, a variety of different plans to choose from and are consider a better than average value.
T-mobile offers great prepaid wireless plans. Their cheapest option is a $10 plan that gives you 30 minutes. The minutes don’t expire for 90 days making it the perfect option for those who don’t use their phones very often. You can also get a $30, $50 or $100 plan as well. The $100 plan will give you 1,000 minutes. Quite expensive if you ask me. If you know you will use that many minutes you might as well get a contract plan with unlimited minutes. They are much cheaper than $100 a month.
The great thing about T-mobile prepaid is if you re up your account before your minutes expire, the unused minutes will roll over. You can also use a prepaid smart with T-mobile. If you have a GSM phone that is unlocked you can pay $7 for a prepaid SIM card and use the phone.
Overall T-mobile provides a great service with great customer service. The downside is that their service is not very reliable in certain areas.
T-Mobile Prepaid Annual Plan
If you want a cell phone for emergency purposes only, then this is the way to go. The T-mobile prepaid annual plan is a $100 plan that will last for a year. During that year you will get 1000 minutes to use. Tracfone has a similar plan but you only get 400 minutes a year with it.
This type of plan is only good for those who are sure they won’t spend a lot of time on their cell phone. You don’t have free night and weekend minutes. So if you go over you are in trouble. But as long as you manage your minutes you should be good to go.
Tracfone is a very popular prepaid company that placed first in PCMag.com’s reader survey and second in J.D. Power and Associates’ consumer survey. And just like many other prepaid services you can get a plan for as little as $10. And while Tracfone is a great company, the one big disadvantage is that all of their headsets are very basic. However, they do have a nationwide network with free international long distance in 81 different countries.
And while tracfone has a lot of very happy customers, they have some not so happy ones as well. Many report that they have poor customer service and you don’t have very many phones to choose from. Something to consider before you decide to go with their service.
One thing to know about tracfone is that they have good call quality and coverage. You don’t have to worry about a lot of annoying dropped calls with them. Add that to the affordable plans and you have yourself a winner.
And there you have it, the top 4 best prepaid cell phone plans. There are of course many others out there that you can choose from. I would suggest getting online and doing a little research before you choose which company to go with. Find out what others have to say about each company. Find out about the plans they offer and if they will suit your needs. It is very important to pick the right prepaid plan. Otherwise you could end up spending more money than you anticipated.