In today’s crowded cellular marketplace, even the big 4: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are starting to shy away from 2 year contracts – ever since T-Mobile launched its popular #uncarrier campaign back in 2013!
Today, the pre-paid market is getting more crowded than ever, with companies such as Red Pocket, 420 Wireless (yes, 420), Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, H20 Wireless, Straight Talk, Simple Mobile, Metro PCS, Lyca Mobile, T-Mobile and more, finding the best prepaid cell phone plan might be a bit tricky.
I am going to break down my favorite plans based on different needs. For some of you, more LTE data may be more important than unlimited talk and text. I will also list, which I think is the cheapest pre-paid option out there, PERIOD.
If you use your phone for talking and texting and some data, this plan is the best for you. With Red Mobile, they have a plan with 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 1,000 MB (1GB – with 500MB of high speed data), for $199/year, which equates to less than $17/month. You will have to bring your own phone: any AT&T compatible, T-Mobile compatible (if unlocked), unlocked GSM, Sprint compatible or other CDMA device to use with Red Mobile service.
There is also a plan with unlimited SMS which will cost you $229/year. Personally, if you use Wi-Fi at home and at work, this plan could save you hundreds annually.
Most of our users love technology and their cell phones, so most of you probably need more than 1GB of data. If you need unlimited Talk and Text and data, I love this plan from Cricket Wireless.
For $35 (with auto-pay), your plan includes unlimited talk and text as well as 2.5GB of 4G LTE data. If you do use your allotted 2.5GB in your given month, the data will slow down to 2G speeds. For Cricket Wireless, you can use any unlocked GSM phone or any AT&T compatible phone.
Heavy Data Users
The concept of a smartphone is interesting because with more of us consuming more data and communicating via social media and other chat outlets, talking on the phone isn’t as important as it use to be. If you don’t need a lot of minutes, this plan is for you. For $30 a month, you will get 100 minutes, unlimited SMS and 5GB of 4G LTE.
One caveat with this plan is, it is only available for devices purchased from Walmart or devices activated on T-Mobile.com. If you’re a current pre-paid customer, you can contact T-Mobile via Twitter and they can change it for you.
To use this plan, you’ll need a T-Mobile compatible phone or any unlocked GSM phone – make sure that you can use LTE, if its a AT&T unlocked phone.
What do you think? Which plan is the best for you? Tweet us @AsianGeekSquad!