A two year contract is too much to ask from me when it comes to a cell phone. I love the freedom of pre-paid carriers! I have tried almost all of them myself and I also worked at Radio Shack selling cell phones, both pre-paid and contractual so I know my way around the plans and brands. Each has very unique features suited for different people, so read on and find the one that’s right for you.
Verizon Wireless is my current carrier. I chose this carrier because I travel for business and need to be connected even if I am out in the sticks. It has the best coverage of all the prepaid carriers (Of course! It’s Verizon!) and I’ve been told I can go to any Verizon store to receive help with my phone. I pay $50.00 monthly for unlimited calling, texting and web on a messaging phone which is about the going rate for pre-paid. If coverage isn’t your priority, this carrier may not be the one for you. Their phone selection is small and they only carry one expensive smart phone for $80.00 a month with only 1GB of data to use.
Boost Mobile is a prepaid company under Sprint’s network. I also used Boost Mobile for about a year and enjoyed it. I’ve been under the impression that Boost Mobile is geared toward younger generations, people who are very plugged in. They have a good selection of phones, in all price ranges and have a $50.00 monthly plan for unlimited everything and a $55.00 plan for their smart phones, also unlimited. The great thing about Boost is that you can earn discounts off your monthly bill. For each 6 months you pay before your balance is due you get $5.00 off your bill every month.
Virgin Mobile is like a sister company to Boost Mobile, also under Sprint’s network. I thought their service and selection was similar to each other. Virgin Mobile offers 3 different plans, catering to unique needs- a $35.00 plan for 300 minutes, $45.00 for unlimited texts and 1200 minutes (the plan I opted for) and $55.00 for unlimited everything.
Paylo is in Virgin Mobile’s family. They share a website. Though I never used this carrier myself, I thought it was an incredible value for a certain customer demographic and I sold it to many. For a person who likes a basic phone with a sufficient and inexpensive plan that can text and call Paylo’s $30.00 monthly plan with 1500 minutes and 1500 texts is perfect.
There are many other prepaid carriers but I don’t find them as widely used, reputable or convenient as these carriers are. Also Radio Shack is a good place to learn about each carrier since they carry nearly all of them, prepaid and contractual.