Prepaid mobile plans are a great way to save money on voice and SMS and that's true for data too.
Here are my favorite operators and MVNOs (listed in alphabetical order) for affordable prepaid voice, messaging AND mobile data on U.S. national carriers. Scroll down the post for recommendations by network and level of usage.
This post is constantly being updated as data plans and pricing change frequently.
Last updated 9-Nov-2015: Added Ecomobile.
Air Voice Wireless (888-944-2355) is AT&T MVNO that offers a variety of unlimited voice and text plans with varying amounts of data priced at $20 to $50/month. There's also a $10/month prepaid plan with prices of 4¢/voice minute, 2¢/text and 6.6¢/MB of data.
Air Voice is notable for having highly regarded US based support.
AT&T GoPhone 800-901-9878): The largest US GSM operator's data offerings have gotten a lot more competitive lately, particularly on monthly plans where the options are:
$30/month: unlimited domestic voice minutes, unlimited domestic and international messaging. Data is $5 for 100 MB. The data add-on expires after 30 days, but if you add another one before expiration, the unused data rolls over.
$45/month: unlimited voice and messaging and data with the first 1.5 GB of data per month at high speeds. Additional data is available for $10 per 500 MB.
$60/Month: unlimited voice and messaging and data with the first 4 GB of data per month at high speeds. Additional high speed data is available for $10 per 1 GB.
Unused data on the $45 and $60 plans roll over to the next month when the plan renews. However, plan data is used before rollover data and rollover data expires after 30 days. That means that unless your data usage alternates from low one month to high the next you are unlikely to be able to use much of your rollover data.
AT&T's GoPhone Daily plan costs $2/day for unlimited domestic voice minutes, unlimited domestic and international messaging. Data can be added as needed for $1 for 100 MB good for one calendar day (day ends at midnight CT). The $2 fee is charged only on days a call is made or answered or a text is sent. A nice feature is that Incoming texts and data use do not trigger the $2 daily fee.
To add a data package to one of these plans you can either call 611 from the handset and wade through the voice response menus or use the AT&T's Pay As You Go Online site. It's also possible to set up automatic refills using the web site.
You can use any phone that supports ATT's 850/1900 bands and isn't locked to another operator. LTE 4G data is available with a compatible phone.
Boost Mobile (866-402-7366): Owned by Sprint, Boost offers CDMA service using Sprint's native 2.5G, 3G EVDO and 4G LTE network as well as 4G WiMAX on the Sprint/Clearwire network.
Boost has monthly and daily unlimited plans only. The monthly plans include unlimited voice and messaging and varying amounts of high speed data; $35 for 2 GB of high-speed data, $45 for 5 GB of high speed data and $60 for unlimited, unthrottled data. Throttled speed after the high speed data allowance is consumed is 128 Kbps on all plans.
Boost's $35 ($30 with auto-pay) and $45 plans have a feature Boost calls "Growing Data". For every three on-time payments, which don't need to be consecutive, the customer gets an additional 500 MB going forward. Customers can earn up to 3 GB of growing data after 18 on-time payments.
Boost's daily plan costs $2/day for feature phones and $3/day for smartphones. It's a lousy deal because the daily fee is charged every day, whether the phone is used or not ,and there's no way to suspend the plan when you aren't using it. It's essentially a tax on the poor, targeted at users who are too broke to pay for a whole month of service at once.
Cricket Wireless (800-274-2538) AT&T acquired Cricket in March of 2014. Current Cricket phones use AT&T's GSM and LTE network. The legacy Cricket CDMA network is scheduled to be shut down sometime in the second half of 2015.
AT&T is positioning Cricket as its value priced prepaid brand. Cricket offers more data for less money than GoPhone. However Cricket data speeds are lower. High-Speed data is throttled to a maximum of 8 Mbps for LTE data and 4 Mbps for HSPA+, either of which is still fast enough for most uses including video streaming.
Cricket offers a $5/month auto-pay discount and a group save discount of $5 to $20 per line for multiple line accounts.
Cricket SIMs and phones are sold online, at Walmart and saome GameStop strores and through a large network of Cricket stores and authorized dealers. Cricket products are not available at AT&T stores.
Ecomobile (855-825-8855) is a multi-operator MVNO offering service on your choice of Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint. Ecomobile's monthly plans include unlimited domestic and international SMS and points which can be used for either talk or data. One point is good for one minute or one MB of data. Eco's best plan is $55 for 7000 points good for any combination of minutes and MBs adding up to 7000.
GoSmart Mobile (877-582-7788) is owned by T-Mobile USA. GoSmart phones and SIMs are sold online and by independent mobile dealers but are not available at T-Mobile company operated shops.
GoSmart offers monthly plans only, including four plans with unlimited data. GoSmart's $45/month Unlimited Talk, Text & High-Speed Web plan delivers 10 GB of hi-speed HSPA+ data. LTE is not available. After 10 GB data speed is throttled to 128 Kbps. The same plan is also available with 1 GB of high speed data for $30/month, 2.5 GB of high speed data for $35/month or with 5 GB of high speed data for $40/month.
GoSmart has native T-Mobile network coverage with no roaming. Any T-Mobile or unlocked phone will work with GoSmart.
Lycamobile (866-277-3221) launched in 2005 in the UK and is Europe's largest MVNO,with over 6 million users. In the US Lycamobile has operated as a T-Mobile MVNO in March, 2013. Lycamobile has monthly and pay as you go plans. The monthly plans have generous data allotments and low international calling rates. Data is not available on the pay as you plan.
H2O's pay as you go plan is a good value for very light use. It has a minimum cost of $10 every three months ($3.33/month) and rates of 5¢/text, 5¢/minute and 10¢/MB of data.
MetroPCS (888-8metro8), which was acquired by T-Mobile in May 2013, offers unlimited talk, text and (throttled after 1 ,2 or 4 GB) data for as starting at $30/month on T-Mobile's GSM network with off-network voice and test roaming. Hotspot and tethering are permitted on all MetroPCS plans.
NET10 also sells its own line of phones which, depending on phone model, run either the Verizon, Sprint, AT&T or T-Mobile network. NET10 also allows you to use your own unlocked GSM or locked AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or postpaid Verizon phone.
4G LTE data is available on all four networks. "High speed" LTE data is throttled to 5 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up on the Verizon network, unthrottled on the others. NET10's terms of service prohibit tethering and "continuous" video streaming.
NET10 phones, SIMs and airtime are sold by independent dealers and national chains like RadioShack, BestBuy and Walgreens.
There is one quirk to watch out for on PTel pay as you go. Unused balances rollover if you top up before they expire. However, any residual balance from a $10, $20, $30 or $50 refill that was added over a year ago disappears. Funds added with a $100 refill rollover indefinitely as long as you top up before they expire.
You can use any T-Mobile USA or unlocked GSM device with PTEL. LTE data is available on all PTel plans.
PureTalkUSA (877-820-7873) is another AT&T MVNO with good data pricing on their monthly plans. The $34.95/month Unlimited Plus+ Plan which includes unlimited voice and SMS and MMS messaging and 1 GB of data. LTE is available.
PureTalkUSA SIMs are free and work with unlocked GSM phones or any AT&T phone.
Republic Wireless (no support phone number) which launched in late 2011, is notable for offering unlimited voice, SMS and 1 GB of data with free off-network voice and extra cost data roaming, for $25/month plus about $7.50/month in taxes and fees. The low price is made possible in part by custom phone firmware which shifts voice, SMS and data traffic to WiFi, if it's available.
Republic is one of the few operators that charges for actual data use rather than "use it it or lose it data bundles". Each month, Republic gives users a refund of 1.5¢/KB ($15/GB) for unused data.
RingPlus (310-919-0915) launched in August, 2013 as a BYOSD-only operator with a unique free ad-supported plan. Free Plan customers get 125-200 minutes and 40-50 texts per month free "for life" in return for listing to ads instead of the usual ringing tones during the time between when a call is placed and the called party or voicemail answers.
RingPlus' paid plans, which start at $1.99¢/month (plus taxes averaging 20%) are a good value. RingPlus supports LTE.
RingPlus routes calls through their own servers so they can offer value added services like call recording and on the fly language translation. At times the RingPlus servers have had stability issues and have been blamed for a number voice calling outages. Data and texting have been reliable.
Selectel Wireless (877-218-5744) launched in May, 2013. Selectel's monthly plans are similar to comparably priced plans from Page Plus. But Selectel, unlike Page Plus, includes no extra charge voice and SMS off-network roaming with all plans.
Selectel offers a $10 Flex card that can be used to pay for overage on any Selectel plan. The Flex Card has attractive rares (5¢/voice minute, 5¢/SMS, 5¢/MB of data) and is unusual in that the funds on it never expire.
LTE data is available only on plans priced at $30 and higher. LTE data speeds are throttled to 5 Mbps.
Straight Talk (877-430-2355): América Móvil's $45/ month Straight Talk Unlimited plan includes 5GB of high speed data with unlimited data throttled to about 64 Kbps after 5 GB.
Straight Talk allows you to use your own unlocked GSM or locked AT&T or T-Mobile, or Sprint or Verizon postpaid phone on the $45 plan. SIMs are available online from www.straighttalkbyop.com and from Walmart.
Straight Talk also sells its own line of phones which, depending on phone model, run either the Verizon, Sprint, AT&T or T-Mobile network.
4G LTE data is available on the all four networks. Straight Talk's terms of service prohibit tethering and "continuous" video streaming. On the Verizon network only LTE data speeds are throttled to 5 Mbps.
Ting has an unusual pricing model that's a hybrid of pay as you go and a monthly plan. There's a $6 monthly fee plus separate buckets (Ting calls them tiers) of voice minutes, messages and data. There are five tiers for each type of usage. Minute tiers run from $3 for 100 minutes to $35 for 2100. Data tiers are from $3 for 100 MB to $29 for 2 GB. Prices across all tiers average around 2¢/minute, 1¢/text and 5¢/MB. Ting is a good value for moderate users. The sweet spot seems to be about 75-1000 minutes, 75-1000 messages and under 500 MB of data which costs between $12 and $41 before taxes and fees which run between $1 and $10/month.
T-Mobile ((877) 533-2533): T-Mobile monthly plans including a$3/month pseudo pay as you go plan.
T-Mobile's $30 plan is one of the best values data values in prepaid. It only includes 100 voice minutes, but there's unlimited messaging and unlimited data with the first 5 GB/month at full speed before throttling to 120 Kbps. Unfortunately, this plan is saddled with restrictions. It's available only online or with new phones purchased at Walmart and requires activating a new account with a new SIM. If you have this plan and switch to another plan you can't switch back to it without activating another new SIM! To get this deal you need to activate a T-Mobile Prepaid Activation kit (a SIM and an activation PIN) online at prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-activate. You can buy the kit online at prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com, amazon.com or some independent mobile phone shops. T-Mobile stores do not sell unactivated SIM kits.
T-Mobile offers two types of prepaid unlimited monthly plans, Simply Prepaid and Simple Choice. Differences are:
- Simply Prepaid plans are $10 less expensive than Simply Choice plans with the same amount of high-speed data.
- High speed data on Simply Prepaid is throttled to a maximum speed of 8 Mbps. High speed data on Simple Choice plans is unthrottled.
- Simple Prepaid plans lack the following features which are exclusive to Simple Choice plans: unlimited international texts, unlimited Music Freedom streaming, unlimited free Canadian and Mexican calling and roaming and "Data Stash"rollover data ($60 and $70 Simple Choice plans only).
A free BlackBerry add-on is available on request by Simple Choice plan users. It provides BIS support which is required for BlackBerry Messenger and Email on RIM Blackberry devices. Although it isn't mentioned on the T-Mobile site, the BlackBerry add-on reportedly is also available for $10/month extra on the $30/month unlimited data, 100 minute plan.
All of T-Mobile's prepaid plans include voice and SMS off-network roaming. LTE data is available with a compatible phone.
Ultra Mobile (888-777-0446) is a T-Mobile MVNO with monthly plans only. Ultra has some of the best sub $30 plans with data from any operator. Ultra is also notable for it's international calling features. Ultra Mobile supports international direct dialing and all plans include unlimited calls to at least 11 countries and an international call credit.
For additional data users can add a "BRIDGE DATA" add-on:
$5 - 500 MB good for 30 days, $10 - 1 GB good for 90 days or $20 - 3 GB good for 90 days. The BRIDGE add ons have their own expiration independent from the basic plan activation. You can "stack" two add ons and the second one will be held in reserve until the first one is used up or expires. Any postpaid Verizon smartphone can be activated on this plan.
For feature phones on Verizon's basic 25¢/minute pay as you go and $2/day unlimited plans, unlimited data is available for $1/day, which is only charged on days when you actually use data. Verizon doesn't allow any smartphones, BlackBerries or even feature phones that require what Verizon calls an “Nationwide” plan on the basic prepaid plans that include dollar a day data.
If you need unlimited voice and messaging combined with a sizable amount of high-speed data, good choices are:
Airvoice $20 50 MB, $30 500 GB (no LTE)
Pure TalkUSA $34.95 for 1 GB (including LTE)
AT&T $45 for 1.5 GB, $60 4 GB (LTE)
StraightTalk $45 for 5 GB (including LTE)
Ultra Mobile $30 1 GB, $35 2 GB, $45 4 GB (LTE, prices include $1 "cost recovery fee")
Lycamobile $35 2 GB (LTE),
GoSmart $35 2.5 GB, $40 5 GB, $45 10 GB (no LTE)
Selectel $55 2 GB (LTE, roaming)
Page Plus $69.95 7 GB (LTE)
RingPlus 9.99 400 minutes, 400 texts, 300 MB (plus 20% taxes and fees ) (LTE)
Ecomobile $55 plan with unlimited SMS and 7000 MB or minutes.
H2O's $10/90 day PayGo
Tracfone's Android phones or BYOP.
Selectel's Yearly Plan with Flex Card
Hotspot and Tethering: If you want to share your mobile data with a laptop, tablet or other devices, the following operators officially allow tethering and using your phone as a WiFi hotspot at no extra cost: AT&T GoPhone ($45 and $60 plans only), MetroPCS, T-Mobile Prepaid, Verizon Prepaid ($45 and $60 plans only) and Ting.
Boost Mobile limits hotspot use to certain phone models and require the purchase of a mobile hotspot add on which also adds more data: Available add-ons are $3/day 500MB, $5/month 1 GB and $10/month 2 GB.
The operators that allow hotspot typically provide little or no support for the feature. Users are responsible for finding a way to make it work which may require additional apps and/or phone modifications. Currently hotspot does not work on non-jailbroken iPhones on MetroPCS.
Here are tables summarizing all the plans mentioned above.
|Plan||Monthly Price (sales tax of 0-10.75% of total cost additional)||Network||SIM Cost or Activation Fee ||Allowed Phones||Voice||Text||Data (throttled speed 128 Kps unles otherwise indicated)|
|Republic Wireless||$17.50 - $40 + taxes & fees 7||Sprint (Sprint) LTE available||0||Republic Wireless Only||unlimited||unlimited||$17.50 0.5 GB,|
$40 2 GB 11
|RingPlus||$19.99 - $49.99 + taxes & fees 7||Sprint (Sprint) LTE available||0||Most Sprint||unlimited||unlimited||$19.99 2 GB, |
$29.99 3 GB,
$39.99 4 GB,
$49.99 6 GB,
|Lycamobile||$19 - $55||T-Mobile, LTE available||0||Unlocked GSM. Also T-Mobile using "Plus" SIM||unlimited||unlimited||$19 100 MB, |
$23 unlim. 100 MB HS,
$29 unlim. 500 MB HS,
$35 unlim 2 GB HS,
$45 unlim. 4 GB HS,
$55 unlim. 10 GB HS
|Ultra Mobile||$19 - $59 9||T-Mobile (GSM) LTE available||$9.95||Any Unlocked GSM or T-Mobile||unlimited||unlimited||$19: 100 MB, |
$29 1 GB,
$34 unlim. 2 GB HS
$44 unlim. 4GB H
|PTel Unlimited Everything||$20 - $55||T-Mobile (GSM) LTE available||$4.99||Any Unlocked GSM or T-Mobile||unlimited||unlimited||$20: 250 MB (no LTE), |
$25 unlim 2G,
$30 unlim, 1 GB HS
$40 unlim, 2 GB HS
$50 unlim, 3 GB HS
$60 unlim, 10 GB HS
|Airvoice Unlimited Talk & Text + Data||$20 - $50||AT&T (GSM) no LTE||$4.99||Any At&T or unlocked GSM phone||unlimited||unlimited||$20 100 MB, |
$30 1 GB,
$50 5 GB (overage 2.5¢ / MB) 3
|Pure TalkUSA||$28.95 - $44.95||AT&T (GSM) LTE available||0||Any Unlocked GSM or AT&T||unlimited||$28.95 400, |
|$28.95 500 MB, |
$34.95 1 GB,
$44.95 2 GB
|MetroPCS||$30 - $60||T-Mobile (GSM) LTE available||0||Any Unlocked GSM or T-Mobile||unlimited||unlimited||$30 unlim. 1 GB HS, |
$40 unlim. 2 GB HS
$50 unlim. 4 GB HS,
$60 unl'd. unthrottled HS
|H2O||$30 - $60||AT&T (GSM) LTE available||$9.99||Any Unlocked GSM or AT&T||unlimited||unlimited||$30 500 MB, |
$35 unlim. 500 MB HS
$40 unlim 1 GB HS,
$50 unlim 2 GB HS,
$60 unlimited 4 GB HS 6
|GoSmart Unlimited Talk, Text & Web||$30 - $40||T-Mobile (GSM) no LTE||$8.00||Any Unlocked GSM or T-Mobile||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited |
$30 1 GB HS
$35 2.5 GB HS
$40 - 5 GB HS,
$45 10 GB HS,
|Boost Mobile Monthly Unlimited||$30 - $60||Sprint (CDMA) LTE available||0 ($10 for used phones)||Boost, some Sprint||Unlimited||Unlimited||$35 ($30 with auto pay 2 - 5 12 GB HS, |
$45 5 - 8 GB 12 HS,
$60 unlimited, unthrottled
|NET10 Unlimited||$35 - $75||AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon, LTE available 9||$6.99||Straight Talk or T-Mobile, AT&T or unlocked GSM||unlimited||unlimited||$35 500 MB HS, |
$40 1.5 GB HS
$50 5 GB H
throttle 64 Kbps
|Page Plus Unlimited Talk n Text||$39.95 - $69.95||Verizon (CDMA) LTE available 9||0||Any Verizon except non-LTE Verzion Prepaid||unlimited||unlimited||$39.95 1.5 GB HS. |
$55 5 GB HS.
$69.95 7 GB HS.
throttle 64 Kbps
|Selectel Unlimited||$40 - $70||Verizon (CDMA) LTE Available||0 - $30 4||Any Verizon except non-LTE Verzion prepaid||unlimited||unlimited||$40 1 GB. |
$55 3 GB,
$70 5 GB.
|T-Mobile Simply Prepaid||$40 - $60||T-Mobile (GSM) LTE available 1||$15||Any T-Mobile or unlocked GSM||Unlimited||5Unlimited||$40 1 GB HS, |
$50 3 GB HS,
$60 5 GB HS
|Cricket||$40 - $60||AT&T (GSM) LTE available||$10 - $35||Any Unlocked GSM or AT&T||unlimited||unlimited||$40 2.5 GB HS 2, |
$50 5 GB HS 2,
$60 10 GB HS 2
|Verzion ALLSET Smartphone Plan||$45 - $60||Verizon (CDMA) LTE available||0||Any Verizon phone except LTE devices||unlimited||unlimited||$45 1 GB, |
$60 2.5 GB 5,
1 GB extra for auto pay users
|AT&T GoPhone Smartphone Monthly with Data||$45-$60||AT&T (GSM) LTE available||0-$20||Any At&T or unlocked GSM phone||unlimited||unlimited||Unlimited. |
$45 1.5 GB HS 8,
$60 4 GB HS 8
|Straight Talk Unlimited||$45||Verizon, Sprint (CDMA), AT&T, T-Mobile (GSM) or Verizon, LTE available 9||$699 -$14.99||Straight Talk or T-Mobile or unlocked GSM. Verizon or Sprint postpaid||unlimited||unlimited||Unlimited. |
5 GB HS,
throttle 64 Kbps
|T-Mobile Simple Choice Prepaid||$50 - $70||T-Mobile (GSM) LTE available||0 - $10||Any T-Mobile or unlocked GSM||Unlimited||Unlimited||$50 unlim. 1 GB HS, |
$60 unlim. 3 GB HS,
$70 unlim. 5 GB HS,
$80 unlimited, unthrottled
2 Cricket's high-speed data is throttled to a maximum of 8 Mbps for LTE data and 4 Mbps for HSPA+
3 Airvoice: $20 plan includes 50 MB of high speed data followed by 50 MB of throttled data. $30 plan includes 500 MB of high speed data followed by 500 MB of throttled data, $50 plan includes 2.5 GB of high speed data followed by 2.5 GB of throttled data. Throttled speed is 128 Kbps.
4 Selectel charges $15 to activate its own phones and $30 to activate customer's BYOD phones. Some Selectel dealers offer low cost or free activations.
6 H20 throttled speed is 128 Kbps. Unused high-speed data rolls over. Rollover data never expires as long as the plan is active. A maximum of 10 GB of rollover data can be accumulated in an account at any time.
7 RingPlus and Republic add taxes and fees of + taxes & fees 10% - 30%
8 Unused data rolls over. Plan data is used before rollover data and rollover data expires after 30 days
9 High speed LTE throttled to 5 Mbps on Page Plus, Selectel, NET10 Verizon and Straight Talk Verizon
11 Republic: Customer receives credit for unused data. Additional data available at $15 per GB or $7.50 for 0.5 GB.12 Boost Mobile $35 and $45 plans have growing data. For every three on-time payments, the customer gets an additional 500 MB going forward, up to 3 GB of growing data after 18 on-time payments.
|Plan||Monthly Price (sales tax of 0-10.75% of total cost additional)||Network||SIM Cost or Activation Fee ||Allowed Phones||Voice||Text||Data|
|RingPlus Truly Free||Free |
no credit card required
|Sprint (CDMA) LTE Available||0||Most Sprint||125 overage 2¢/min||40 overage 2¢/ea||10 MB, overage 2¢/MB 8|
|RingPlus Free||Free||Sprint (CDMA) LTE Available||0||Most Sprint||200 overage 2¢/min||50 overage 2¢/ea||10 MB, overage 2¢/MB 8|
|RingPlus Pepper||"Free" but requires a $5 minimum balance||Sprint (CDMA) LTE Available||0||Most Sprint||250 overage 2¢/min||500 overage 2¢/ea||10 MB, overage 2¢/MB 8|
|Selectel Yearly Plan||$75/year ($6.25/mo)||Verizon (CDMA)||0 - $30 4||Any 3G, non-prepay Verzion||2000/yr (167/mo) overage 5¢/min||2000/yr (167/mo) overage 5¢/min||$0.05/MB|
|Pure TalkUSA Simple plans||$5 - $17.95||AT&T (GSM)||free||Any At&T or unlocked GSM phone||Minutes: |
|Count as 1/3 minute each||$9.95 400 MB +200 MMS, |
$19.90 1 GB + 400 MMS
|Ting||$6/month and up + taxes and fees 1||Sprint (CDMA) or T-Mobile (GSM) LTE available||$6||T-mobile or unlocked GSM. Most Sprint||2¢/min (average) 2||1¢/each (average) 2||5¢ MB (average) 2, 8|
|RingPlus Bella||$9.99 + taxes & fees 4||Sprint (CDMA) LTE Available||0||Most Sprint||400 overage 2¢/min||400 overage 2¢/min||300 MB, overage 2¢/MB 8|
|Page Plus The 12||$12/month||Verizon (CDMA)||0||Any 3G, non-prepay Verzion||250 (overage 5¢/min)||250 (overage 5¢/each)||10 MB (overage $0.10/MB)|
|Selectel Value Plan||$15/month||Verizon (CDMA)||0 - $30 4||Any 3G, non-prepay Verzion||300 (overage 5¢/min)||300 (overage 5¢/each)||15 MB (overage $0.05/MB)|
|AT&T $30 Monthly Plan||$30||AT&T (GSM) LTE available||0 - $20||Any At&T or unlocked GSM phone||unlimited||unlimited||$5/100 MB 8|
|Page Plus 1500 Talk n Text||$29.95/month||Verizon (CDMA) LTE available 9||0||Any Verizon except non-LTE Verzion prepaid||1500 (overage 5¢/min)||unlimited||1 GB (overage $0.05/MB) 8|
|Selectel Talk & Text||$30/month||Verizon (CDMA)||0 - $30 4||Any Verizon except non-LTE Verzion prepaid||1300 (overage 5¢/min)||3000 (overage 5¢/each)||500 MB (overage $0.05/MB)|
|T-Mobile $30 Monthly 4G 3||$30||T-Mobile (GSM) LTE available||$10||Any T-Mobile or unlocked GSM||100 (overage 10¢/min)||Unlimited||Unlimited 5 GB hs, |
throttle 128 Kbps 8
|Ecomobile ||$35 - $55||Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint LTE available||$9.99 T-Mobile. $14.99 Verizon or Sprint||Any Sprint,, Verizon, T-Mobile, unlocked GSM||$35 3000 min or MB, |
$45 5000 min or MB,
$55 7000 min or MB
|Unlimited||$35 3000 min or MB, |
$45 5000 min or MB,
$55 7000 min or MB
2 Ting: average prices based on using half the middle tier of minutes, texts and data
3 T-Mobile: Plan only available with phone + SIM bundles purchased at Walmart or when activating a SIM on new account at www.t-mobile.com/PrepaidActivation
4 Selectel charges $15 to activate its own phones and $30 to activate customer's BYOD phones. Some Selectel dealers offer free activations.
5 Unused data rolls over. Plan data is used before rollover data and rollover data expires after 30 days
7 RingPlus adds taxes and fees of 10% - 30%
8 LTE available
9 High speed LTE throttled to 5 Mbps on PagePlus
|Plan||Monthly Minimum Price (sales tax of 0-10.75% of total cost additional)||Network||SIM Cost or Activation Fee ||Allowed Phones||Voice||Text||Data|
|T-Mobile Pay As You Go||$3 / month 6||T-Mobile (GSM||$10||Any T-Mobile or unlocked GSM||10¢/min||10¢/ea||$5 500 MB/1 day, $10 1 GB/7 days 8|
|PagePlus Prepaid||$2.50 / month 1||Verizon (CDMA)||0||Any CDMA except Verzion prepaid||4¢-10¢/min||5¢/ea||10¢/MB|
|Airvoice Pay as You Go||$3.33 / month 2||AT&T (GSM)||$4.99||Any At&T or unlocked GSM phone||10¢/min||10¢/each||6.6¢/MB 7|
|H2O Pay as You Go||$3.33 / month||AT&T (GSM)||$9.99||Any At&T or unlocked GSM phone||5¢/min||5¢/each||10¢/MB 8|
|PTel Real PAYGO||$5.00||T-Mobile (GSM)||$4.99||Any T-Mobile or unlocked GSM||5¢/ min||$0.02/ea||10¢/MB 8|
|TracFone Android||$5.00||Verizon (CDMA)||N/A||TracFone Android phones and BYOP||2¢ - 11¢ / min||2¢ - 11¢ / ea||2¢ - 11¢ / MB 8|
|AT&T Go Phone||$6.67 3||AT&T (GSM)||0-$20||Any At&T or unlocked GSM phone||10¢/min||$0.20 each, |
200 - $4.99,
1000 - $9.99,
unlimited - $19.99
|0.2¢/KB ($2/MB) 4, 8|
|Verzion Pay As You Go||$10/month||Verizon||0||Verizon Prepaid feature phones only||25¢/min||20¢/each. |
Unlimited (Verizon phones only) $10.
Unlimited to all $20/month
|unlimited - $1/day|
|Econobile||$10/month||Verizon, Sprint or T-mobile||0||Verizon 3G, Sprint, T-Mobile or unlocked GSM||5¢/min||2¢/each||10¢/MB|
2 Airvoice deducts a $1 maintenance fee from your balance each month on the $10/90 day pay as you go plan.
3 AT&T deducts a monthly 911 fee of between 25¢ and 96¢ from your GoPhone balance in some states
4 AT&T ad-hoc data - 0.02¢/KB is not available on smartphones.
5 Selectel charges $15 to activate its own phones and $30 to activate customer's BYOD phones. Some Selectel dealers offer free activations.
6 T-Mobile pay as you go charges $3/month which includes 30 non-rollover minutes or texts. Additional minutes or texts are 10¢/each
7 Data speeds throttled to approximately 1 Mbps
8 LTE available
9 Plus a $1/month "cost recovery fee"
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