We know that finding the right phone for your needs can be tough. With so many prepaid provider choices available and many times a variety of plans being offered by each, it can sometimes be hard to compare the providers prepaid cell phone plans side by side. So we created a prepaid phone comparison tool to do it for you! Choose any three providers from the drop downs below and hit "compare" and you'll see the basic information from each provider side by side so you can easily compare the core offerings of each pay as you go provider.
Please note that because most providers offer multiple plans, we took the "best possible scenario" from each. For instance, if a provider had one plan where it worked out to 8 cents a minute and one plan where it worked out to 10 cents a minute, we listed 8 cents as the "lowest price per anytime minute". If the plan to achieve the lowest price per minute had a daily access fee, that fee is not factored into the cost per minute. If unlimited text messaging, downloads or other extra services are listed as available, note that there may be an additional fee associated with them.
We highly recommend that you read the full review associated with each prepaid provider plan before making a final decision, but hope that the prepaid cell phone comparison tool allows you to do a quick comparison of prepaid plans side by side to narrow down the list of potential providers with the right service for you!
The numbers underscore the fact that despite the rival carriers throwing themselves at you for your business, T-Mobile continues to win over new customers. The heightened pressure has resulted in more deals for consumers, including Sprint offering a year of service for free (excluding taxes and fees), and its prepaid arm Virgin Mobile going with an all-iPhone model with a rate of $1 for the first year of service. AT&T is throwing its DirecTV Now streaming service into its unlimited plan for $10 extra. Likewise, it was the first full quarter that Verizon offered its unlimited plan.
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Best prepaid cell phone plans: summary Carrier Plan Best For Cost per month, unless otherwise stated Get Started Cricket Wireless Basic (5GB of data per line) Overall $40; $35 with autopay discount Get started at Cricket Wireless' site MetroPCS (5GB) Overall $40 Get started at MetroPCS' site Republic Wireless Unlimited Talk + Text XXS (Unlimited talk and text with pay-as-you-go data) People who don't want data $15, plus $ per GB of data Get started at Republic Wireless' site Ting Small People who don't want data $12 Get started at Ting's site T-Mobile Prepaid Pay As You Go Plan (Includes any combination of 30 minutes or texts; 10 cents per minute or message over the limit) People who want a pay-as-you-go option $3 Get started at T-Mobile's site AT&T GoPhone Daily Plan (Unlimited minutes and text messages) People who want a pay-as-you-go option $2 per day of use; data costs 1 cent per 5KB Get started at AT&T's site Cricket Wireless Basic (5GB of data per line) Families $110 (4 lines) Get started at Cricket Wireless' site MetroPCS Unlimited Families $100 Get started at MetroPCS' site