With long cellphone plan contracts a thing of the past, the line between postpaid and prepaid plans has become blurrier than it ever has been.
Even so, prepaid plans have an important edge over the popular postpaid plans offered by major carriers: They are usually much cheaper. If you want to save money on your cellphone plan, switching to prepaid is often one of the best things to do.
Here are our favorite prepaid plans you should sign up for if you’re ready to make the switch and save some money.
Go unlimited with Visible
Visible seems to top any list related to the best prepaid wireless plans, and for good reason. For just $40 per month you get unlimited talk, text, and high-speed data on Verizon’s network (Verizon actually owns Visible).
This might not be the cheapest plan on our list, but when you compare it with postpaid plans from the major carriers with similar services, you can see that it’s quite a steal. To top it off, you’re getting service on the best network in the country.
Buy in bulk and save with Mint Mobile
Mint Mobile is an MVNO, or mobile virtual network operator, which resells access to a wireless network –T-Mobile’s. It offers some very competitive rates, but you can save even more with Mint by prepaying for service packages of three, six or 12 months. The longer the package, the lower the rate is per month. No matter what, new customers get the first three months of any Mint plan at its cheapest rates. From there prices go back to their normal rates.
Our pick is Mint’s midlevel plan, which comes with unlimited talk and text as well as 8GB of full-speed data. The introductory price is $60 for the three-month package, or $20 per month.
H20 Wireless is an MVNO using AT&T’s strong nationwide LTE network. Their $30 Monthly Unlimited plan comes with unlimited talk and text, plus 6GB of high-speed data. This plan is especially great for anyone with many international contacts. It also includes unlimited talk to over 50 international destinations, $10 talk credit to other destinations and unlimited international texting.
As part of their merger with Sprint, T-Mobile committed to offering a budget phone plan to help support customers looking for big savings on cellphone plans. T-Mobile Connect is that plan. For just $15 per month, you can get unlimited talk, unlimited text and a hard cap of 2GB of data. Sure, that’s not a ton of data, but for just $15 per month, you might be willing to find your internet connection elsewhere (like your home Wi-Fi).
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