Prepaid Phone Pro http://www.prepaidphonepro.com We compare prepaid cell phone plans to help you choose the cheapest plan. Check out our reviews and evaluations of prepaid cell phone companies. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 02:57:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Media Associates Prepaid Phones with Drug Dealers http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/media-associates-prepaid-phones-with-drug-dealers/ Sun, 07 Apr 2013 02:51:31 +0000 http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/?p=543

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Here is a recent example of how the media and the government both perpetuate the idea that prepaid phones somehow relate to dealing drugs.

Bloomfield man arrested on drug charges in Middletown

This article from the Connecticut newspaper, The Middletown Press, describes the arrest of a man on drug charges after a traffic stop. According to the paper “a search of the car yielded drugs and a large amount of cash, as well as two cell phones.” He was arrested for having two and a half grams of marijuana and a bag with marijuana residue.

Somehow this minor arrest is considered “news”. Forget for minute that the amount of marijuana he had, 2 and a half grams, weighs about the same as 3 pieces of popcorn. Three pieces. Also, forget for a minute that the so called War on Drugs is actually a fake war.

What I found interesting about this article is how both the police and the newspaper try to associate prepaid cell phones with dealing drugs.

“The officer also found an open box of small plastic bags, one of which had marijuana residue inside, and two cell phones, one of which was a pay-as-you-go phone that Holung said he used to call a cousin in Jamaica.”

They go on to say,” The arresting officer explained that, based on the fact that he had marijuana, baggies, a prepaid phone and a great deal of cash, ‘a reasonable officer would entertain the possibility that he was dealing marijuana.’”

So, did you catch that? Do you see how he associates prepaid cell phones with dealing drugs? This guy is pulled over with a trivial amount of marijuana, an amount that weighs less than 3 kernels of popcorn, but because he has a prepaid phone on him, he is a big time drug dealer. Any “reasonable” person should make that conclusion.

I see this in the news all the time and it’s an agenda being pushed by the media and government to demonize prepaid phones.

Since prepaid plans don’t require you to sign a contract or get a credit check, you don’t have to provide a social security number. You don’t even have to give your name. With a regular contract plan, your identity is tied to your phone. With a prepaid phone you can remain completely anonymous. Prepaid plans offer a huge level of privacy over regular contract plan. This is the main reason I’m such an advocate of these types of plans.

Let’s not forget that privacy is a fundamental tenant of a free society.

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Oregon Lawmakers Looking to Tax Prepaid Plans http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/oregon-lawmakers-looking-to-tax-prepaid-plans/ Sat, 16 Mar 2013 02:03:26 +0000 http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/?p=516

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Oregon currently taxes cell phone plans to fund it’s 911 call centers, but prepaid plans are exempt from the current law. As more people switch to prepaid plans (because they make more sense financially, duh), the state’s revenues are dropping. Lawmakers are looking at ways to include prepaid plans in a new law. The state currently adds 75 cents per month on cell phone bills, but since prepaid plans don’t have bills, the plans aren’t taxed.

The problem is that prepaid plans are typically flat rates in whole dollar amounts. For example, an unlimited monthly plan from MetroPCS is $40 a month. The plans are typically sold on cards with the dollar amount printed on the front. So if Oregon passes this law, will MetroPCS have to start selling a $40.75 unlimited minutes plan? Probably not. What they will probably do is continue charging the same amount and just loose 75 cents on every transaction. Or maybe they will raise their rates to the next round number like $45, but only in Oregon. Which means they will have to print new cards just for Oregon, change their marketing material for Oregon, change their website for Oregon customers, etc. Either way it will cost the carriers a significant amount of money. It will be interesting to see what the state comes up with since other states will follow suit.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/legislature_looking_at_taxing.html

 

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Virgin Mobile http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/virgin-mobile/ Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:58:37 +0000 http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/?p=434

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Virgin Mobile LogoVirgin Mobile is now a subsidiary of Sprint. They provide two different types of monthly plans depending on what type of phone you need. The first plan, called PayLo, is geared toward basic phones. The second plan they offer, Beyond Talk, is geared toward smartphone users.

PayLo
If you need a cheap, no frills phone to talk or text, then this program is geared toward you. Virgin Mobile provides seven different phones under the PayLo program, starting at $14.99. They offer three levels of plans: 400 minutes, 1500 minutes, and an unlimited minutes plan. For $20 per month you can get 400 minutes (texting and data are extra charges.) For $30 a month you can get 1500 minutes, 1500 texts, and 30MB of data. They also offer an unlimited minutes plan for $40 which provides unlimited talk and texts and 50MB of data access.

Beyond Talk
The Beyond Talk program is targeted toward smartphone customers and all plans offer unlimited data. The difference in plans is the amount of minutes they provide. Beyond Talk customers can choose between thirteen phones starting at $39.99. The first plan option is $35 for 300 minutes and also provides unlimited text messaging. The second is $45 for 1200 minutes and also offers unlimited texting. The third is $55 for unlimited minutes and texting. Again all Beyond Talk plans come with unlimited data.

Opinion: Virgin Mobile’s PayLo unlimited plan for $40 is one of the cheapest unlimited plans in the country. Their Beyond Talk unlimited plan for $55, which offers unlimited 3G/4G data is also a great deal.

Website: Visit the Virginin Mobile website.


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Unlimited Cell Phone Plans http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/unlimited-cell-phone-plans/ http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/unlimited-cell-phone-plans/#comments Sat, 24 Mar 2012 18:09:57 +0000 http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/?p=11

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Unlimited Prepaid Plans are for cell phone power users: people who use more than 1,000 minutes a month. I’ve ranked them on:

  1. price
  2. reception and coverage
  3. ease of use
  4. data coverage.

Note on data: These are all basic unlimited prepaid phone plans and some don’t provide data for smartphones.

straight-talk-unlimited-minutes-planStraight Talk
five-star-cell-phone-review
$45 a month
Straight Talk offers unlimited minutes, text, and web access for $45 a month. It’s a very straightforward plan and simple to set up. You can buy a phone online and then set up an account to charge your credit card every month. You could also do what I do and just go in to Wal-Mart every month and buy a Straight Talk phone card. There are no hidden fees or extra charges. Data is unlimited and is provided at fast 3G speeds. Straight Talk uses all 4 cell phone networks: Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile (click here for more on how to tell which straight talk phone uses which network.) I’ve tried many of the plans on this page and I personally use Straight Talk. It’s just so simple, cheap, and the coverage and reception are fantastic.
Website: Visit the Straight Talk Website

metropcs unlimited minutes planMetroPCS
five-star-cell-phone-review

$40 a month
MetroPCS is the cheapest unlimited minutes cell phone plan in the country. It’s very similar to Straight Talk in that all you need to do to set it up is buy a phone, then start buying phone cards every month. Data is unlimited, but only the first 500 MB is delivered at 4GLTE speeds. All subsequent data is delivered at 3G speeds. As the name implies, MetroPCS was originally developed as a cell phone provider in metropolitan areas. They have networks built up in cities across the country, but coverage in rural areas is lacking. The reason it’s not rated higher is that the reception and coverage can be lacking depending on your location. They are building up their network, but it may be many years before they offer the coverage that other carriers do.
Website: Visit the MetroPCS website.

net10-unlimited-minutes-planNet10
three-star-cell-phone-review
$50 a month
Net10 has unlimited talk, text, and web for $50 a month. They sometimes offer online specials for $45, but you have to set up an account and tie it to a credit card to get that pricing. The coverage and reception are good. The plan is structured very much like MetroPCS and Straight Talk; straightforward and no hidden fees (unlike Verizon). Overall it’s a very good plan, but it’s more expensive than others.
Website: Visit the Net10 website.

verizon-wireless-unlimited-minutes-planVerizon
three-star-cell-phone-review
$50 a month
Verizon offers their unlimited plan for $50 a month. That price is comparable to many of the other carrier’s plans. The coverage is fantastic, too. Verizon has the best cell phone network in the country and you can get a signal almost anywhere. The downside to Verizon prepaid service is in the fine print. There may be a $35 charge to activate your phone (online purchases offer free activation). If you let your service lapse without refilling your account at the end of the month, there may be a $35 re-activation charge. If you carry a balance to refill your minutes, and your balance expires: “Any balance remaining at expiration will be removed from the account.” Verizon will “expire” your balance meaning your balance disappears out of your account and into Verizon’s bank account.
Website: Visit the Verizon Wireless website.

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Prepaid Cell Phones 101 http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/prepaid-cell-phones-101/ http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/prepaid-cell-phones-101/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 23:48:51 +0000 http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/?p=239

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How Do Prepaid Cell Phones Work?Ever wondered how prepaid cell phone service works? Here is the definitive guide to prepaid cell phones.

Prepaid plans can be absolutely confusing since the carriers have so many different types of plans, however they are really easy to understand once you understand a few key concepts.

Prepaid Vs. Contract

Prepaid plans differ significantly from contract plans.

  • Prepaid Plans: you purchase your minutes before you use them.
  • Contract Plans: you pay for your minutes after you use them.

Contract Plan Basics:

  • Also called as post paid plans.
  • You get a monthly bill for the minutes you use.
  • Since you get a monthly bill, signing up for a post paid plan requires a thorough credit check and a contract with the cell phone company. The contract varies depending on your agreed upon minutes as well as your over the limit minutes which can sometimes cost you a lot of money if you’re not careful.

Prepaid Plan Basics:

  • No bill, no credit check and no contract.
  • It’s as simple as paying for the minutes before you consume them. Read more to find out just how beneficial prepaid plans can be for you.

Benefits of Prepaid Plans

Prepaid Plans are Cheaper
Prepaid plans can be MUCH cheaper than traditional contract plans. At one time they were more expensive, but a few years ago prepaid rates started coming down. Now they are cheaper than contract plans. For example, Straight Talk offers a 1000 minutes monthly plan for $30. Verizon offers a comparable contract plan with 900 minutes for $59.99. (That doesn’t even include the taxes and fees which will add an extra $15 – $20.) So Straight Talk prepaid service costs HALF as much as a comparable contract plan. Why do people still sign up for contract plans?

No Contracts, No Credit Checks
Traditional cell phone plans charge you for minutes after you use them. This is why they require a credit check and they make you sign a contract – to ensure that you pay your bill. If you don’t pay your bill, then they can report you to the credit agencies and ruin your credit. Also, if you try to leave a traditional contract plan before the end of your contract, the cell phone company will charge you a huge termination fee, sometimes as high as $300. If you don’t pay that then they report you to the credit agencies which will ruin your credit.

Prepaid cell phone plans don’t require you to sign a contract. There’s no credit check and you don’t need a contract since you pay for your minutes upfront, before you use them. If you use up your minutes before the end of your activation period, then you simply buy more – or not, if you don’t want to. You don’t have to buy more minutes. You can let your prepaid service lapse. You could also switch companies just as easily.

No Hidden Fees
With traditional contract plans, they publish one price, but when you get your bill you find it’s more than you were quoted. They tack on all kinds of obscure taxes and fees that typically add an extra $15 to $20 to your bill.

With prepaid plans, there are NO hidden fees. When MetroPCS advertises $40 unlimited service, you’ll pay $40 exactly. The only extra amount you’ll pay is if you purchase your minutes at a local retail store, in which case you’ll pay state and local sales tax on the purchase (which only adds a couple of extra dollars on the price).

Privacy
Prepaid cell phones offer privacy. We all know that today, cell phones have become personal tracking devices. Your location is tracked by the cell phone company. Your conversations are recorded. They even have the ability to turn on the phone’s microphone, even when the phone is off, and listen in on any conversations in the room.

Traditional cell phone plans require a credit check. To do a credit check they require one vital piece of information – your Social Security number. Once you purchase a traditional cell phone plan, your Social Security number, and therefore your identity, is tied to that phone. Any information that is collected from that phone is tied directly to your identity.

Prepaid cell phones, on the other hand, don’t require a credit check. You won’t be asked for your Social Security number to activate your plan. Most don’t even require your name. Your identity is not tied to the phone, so you can enjoy greater privacy with prepaid cell phones.

Many Ways to Pay for your Prepaid Cell Phones

Buy a Card
Most prepaid companies offer their minutes for sale on phone cards. You can purchase these cards at many retail locations like grocery stores, convenience stores, or big box retailers like Target and Walmart.

Pay Online
Many companies offer an online payment option. You’ll have to register with their website. When you need to purchase minutes, just go to that company’s site and pick out the amount of minutes you need and then pay with a credit card.

Automatic Billing
The majority of prepaid companies offer an automatic billing option. This is typically only available for monthly plans. You’ll have to set up this option and register a credit card. Every month, the company will automatically charge your credit card for the amount that you set up. This is the most convenient option, since you set it up once and don’t have to think about it. This is a great option if you know you’ll use the same amount of minutes every month.

So now you’re ready to switch to a prepaid cell phone let’s check out the different Prepaid Plans.

Types of Prepaid Plans

There are generally two types of prepaid cell phone plans: pay as you go plans and monthly plans. The difference in these two types of plans is the activation period.

Activation period -the amount of time you have before the minutes you purchase expire and your phone is turned off. You keep your phone activated by simply purchasing more minutes (airtime) at the end of the activation period. If you let your activation lapse, then many companies will give your phone number to someone else. There are generally no fees for letting your service lapse or reactivating your phone, however if you want to continue using your phone number and avoid the hassle of reactivating the plan, then simply keep your phone activated.

So the difference in the two types of prepaid plans is the length of the activation period.

Monthly plans are exactly what you think they are – plans with a monthly activation period. You purchase an amount of minutes, anywhere from say 100 minutes to unlimited minutes, and you can use those minutes for 30 days. At the end of 30 days they expire and you’ll have to buy more minutes to keep your phone activated.

Pay as you go plans are slightly different. They have varying activation periods. The typical activation period of a pay as you go plan is 90 days. You purchase a number of minutes, which again can be any number from 60 minutes to 1500 minutes, and then you have 90 days to use them.

Activation periods can vary, though. Activation periods can vary from as little as 30 days, all the way up to a year. Many times if you purchase a larger block of minutes, the plans come with longer activation periods. For example, TracFone offers 30 minutes of airtime that lasts for 30 days. Their largest block of airtime is a 1500 minute card which is good for 365 days. It really depends on the company and the variety of options that they offer.

Running Out of Minutes Before The End of the Activation Period:
For example, you purchased 500 minutes that were good for 30 days, but you used up those minutes in 20 days, then you have two options to keep your phone activated.

  1. Buy more minutes so that you can continue to make calls. Your phone’s activation period resets the day you add the minutes.
  2. Wait until the end of the 30 days and then purchase more minutes to keep your phone activated. Of course you won’t be able to use your phone until you add more minutes, but the plan won’t expire.

How to Get Started with Prepaid Cell Phones

  1. Check out the rest of our site. When you find a plan that fits your budget and suits your needs, then click on the link to go directly to that cell phone company’s website. You can buy phones and minutes on their website.
  2. Just a quick note, you’ll have to buy a new phone to start prepaid phone service. The cell phone companies don’t allow you to use your old contract phone with prepaid service, so be prepared for that.

How to use this site:
Here are 3 ways to compare prepaid cell phone plans:

  1. Compare Per Minute Pricing. When you know how many minutes of airtime a month you use, then check out these comparisons of 200, 500, 1000, and unlimited minutes plans. We’ve gone through every cell phone provider’s plans to see how much they charge at each of those levels.
  2. The Best Plans. If you have a certain use in mind for your cell phone, for example you need a cell phone for emergency use only, then check out the Best Plans section.
  3. Compare Individual Plans. If you have a particular cell phone company in mind, check out our detailed reviews of each company.
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Verizon Prepaid http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/verizon-prepaid/ Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:53:28 +0000 http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/?p=422

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Verizon Wireless Logo 125x125Verizon is the most reliable cell phone network in the nation and has the most coverage of any network. If you can’t get a signal with Verizon, then cell phones don’t work in your area. (Straight Talk uses the Verizon network, too.)

Verizon Wireless has recently modified its prepaid plans, lowered pricing, and now even offers a competitively priced unlimited minutes plan (due mainly to competition in the marketplace). Most of their prepaid plans include unlimited mobile to mobile (calling another Verizon customer).

Unlimited Minutes Plan
This plan applies only to their basic phones. You gat unlimited talk, text and web access for $50. It’s very much like every other unlimited minutes plan on the market.

Unlimited Smartphone Plans
Verizon offers unlimited monthly plans for Smartphones. Their $60 smartphone plan provides unlimited talk and text along with  500MB of high speed data. Their $70 unlimited plan provides the same with 2GB of data.

Daily Plan
Verizon calls its daily plan “Pay As You Go” plan, but it is far from a traditional pay as you go. It is in fact exactly like the daily plan offered by other wireless providers (much like AT&T’s daily plan). For $1.99 a day, you get unlimited talk for that day. If you don’t use your phone, you don’t get charged the $1.99. So you’ll pay a maximum of about $60 if you use your phone every day. Texts cost an extra 2 cents each. In order to use this type of plan you have to set up an account.

Hidden Fees
Here’s the gotcha… To activate the phone it costs $35 (it’s free if you do it online.) They also have what’s called “Refill Expiration.” Here’s what the website says: “Any balance remaining at expiration will be removed from the account.” If you carry a balance in your account, for example extra money you put in there to cover future fees, the balance expires after a certain amount of time. That means your balance disappears.

Website: Visist the Verizon website.

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The Cheapest Prepaid Cell Phone Plan http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/the-cheapest-prepaid-cell-phone-plan/ http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/the-cheapest-prepaid-cell-phone-plan/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2011 14:05:36 +0000 http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/?p=255

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What is the cheapest prepaid cell phone plan?
The average cell phone customer uses about 450 minutes per month, but many people require much less than that. Some people are infrequent cell phone users and might use a fraction of the minutes the average customer uses.

  • Phone Service For EmergenciesSome folks just need a phone to take on a vacation or a road trip.
  • Some people just need a cell phone to stick in their glove box for emergency use, just in case the car breaks down.
  • Some folks might want to put a cell phone in their child’s backpack so that their child can call if they need a ride home from school or practice.
  • Some people already have a home phone that they use frequently, but might need a cell for driving around town.

Unfortunately, traditional contract cell phone service from the major carriers can be extremely expensive. Also, most traditional carriers don’t offer low minutes packages. Those people who might only need 100 or 200 minutes per month are stuck with expensive plans, paying for more minutes than they need.

Fortunately, prepaid cell phone providers offer low minute plans that are both cheap and flexible. So what is the absolute cheapest prepaid cell phone plan in the country?

The cheapest cell phone plan for infrequent users is PlatinumTel. PlatinumTel bills itself as “The Cheapest Pay as You Go” cell phone service.

PTEL MobileTheir Real PayGo plan offers five cents per minute pricing. The great feature of the Real PayGo plan is that the minutes expire one year from the time you put them on your phone. You will have to buy a new card every 90 days to keep the phone activated, but if you don’t use the minutes from the previous card, they roll over. So for example, say you use 150 minutes out of 200 over the course of 90 days. You’ll still have to buy another card to keep your service active, but those extra 50 minutes will roll over to the next 90 days.

Now here’s the cool part: PlatinumTel sells a $10 card!

At five cents per minute, that gives you 200 minutes to use for every $10 card. The cards are good for 90 days. So, since you have to buy a new card every three months to keep the phone active, you’ll have to buy four cards a year.

That’s $40 a year for cell phone service! That’s certainly the cheapest pay as you go cell phone plan in the country.

$.05 per minute X $10 = 200 minutes
(4) 90 day cards X 200 minutes = 800 minutes
(4) 90 day cards X $10 = $40 per year phone service!

Compare & Save with the Cheapest Pay-As-You-Go Wireless Service, Real Paygo.

Now 800 a year is not a lot, but it will work for people who use their phone infrequently. (If you need more minutes than this, but still need a really cheap plan, click here.)

The great thing about pre-paid cell phone service is that if you run out of minutes, or use more minutes than you had planned, just simply buy another card. It’s that easy! Prepaid cell phone plans are so much more convenient than the expensive contract plans sold by the big cell phone companies. PlatinumTel’s Real PayGo rate is only five cents a minute, so it’s very inexpensive to add more minutes if you need them.

So check out PlatinumTel’s Real PayGo prepaid plans for the cheapest prepaid cell phone in the country.

Website: Visit the PlatinumTel website.

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Kajeet http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/kajeet/ http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/kajeet/#comments Sun, 27 Mar 2011 21:19:42 +0000 http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/?p=389

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kajeet prepaid cell phonesKajeet gears its prepaid service towards kids and teens. It calls its service the “safest cell phone for kids” and Kajeet provides services that allow parents to manage their child’s use of the phone. A parent can set usage times and block content. The phones even have GPS capability so that parents can track where their children go.

Kajeet offers 5 monthly prepaid plans. All of the plans come with the parental controls mentioned above (the GPS features are extra on certain plans.) Also, most of the plans offer unlimited texts.

The $4.99 monthly prepaid plan offers 10 minutes of talk. The $14.99 plan offers 60 minutes of talk and unlimited texts. The $19.99 plan comes with 150 minutes of talk, unlimited texts, and unlimited picture messaging. The $24.99 plan offers 300 minutes of talk, unlimited texts, and unlimited picture messaging, and unlimited access to Kajeet’s GPS location service. Kajeet also offers an unlimited minutes plan for $50 a month which also includes unlimited texts, unlimited picture messaging, and unlimited access to Kajeet’s GPS location service.

Website: Visit the Kajeet website.


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Prepaid Cell Phone Comparisons http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/prepaid-cell-phone-comparisons/ http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/prepaid-cell-phone-comparisons/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:44:51 +0000 http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/?p=268

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prepaid cell phone comparisonIf you are shopping for a prepaid cell phone plan, the enormous variety of plans can be absolutely confusing. Prepaid cell phones offer some clear advantages over traditional contract plans.

  • Prepaid cell phone plans don’t require credit checks
  • You don’t have to sign a contract
  • They can be significantly cheaper than traditional cell phone plans.

Unfortunately, since every prepaid cell phone provider structures their pricing differently, comparing prepaid cell phone plans can be overwhelming.

When comparing prepaid cell phones you need to look at one thing – the activation period.

The activation period is the amount of time that the minutes you purchase are useable. Your minutes expire at the end of the activation period.

If you take a step back from the details of these plans and look at the big picture, you’ll find that all prepaid cell phone plans fall into two general categories: Pay As You Go plans and Monthly plans.

  • Pay as you go plans have varying activation periods (from 30 days to 1 year).
  • Monthly plans expire after a 30 day period.

When you read the reviews of prepaid cell phone plans keep these two pricing structures in mind.

Pay As You Go

Pay as you go plans offer varying activation periods.

These can be the most flexible plans, but unfortunately pay as you go plans can also be the most confusing for consumers. The basic principle is that you purchase a phone card and you get to use the minutes for the amount of time attached to that card. The average activation period is 90 days, but you can purchase cards that have more or less time.

Minutes expire at the end of the activation period. If you use up the minutes before the activation period ends, you can simply purchase more minutes and your activation period starts over. Many companies offer longer activation periods if you buy a larger number of minutes.

The standard activation period is 90 days, but many companies offer more or even less time periods. Most companies offer activation periods of 30, 60, 90 or 180 days. A few companies even offer a daily plan, while a few companies offer a yearly activation period. TracFone offers a separate card (without any minutes attached) that will extend your activation period out one full year.

Monthly Plans

This is the simplest of options. With monthly plans your minutes expire at the end of 30 days.

You buy a set amount of minutes and they expire 30 days from the time you activate them. Of course you are not locked into that 30 day period. If you use up your minutes before the time period, simply charge your phone with another card. For example, if you bought a monthly card that had 1000 minutes, but you used those minutes up in 20 days, just purchase another card and charge your phone with those minutes. Your 30 day activation period resets when you charge your account with the new card.

Like the pay as you go plans, you can purchase minutes in varying amounts. Plans are typically offered in 200, 500, and 1000 minute options. Most providers also offer an unlimited monthly plan which generally provides you with unlimited talk, unlimited text, and unlimited web access. These unlimited plans can be significantly cheaper than a contract plan.

Conclusion

Whether you choose a pay as you go option or a monthly plan, prepaid cell phones give you the flexibility to tailor you cell phone budget to the amount of minutes you use. You can increase or decrease the amount of minutes you purchase based on how many minutes you actually use.

So what are the advantages of a pay as you go plan vs. a monthly plan?

Both types of plans offer varying amounts of airtime from 60 up to 1500 minutes. The major difference though is the time component – the activation period. Monthly plans have a 30 day activation period while pay as you go plans have activation periods anywhere from 30 to 365 days. So, with that in mind, here are the benefits of each type of plan:

  • Pay As You Go. If you are an infrequent cell phone user, you can use the longer activation periods of pay as you go plans to your advantage. Pay as you go plans make sense for people that use their cell phones occasionally. If you need a cell phone for emergency use only, or if you go long periods of time without using your cell phone, say a month or longer, then pay as you go plans will make sense for you. By having a longer activation period, you can keep your cell phone activated between the times that you use it. You could theoretically use a monthly plan for the same purpose, but many cell phone companies will drop your phone number if you don’t keep your phone activated.
  • Monthly. If you use your cell phone consistently month in and month out, then go with a monthly plan. Even if you only use a few minutes a month, if you are sure you are going to use your cell phone, go with the monthly plan. Monthly plans are offered in varying minute packages so you can tailor your budget to your usage. Also, if you use a LOT of minutes every month, then you’ll want to go with an unlimited monthly plan. The unlimited plans offered by prepaid cell phone companies are significantly cheaper than almost any contract plan.
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The Best Prepaid Cell Phone Plans http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/the-best-prepaid-cell-phone-plans/ http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/the-best-prepaid-cell-phone-plans/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:04:55 +0000 http://www.prepaidphonepro.com/?p=276

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These are “The Best” prepaid cell phone plans. We’ve organized these plans, not by the cheapest, but by use. You might have a particular use in mind and sometimes the cheapest plan might not be the best for you.

  1. The Best Emergency Cell Phone Plan. If you just need a phone for emergency use only, check out this plan we consider the best. Click here.
  2. The Best Unlimited Minutes Plan. Most prepaid cell phone providers now offer per month unlimited minutes plan. Here are two we consider the best. Click here.
  3. The Cheapest Prepaid Cell Phone Plan. Maybe you only need a few minutes per month. This is the absolute cheapest plan that you can get. You won’t get many minutes, but you’ll only pay $40 a year! Click here.
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