Find the Right Prepaid Wireless in 3 Steps:
1) CHECK THE PRICE: The reason to switch to Prepaid is to save money. Look for the lowest price that includes the features you want. You can go dirt cheap by limiting either the Talk, Texts or Data you don't need.
2) CHECK FOR COVERAGE: You need a prepaid that serves where you live, work and travel. If your full-price phone works best for you, look for a prepaid that uses the same network.
3) CHECK THE FEATURES: Some prepaids specialize in features like roaming outside the US, or FREE International Calls and Texts. Make sure you know what happens when you use up your allotment of Data: Does the service slow down or just stop? If you feel more confident with a major carrier (one of the Big 3), choose one of their prepaids that might give you a bit more confidence if not the lowest price.
Start by checking our expert opinion marked "Reviewer's Choice".
Prepaid Wireless Reviews:
These 'secondary' prepaid services are listed alphabetically with brief details and links. They're listed separately because they either don't provide services better than the larger prepaids, or because they focus on a limited or specialty subscriber base. We call them "smaller" based on their subscriber numbers. Some have very low prices.
Tello is featured as our choice for best bargain-basement Prepaid. Use their handy online selector to get just the right amount of Talk, Text and/or Data you want, and cut your price to the bone. If the $5 plan doesn't work for you, maybe the $6 plan will. It's that flexible.
There are many independent cellular services operating in limited areas of the US that serve local customers, usually as part of a local wireless carrier. Some offer a great prepaid product, others not so much. We have information about these local prepaids to help you search in your area.
Prepaids that Roam Outside the US
Some US-based prepaid phones can roam in foreign countries. Most are limited to Mexico and Canada with a few that will work outside North America. In most cases, prepaid phones can use broadband and Wi-Fi to complete voice calls and text messages outside the US.
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