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Prepaid Reviews: Major Carriers
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About Our Reviews:   These reviews are mostly data from the wireless carriers themselves.  We include a certain amount of opinion from our wireless experts to further distinguish among prepaid services, for which we receive no compensation.  We also have an affiliate relationship with most of these carriers, and if you click on their site and make a purchase we may receive a commission.
AT&T Prepaid
Our Rating:
(3 Out of 4 Stars)
■ Operated by AT&T
Network: AT&T Only
AT&T Prepaid, formerly GoPhone, gives you all the benefits of the entire national AT&T wireless network without the commitment. Choose Pay As You Go for as low as .10 a minute, or several levels of Unlimited voice, Mobile to Mobile and Nights and Weekends, and Unlimited Text. AT&T Prepaid's Unlimited plans are offered at a competitive price. Canada and Mexico Roaming is available, Mexico roaming is only .25/minute. If you have an Unlocked or AT&T GSM phone you can just purchase a new AT&T SIM and try it out. Expect some AT&T Prepaid promotions during their 're-branding' including new plans.
AT&T Phones @ Less Than Retail

Boost Mobile is now operated by Dish Wireless.  Our review now appears on the page for Non-Major Carrier prepaids.

■ Our Rating:
(3 Out of 4 Stars)
Operated by: AT&T
Network: AT&T Only
Cricket offers a competitive prepaid service on the AT&T network with Unlimited Voice, Text & Picture Messaging, Long Distance and Data. Plans start at $40 with significant discounts available for Auto-Pay and multiple users. Cricket offers a modest selection of GSM phones and allows you to bring your own phone.  Cricket phones can roam in Mexico for Talk, Text and Data but not in Canada and there is no off-network roaming available in the US. Cricket has the  advantage of using the AT&T network at a discount price and gets credit for making Mexico roaming available at no increase in price over their $50 and $60 plans.

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Our Rating:
(3 Out of 4 Stars)

Operated by T-Mobile
Network: T-Mobile Only
Metro by T-Mobile, formerly MetroPCS, is an alternative to T-Mobile's own prepaid. Metro's coverage includes Voice, Text and Data Roaming in Mexico and Canada, however, there is no off-network roaming in the US. The MetroPCS network offers both 4G LTE and 5G, the first Prepaid to do so. Plans start at a low price point and Family plans are cheaper than average. They have no activation fees and don't charge extra taxes and fees.

All plans include Unlimited Web access with different thresholds for "throttling" data speeds. Metro offers a "Bring Your Own Phone" plan that includes certain iPhone models. They have a good selection of phones. We have never dealt with MetroPCS customer service but it should on the same above-average level as T-Mobile. 
Metro has their own stores which adds some benefit when you need help with returns and adjustments. Occasionally, Metro stores have promotional deals that are not available online, and vice versa.

■ Our Rating:
(3 Out of 4 Stars)

Operated by T-Mobile
Network: T-Mobile Only
T-Mobile has been a good value for Prepaid. Their 30-day plans with Data start at $40/month. Their cheapest Talk & Text plan at $3 per month allows you to go over your monthly allotment at the same rate if you sign up for "auto-pay." T-Mobile Prepaid allows you to roam off their own network (except Data) without additional charges, and will also roam in Canada, Mexico and over 200 foreign countries. Roaming in Canada and Mexico can be included in your prepaid plan including Data. Foreign roaming charges may be quite pricey but they offer Wi-Fi Calling that enables you to make Voice calls through Wi-Fi in any country at the same rate as local calls in the US. Since T-Mobile is now offering 'No Contract' rates for their normal plans, you need to hunt to find their actual pay-as-you-go plans. Also, if you have an Unlocked or existing T-Mobile GSM phone you can just activate a new T-Mobile SIM and try it out.

U.S. Cellular
Our Rating:
(1 out of 4 Stars)

Operated by: US Cellular
Network: US Cellular and Others
US Cellular, the 5th larger wireless carrier in the US, operates one of our preferred wireless services, but their prepaid plans have some limitations. While Talk and Text is available nationwide, Data is limited to only their own network. They currently offer only monthly prepaid plans instead of pay-as-you-go. US Cellular Prepaid is a good choice if you live in an area where US Cellular is the only service available.

■ Our Rating:
(2 Out of 4 Stars)
Operated by Verizon
Network: Verizon and some Roaming partners
Verizon's own Prepaid has several different levels of plans including a competitive monthly Unlimited plan. For pay-as-you-go plans, on days you don't use your phone, you don't pay. Your number of features determines the rate you pay on those days you use the phone, including different types of Unlimited features and minutes. You also get access to most of Verizon's unique features, like VZ Navigator. Roaming off the Verizon network incurs additional roaming charges. Fortunately, Verizon's network is extensive. There is a limited number of phone models that Verizon will allow current customers to convert to Prepaid.

Verizon has acquired all of the US Prepaid brands of America Movil, better known as the TracFone Prepaids. You can review these carriers on our Tracfone Prepaid page.

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