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Cheapest prepaid phone plans

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If you’re looking to save money on your mobile bill, a prepaid plan is often the way to go. By paying up front, you don’t have to worry about excess charges or cancellation fees should you decide to switch to a new plan.

We’re here to help you find the right prepaid plan for your budget, including unlimited data and 5G data options.

Plans $10 per month

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Boost Mobile 1GB$10Go to Boost Mobile

Plans between $11 and $20 per month

PlanCostLearn more
T-Mobile Connect 2GB$15Read review
Boost Mobile 2GB$15Go to Boost Mobile
Mint Mobile 8GB$20Go to Mint Mobile

Plans between $21 and $30 per month

PlanCost
Mint Mobile 12GB$25Go to Mint Mobile
T-Mobile Connect 5GB$25Read review
AT&T 5GB$30Go to AT&T

Plans between $31 and $40 per month

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Verizon 5GB$40Go to Verizon
AT&T 15GB$40Go to AT&T
Boost Mobile 10GB$35Go to Boost Mobile

Cheap plans with unlimited data

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Mint Mobile Unlimited$30Go to Mint Mobile
T-Mobile Unlimited$50Read review
Boost Mobile Unlimited$50Go to Boost Mobile

Cheap plans with 5G data

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Mint Mobile 3GB$15Go to Mint Mobile
Verizon 5GB$40Go to Verizon
Cricket Wireless Unlimited with 15GB Mobile Hotspot$60Go to Cricket Wireless

See the best prepaid phone plans of January 2021

How to choose the cheapest prepaid plan that’s right for you

Many phone providers offer different features at the same price point. Here are a few things to consider when comparing competitively priced prepaid plans:

  • Monthly data allotment. Unlimited talk and text come standard on most prepaid plans. Take a look at how much data you get, including capped and unlimited options.
  • Mobile hotspot. Share your phone’s data package with your other devices using a mobile hotspot. Some plans charge extra for this feature or limit how much you can tether before dropping your speeds.
  • Coverage. While some brands have attractive pricing, be sure they have a strong network in your area — especially if you’re considering 5G.
  • International perks. If you travel a lot or need to text or call people in other countries, make sure your phone’s got you covered.
  • Phone compatibility. Confirm that your phone is compatible with the new network and plan, or you might need to purchase one when you sign up.

What type of customer service do these prepaid phone services offer?

You should expect the same level of customer service as customers with long-term contracts. You can walk into any of its retail stores and get help.

For prepaid services that also have postpaid plans, such as Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, you’ll generally have a separate customer service phone number designated for prepaid customers. Providers like Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and Mint Mobile that specialize in prepaid options should have the same customer service phone number for everyone.

What to watch out for with cheap prepaid phone plans

While prepaid plans let you skip the long-term phone contract, it might not always work to your advantage. Here are five factors to consider with cheap prepaid options:

  • Limited customer service. While you can contact all prepaid providers over the phone, not all companies, such as Mint Mobile, have physical store locations.
  • Limited phone deals. You’ll generally pay full retail price for a phone, and there are fewer phones to choose from. Most companies reserve phone deals for their postpaid customers that they can lock into a contract.
  • Pricier. Many prepaid plans charge higher data rates than contract plans, which could mean that you get less data for the same price as a contract plan.
  • Limited international roaming. You may not have cell service when you travel internationally — especially with smaller providers like Boost Mobile.
  • Fewer perks. While you may get to use a big network, you don’t get the same perks as contract plans, such as free Netflix promotions.

Compare prepaid plans

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Plans start at: Data Autopay discount Keep your phone numbers Rollover data Mobile hotspot
Verizon
$40/per month
5GB, 15GB, Unlimited
Yes, $5/month off monthly bill
Yes
Yes
Yes
AT&T
$35/per month
2GB, 8GB, Unlimited, Unlimited plus
Yes, $10/month off monthly bill
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cricket
$30/per month
2GB, 10GB, Unlimited, Unlimited + 15 GB mobile hotspot
Yes, $5/month off monthly bill
Yes
No
Yes
Mint
$15/per month
3GB, 8GB, 12GB, Unlimited
No
Yes
No
Yes
Boost
$10/per month
1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, 15GB, 35GB
No
Yes
No
Yes
T-Mobile
$15/per month
2GB, 5GB, 10GB, Unlimited, Unlimited plus
Yes, $5/month off monthly bill
Yes
No
Yes
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