:Prepaid Rate Plan Comparison

Straight pay-as-you-go prepaid with cash/minute balance that rolls over with new top-ups

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per minute cents per text cents per MB expiration network U.S. roaming notes
AirVoice "$10" 4 2 33 30 days AT&T
PagePlus 4 - 10 5 99 120-365 days Verizon 29 monthly account maint. fee - 50
PlatinumTel 5 2 10 90-365 days Sprint
H2O 5 5* not avail. 30-365 days AT&T *first SMS each day charged 10
Net10 6 - 10 3 - 5 not avail. 30-180 days AT&T
AirVoice PAYG 8 - 10 10 33 90-365 days AT&T monthly account maint. fee - $1.00
AT&T GoPhone 10 20 $2.00* 30-365 days AT&T *non-smartphones only
T-Mobile 10 - 33 10 not avail. 90-365 days T-Mobile
Tru 17 12* 17 no expiration T-Mobile *incoming SMS free
Virgin basic 20 15 $1.50 90-365 days Sprint
Verizon PP bsic 25 20 not avail. 30-365 days Verizon
Monthly "Bucket" plans, generally cheaper effective per minute rate, but unused minutes do not roll over month to month

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Monthly Name Mins SMS Data Network

9 Ting (S/XS/XS) 100 -- -- Sprint
10 MetroPCS 200 200* -- MetroPCS *only outgoing SMS counts against limit, incoming free/unmetered
12 PagePlus 250 250 10MB Verizon
15 Ting (M/XS/XS) 500 -- -- Sprint
17 Ting (S/M/S) 100 1000 100MB Sprint
20 Virgin payLo 400 15c PPU, $1.50/mb Sprint
20 MetroPCS 500 unlimited 50MB MetroPCS
24 Ting (L/XS/XS) 1000 -- -- Sprint
25 Ting (S/S/M) 100 100 500MB Sprint
25 H2O 1000 1 SMS = 1 min** 1MB = 12 min** AT&T **each SMS sent/received deducts one minute from allotment of 1000
25 AT&T GoPhone 250 unlimited PPU or add-on AT&T
25 i Wireless (Kroger) 200 unlimited 200MB Sprint
25 Net10 750 -- -- varies
29.99 PagePlus 1200 3000 100 Verizon
30 MetroPCS 1000 unlimited 100MB MetroPCS
30 Virgin payLo 1500 1500 30MB Sprint
30 T-Mobile 1500 1 SMS = 1 min** 30MB T-Mobile **each SMS sent/received deducts one minute from allotment of 1500
30 Straight Talk 1000 1000 30MB varies
30 T-Mobile 100 unlimited 5GB* T-Mobile
33 Ting (M/M/M) 500 1000 500MB Sprint
35 Virgin Mobile 300 unlimited 2.5GB* Sprint
40 i Wireless (Kroger) 1000 unlimited 500MB Sprint
45 Virgin Mobile 1200 unlimited 2.5GB* Sprint

* unlimited use, but throttled after this allotment

Monthly prepaid/no-contract plans with unlimited/almost unlimited voice usage

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Monthly Carrier/MVNO Voice minutes SMS Data Network Special features

25 MetroPCS unlimited unlimited no MetroPCS promo, new cust./select handsets only
35 Prepayd unlimited unlimited no Sprint
35 AirVoice 5000 10000 not incl., PPU 33c/MB AT&T
35 Cricket unlimited unlimited no Cricket
39.99 PagePlus unlimited unlimited 20MB Verizon
39.99 RedPocket unlimited unlimited 10MB AT&T
40 SIMple Mobile unlimited unlimited unlimited (3G) T-Mobile
40 H2O unlimited unlimited no AT&T
40 Prepayd unlimited unlimited unlimited for feature-phones only Sprint
45 Straight Talk unlimited unlimited unlimited varies
45 Cricket unlimited unlimited unlimited Cricket
45 Prepayd unlimited unlimited unlimited Sprint
49.99 RedPocket unlimited unlimited 250MB AT&T
50 Net10 unlimited unlimited unlimited varies
50 T-Mobile unlimited unlimited 100MB* T-Mobile
50 AT&T GoPhone unlimited unlimited unlimited for feature-phones only AT&T
50 H2O unlimited unlimited 250MB AT&T
50 AirVoice 5000 10000 100MB AT&T
50 Verizon Prepaid unlimited unlimited unlimited for feature-phones only Verizon
50 Boost unlimited unlimited unlimited for feature-phones only Sprint shrinkage
50 SIMple Mobile unlimited unlimited unlimited (4G-HSPA+) T-Mobile
55 PagePlus unlimited unlimited 2GB Verizon
55 Virgin Mobile unlimited unlimited 2.5GB* Sprint
55 Boost unlimited unlimited unlimited for Android phones Sprint shrinkage
59.99 RedPocket unlimited unlimited 2GB AT&T
60 H2O unlimited unlimited 1GB AT&T
60 AirVoice 5000 10000 500MB AT&T
60 T-Mobile unlimited unlimited 2GB* T-Mobile
60 i Wireless (Kr) unlimited unlimited 2.5GB Sprint
70 T-Mobile unlimited unlimited 5GB* T-Mobile
74.99 Vz PP smrtph unlimited 20c per none Verizon
104.99 Vz PP smrtph unlimited 20c per unlimited Verizon
124.99 Vz PP smrtph unlimited unlimited unlimited Verizon


* unlimited use, but throttled after this allotment

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