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An average adult spends more time comparing cell phone models than comparing cellular talk plans. Mobile phone plans are as important as your handset since that is the basic purpose of a cell phone. Finding a cheap phone plan can promise you substantial savings.

Once considered as the only option for people with bad credit, prepaid cell phone plans now offer better plans than postpaid or contract phones. If you are a stay-at-home professional or just don’t use your phone often, a pay as you go plan is the best option. Here are some of the benefits of a prepaid plan:

1. Prepaid phone plans are cheap phone plans. Because you are adding minutes only when you require them, you are saving a lot of money as opposed to opting for a plan that has a monthly rental. You know how much money you are spending upfront – consider this as a barrier to stop you from sending too many texts.
2. A credit check is not required for a prepaid plan.
3. All major carriers such as Verizon and AT&T offer prepaid plans. Some smaller, regional players specialize in cheap celluar plans and offer some of the best prepaid deals, but calling areas may be limited.
4. You are free to change phones or carriers anytime you want.
5. Unlimited prepaid plans that include unlimited texts and calling can cost as less little as $45 per month. Boost Mobile’s Unlimited Plan includes unlimited calling, texting and web browsing for an estimated $50 (as of 2010) with no additional fees.

Although prepaid phone plans offer these benefits, the call per minute rate could be higher and the calling minutes are good only for 30-90 days. Therefore, if your minutes expire, you may find that a prepaid plan isn’t the cheapest phone plan for you. The choice of phones is also limited, so you will not be able to get the latest cell phone models.

Before going shopping for a cheap cell phone plan, compare prepaid plans offered by all carriers since each plan is different. Some plans also include free night or weekend talk time. Choose a carrier that provides a national roaming service free of cost. This could come in handy when you are travelling.

Once you have shortlisted the plans you like, go to the each carrier’s website and read the fine print in detail. Cheap cell phone plans are advertised using the ‘free’ features only but these are mostly paid services after you reach a certain limit.

According to the reviewers at Consumer Search, Boost Mobile offers the best plans while T-Mobile provides the best phones. However, Boost Mobile’s network service does not cover some areas in the East. T-Mobile offers a prepaid Blackberry Curve bundle at approximately $80 per month, making it a favorite among businessmen and entrepreneurs.

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almost 7 years ago

Straight Talk, the king of prepaid phone services, is the best thing that ever happened to me. Now I save lots of money and have the same great service as a contract phone. I definitely recommend this.