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Find the Right Prepaid 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: You probably want Voice Mail and Auto-Pay. Some prepaids specialize in roaming outside the US, or gives you 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 should give you a bit more confidence if not the lowest price.

We recommend you start by checking our expert opinion marked "Reviewer's Choice".Reviewer's Choice
Prepaid Reviews:

Smaller Prepaids
Smaller Prepaids:
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 major or non-major 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.


Smaller Prepaids
Regional Prepaids:
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.


Prepaid Ratings
The New Prepaid Landscape:
The largest Prepaid supplier in the US, America Movil, operator of the TracFone-related Prepaids, has sold all of their US Prepaid brands to Verizon Wireless. We expect changes to most if not all of the TracFone services. With so many Prepaid brands under Verizon ownership, we will assume these changes will also affect Prepaids that use Verizon's network but aren't owned by Verizon. We also expect the rise of other Prepaid services that either exist now or will be created in the near future. Our Prepaid Reviews will follow the evolution of these Prepaids and which ones are deserving of your business.


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Reviewer's Choice
Our expert reviewers give their opinion on the pick of the Prepaids. There's one pick among Prepaids from the Big3, one in the Budget Prepaids, and a third wild card. We also explain why that Prepaid was chosen as "The Best". We're not paid for these selections, we just want to make sure you include them on your list because they are the ones we have or will buy.

Prepaid Finder
Prepaid Finder:
If you are looking for a Prepaid that uses a specific network, use this list.  For example, if you want a Prepaid phone that uses the AT&T Network, consult the list of Prepaid carriers that use AT&T.  Also, you can check the list of Prepaids that use more than one network. Find prices and reviews for each Prepaid by clicking on their name. You can also check the list for the absolutely Cheapest Prepaids.


Prepaid Coverage Maps
Prepaid Coverage Maps:
In addition to maps that show general coverage for Prepaids that use the same network, we also have specific pages showing coverage for the most popular prepaids.  Visit the Cellular Maps List and look for your favorite carrier, or check the Prepaid Maps page.



Auto Refill
Prepaid is Pleasant with Auto-Pay
One of our biggest objections to Prepaid was the cumbersome payment cycle required by prepaid refills. You didn't pay the bill once a month like the electric bill, you paid at or near an exact payment date or you lost your account value,
and your service, if you were one day late.  If you paid too soon, you could lose some of the time you already paid for, increasing your total cost.  These types of payments still exist but now most Prepaid operators offer some form of "Auto-Refill", or "Auto-Pay", where your monthly payment is automatically deducted from a credit card, debit card or checking account.

The upside with Auto-Refill is that it becomes easier to pay than the electric bill because the payment is made without any hassle.  In most cases you get an Text or email that the charge to your card or checking account is being made, but no action is required on your part. Having an associated account also makes it easy to change features or add-ons to your account. The downside includes the challenge of stopping Auto-Refill.  Some carriers don't make it easy by making you go through a menu of choices before you find a way to cancel the process.  Additionally, credit cards have expiration dates that can interrupt the Auto-Refill process and you can suddenly find yourself with no wireless service.

Some carriers are better than others in making the Auto-Refill function consumer-friendly.  There are carriers that offer a discount when you sign up for Auto-Refill.   In some cases you can enter a second credit card number or an alternative notification method.  Most carriers offer both online and app access to your account.  Several will notify you long before there is a problem including an upcoming credit card expiration date.  Since Auto-Refill is an automated process, you may want to consider a Prepaid service that includes a convenient way to correct any inevitable problems.  Our advice sometimes includes backing away and allowing for the fact that something will cause your account to be charged a slightly different amount, and it may cause less trouble to grin and bear it than pressing the issue to get back a few dollars.


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