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".
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.
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.