Last Updated: Apr 11,2012
Anyone on here use PrePaid carriers? If you do, please share your experiences.
I don't know what exactly you want to know, but I have always used prepaid. I was with Virgin Mobile for a while and they were pretty good, but their speeds just weren't that great where I am. And I switched to T-mobile prepaid a few months ago and have a MyTouch 4G Slide and so far my experiences have been good. Can't complain about 4g and no contract.
I have used prepaid carriers for several years. The two I used for the longest are Simple Mobile, and Straight Talk.
1. Simple Mobile: uses T-Mobiles network, great data speeds and pretty decent coverage. You can get unlimited everything with 3G ($40) or unlimited everything with 4G HSPA+ ($60). You can buy a SIM and use it in any unlocked phone that uses T-Mobile frequencies.
2. Straight Talk: uses both T-Mobiles and AT&Ts network, depending on the device you use. Unlimited everything with 3G is $45 a month.
I've enjoyed both carriers, but I definitely prefer Simple Mobile. (Because I prefer T-Mobiles network in my area.)
I have used Cricket in the past for years, and as soon as my contract expires with Tmobile, I am going back. The reason I switched to Tmobile was to get a cutting edge phone when it came out. Now Cricket has some fairly decent phones, plus you can get alot of high end phones flashed to them. The plans were super cheap, and the coverage in my area is actually better with Cricket than it is with tmobile. I also took my Cricket phone from Arizona to Pennsylvania, and has coverage almost everywhere (except for my friends dining room, but it worked fine every where else in her house lol). My only gripe was the customer service, you are pretty much on your own if you have a problem, although I did find insurance claims to be relatively painless. I can't wait to get back to Cricket.
I've had a contract with T-mobile for two years, then I switched to their $30 prepaid unlimited data (5GB@4G), unlimited text, and 100 minutes of calling. It's been really great. I use VOIP for all my calling so the 100 minutes never get touched. =]
~ Dan ~
I was considering that plan. Seems like you can't beat it!
I was just curios to hear people's different experiences. I am considering switching.
Seems like prepaid is a great way to go!
Im switching from Virgin Mobile, my Motorola Triumph is starting to suck, to the T-Mobile PrePaid plan ($30/month) with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus! I hope its good!
I'm curious, does the GNex support T-Mobile's 3G bands?
Yeah I went to a T-Mobile store yesterday and they said it does
Seems the best option for that plan is to BYOD.
Cool then. I've had the chance to try T-Mobile's HSPA (with Samsung Galaxy S 4G) and it's very fast. I got upwards of 6Mbps at home which is better than most DSL subscriptions. Unfortunately, I barely get any signal where I really need it (at my workplace) and if I do, it's only GPRS/EDGE.
But this is a Walmart plan,right?
Walmart or you can buy a prepaid sim activation kit from t-mo and activate it online. The only place that you can't get the plan is if you activate it in store.
I assume you use that for calls to cellphones? How much data does that use and how do you set that up?
Do a lot of App Developers use prepaid plans for testing out apps?
I have two phones in my family using Page Plus. Coverage in NJ is great, and their $55/month plan includes unlimited voice/SMS and 1GB of data. To some that may not seem like much data, but for some it's plenty. The two phones we have use Wifi only and have data disabled, so their on the $0.10/minute & $0.05/SMS plan (note: MMS doesn't work without data).
I've nearly always used pre-paid carriers, 3 in the UK, China Mobile and China Telecom here. China Mobile for my phone and China Telecom for 3G internet with my laptop. Experience has usually been very good, except when roaming in another province and long distance, can get a bit pricey when doing this, local calls cost almost next to nothing.
If you need a nice prepaid family plan, go with Walmart's Family Mobile. It works off T-mobile and the prices seem reasonable. Haven't tried it yet though. The website is myfamilymobile. com.
Experiences? Freedom to not be jerked around by terrible customer services, freedom to not incur hidden charges, freedom to not have debt collectors chasing you & threatening with legal action, possibly lose credit rating, freedom to not be bullied into things like insurance,* longer term contracts etc, freedom to not be tied to a network even if you can't get a signal, etc etc etc.
People get lulled in by the free handset, but more & more 'flagship' handsets (iphone?) expect you to pay for it too. It's getting like buying a house FFS! Honestly, I think most people who go contract are mugs. Ok there are exceptions, like business people or those who talk too much, but some people just like to feel important (imo) so they give their souls to the devil.
Honestly, you are still paying for calls, pre-pay ops have decent unlimited tariffs for data & texts, & branded handsets are cheaper than sim-free because they are locked to the network. But you can fix that yourself.
*People get overcharged for insurance when mostly they don't need it. I think the best insurance is to look after it yourself. Overall my time on contracts were hell, always scrutinizing my bill incase I went over, couldn't wait for the end. The best policy is to buy unbranded, sim-free phone & look after it. Get a case for it 'cos you will drop it at some point.
If anyone is wondering, here is the link for the T-Mobile prepaid plans: Prepaid Cell Plans | No Contract Plans | Text, Talk or Web | T-Mobile
And you can use any GSM phone as long as it runs on the 1900 mhz band
That may be the case in the UK but the options in the US are fairly limited. Practically the only national carrier offering decent prepaid plans is T-Mobile. If you require good coverage, that usually means either Verizon or AT&T and yes, you pay through the nose with those two.
I realize a lot of people probably choose carriers based on what handsets they could get for "free". However, in the end, what you're paying the carrier for is service and a $50 unlimited voice/text/data plan (that's actually considered inexpensive in the US, go figure) is useless if you don't have signal.
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