Current best pre-paid cellular phone service?
June 3, 2006 5:49 AM Subscribe
Current best offerings for pre-paid, no contract cell phones? Best per-minute price, best features, least daily/monthly fees, longest airtime credit lifetime?
posted by loquacious to technology (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I currently use the Cricket service out here in Phoenix, AZ, but I kind of hate the phone I have.
I pay approx $55 per month of unlimited local and long distance airtime.
The thing is, though, I don't really make all that many calls these days. Sure, it's nice having a fixed cost without any surprises, and never having to worry about how much it's going to cost. I can call until my battery dies, and again and again all day long and it'll cost me the same. But I don't think I'm even really using that many minutes. It's probably under 300 minutes a month, and it might even be less then 50-100 minutes.
The major drawbacks is that there's no roaming, no internet/web access, no data, no email. If I leave the limited metro-city service area, I either get no service or I have to go prepay into my account and pay 69 cents per minute to roam on other networks. That's pricy, though something I rarely do.
I've used Virgin Mobile, but that got expensive real quick. There's a daily use fee, upon which just placing the first call of any day cycle incurred something like $2-$2.50, and then it was something like 35 cents per minute thereafter.
While Boost Mobile looks like it had a ton of great features, it looks insanely expensive.
What's the scoop on the now dizzying array of prepaid airtime cell services?
Got any outright horror stories? Any good experiences?