Prepaid Wireless Options

by : Johnbear

If you don't want to be locked into an iron-clad contract, have a credit check performed, provide a security deposit, pay a monthly fee, if you are an infrequent user or if you want to manage your wireless spending, then you may just want to stick with a prepaid cell phone plan. Pre paid cell phone plans allows you to easily budget your minutes from month to month and keep control over your cell phone bill. A prepaid cellphone is one in which you purchase the phone and minutes upfront; you can buy minutes ahead of time and replenish them as needed.

There are fairly a large number of cell phone provider that has jumped on the prepaid cell phone bandwagon, recognizing the large market of customers that are interested in obtaining cell phones without contracts or obligations. Currently, the chief prepaid cellular phone service providers are Cingular, T-Mobile, Verizon, Virgin Mobile, 7-Eleven, Tracfone, Net10 and Boost Mobile.

After Cingular's acquisition of AT&T Wireless in 2004, the company not only became the largest wireless carrier in the United States but it also jumped into the prepaid market with AT&T's GoPhone plan that offers cheap per minute rates. T-Mobile may be the smallest of the major US wireless carriers but it made an early and aggressive push into the prepaid playing field with its To Go plans. They've got the flashy, headline-grabbing Sidekick II to its handset lineup; the sexy Motorola Razr V3 is a more recent addition, as is well as the updated Sidekick 3.

Verizon Wireless enters the prepaid cellphone market by offering their Inpulse and EasyPay plans. This pre paid cell phone service provider also has a large selection of phones and great plans that give you the same quality and customer service of their traditional cellular service without contracts or credit checks.

Virgin Mobile offers one of the most feature-rich prepaid wireless plans available. They have a great coverage area and plan pricing is competitive, although it can be a little complicated. Boost Mobile is a reliable prepaid cell phone service provider that takes special aim at the youth of the cell phone user population. They have tons of in demand features available, which it is easy to see why Boost Mobile is a popular choice for the younger generation.

The 7-Eleven prepaid cellular phone service provider also caters to budget-minded consumers. The 7-Eleven's Speak Out charges a flat 20 cents a minute (except for roaming charges of 39 cents a minute) and offers a choice of six handsets from Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson priced from $60 to $150. Net10 offers a competitively priced prepaid service, decent prepaid cellphone selection and also good cell phone coverage.

Tracfone prepaid has the distinction of being the only prepaid cell phone company to offer a phone in every zip Code in the United States. While tracFone Wireless's prepaid cellular service may hardly be the envy of most teenagers, it has proved popular among older consumers as an emergency phone. Tracfone is the leader in the prepaid cellular industry in the US and is sold at over 60,000 retailers nationwide, as well as in the Internet. Tracfone wireless prepaid emphasizes affordability and service quality over flashy features. It has established agreements with more than 30 carriers that provide service even in traditionally underserved rural areas and they are using a mix of TDMA, CDMA and GSM technology.

The key in deciding on the best deal for a prepaid wireless cell phone depends a lot on your own personal preferences and lifestyle. So there is a need for you to consider carefully all of the benefits and disadvantages of each prepaid cell phone offered by the various prepaid wireless providers to make sure you select the best one for you.