Overview: Although they aren't the most well know prepaid smartphone provider, PlatinumTel has a few models worth looking at. They use the Sprint network which has good coverage. PlatinumTel claims to be the cheapest pay as you go. Want to see for yourself? Check out their comparison page which has a dandy slider and shows them vs. AT&T, Net10 and Tracfone. It's a must try! Check it out here.
Prepaid Data Plans: PlatinumTel has an Android Unlimited plan which starts at $50 per month. They have nationwide coverage, with free on-network roaming. There is no contract and no credit checks.
Here is a breakdown of what's available in the Android Unlimited data plan:
So basically with the Android Unlimited plan differs in price depending on the data. You get long distance for free, and text messaging or SMS for free. Other particulars include a $1.29 per 411 directory assistance call and picture messaging is $.05 cents per message on the $50 but is unlimited with the $60 plan.
PlatinumTel does have various other pay as you go plans which has small data usage. The Real Paygo has a charge of $0.10 cents per megabyte. The have the Hybrid plan which has either 20 MB or 30 MB of data.
PlatinumTel Coverage Map:
Check out the detailed coverage map for details where you live here on the official PlatinumTel website.
2012 Updated Listings:
Price: Approx. $99 (check official website for current pricing)
Android 1.6 (update to Android 2.1 is available)
320 x 480 pixel resolution
5MP camera with auto focus
access to Android market
dimensions: 4.46" x 2.22" x 0.54"
up to 4 hours talk time and up to 15 days standby time
Price: Approx $139 (check official website for current pricing)
talk time up to 6 hours and 14.5 days of standby time
400 x 800 resolution
includes 2 GB microSD card
3.2MP camera with 30FPS video playback
dimensions: 4.57" x 2.31" x 0.48"
weighs 3.7 ounces
Samsung Intercept M910
Price: Approx $79 (check official website for current pricing)
240 x 400 pixel resolution
6.4 hours of talk time
3MP camera with video playback
slide out QWERTY keyboard
dimensions: 4.43" x 2.19" x 0.60"
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