To keep our pay as you go smartphone content fresh and current, we've decided to keep our main home page more lean. In other words once our prepaid smartphone news is getting to be 8 months to a year old, it's time to clear it from our homepage. We think the previous updates are still valuable as you may be shopping for a slightly older model prepaid smartphone and we have details and reviews of them in previous updates. We hope you can use our resources here to help you decide on which prepaid smartphone to buy and which carrier is the best for what you need.
2012 Previous News Updates
April 26 - Things are really heating up with Republic Wireless. We suggest you read the latest news on the exciting beta. Check out the Engadget article here.
April 22 - Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile will be getting 4G smartphones in June. It appears that they will be using the last generation Sprint 4G WiMAX network. Expect prepaid smartphone plans to include unlimited talk, text and 4G data with a throttle on data when exceeding 2.5GB. Folks this prepaid smartphone market is really starting to heat up. Have you noticed?
April 20 - Looks like Cricket is about to get a whole lot more exposure. You're going to see a couple of their prepaid Android smartphones in Target stores!
April 17 - ATT pay as you go smartphones are getting more data! Yes, pay the same price for your monthly data packages but you get MORE data. Sounds good to us. Check our AT&T page for more details.
April 13 - Big news for Ting. They are getting 4G LTE coverage very soon! They will be using the Sprint network coverage. Ting will introduce new 4G smartphones very soon. This is huge news folks! Check out Ting page for more details.
April 9 - We've just added H2O Wireless to our listings. They have a couple smartphones but what we like is there very cheap prepaid data plan. Well let's say it's not exactly for anyone looking to spend their time using data, but if you can rely on wifi connectivity and less on their data, you might like the idea of paying $25 per month. As you may or may not know, most prepaid smartphone plans are at best $45 per month. Sure you get unlimited but perhaps you could economize you dependence on their networks and rely more on wifi connections for you data use.
You're going to get only 80MB of data, but perhaps you can make it work for your needs. But it does get tricky because you get $25 worth of usage total only. This means use any combination of Talk, Text, MMS & Data up to $25. I wish they had a slider calculator on their site! The rates are 2.5 cents per minute talk, 30 cents per MB, and 2.5 cents per message. If you go heavy on data, then you run out of talk and text time in a given month. Make sense?
April 3 - If you're looking at MetroPCS prepaid plans, we can tell you that they are going to be increasing their unlimited LTE data plan to $70 per month. The other MetroPCS prepaid plans are also seeing the following changes: the $60 LTE plan will have a limit of 5GB, the $50 LTE plan will have 2.5GB limit and the $40 LTE plan will have 250MB limit. Go beyond the limits and you will have your speeds throttled. MetroPCS says that if you go above the limits, your speed will be more like the 3G network. Speed will however go back to LTE at the start of the next monthly billing cycle. Be aware folks! Read more details on MetroPCS here.
March - We're doing a lot of digging around the internet to find the most prepaid smartphone service providers. The good news is that more and more companies are selling smartphones! Expect a lot of new resources over the coming days and weeks. We are pretty excited to see some healthy compeititon in the pay as you go smartphone category. We noticed that Frawg Wireless, owned by nTelos, has quite an excellent variety of pay as you go smartphones. Windows phone and the Xperia Play which is rare to see on prepaid plans!
We're pusing out some new content and pages! We're going to add company specific pages with their full listings of smartphones. Check out our new Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile page.
February - Prepaid iPhone anyone? Read the emerging story here. Straight Talk prepaid is going to be making headlines in the coming weeks. The competition is about to get amazing for prepaid smartphones! Straight Talk will have a $45 per month unlimited voice and data plan for used AT&T or T-Mobile GSM smartphones, excluding BlackBerry.
We've updated out current prepaid smartphone listings table. Updated content and reviews coming up next!
January 7- Since we're into 2012, we should talk about the prepaid smartphone forecast for the year. We're expecting a lot of new smartphones to show up in the pay as you go category. The last quarter of 2011 was excellent and that trend will only get better! Join us for the lastest prepaid smartphone news in 2012.
2011 Previous News Updates
November 1 - Currently a pretty nice deal on the prepaid Motorola Triumph from Virgin Mobile at Amazon.com. Here is the link:
October 24 - We are just assembling a prepaid smartphone reviews page. We are going to provide photos, specs, pros and cons of all the available prepaid smartphones on the market. This will be a one page summary which you can look over to find details on all available pay as you go smartphones. We hope you like it!
We've just noticed a new pay as you go smartphone coming to Boost Mobile. They have a product page and have on listed it as "coming soon". Well it's coming Novemeber 2 for a price of $249.99. As Boost Mobile boasts, the ZTE Warp has the largest touchscreen and the highest megapixel camera in the Boost Mobile Android smartphone lineup.
Details of the upcoming ZTE Warp prepaid smarphone:
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
microSD up to 32GB (2GB card included)
5MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash
Stereo Bluetooth® technology
Easy access to Gmail and Google Talk
Wireless Web enabled
Mobile ID and Boost Zone
Check out official screenshots and detail on the Boost Mobile product page here.
October 13 - Cricket has just announced today a new prepaid smartphone to their line-up! It's the Samsung Transfix which is a slider smartphone! Check out MyCricket.com for details. It's available for $179.99 and should be up on their site tomorrow. According to the press release today, it's available now.
Details of the Samsung Transfix from Cricket:
full slide out QWERTY keyboard
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
3.2-megapixel camera with camcorder
microSD slot with up to 32-gigabyte expandable memory
includes all of the popular Android apps like Gmail, YouTube and Google Search, plus the Android market that now features more than 200,000 applications and games.
October 2 - Rumors keep persisting about a new cheap model iPhone 4. Does cheap mean prepaid? Read more here.
August - CNET has done a story about the second quarter financial results for prepaid providers and it's bleak. It's a bit more than traditional seasonal down turns. Our comment? If these prepaid providers like Metro PCS, Tracfone and Leap Wireless don't increase their smartphone selection, guess what? Of course customers have to look elsewhere. If the customers and public out there is in smartphone mode and those companies don't offer them, people have no choice but to move to a prepaid carrier that does have smartphones. It's pretty simple. I'm sure as these companies increase their selections of Android prepaid smartphones, the customers will not turnover to the extent they are. Bulletin: Sell more prepaid smartphones and you will stop losing customers. Simple!
July 29 - The new Motorola Triumph prepaid smartphone from Virgin Mobile USA is now available! It's priced at $299.99. Check it out on the official Virgin Mobile USA website
Video Review of the Motorola Triumph:
June 12- New details about the Virgin Mobile pay as you go smartphone that was announced a few days ago. Have you heard of Motoblur? Well, the Android experience will not be decorated by Motoblur. This means you get Android as is. They are calling this a "true Android experience". This is sounding like a top choice in the prepaid smartphones market.
June 9 - Add another prepaid smartphone. Virgin Mobile has just announced their first Motorola smartphone for their no contract pay as you go service. No exact release date but we have a few details. This prepaid smartphone is the Motorola Triumph. Here is a breakdown of the specs:
Price - $25 per month with 300 voice minutes or unlimited voice is $60 per month
Release date - Summer 2011
1 GHz Snapdragon processor
4.1-inch WVGA display
800 x 400 pixel resolution
5 megapixel camera
1400 mAh battery
143g (5.04 ounces)
4.8” x 2.5” x 0.4”
HD Video capture (720p)
We will have more detail coming up! Read a mini review by PCMag.com.
May 14, 2011 - If you've been holding off shopping pay as you go smartphones, now may be the time to do it! Boost Mobile now has the Samsung Galaxy Prevail smartphone. You may have a hard time beating this deal! It's an entry level smartphone, but it's certainly a fully functional smartphone with Android 2.2 operating system. You will pay $179.99 for a no contract smartphone and pay $50 per month for unlimited voice, text and data. Don't worry about the $50 because for every 6 on time payments you make, you lower your monthly payment by $5. So after 18 on time payments, you would be paying $35 per month! Check out Boost Mobile.
Best of the Prepaid Smartphones?
Samsung Galaxy Prevail
April 12, 2011 - Big news for prepaid smartphones! AT&T will be launching their first ever prepaid smartphone! We are excited to hear this because once the big carriers start with prepaid smartphones, we know it's going to push the prepaid smartphone market. We expect even more prepaid smartphones in mid to late 2011. We will post full details on the new AT&T pay as you go smartphones later today.
March 3, 2011 - With the iPhone being perhaps the most desirable or at least near the top of smartphones ratings, what are the chances of a prepaid smartphone? It's something we've often thought about or rather dreamed about. It turns out that just this week there was some ramblings or interesting quotes from Apple about the possibility of a pay as you go iPhone. Check out our new Prepaid iPhone page. We think it's going to be a reality this upcoming holiday 2011 season. Just a hunch on our part but after reading the recent comments from Apple you might be in agreement with us.
January 15, 2011 - We've updated our current prepaid smartphones listings. There are a few more options for you now compared to the past few months and we expect 2011 to be a great year for more prepaid smartphones. As new smartphones hit the prepaid carriers like Cricket and Boost Mobile, we'll keep our listings updated for you.
Are you going to find really cheap prepaid data plans? Not really and that's just the reality right now as we hit January 2011. Prepaid smartphones are great for sure, but getting great deals isn't the same as straight up prepaid cell phone. Prepaid data plans which include the option of smartphones is something we expect to see grow in the USA in 2011.
Best Deals for Cheap Prepaid Smartphones: (current as of Jan 16, 2011)
October 17, 2010 - Coming October 18, 2010, T-Mobile is joining the prepaid smartphone market full force. As predicted, once a few of the carriers started prepaid smartphones, the rest would follow. The available smartphones available from T-Mobile is decent and you can check them out here. Here is a breakdown of what T-Mobile is offering:
$70/month Unlimited Talk and Text with 2 GB of Data
$50/month Unlimited Talk and Text with 100 MB of Data
$30/month 1,500 Talk and Text with 30 MB of Data
September 2, 2010 - So things were a little quiet on the prepaid smartphone front during the summer. However there is some really great news! You can add another big name to the prepaid smartphones list!
Yes it's true! These prepaid data packages will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Store starting today and online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Sept. 28. Here are the important details from the Verizon Wireless unlimited prepaid smartphone launch today:
"...expanding its portfolio of prepaid offerings to include a new 3G Prepaid data package that lets customers access unlimited data on select 3G Smartphones and Multimedia phones for $30 monthly access. Multimedia phone customers also have the option of selecting a new $10 monthly data package for 25 MB per month ($.20/MB overage)."
What's even better is the amazing selection of prepaid smartphones that you can get! Here is the official list from the Verizon wireless press release:
"Following are the 3G Smartphones and Multimedia phones eligible for the new data packages:"
* BlackBerry® Curve™ 8330
* BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530
* BlackBerry® Storm™ 9530
* BlackBerry® Storm2™ 9550
* BlackBerry® Tour™ 9630
* BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650
* Palm® Pre™ Plus
* Palm Pixi™ Plus
* DROID by Motorola
* Motorola DEVOUR™
* DROID X by Motorola
* DROID 2 by Motorola
* DROID Eris™ by HTC
* DROID Incredible by HTC
* LG Ally™
You likely want more info yes? Check out the official Verizon Wireless page here. So let's all hope that this is just the start of something better for prepaid smartphones. It's been slow to happen simply because well, there are pretty major costs involved in the smartphones and back six months ago, these types of offerings were a lot less appetizing to the big carriers. With todays announcement, it can't be long before everyone else jumps aboard the prepaid smartphones bandwagon! Yeehaw!
May 23, 2010 - So you've been wondering about prepaid smartphones just like we have? It's taken a long time hasn't it? We can say yes it's taking a long time for more major smartphone carriers to launch prepaid smartphones. That said, it's very exciting because there has been some recent news that you will be happy to hear about!
Virgin mobile and Leap Wireless 'Cricket' are coming out with... prepaid smartphones in the coming months! The end result to increased competition with prepaid smartphones is cheaper prices!! See we told you there was great news coming. Lets break this down as of today.
The current status of prepaid smartphones options:
January 26, 2010 - Remember us saying the announcement of BoostMobile and their prepaid smartphone would cause a chain reaction? Guess what? Yes, another strong rumor of another prepaid smartphone about to hit the market! Now this is getting fun! Read the full store here.
January 25, 2010 - The day has arrived! Smartphones with no contracts! The Blackberry 8330 prepaid smartphone is now available from Best Buy! You can also get it from Radio Shack or Boost Mobile exclusive retail locations across the US. Suggested retail price is $249.99.
If you want to know about the phone here are some details:
"Boost Mobile customers on the BlackBerry Monthly Unlimited plan have access to unlimited Web browsing and up to 10 email accounts, including email accounts accessed through an Internet service such as Gmail, Yahoo! and Hotmail or other IMAP or POP email accounts, as well as accounts that use a Microsoft Exchange server accessed via Microsoft Outlook Web Access."
"The BlackBerry Monthly Unlimited plan provides the same nationwide voice and text messaging of the popular Monthly Unlimited offer, but also includes 3G Web access and unlimited email for $60 per month on the Nationwide Sprint Network."
- 3G speeds where available
- HTML Web Browser
- Full QWERTY Keypad & Trackball Navigation
- 2MP Camera with Flash, Zoom and Video recording
- Access to BlackBerry App World for Applications, Games and More
- Media Player with Standard Audio Jack
- 1GB microSD Card included (supports up to 8GB)
- Stereo Bluetooth Capable
- Multi-Media, Text and IM
- GPS and Wireless Web-Enabled
- Speaker phone
January 20, 2010 - Big news! Prepaid smartphones are coming! I repeat, prepaid smartphones are coming! Surely when a few companies start offering prepaid smartphones, the others are soon to follow. Great news that we've all been waiting for!
Read this article from Kansas City Business Journal which talks about Boost Mobile introducing prepaid smartphone plans! Yes, no contract folks. This prepaid smartphone will be on the Nationwide Sprint CDMA Network. That's the other bit of good news with this announcement. Boost Mobile will sell the Blackberry smartphone for $250 with a $60 monthly unlimited plan. The smartphone is...
Update Nov 25 2009 - Hooray for T-Mobile. You wanted prepaid smartphones and now finally someone has delivered in the USA! More details coming up shortly. Pricing and availability info soon. Here are a few news stories about prepaid smartphones from T-Mobile. Chicago Tribune Article here and Wireless Week Article here.
Update Nov 2009 - Prepaid smartphones sound great, however, until this time, none of the big carriers offer prepaid smartphones. However, people have found creative ways to accomplish a similar setup as a prepaid smartphone would offer. More on that later! So, stay with us as we get you prepaid smartphones as they become available. With some new Android smartphones hitting the market recently, there are now some low cost smartphones. That opens the door for prepaid smartphones. It's going to happen soon and when it does, we will keep you posted.
Why are there no prepaid smartphones available right now?
Update Nov 25: T-Mobile has now introduced the first prepaid smartphone! They offer the Blackberry 8250 smartphone. More news coming right up!
It comes down to cost. A smartphone without a subsidy is very expensive right now. If you've noticed, most of the prepaid cell phones are cheaper model phones. So, we need to wait for the price of the smartphones to start dropping, then we will see prepaid options follow after that. It will happen, just not yet. Read a recent article regarding why we haven't seen any prepaid smartphones just yet. Read it at Winnipeg Free Press.
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Going with prepaid is always a great option. Full resources and online shopping coming up shortly! Often times buying prepaid is a much better option that being stuck with a long smartphone contract. Think about it. With the new technology and better smartphones coming out, why limit yourself and be stuck with the same smartphone for years? This doesn't make a lot of sense especially when you consider all the cool new features that these phones are coming out with every couple of months.
If you're new to prepaid smarthphones and haven't decided if this is for you, then a couple thing to consider. Figure out how much talking you will likely do. Also consider how much texting you will be doing. From there, you can get a better idea how much this will cost and whether prepaid is the best option for yourself.
The best prepaid smartphone is not the same for everyone that's for sure. Decide what options or what smartphone model you want and go from there. Most of the best smartphones on the market share the same great features. It's hard to buy a bad smartphone!
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