How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plans in 2015 – Part 2

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Last updated 8/14/2015

  

This is the second part of our How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plan 2015 article.

NET10 Wireless

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Tracfone owns NET10 Wireless. NET10 Wireless has more plans but not the latest Smartphones like its sister company, Straight Talk. NET10 has family plans available.

Coverage – Uses all four networks (CDMA + GSM) depending on the phone and your area.

Best Plans –Unlimited monthly plans. $35/mo Unlimited Talk, Text, and Web (up to 500MB high-speed); $50 gets you 5GB of high-speed data. $5 off discount each month when you sign up for auto-pay - No Contract Smartphone Plans.

Smartphone Selection – A small variety of phones including the Samsung Galaxy S6, but no iPhones.

Bring Your Own – Allows certain GSM and CDMA Smartphones to be brought over.

NET10 is best when:

  • On a budget
  • Want unlimited with a good mix of smartphone selections

Smartphone Deals

  • iPhone 5s Unlocked 32GB Sale $399.99$184.99Save: $215.00 (53%)eBayeBay Coupons

    iPhone 5s Unlocked 16GB Refurbished Sale $184.99 + Free Shipping

    Over 13,100 sold. eBay (Gurantee cellular, 111,000 feedback) has an iPhone 5s Unlocked 16GB Refurbished No Contract Smartphone Sale $184.99, free shipping. Tax only in FL. 2% back in eBay bucks. B grade. 14 day returns.

    Gold, Silver and Space Grey are available. This runs the latest iOS 9.

    Important Information:

    Perfect for T-Mobile, StraightTalk or AT&T Wireless. Add a line or replace and older phone.

    Consider purchasing an unlocked cell phone if you are on AT&T or T-Mobile and want a new Smartphone without a contract. Unlocked Smartphones allow you to subscribe to low cost carriers mentioned below and function internationally, so you can use the same phone abroad.

    Learn: No-Contract Plans, Unlocked Smartphones

    Choosing the right plan for you is time consuming and can also be a hassle. We've done the research and you may save over $1,000 each year! Be sure to check out our no-contract Smartphone plan article: How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plans where we compare all of the major network carriers. Check out our How to Buy an Unlocked Smartphones article to learn what it means to have an "Unlocked" Smartphone.

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    Posted: September 28, 2016 12:00 AM PDT


  • ZTE Zmax Prepaid Smartphone $99.99$49.99Save: $50.00 (50%)Best BuyBest Buy Coupons

    AT&T GoPhone ZTE Zmax 2 - 5.5" Prepaid Phone $49.99 + Free Shipping

    Lowest price so far. Best Buy has a AT&T GoPhone ZTE Zmax 2 - 5.5" No Contract Prepaid Sale, now only $49.99 + Free Shipping. Expires Soon - Highly Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars. $75 from a 3rd party on amazon.

    GoPhone ZTE Zmax 2 Features:

    • Huge 5.5" screen
    • 16GB of memory, support up to 32GB Micro SD card
    • 4G LTE
    • 1.2 Ghz Processor
    • 8Mpixel camera
    • Powerful 3000mAh battery for up to 17 hours of talk time
    • Android 5.1
    • voice search
    • GPS
    • turn-by-turn directions
    • Pre-paid, no contract

    Reasons to purchase the ZTE Zmax 2:

    • Most prepaid smartphones use older Android 4.X.
    • You can also buy it and not activate this smartphone, then you can use it with WiFi to sample Android apps.
    • This phone has no contract so you will not be locked in.
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  • iPhone 5s Unlocked 32GB Sale $450.00$149.99Save: $300.01 (66%)WalmartWalmart Coupons

    iPhone 5s 16GB No Contract Sale $149.99 + Free Shipping

    Price Roll back. Walmart has an iPhone 5s 16GB Straight Talk or Total Wireless No Contract Sale $149.99, free shipping and free in store pickup. Tax only in most states. Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

    $35 a month Plan for 5GB of high speed data, with unlimited talk and text.

    Straight Talk iPhone 5S 16GB 4G LTE Smartphone $149 free shipping.

    $45 for 5GB of high speed data a month.

    Refurbished Unlocked iPhone 5s's cost $230+ on eBay. Silver and Space Grey are available. This runs the latest iOS 10.

    Learn: No-Contract Plans, Unlocked Smartphones

    Choosing the right plan for you is time consuming and can also be a hassle. We've done the research and you may save over $1,000 each year! Be sure to check out our no-contract Smartphone plan article: How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plans where we compare all of the major network carriers. Check out our What is an unlocked iPhone? article to learn what it means to have an "Unlocked" Smartphone.

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    Posted: September 27, 2016 10:00 AM PDT


  • T-Mobile iPhone 7, 7 Plus Trade-In Promo   T-MobileT-Mobile Coupons

    T-Mobile $100 iPhone 7 with iPhone6 Trade in

    T-Mobile has a new T-Mobile $100 iPhone 7 with iPhone 6s, $200 with iPhone 6 Trade In where you can trade in your iPhones and get a discounted iPhone 7 via bill credits. Ends Soon

    iPhone 7 Pricing

    • $100 (w/ iPhone 6S or 6S+ trade-in)
    • $200 (w/ iPhone 6, or 6+ trade-in)
    • $350 (w/ iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, or SE)

    After bill credits applied in monthly installments with 24-mo. finance agreement.  Must be active and in good standing when credit is applied. 1st credit may not appear until 2nd bill cycle and only after trade-in process is complete. May not be combined with other promotional offers.  iPhones with higher memory cost more. T-Mobile ONE plan required.

    iPhone 6 Resale Value vs Trade-in

    • iPhone 6 16GB is worth $300-$350 - 20% in fees = $240-$270 if you sell it on eBay
    • New iPhone starts 32GB of storage, double the iPhone 6 16GB

    Get a larger capacity iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus by paying the retail price difference compared to a base iPhone 7.

    Trade-In Gotchas

    • You are locked in for 2 years.

    This is a great deal. We have not seen a deal like this in years.

    iPhone 7 Unlocked for $329

    Don't have an iPhone 6 to trade in? Buy a refurbished iPhone 6 16GB Unlocked refurbished for $329.99 on eBay.  Trade it in and get a brand new iPhone 7!

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    Posted: September 27, 2016 8:52 AM PDT


  • T-Mobile iPhone 7, 7 Plus Trade-In Promo   Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless Coupons

    Free iPhone 7 w/iPhone 6 or newer Trade In

    AT&T and T-Mobile promo ended 9/25/2016. These two sales remain..

    Verizon iPhone 7 for Free with Trade-In - New and Existing Customers

    Verizon Wireless has Trade-in an eligible iPhones and get a Free iPhone 7 32 GB on their Edge installment Plan.

    • $650 credit over 24 months with trade in of qualified iPhone. Credit begins 2-3 bill cycles & ends when balance paid or line cancelled. 0% APR

    Sprint iPhone 7 for Free with Trade-In - New and Existing Customers

    Sprint has the iPhone 7 for $0 with eligible trade-in.

    • Eligible phones include iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.
    • Waived activation

    If you cancel your service, your remaining balance at Full price is due immediately. For well-qualified customers via bill credits with a 0% APR 24-month finance agreement and qualifying service + all taxes and fees.

    iPhone 6 Resale Value vs Trade-in

    • iPhone 6 16GB is worth $300-$350 - 20% eBay/Paypal fees = as little as $240 if you sell it on eBay, so you are in essence getting $400+ FREE
    • New iPhone starts 32GB of storage, double the iPhone 6 16GB

    Get a larger capacity iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus by paying the retail price difference compared to a base iPhone 7.

    Trade-In Gotchas

    • Wireless Carriers will not pay you more if you are trading in an iPhone 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus or a phone with more memory.
    • An iPhone 6S Plus 16GB is worth $530+ on eBay, so the benefit is not as great.
    • You are locked in for 2 years.

    This is a great deal. We have not seen a deal like this in years.

    iPhone 7 Unlocked for $310

    Don't have an iPhone 6 to trade in? Buy a refurbished iPhone 6 16GB Unlocked refurbished for $309.99 on eBay.  Trade it in and get a brand new iPhone 7!

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    Posted: September 26, 2016 2:42 PM PDT


  • Jawbone Mini JAMBOX Bluetooth Speaker 1-Day Sale $179.99$39.99Save: $140.00 (77%)GrouponGroupon Coupons

    JAMBOX Bluetooth Portable Speaker Sale $39.99 + Free Shipping

    Over 800 bought. Groupon has a manufacturer refurbished Jawbone JAMBOX Bluetooth Speaker Sale for $39.99, with free shipping. Tax in most areas. From $43+shipping on Amazon from 3rd parties.

    Rated at 4.5 out of 5 star ratings. Available various colors. Jambox Mini is also available but only saves you $5. Not worth it.

    This Bluetooth 4.0 speaker is small enough to fit in your pocket, so it goes wherever you do for an instant party. Extruded aluminum body delivers exceptional sound with up to 10-hour battery life.

    Inside the Box

    • Jawbone JAMBOX
    • microUSB charging cable (12.5 inches)
    • 3.5mm stereo cable (36 inches)
    • user guide

    Review

    4 stars out of 5 stars on CNET for its small size and excellent sound quality.

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More Like This

Ting

ting

Ting uses the Sprint Network (CDMA) and lets you customize your account with different levels of talk, text, and web plus a $6 monthly fee. Roaming onto Verizon and other networks with no extra cost.

Coverage – Uses Sprint Network. Not the best.

Best Plans –Customizable based on your needs. Reports a $23 average monthly bill per device for its customers.

Smartphone Selection – Decent variety including various Motorola and HTC phones along with different generations of the Samsung Galaxy and iPhone.

Bring Your OwnCurrent list - Works with many Sprint Phones except Blackberry, PTT, +WebOS. Does not work with GSM Phones. Some iPhones are in beta.

Ting is best when:

  • You are on a budget
  • You are consistent with your monthly usage

Freedom Pop

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FreedomPop offers a variety of devices where you pay for the device and get Free monthly allotment of Data. For example: Freedom Pop now offer smartphones like the HTC EVO 4G ($179). The phone comes with a Basic 200 monthly plan for Free every month. The plan includes 200 Voice minutes, 500 Texts, 500MB 4G/3G Data on the Sprint network.

Freedom Pop also offers an Unlimited Talk and Text with 500MB for a low $11/Month.

Coverage - Okay to very good depending on your area. We have experienced dead spots. Check their coverage maps

Best Plan - Free!

Smartphone Selection - 6 different phone options--slightly older versions of phones like the HTC Evo 4G or Samsung Galaxy S2 through 4. They also have hotspots and tablets.

Bring your device - You need to buy a phone or mobile hotspot from them. Other phones will not work.

Freedom Pop is best when:

  • You want to pay once and get Free Monthly Service
  • Willing to pay for Freedom Pop devices
  • Looking to get some extra data without having to pay a lot out of pocket each month
  • Sprint has good coverage in your area

Republic Wireless

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Republic Wireless started in 2013 and is focused on very inexpensive Smartphones and plans. They use Wi-Fi whenever possible to plans start as low as $5/month. Good ground-breaking price of $199 for the high priced Moto X Smartphone.

Coverage – Anywhere Wi-Fi is Available, plus optionally falls back to Sprint.

Best Plans -$5 Unlimited Talk, Text, and Web via Wi-Fi only; $10 Base Plan with Unlimited Cell Talk and Text, $25 with Unlimited Talk, Text, and 1GB Data, and $55 unlimited Wi-Fi, Talk, Text + 3 GB Data.

Smartphone Choices – Three choices: the Moto G, the Moto E, and the Moto X.

Bring Your Own Device – Not available. Must buy their phones.

Republic Wireless is best when:

  • You are on a tight budget
  • You do not care for phone selections

Tracfone

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Tracfone uses CDMA and GSM technology depending on the location. Most of their CDMA phones end in C, IE LG 505C.  GSM phones end in G, IE LG 840G. Tracfone focuses on low cost, non-Smartphone, and airtime cards. Must buy separate data cards. Will not roam where home network has coverage.

Coverage –Uses mostly Sprint and Sometimes Verizon Network on CDMA, depending on where it is sold. GSM versions use AT&T or T-Mobile. Get the type of phone that has the best coverage when you live, work, and play.

Best Plan –Individual +Family, 50min/30 days - $9.99.

Smartphone Selection –Limited selection of basic phones and Android phones.

Bring Your Own –Yes. CDMA phones only (Non-LTE Verizon, Sprint, Boost, Virgin). No iPhones or Blackberry Smartphones from Verizon. They later expanded it to GSM phones for use on their AT&T network when you buy this AT&T Compatible SIM kit.

Tracfone is best when:

  • You are on a budget
  • Don’t use a phone much
  • Don’t need the latest technology

AT&T Wireless

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AT&T Wireless sells no annual contract AT&T Mobile Share wireless service at a similar price as Cricket but without unlimited data. A credit check may be required. This is only worthwhile if you're going to share data with multiple people. (They charge $25/mo extra on each additional non-contract line). If you are sharing data we suggest to go with the $70/mo for unlimited talk and text with 4GB of data. Cheapest plan is a $20/mo plan for 300MB with unlimited talk and text. AT&T has a reasonable amount of coverage nationwide. They are one of the most reliable wireless networks to be on.

AT&T Prepaid GoPhone plans include $60 for 2GB with unlimited talk, text ($5 more than AT&T Mobile Share). Additional GB of data is available for $10/GB.

Coverage - Good to very good depending on your area. Check their coverage maps

Best Plan - $55/mo Unlimited Talk and Text and 2GB Data; $70/mo for 4GB

Smartphone Selection - From Samsung Galaxy S4 through $170 Android phone. Does not include iPhones, but you can buy a phone from Apple or eBay and add a SIM card.

Bring your device -Free SIM Cards for GSM phones including iPhones that are unlocked. LTE support is also available.

AT&T is best when:

  • Sharing a plan with family
  • Speed
  • Reliability
  • Smartphone versatility

Verizon

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Verizon has the best coverage nationwide making them one of the most reliable networks. Verizon Prepaid does not offer unlimited data like some of the cheaper options reviewed here. Smartphone selection for no-contract plans is limited and does not include the latest phones.

In July 2014, Verizon introduced the 4G LTE ALLSET No Annual contract Plan.

Coverage - Good to very good depending on your area. Check their coverage maps

Best Plan - $45 per month for unlimited talk, text, and 500MB Data; Add $5 for 500MB more data, $10 for 1GB more, or $20 for $3GB more.

Smartphone SelectionDecent selection of no-contract Smartphones from $149. Refurbished smartphones save you money.

Bring your device - You need to buy a phone or mobile hotspot from Verizon. Other GSM phones will not work. Some used Smartphones from eBay may work if they are not banned.

Verizon is best when:

  • Reliability
  • Speed
  • Network Coverage
  • Budget not tight

Sprint

sprint

Sprint markets an Unlimited prepaid plan with no mention of throttling, but you will have to watch out for their off-network roaming usage limits. The off-network roaming usage allotment is small and can easily be used up in a few days. It is hard to recommend Sprint. Look at Boost Mobile instead.

Coverage - Good to very good depending on your area. Check their coverage maps

Best Plan - $35 per month for unlimited talk, text, and 1GB data.

Smartphone Selection – As You Go Smartphone selection has improved from before, but no iPhones. Some slightly older Samsung and Android smartphones.

Bring your device - You need to buy a phone from them. Other phones will not work.

Sprint is best when:

  • You want Unlimited Data without throttling
  • You have reliable Sprint Coverage
  • You can accept the limited Smartphone Selection

Other Carriers

Page Plus – Uses Verizon Network. $39.95 Unlimited Talk, Text, 500MB Data; $55 for 2.5GB. $29.95 for 1200 minutes, 3000 texts, 500MB Data. No unlimited data plans.

PTel – Uses T-Mobile Network. $30 Unlimited Talk, Text, Web (throttle after 2.5MB/mo)

Selectel Wireless – New. Similar to Page Plus.

GoSmart Mobile – Owned by T-Mobile. $45 Unlimited Talk, Text, Web (throttle after 5GB)

EcoMobile – Uses Sprint Network. $50 Unlimited Talk, Text, 3GB Web; $60 for Unlimited 4G Data.

PureTalkUSA – AT&T Network. $43.95 Unlimited Talk and Text with 1GB Data

H2O Wireless – AT&T Network. $40 Unlimited Talk, Text, 1GB Data. $60 gets you unlimited data. (Probably Throttled) Sells older iPhone and really old Android phones.

Red Pocket Mobile – AT&T Network. $59.99 Unlimited Talk and Text with 3GB Data

Air Voice Wireless – AT&T Network. $30 Unlimited Talk and Text with 500MB Data and offers the Samsung Galaxy S3 and older phones for sale.

ChitChatMobile - Sprint Network. $19.99 Unlimited talk and text. $20 600MB 3G/4G WiMAX Data. Use Sprint smartphones.

Conclusion

The consumer has the most control with prepaid, no contract Smartphone plans. You can switch carriers or Smartphones at any time. Review the details above + select the one that fits your needs. We recommend trying at least two or three different services for a month and pick the one best for you. Take Price, Coverage, Smartphone Selection, and monthly Bandwidth Allotment into consideration. The best thing about no-contract plans is that you can stop using the service at any time.

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6 responses to “How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plans in 2015 – Part 2”

  1. Sharon Balbi says:

    Re your 2 part article on the best no contract smartphone plans in 2015, you stated that TracFone uses only CDMA phones. This is an error. I have owned a Samsung S390G phone
    since it was first shown on HSN in July of 2012. It is a GSM phone using 3G and Wi-fi on the
    AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Athough 3G phone calls sound very good, the phone has very
    limited capabilities and is not even an Android phone. It is one of those phones using Java
    apps. It was promoted as being an android phone, which was easy to do because everyone
    thinks android, when they hear the words “Samsung cell phone”. If anyone just wants a phone
    for conversations-buy it-otherwise beware ! Thanks for writing these columns. They are very
    helpful for sorting through the myriad of carriers and plans.
    Best Regards,
    Sharon Balbi

  2. David says:

    Your Ting information needs to be updated. They now support T-mobile GSM network connectivity. The best phone is the Oneplus One smart phone.

  3. Elsa says:

    Could you check out Consumer Cellular and add it to your comparisons? It’s a great company with really flexible cheap plans. I’d used them for years, and many months, I have been on the $15.00 plan. I believe they are highly rated by Consumer’s magazine.
    Thanks for all your helpful information.

  4. Meagan says:

    After reading part 1 and then switching over to finish part 2, I may consider switching to a prepaid. Every prepaid runs off of towers of the larger networks anyway. And most are also owned by those larger networks so you really aren’t losing much except the extra fees from what I am reading!

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