How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plans in 2014 – Part 2

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Last updated 7/17/2014

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This is the second part of our How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plan 2014 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. $40/mo Unlimited Talk, Text, and Web (up to 50MB high-speed); $50 gets you 2.5GB of high-speed data. $5 off discount each month when you sign up for auto-pay - No Contract Smartphone Plans.

Smartphone Selection – A good mix but no S4 or iPhone 5s or 5c

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

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Ting

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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

Smartphone Selection – No iPhone for sale. But the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are available plus many other Android devices.

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 - Only one so far. Very limited. Hot spots are available.

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 with Unlimited Cell Talk and Text, $25 with Unlimited Talk, Text, and 3G Data $40 unlimited Wi-Fi + 4G Data

Smartphone Choices – Two, the Moto X and Limited availability Motorola Defy XT

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 technology. 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, depending on where it is sold.

Best Plan –Individual +Family, 30min/30 days - $9.99; 60min/90 days $19.99; 2GB with carryover -$50

Smartphone Selection –Limited Number, 4 Android, Basic ones

Bring Your Own –Yes. CDMA phones only (Non-LTE Verizon, Sprint, Boost, Virgin). No iPhones or Blackberry Smartphones from Verizon.

Tracfone is best when:

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

AT&T

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AT&T sells no annual contract AT&T Mobile Share wireless service at the same price as Aio 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). Aio does not offer the option to add an extra 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 SelectionVery limited 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

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Sprint's selection of no-contract phones is very limited. The best option is a pre-owned iPhone 4. However, they market an Unlimited 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 - $60 per month for unlimited talk, text, and web

Smartphone Selection – As You Go Smartphone selection is extremely limited. The best available smartphone is the Pre-owned iPhone 4 for $199. The only other choice is the basic LG Optimus Elite.

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. $40 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, Data (throttle after 500MB Data)

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

In 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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