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Compare Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

June 5, 2017
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Compare Prepaid Cell Phone Plans
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Considering a prepaid cell phone plan? You have plenty of providers to choose from. There are nearly a dozen major carriers, not to mention regional prepaid options and newer providers, such as Ting and Republic Wireless.

All those options can leave your head spinning. So we gathered pricing data for some of the leading prepaid providers to help you compare prepaid plans.

All the options listed below are monthly plans and include unlimited minutes and text messages, unless otherwise noted. If data is included with the package, the amount is listed in parentheses. Pay-as-you-go plans, such as Tracfone airtime cards, are not included in the table.

 1GB or less2-4GB5-7GB8-10GBUnlimited
*Republic Wireless customers pay $15 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $5 per gigabyte.
AT&T GoPhone
$35 (talk and text only)$45 (6GB)$65
Boost Mobile
$35 (3GB)$50
Cricket Wireless
$25 (talk and text only)
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$60
MetroPCS
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$50
Republic Wireless*
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)

$20 (1GB)
$25 (2GB)

$30 (3GB)

$35 (4GB)
$40 (5GB)

$45 (6GB)

$50 (7GB)
$55 (8GB)

$60 (9GB)

$65 (10GB)
N/A
Sprint prepaid$45 (4GB)$65
Straight Talk Wireless$30 (1,500 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data)$35 (2GB)$45 (10GB)$55
T-Mobile prepaid
$45 (4GB)$55 (6GB)$75
Verizon prepaid
$30 (talk and text only)$40 (3GB)$50 (7GB)$60 (10GB)$80
Virgin Mobile
$50

Kelsey Sheehy is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: ksheehy@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @KelseyLSheehy

Updated June 2, 2017.