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Prepaid cell phones under $50: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Boost, Virginposted by Pamela Wilcox on April 28th, 2011 - 7:30 am | Prepaid Phones
The new trend in the prepaid world appears to be higher-end phones. We’re seeing many carriers introduce Android handsets and other smartphones to keep people interested. But when it comes to prepaid, that doesn’t always play. Oftentimes people are looking for a good deal on a handset, since they want to talk, and maybe text. Otherwise they’d be with a contract carrier. What follows is a list of prepaid phones, from our featured pay-as-you-go cell phone providers, that will cost you $50 or less. That’s not so common in prepaid land.
Today we’ll go with the major carriers and their prepaid arms. Next week we’ll look at MVNOs and regional carriers.
Get any of these handsets at AT&T’s website.
This is one of the simpler phones you’ll find. It calls and messages, but doesn’t do much else. Except flip open and closed, of course. Cost: $19.99
This is much like the a107, except it adds a VGA camera. Cost: $39.99
Another simple, straight forward phone without a camera. This one is in bar style, for those who prefer that. Cost: $14.99
AT&T F160 (refurbished)
This bar-style phone features a 3-megapixel camera, which is one of the best you’ll find in a prepaid phone under $50. It is also refurbished, which means you’re getting a better handset for a lesser price. Cost: $14.99
Samsung Sunburst (refurbished)
The Sunburst is one of the few touchscreen phones you’ll find under $40. It has a music player, messaging capabilities, web browser, 2 megapixel camera, and more. Cost: $39.99
Get any of these handsets at Verizon’s website.
This is Verizon’s most basic flip phone. It has a VGA camera and not much else. Cost: $19.99
Verizon Wireless CDM7076
This is a small step up from the Gusto, as it adds a web browser. Cost: $29.99
The Accolade features a decent camera at 1.3-megapixels, and also has a media center. It’s still a basic phone. Cost: $39.99
Strangely enough, T-Mobile has no prepaid phones under $50. You can see the entire selection at T-Mobile’s website.
Get these handsets at Boost Mobile’s website.
The Motorola i298 is a basic bar-style phone that doesn’t pack many features. It does have Boost’s walkie-talkie service, though. Cost: $49.99
The Rambler is a flip phone that has a full QWERTY keyboard, which makes it suitable for messaging. Cost: $49.99
This is a thin, sleek flip phone that features a VGA camera and messaging capabilities. Cost: $49.99
Get these handsets at Virgin Mobile’s website.
A stubby phone that features a QWERTY keyboard, the Kyocera Loft is perfect for the messaging addict. It also features a 1.3-megapixel camera and access to social networking services. Cost: $49.99