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Best Prepaid Phones

So, you’re curious about joining the many people currently foregoing traditional phone plans in favor of a cheaper, more flexible prepaid plan. Good decision. But before you jump into this new world, get the lowdown on some of the best phones and prepaid options out there.

Boost MAX

Though Boost Mobile doesn’t initially offer the cheapest service, with their unique shrinking payment plan, in just a short period of time, you can be paying a great deal less than other companies charge. If you reward Boost Mobile with your loyalty, Boost Mobile rewards you with a smaller bill. Boost Mobile offers a wide variety of cell phones, including the Apple iPhone 5, Samsung’s Galaxy III and countless other options, so if Boost Mobile is right for you, you’re sure to find a phone that fits your needs and your budget.

However, we recommend Boost’s own phone, Boost MAX. Priced at $299.99, this smartphone runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), offers 3G and 4G coverage, an 8MP camera, and a massive 5.7 inch screen. It can rival nearly any smartphone out there, but with a smaller pricetag, and of course, Boost’s awesome shrinking bill policy.

Virgin Mobile Supreme

At only $209, Virgin Mobile offers their signature smartphone. Though $90 less than Boost Mobile’s phone, you aren’t sacrificing much. The screen is still a sizeable 5 inches and it boasts the same operating system as Boost Mobile. In fact, you may find the Supreme a better option simply because of its 13MP camera, one of the most sizeable on the market. Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk Plans are affordable, the cheapest starts at $35 while the most expensive is still a reasonable $55 per month.

Nokia Lumia 520 from AT&T

While Nokia has gotten a pretty bad rap the past several years, we have to say, we absolutely love the Nokia Lumia. For only $99, you’re getting a phone that runs the personal Windows 8 Operating System, a 4 inch screen, and a decent camera and video.

In addition, the Nokia Lumia is a great option for those who desire the true prepaid experience as opposed to no-contract plans. AT&T GoPhone’s offer just that. They are known for selling their prepaid cards (“minutes”) that can be used whenever you want.

T-Mobile Prism

And, finally, we’re huge fans of T-Mobile’s most popular prepaid phone, the Prism. Smartly priced at $59, the Android phone has a camera and a 3.2 inch screen, which access to all the apps you would expect out of a higher priced Android phone. Another bonus to choosing T-Mobile is the flexibility in prepaid plans and options.

Their best deal is the purchase of 1000 minutes for just $100. These minutes can be used anytime during a 1 year period. Additionally, minutes aren’t too bad at $50 for 400 minutes and $30 for 160 minutes, but the value really drops with cheapest option: $10 for only 30 minutes. Another option is to pay just $3 a day for unlimited phone, text, and data usage. Finally, if none of these options suit you, T-Mobile bundles options for a monthly, no-contract fee.