Best prepaid phones (May 2019)

OnePlus 7 Pro cameras with logo

There was a time when prepaid plans were reserved almost exclusively for young people and often the “credit challenged.” After all, prepaid phone plans were generally less impressive than carrier plans, with too many restrictions to make them appealing, and prepaid phones were just a small step better than utter garbage.

Thankfully, this situation has been flipped on its head in recent years. Nowadays, prepaid phone plans actually tend to offer the best value for consumers and generally share many of the same perks you’d find with a traditional “postpaid” plan. The selection of phones has equally improved, with prepaid networks offering at least a few flagship options and plenty of respectable mid-range and entry-range devices. There’s also the ability to bring your own unlocked phone to a number of prepaid carriers, unlocking even more possibilities.

So what are the very best prepaid phones available? A lot of it will come down to what network best suits you, though below we’ve gathered up several of the best smartphones available in the prepaid world right now, from the best of the high-end flagships to the best of the mid-range phones to the best from the budget line.

Looking for full lists of the best prepaid phones for a specific network? We have those too! Check them out below:

For those that would rather go unlocked and bring your phone to a compatible GSM network, you’ll also want to take a look at the following lists:

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.

Best flagship pre-paid no contract phone – OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro screen in front of fire

OnePlus may not make great mid-range phones anymore, but even with its higher cost, the OnePlus 7 Pro still packs in high-end hardware for a price that’s still well below the competition. It has a huge, and nearly bezel-free, 6.67-inch 3,120 x 1,440 resolution AMOLED display, with 90Hz and HDR 10+ support, along with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Inside, the phone packs in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, and you can purchase it with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, or you can upgrade to either 8GB or 12GB of RAM, combined with 256GB of storage.

OnePlus has struggled with its cameras in earlier phones, but for the OnePlus 7 Pro, it has put in a triple rear camera setup, with a huge 48MP main sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 16MP ultra wide angle camera. It also has a 16MP pop-up front-facing camera for selfies. It’s certainly the best camera setup ever put in a OnePlus phone.

Other features of the OnePlus 7 Pro include an improved in-display fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, a 10-layer liquid cooling system, RAM Boost to put in more memory for apps that need the performance, and a 4,000mAh battery that you can charge up to 50 percent in just 20 minutes with its Warp Charge 30 charger.

While there are a couple of features we wish were included (the OnePlus 7 Pro lacks an IP waterproof rating and a a 3.5mm headphone jack), the OnePlus 7 Pro still packs in a ton for the money. You can get the pre-paid no contract version direct from the company for as low as $669 for the 6GB RAM/128GB storage model, or you can spend just $80 more to get the 12GB RAM/256GB storage model for $749.

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Honorable mentions

Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 offers perhaps the best value among the several Galaxy S10 models that were released this year. It has a 6.1-inch AMOLED display, support for up to 512GB of onboard storage, the Snapdragon 855 chip, excellent camera, plus it has an IP68 waterproof rating and a headphone jack. However, the starting price of the phone is higher than the highest OnePlus 7 Pro for prepaid no contract customers at $899.99.

Google Pixel 3 XL

If you want a pure Android experience, and the best camera you can get in a smartphone, along with high-end processors and other hardware, the Google Pixel 3 XL is the way to go. You can get the pre-paid no contract version direct from Google starting at $899.99.

Best mid-range pre-paid no contract phones – Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Google Pixel 3a vs Pixel 3 front on table

After years of making and selling flagship phones, Google finally decided to jump back into the mid-range market with the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL. The biggest plus for both phones is that they have the same 12.2MP dual-pixel rear camera that’s found on their more expensive brothers, the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL. If you love to take pictures, these phones will give you the best experience for the money.

The other hardware specs are more in line with the prices of these phones. You get a 5.6-inch gOLED display for the Pixel 3a, and a 6-inch screen for the Pixel 3a XL. Both share the same processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 670) the same RAM amount (4GB) and the same storage (64GB). You also get an 8MP front-facing camera, and a pure Android 9 Pie OS. You even get a headphone jack. The Pixel 3a has a 3,000mAh battery while the Pixel 3a XL has a much bigger 3,7000mAh battery that should last you quite a while. 

Best of all, people looking for more affordable pre-paid no contract phones will find that the Google Pixel 3a starts at just $399 directly from the company, while the Pixel 3a XL starts at $479. Both offer excellent value for the money.

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Honorable mentions

Razer Phone 2

Do you want the best gaming smartphone you can currently buy? Then the Razer Phone 2 is for you; it’s fast, it has a 120Hz display and Razer has cut the price down to just $499, which is an absolute steal for this handset.

Motorola Moto Z3 Play

Not only is this phone an excellent device to get on its own, you can also add to its features with the various Moto Mods that are available for the phone. You can expand its battery life, add new camera features and more, all for under $500 (or even less during Motorola’s many promotions).

Best budget pre-paid no contract phones – Motorola Moto G7 Play, G7 Power, and G7

The Moto G series have always offered solid hardware inside smartphones for low prices, and the Moto G7 Play is no exception. The 5.7-inch screen offers plenty of space for content, and inside you have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. You also get a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing camera and a 3,000mAh battery that should last for well over a day on a single charge. All of that is inside a phone that can be used with all of the major U.S. carriers, including all the pre-paid ones, for the price of just $199.

If you want to spend just $50 more to get an even bigger 6.2-inch phone, and a much larger 5,000mAh battery that could last as long as three days on one charge, you should check out the Moto G7 Power for the price of $249. If having a better camera is a priority, you can spend $100 more on the Moto G7, with its dual 12MP rear cameras, along with its AI-powered photo assistants. Even then, the price is still $299.

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Honorable mention

Nokia 6.1

Not only do you get solid hardware for the low price of just $210, or even lower, the Nokia 6.1 is an Android One device, which means it not only runs on a near stock version of Android, but it will get steady updates until at least mid 2020.

That’s it for our roundup of the best pre-paid no contract phones. What’s your pick?

How to use themes in Windows 10 for a more personal desktop experience

Imagine a large white room with nothing more than a boring brown desk and a boring brown chair. That’s no fun, right? It’s sterile and seemingly siphons every creative drop from your soul. What you need is a work area that’s yours and feels comfortable just like home. We’ll show you how to use themes in Windows 10 so your PC’s virtual desktop isn’t boring and sterile.

You acquire Windows 10 themes in four ways: From the Microsoft Store, third-party websites, device manufacturers, and individuals who share their themes. Installing themes from the Microsoft Store is your safest bet while new desktops and laptops typically ship with a custom wallpaper (at the very least).

Our guide to using Windows 10 themes provides several ways to install, change, and even create custom themes. We also show you how to save custom themes as a file to share with friends and family. This guide is based on Windows 10 1809 (October 2018 Update) using Dark Mode.

From the desktop

This method takes the shortest route to theme management.

Windows 10 right-click personalize

1. Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select Personalize in the resulting menu.

Windows 10 Themes panel

2. Select Themes.
3. Click on a theme currently installed on your PC. Window 10 will automatically load the theme.
4. Close the Settings app.

Related: How to enable dark mode in Windows 10, Office, and Microsoft Edge

Create a custom Windows 10 theme

Since we’re here, you’ll see an option to create a custom theme. Let’s start the process from the beginning if you want to create a custom theme later:

Windows 10 right-click personalize

1. Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select Personalize in the resulting menu.

Windows 10 Use Custom Theme

2. Select Themes.
3. Click Use custom theme.

Windows 10 Custom Theme Choose Picture

4. Select Background to choose the images you want as wallpaper. For the Slideshow option, click the Browse button to use an image folder. Do the same for Picture mode only you will select a single image instead. The Solid color option provides 24 set swatches and an option click the “+” to create a custom color.

Windows 10 Custom Theme Choose Color

5. Select Color to change the interface color. Windows 10 provides 48 color swatches and an option to click the “+” to create a custom color. Here you can also choose where the accent color appears, toggle between Light and Dark app modes, and toggle transparency effects.

Windows 10 Custom Theme Choose Sound

6. Select Sounds to change the Windows 10 sound scheme.

Windows 10 custom Theme Choose Pointer

7. Select Mouse cursor to change the mouse cursor appearance.

Windows 10 Save Custom Theme

8. Click Save Theme.
9. Name your theme in the pop-up window.
10. Click the Save button.

Share a custom Windows 10 theme

Again, since we’re here, let’s go over how you can share a custom theme by creating a file friends and family can install:

Windows 10 Save Theme for Sharing

1. While remaining within the Themes section, click on your custom theme to make it active.
2. Right-click on your custom theme.
3. Select Save theme for sharing.

Windows 10 Name Custom Theme File

4. Select a location where you want to save the theme.
5. Enter a file name.
6. Click Save to create a .deskthemepack file.

Related: How to use notifications in Windows 10

Use the Settings app

Windows 10 access Settings

1.  Click Start and select the “gear” icon on the Start Menu. This opens the Settings app.

Windows 10 Settings Personalization

2. Select Personalization.

Windows 10 Apply a Theme

3. Select Themes.
4. On the right, scroll down to Apply a theme and click on a theme.
5. Windows 10 automatically applies the chosen theme. You can now close the Settings app.

Use the Control Panel

If your nostalgic soul just can’t let go of the old-school Control Panel, there’s a way to access the hidden Personalization panel we loved in Windows 7 and older:

Windows 10 Personalization Run Command

1. Type Win + R to open the Run command.
2. In the pop-up box, enter this command:

explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}

Windows 10 Control Panel Personalization

3. Select the theme you want to apply.
4. Close the window when done.

Related: How to split your screen in Windows 10

Use File Explorer

Use this method to install themes downloaded from third-party websites, or if you like taking the long, old-school scenic route. Here are two important locations where Windows 10 stores your themes:

  • Default themes – C:WindowsResourcesThemes
  • Manually installed themes – %LocalAppData%MicrosoftWindowsThemes

Windows 10 File Explorer icon

1. Click the folder icon on the taskbar to open File Explorer.

Windows 10 File Explorer Select Theme

2. Locate the destination where your downloaded theme resides, such as Downloads. If you want a default theme or one you manually installed, copy and paste one of the addresses listed above into File Explorer’s address field.
3. Double-click a *.theme file you want as the current theme. Windows 10 will open the Settings app Themes section as well.

Get a new theme

Windows 10 access Settings

1. Click Start and select the “gear” icon on the Start Menu. This opens the Settings app.

Windows 10 Settings Personalization

2. Select Personalization.

Windows 10 Get More Themes

3. Select Themes.
4. On the right, click Get more themes in the Store listed under Apply a theme.

Microsoft Store Windows Themes

5. In the Microsoft Store app, select a theme you want to install.

Windows Store Get Windows Theme

6. Click the Get (free) or Buy (paid) button.
7. Click Install if the process doesn’t begin automatically.

Microsoft Store Apply Windows Theme

8. Click Apply to use the theme.
9. Close the Microsoft Store app.

Related: How to change your screen resolution in Windows 10

Use a high contrast theme

If you need a theme that’s merely black and white like the old days of MS-DOS, you can find these in a different part of the Settings app.

Windows 10 access Settings

1. Click Start and select the “gear” icon on the Start Menu. This opens the Settings app.

Windows 10 Ease of Access

2. Select Ease of Access.

Windows 10 Use High Contrast

3. Select High contrast on the left.
4. Toggle on Turn on high contrast (off by default).

Windows 10 High Contrast Colors

5. On the Choose a theme drop-down menu, select one of the four pre-installed themes.
6. Customize the high contrast colors if needed.
7. Close the Settings app.

You can take the File Explorer route too by heading to C:WindowsResourcesEase of Access Themes and double-clicking on a *.theme file.

Finally, for Windows 10 power users, the operating system keeps track of the current theme at this location in the registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionThemes

It’s listed as the CurrentTheme (REG_SZ) value.

That wraps up our guide on how to use themes in Windows 10. For additional tips and tricks, check out these guides:

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John Wick highlights latest Fortnite Item Shop Update

All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection!

The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items.

Today’s update is jampacked with items, including the John Wick outfit and items from yesterday celebrating the recently announced limited-time mode for the third John Wick film. Alongside the costume (which has two styles), the Simple Sledge harvesting tool is also in the game, as well as an item spray and two emotes for Wick. Also in the game are the Cuddle Team Leader and its entire set of items.

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Baba Yaga

John Wick

2,000 V-Bucks

A past life

Simple Sledge

500 V-Bucks

Till tomorrow

Be Seeing you

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Won’t go down

Bulletproof

200 V-Bucks

Soft and deadly

Cuddle Team Leader

2,000 V-Bucks

Fly in style

Cuddle Cruiser

800 V-Bucks

Swipe with fury

Cuddle Paw

800 V-Bucks

Always ready

Bandolette

1,200 V-Bucks

Swing hard

Machete

500 V-Bucks

Get to it!

Choppa

1,200 V-Bucks

Always stealthly

Shadow Ops

1,500 V-Bucks

Don’t look

Whiplash

800 V-Bucks

Magical digging

Star Wand

800 V-Bucks

Form over function

Digital Grayscale

300 V-Bucks

Jump Around

Bunny Hop

500 V-Bucks

Superhero landing

Ground Pound

200 V-Bucks

As is the case with every day, the Fortnite item shop updates every day at 8 pm EST, which means the clock is ticking on your ability to pick up any of these items.

Updated May 17, 2019: The store updated with all the latest goodies for you to enjoy!

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Is Eero Pro better at mesh networks than TP-Link Deco M9 Plus?

At Android Central, we love being connected and hate Wi-Fi dead spots. We have studied every feature and option from Eero and TP-Link so we can help you know exactly which mesh router works best for your home network.

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TP-Link Deco M9 Plus

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$140 at Amazon

Pros

  • AC2200 speed
  • Tri-band connection
  • ZigBee smart home hub
  • 2 Ethernet ports
  • 2,000 sq ft coverage
  • MU-MIMO support

Cons

  • Larger footprint
  • Less subtle appearance

The TP-Link Deco M9 Plus bows to no one when it comes to fast, tri-band mesh routers. With fast AC2200 speeds and a smart hub, this router brings big power to a fairly compact design that can fit in anywhere in your home.

Smaller but still powerful

Eero Pro

$199 at Amazon

Pros

  • Tri-band connection
  • 2 Ethernet ports
  • Small size
  • MU-MIMO

Cons

  • Slower Wi-Fi
  • Only 1,500 sq ft coverage

When it comes to style, The Eero pro takes home the trophy with its small square housing concealing the capable router inside. With speeds good enough for most users and a ton expansion options, the Eero Pro can create a solid mesh network.

The TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is the most powerful router in the Deco range. It offers strong features like a ZigBee smart home hub alongside powerful tri-band antennas giving each Deco M9 Plus mesh point 2,000 sq ft of coverage at AC2200 speeds. These features, next to a competitive price in a reasonably small package, make the Deco M9 Plus an easy recommendation. The Eero Pro mesh router provides similar features such as a tri-band connection and a small and attractive design, but its price so far above its competitors makes it much harder to recommend.

More brute force but still clever

Eero is a little more tight-lipped about its top speeds than TP-Link stating only that the Eero Pro is capable of 600Mbps at 5GHz and 240Mbps at 2.4Ghz. This is less than the 867Mbps and 400Mbps, respectively, that TP-Link claims the Deco M9 Plus can deliver.

This speed difference will come to light as future devices demand more of our connection as websites and streaming gets more require more data. At the end of the day, TP-Link leaves more room for growth on its router even though the speeds of both brands will be enough for most people currently.

TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Eero Pro
Wi-Fi standards 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
MU-MIMO support ✔️ ✔️
Ethernet ports 2 2
Smart home hub ZigBee none
Dimensions 144mm x 46mm 121mm x 121mm x 32mm
Coverage (sq ft) 2,000 1,500

The TP-Link Deco M9 Plus packs in the sort of performance you would expect from a full size router in a very compact form. TP-Link says that each additional Deco M9 Plus is good for 2,000 sq ft of coverage. Providing less at 1,500 sq ft of coverage, Eero Pro is going to require more mesh points to cover a large house.

Since these can both mesh, how much space you cover depends on how many units you link up. With Eero’s higher cost per unit, you will likely spend much more on a complete Eero network.

Build it and forget it

The Eero Pro comes in a seriously small package at only 121mm across and 32mm tall. Many people will be willing to take the speed and coverage hit so they can build a network with equipment that is easily concealed or can hide in plain sight. This is the Eero Pro’s strongest feature.

That is not to say that the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is big, coming in at 144mm diameter and 46mm tall. The Deco M9 Plus distinguishes itself with a weather radar-like bump on one side. Appearance is one of the few areas where the Eero Pro stands above the Deco M9 Plus.

A smart hub and a smart family

A mesh network built from either product can be expanded with more mesh points. The Eero Pro can mesh with more of the same or a smaller and less powerful Eero Beacon. TP-Link also provides some options with three different models of Deco units available depending on the needs of a specific room or area of the house. This can all be set up with an app on your smartphone.

Finally, the Deco M9 Plus has a ZigBee hub built in to get the most of your smart home devices without a separate hub. If you have or plan to install smart devices, the Deco M9 Plus can eliminate the need for another, separate smart home hub.

Eero shows up with a nice look and a easy-to-conceal approach to mesh networking, but it just can’t compete when it comes to specs and features. The TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is easily the better value with its lower price tag and stronger feature set. It continues to impress in speed and coverage and can serve as an excellent base to a strong and reliable home mesh network.

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TP-Link Deco M9 Plus

Everything your mesh needs and then some

$140 at Amazon

Building a mesh network at home with the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus gives you a strong base that can be expanded as needed. The fast AC2200 Wi-Fi speeds and tri-band Wi-Fi will make sure the core of your mesh is strong.

Smaller but still powerful

Eero Pro

Subtle design and still enough for most people

$199 at Amazon

Easy to hide and powerful enough for most usage, the Eero Pro is a solid upgrade to an ISP provided router or an older Wi-Fi 4 router. Adding in mesh points means you can cover even a large home with the addition of additional mesh points.

Get money for playing a racing game with Gameloft’s ‘Asphalt esports Series’

This is a screenshot of Asphalt 9, one of the best arcade games for android

Gameloft and Xiaomi’s gaming-focused Black Shark brand today announced the “Asphalt esports Series,” a new esports tournament for Asphalt 9: Legends players. This is Gameloft’s first esports tournament for its long-running Asphalt series.

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The first qualification rounds for the tournament start May 20, with the top-ranked players from nine different countries — France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. — selected based on their overall rankings. The players will then travel to Germany, where Gameloft will hold the grand finale in August during Gamescom.

The winner of the grand finale will win 20,000 euros (~$22,355).

Gameloft is partnering with esports organization ESL to put together the event. Gameloft is also partnering with Black Shark to make the recently-released Black Shark 2 smartphone the official gaming device of the tournament.

With the Asphalt series being as popular as it is, it’s surprising to see Gameloft just now announcing a tournament for Asphalt 9: Legends. Then again, esports is expected to garner $1.65 billion in revenue by 2021. Also, the growing number of spectators is making esports less of a risky financial venture for companies.

NEXT: The biggest esports tournaments and leagues in 2019

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Report: Samsung and Huawei agree to settle their smartphone patent disputes

Huawei P30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus back (20 of 60)

Samsung and Huawei have reportedly agreed to finally bury the hatchet and settle their years-long dispute over smartphone patents. The Guangdong High People’s Court in southern China mediated the settlement, according to Nikkei.

The terms of the alleged settlement have not been made public, but it’s believed that they include some sort of cross-licensing patent deal. The patents that are part of the supposed deal include those for basic technologies, with no further specifics mentioned.

It’s suggested that Samsung and Huawei are only settling now due to them wanting to pour more resources into the stagnant smartphone market. Even though Huawei now owns a company-record 17 percent of the market, Q1 2019 marked the sixth straight quarter of declining overall smartphone shipments. Meanwhile, Samsung saw a 10 percent decrease in market share year-over-year.

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Whatever the reason for a settlement, Samsung and Huawei are likely happy to be done with patent disputes. The two companies have been in embroiled in a legal war against each other since 2016, when Huawei filed several patent infringement lawsuits against Samsung in the U.S. and China.

In January 2018, a Chinese court ruled in favor of Huawei and ordered Samsung to halt sales of offending products. By then, Samsung counter-sued Huawei with a patent lawsuit of its own. Huawei responded to the counter-suit with lawsuits in two cities in China.

The tit-for-tat filings escalated very quickly in a matter of years, but at least it’s seemingly coming to an end.

NEXT: Huawei would sign ‘we promise not to spy’ pacts with governments