LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Price, release date, and availability

The newly announced LG V50 ThinQ 5G is basically a souped-up version of last fall’s LG V40, complete with the same design and much of the same hardware. However, the LG V50 adds the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and, more importantly, it will be LG’s first 5G phone.

Don’t miss: LG V50 hands-on | LG’s V-series will be exclusively 5G going forward

What’s the LG V50’s price, when will it be released, and when can you buy it? We’ve rounded up all the LG V50 availability details we could find.

LG V50 price

Unfortunately, we don’t have a specific price tag for the LG V50 at this time. The phone’s predecessor, the LG V40, launched last fall for the price of $899, but that also wasn’t a 5G-compatible phone. The price of the LG V50 could be well north of $1,000, but that’s just speculation for now.

That north-of-$1,000 price point may only be for the unlocked model though, if an unlocked model is even available for purchase. It’s also possible carriers will set their own price points for the LG V50.

LG V50 release date and availability

The LG V50 might be here before the end of June 2019, though we don’t have an exact date. It all depends on when 5G networks actually start rolling out.

The LG V50 will be available first in the U.S. on Sprint, where the phone will use the carrier’s 2.5GHz spectrum. In addition, Verizon has confirmed that it will also sell a version of the LG V50, which will work on its Ultra Wideband network. Verizon will launch its mobile 5G network in as many as 30 U.S. cities later this summer.


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Verizon politely asking FCC to allow it to lock phones for first 60 days

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  • Verizon says it has asked the FCC to approve a new policy for locking its smartphones to the carrier for 60 days after purchase.
  • This policy was previously exposed in 2018 but then denied by Verizon. Now it’s back.
  • Ajit Pai, the head of the FCC, is a former Verizon lawyer.

Last year, a policy update arrived at Verizon which made it seem that there would be a new 60-day period where Verizon smartphones would be locked, i.e. unable to be used on any other carrier. However, Verizon retracted the update and denied the policy change was coming, instead blaming the “inaccurate” update on an “IT error.”

Well, I know this might be shocking for you to hear, but it seems Verizon has changed its tune and is now pursuing this 60-day locking period (via DroidLife).

In a new press release, Verizon explains that it has formally requested the Federal Communications Commission look over its spectrum contract from 2007 which has a clause that definitively bars the company from locking any of its smartphones. If the FCC says it’s OK to violate this clause, Verizon would then institute this 60-day locking policy.

Verizon says it wants this locking policy approved by the FCC to prevent smartphone theft and fraud.

As a quick aside, Ajit Pai is the head of the FCC, and also just so happens to be a former lawyer for — you guessed it — Verizon.

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The FCC hasn’t made any statements yet on the matter, but if it grants Verizon’s request it could have a big impact on Verizon customers. With a 60-day lock policy in effect, customers who pay outright for a phone from Verizon — i.e. pay for it in full immediately — won’t be able to use the device they now own on any other carrier except Verizon for two months. After that two-month period, it would be possible to unlock the device and switch carriers.

This would be especially inconvenient for those folks who do a lot of international traveling and like to swap SIM cards while they are visiting other countries.

In the cases of those customers who do not buy the phone outright but instead pay in installments, the phone would be carrier-locked until the phone is paid off in full. That may sound reasonable (and it’s something other U.S. carrier do), but as previously mentioned, Verizon is barred from locking any of its devices for any reason per a clause in a contract for purchasing LTE spectrum in 2007.

It appears it’s all in the hands of Ajit Pai and the FCC now. Let’s see how this plays out.

NEXT: New name, new layoffs: Verizon Media Group eliminating 7% of staff

Moto G7, G7 Play, and G7 Power: Price and release date (Update: Pre-order now)

When the Motorola Moto G first arrived in 2013, there were few phones like it. It was affordable, but had reasonably powerful specs, something few other budget phones could match. Now the Lenovo-owned brand is back with a refreshed G series. These four affordable phones include many of the core Motorola features we’ve come to love, like an ambient display and easy-to-master hand gestures.

The new family consists of the Moto G7 Play, the G7 Power, G7 Plus, and the Moto G7. The four share many features, but each targets a slightly different market segment based on screen size, camera capabilities, battery life, and, of course, price.

Here’s what you need to know.

Moto G7 release date

The Moto G7, G7 Power, G7 Plus, and G7 Play will be sold all over the world.

Brazil and Mexico got all four phones first starting on February 7, 2019. Europe was slated to get them next, but the United States snuck in before them with pre-orders opening on February 22, 2019.

Moto also plans to sell the phones in Australia, India, the Asia Pacific, and throughout much of Latin America. Specific release dates in these markets are unknown, other than that we can expect them sometime in the spring.

Moto G7 series

Moto G7 price and availability — U.S.

The Moto G7 family will set you back between $199 and $299 in the U.S. Unfortunately, the Moto G7 Plus won’t available here.

  • Moto G7 Play — $199
  • Moto G7 Power — $249
  • Moto G7 — $299

You can pre-order the Moto G7 starting February 22, 2019, from Motorola’s online site, B&H Photo, and Best Buy.

You’ll be able to get the Moto G7 unlocked from other retailers such as Walmart and Amazon soon. It will also reach several prepaid carriers including Google Fi, Republic Wireless, and Ting.

 

The Moto G7 Power will be sold by T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Cricket Wireless (as the Moto G7 Supra), Consumer Cellular, Republic Wireless, Ting, and Xfinity Mobile. Shortly after it hits carriers, the G7 Power will go on sale unlocked through Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart, and Amazon.

The G7 Play will be sold by Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Republic Wireless, and Ting. Like the others, it will be sold unlocked by Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart, and Amazon eventually as well. Exact timing on all these releases will depend on the carrier and retailer in question.

Moto G7 price and availability — Global

Aside from Brazil and Mexico, we don’t have any firm details on when or where the Moto G7 series will arrive to the rest of the globe. Pricing also remains mostly unknown outside the U.S., though the Moto G7 Plus will start at 299.99 euros (~$341).

We’ll be sure to update this post as we learn more about the exact Moto G7 pricing and availability for each region.

What do you think, are you interested in ordering the Motorola Moto G7, Moto G7 Power, or Moto G7 Play? Let us know!

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Deal: Buy the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL from Target, get a $300 gift card

Google Pixel 3 XL deal Target

For a limited time, buying the Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL from Target nets you a $300 Target gift card. The promotion is similar to the deals that Verizon and Best Buy currently offer on the two Pixel 3 smartphones.

New and current Verizon subscribers are eligible for the $300 Target gift card. They must buy either Pixel 3 phone with device financing and have until the end of Saturday, February 16 to take advantage of the promotion.

Also, Target doesn’t offer the Clearly White or 128GB models. Lastly, those interested in the deal must visit a Target store — you can pick up the Pixel 3 online, but you won’t get the gift card.

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The phones themselves aren’t discounted, but it’s hard to say no to a $300 gift card when you’re getting an excellent device in return. To quickly recap, the Pixel 3 features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, industry-leading 12 megapixel camera, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 2,915mAh battery, and Android 9 Pie.

The Pixel 3 XL is mostly the same phone, save for the larger 6.3-inch AMOLED display and 3,430mAh battery.

You can check out the deal at the link below.

Deal: Verizon offers $300 off the Pixel 3 and BOGO deals for Valentine’s Day

If you were thinking of getting that special someone a smartphone for Valentine’s Day, Verizon offers a few deals on the Google Pixel 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, LG V40 ThinQ, and more.

Here are the deals:

The highlight deal is $300 off the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. This is not an instant discount — it’s spread out across 24 months. That said, you don’t need to add a new line or trade in a device to get the discount.

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If Google’s smartphones aren’t up your alley, buying the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, or Galaxy Note 9 nets you either a free second Galaxy S9 or $800 off the other two phones. Again, the discount is spread out across 24 months and you don’t need to trade in a device. You do have to activate the second phone on a new line, however.

Finally, Verizon also offers either a free LG G7 ThinQ or $750 off the LG V40 ThinQ if you buy either phone. The deals work the same as the Samsung deals.

The deals are available for a limited time. Hit up the links attached above to take advantage of these discounts.

Visible quietly adds ultra-budget ZTE phone to its available Android devices

 

  • There’s a new budget ZTE phone available as part of Visible’s wireless service.
  • The $99 device is no powerhouse, but looks nice and has some surprising features.
  • Visible, a subsidiary of Verizon, has a one-size-fits-all plan which costs $40 per month.

Verizon subsidiary Visible just added an ultra-budget ZTE phone to its very short list of supported Android devices. The ZTE Visible R2 starts at only $99.

It was only a week ago that the company announced Android support on its previously iOS-only network. With that announcement, Visible revealed it will support the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus at first with more devices to come in the future.

Eventually, you will be able to bring own Android phones to the network, but the company is still signing deals with OEMs in that regard. In the meantime, the S9, S9 Plus, and this ZTE Visible R2 are your only options.

Since the R2 costs less than $100, it’s obviously not going to be a powerhouse. The R2 features a 5.45-inch HD+ LCD display in an 18:9 aspect ratio. It packs an unnamed 1.4GHz quad-core processor, a 3,100mAh battery, and 16GB of onboard storage (expandable up to 2TB with the built-in microSD slot). The listing does not say how much RAM the device has, but we can’t imagine it being more than 4GB.

Surprisingly, the R2 does have a USB-C port for charging and data transfer, which is pretty remarkable considering the price of the phone.

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On the back, there’s a single 13MP camera sensor and a fingerprint scanner. There’s also a seemingly-textured back coating that gives off an early OnePlus One vibe. On the front, there’s a 5MP selfie cam.

The Visible R2 will ship with Android Oreo — we wouldn’t bet on it getting an upgrade to Android 9 Pie.

Visible’s one-size-fits-all service costs $40 per month and includes unlimited data, text, talk, and hotspot on the Verizon network with no throttling. However, speeds are limited to 5Mbps and video streaming is downgraded to 480p.

Click the button below to check out Visible’s service and the ZTE Visible R2.

The best prepaid and no contract plans in the US (January 2019)

When we first started this prepaid carrier list in 2012, things were starting to get truly exciting. We were seeing processors with more cores, screens in true HD, and things were starting to get really interesting for Android. It’s now 2019 and the mobile industry has undergone a striking revolution. Carriers are becoming less aggressive, off-contract phones are getting better and cheaper, and things don’t look anything like they did in 2012.

Read Next: Best unlimited data plans in the US

The one thing that hasn’t changed is the value of a good no contract or pre-paid plan, so let’s take a look at the best ones right now.


US Mobile

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US Mobile might not be a household name, but its growing number of choices makes this MVNO worthy of your attention. Operating on Verizon and T-Mobile’s networks, US Mobile’s exceptional coverage easily competes with the “big boys.” Even better, US Mobile is giving Android Authority readers the chance to save $15 upon initial sign up.

To save $15, you’ll want to pick your plan and order a SIM card. Upon checkout, enter ANDAUSM into the promo code box for a $15 credit towards the SIM card ($4) and your first month of coverage.

Okay, so you can save extra when signing up for US Mobile, but why give them a chance? US Mobile stands out because the carrier doesn’t just give a few basic plans and then calls it a day. Instead it gives consumers the option to customize call, text, and data with more than 800 possible combinations.

Here’s a break down of its latest pricing tiers and options:


Plan details:

  • Plans begin at as low as $4 a month, but go up depending on your combination of data, text, and talk.
  • Super LTE Unlimited plans with prices ranging from $40 to $65 a month. Super LTE Unlimited plans are on offer with three tiers: Standard (1Mbps), Fast (5Mbps), Ludicrous (up to 150Mbps)
  • You choose between the biggest LTE network coverage or the network with the broadest device compatibility.
  • Unlike most carriers, if you need to shut down the line for a while, you can hold your number for just $2 a month, effectively snoozing the plan.
  • Head here for more details on plan combinations or to choose an unlimited option.

US Mobile prepaid plans & phones


T-Mobile best prepaid plans in the US

T-Mobile

T-Mobile still has pre-paid plans, despite having its own prepaid no-contract carrier, Metro by T-Mobile. You can bring your own phone, assuming it can use T-Mobile’s service.

See: Best Android T-Mobile prepaid phones

Plan details:

  • Pay as you go – Starting at $3 a month, plus taxes and fees. Includes up to 30 minutes of talk with more for 10 cents a minute, and up to 30 messages, with more at 10 cents a message. LTE and hotspot data available with the purchase of a data pass.
  • Simply Prepaid  – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 10GB of LTE data. First line costs $40 a month, Two lines cost $70 a month, Three lines costs $100 a month, Four lines cost $130, Five lines costs $160 a month. All of these prices don’t include taxes or fees. Mobile hotspot available at full speeds up to data amount. Unlimited calls to and from Mexico and Canada, plus data roaming while in those countries, for $5 a month extra. Unlimited calls to and from Mexico, Canada, and 30+ countries, with unlimited international texting, for $15 a month extra.
  • T-Mobile One PrePaid – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited LTE data. First line costs $50 a month, Two lines cost $80 a month, Three lines costs $110 a month, Four lines cost $140, Five lines costs $170 a month. All of these prices don’t include taxes or fees. Mobile hotspot available at unlimited 3G speeds. Unlimited calls to and from Mexico and Canada, plus data roaming while in those countries, for $5 a month extra. Unlimited calls to and from Mexico, Canada, and more than 30 countries, with unlimited international texting, for $15 a month extra.

AT&T best prepaid plans in the US

AT&T

AT&T’s prepaid plans are pretty simple to understand. You can bring your own device to AT&T’s pre-paid plans as long as it supports AT&T’s network.

Plan Details:

  • $30/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text. Data can be added to this plan at 250MB portions for $5 each.
  • $35/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 1GB of LTE data. Data speeds go down to 128Kbps after the data limits are reached.
  • $50/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 8GB of data. Data speeds go down to 128Kbps after the data limits are reached.
  • $65/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited LTE data. You may experience data throttling if there is congestion in your area. Video streaming is cut down to 480p.
  • $85/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited LTE data. You may see speeds go down if there is congestion in your area if you go over 22GB a month of data. Plan also offers 10Gb of high-speed mobile hotspot data. Video streaming resolution can be set to 1080p.

Boost Mobile best prepaid plans in the US

Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile is an MVNO using Sprint’s network. It’s one of the more popular MVNOs out there and most people have probably heard the name somewhere before. It has a decent selection of phones and, like T-Mobile, doesn’t use contracts at all. You can bring your own Sprint device assuming it’s somewhere on this list. You may need to call customer service as it appears as though that list doesn’t get frequently updated. Boost Mobile currently has four total pre-paid plans.

Plan details:

  • $35/month – Unlimited calls and texts with 3GB of LTE data.
  • $50/month – Unlimited calls and texts and unlimited LTE data. Video streaming is cut down to 480p. You also get 12GB of mobile hotspot LTE data per month.
  • $60/month – Unlimited calls and text and unlimited LTE data. Video streaming goes up to 1080p. You also get 30GB of mobile hotspot LTE data per month.
  • $80/month – Unlimited talk and text with unlimited LTE data. Video streaming goes up to 1080p. You also get 50GB of mobile hotspot LTE data per month. This plans also has unlimited text and talk to landlines and mobile phones in Mexico and Canada (except in the country’s Northern Territories/area code 867). You also get unlimited talk to landlines in over 70 other countries. Finally, it offers free access to the TIDAL Premium music streaming service.
  • Add-ons – Boost Mobile offers a ton of add-ons including data packs, International phone services, phone insurance, and mobile hotspot services.

Boost mobile Prepaid plans & phones | Best Boost Mobile deals


Cricket Wireless best prepaid plans in the US

Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless used to be called AIO. It’s an AT&T-owned MVNO running on the carrier’s network. You can bring your own device, assuming it’s compatible. If it’s a GSM phone designed with support for all the necessary US bands, it’ll work without a hitch. Additionally, every plan comes with support for roaming in Mexico or Canada as long as your usage doesn’t exceed 50 percent of your total usage for the month.

Plan details:

  • $25/month – unlimited talk and text, but no data.
  • $30/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 2GB of LTE data, but speeds are capped at 8Mbps. You get unlimited 2G after the data cap.
  • $40/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 5GB of data, but speeds are capped at 8Mbps You get unlimited 2G after the data cap.
  • $55/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited LTE data, but speeds are capped at 3Mbps.  This plan also includes unlimited Int’l texting to 37 countries and free talk, text and data roaming in Canada and Mexico. You also get 10GB of mobile hotspot high-speed data a month.
  • $60/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited LTE data, although you may see slowdowns in speeds after 22GB. This plan also includes unlimited Int’l texting to 37 countries and free data roaming in Canada and Mexico.
  • Auto-pay discount – Cricket Wireless offers a deal where you can get $5 off any plan if you use their auto-pay system. This is applicable for any prepaid plan.

Cricket Wireless Prepaid plans & Phones


H2O Wireless best prepaid plans in the US

H2O Wireless

H2O Wireless pre-paid is another prepaid service using AT&T’s towers. That means pretty much any GSM smartphone should work with the service.

Plan details:

  • $20/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 1GB of data for three months, and 500MB of data a month after that time period. After the data cap, you’ll have unlimited 2G speeds.
  • $30/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 6GB of data for three months, and 3GB of data a month after that time period. After the data cap, you’ll have unlimited 2G speeds.
  • $35/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 5GB of data for three months, and 4GB of data a month after that time period. After the data cap, you’ll have unlimited 2G speeds.
  • $40/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 8GB of data for three months, and 7GB of data a month after that time period. After the data cap, you’ll have unlimited 2G speeds.
  • $50/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 8GB of data. After the data cap, you’ll have unlimited 2G speeds.
  • $60/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 10GB of data. After the data cap, you’ll have unlimited 2G speeds.

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An image of T-Mobile CEO John Legere announcing the new Metro by T-Mobile brand. YouTube

Metro by T-Mobile

T-Mobile acquired MetroPCS a few years ago and recently changed its name to Metro by T-Mobile. Most GSM devices and T-Mobile-compatible devices should work, but you should double check before committing.

Plan details:

  • $30/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 2GB of data. You get unlimited 2G speeds after the data cap.
  • $40/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 10GB of data. You get unlimited 2G speeds after the data cap.
  • $50/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited LTE data. Speeds may slow down if you go over 35GB a month. You also get 5GB of high-speed hotspot data a month, plus access to the Google One cloud storage plan that normal costs $1.99 a month.
  • $60/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited LTE data, plus 10GB of LTE mobile hotspot data. Speeds may slow down if you go over 35GB a month. You also get 15GB of high-speed hotspot data a month, plus access to the Google One cloud storage plan that normally costs $1.99 a month, plus a free Amazon Prime subscription that costs $12.99 a month.
  • Add-ons – You’ll get $5 off per line if you have multiple lines on your account.

Metro by T-Mobile Prepaid Plans & phones | Best Metro by T-Mobile phones


Net10 Wireless best prepaid plans in the US

Net10 Wireless

Net10 is a subsidiary of TracFone, and for most users, a considerably better option. It’s an MVNO that piggybacks off of all four major U.S. carriers. It lets you bring your own phone as well, so you can use virtually any device on this network (as long as it has a SIM card slot), which is actually pretty awesome.

Net10 recently revamped its offerings quite a bit, offering two different routes. Starting with the regular route below.

Plan details:

  • $20/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 1GB of 4G data. After the data cap, you get unlimited 2G data.
  • $35/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 4GB of 4G data. After the data cap, you get unlimited 2G data.
  • $40/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 8GB of 4G data. After the cap, you get unlimited 2G data.
  • $50/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 10GB of 4G data. After the cap, you get unlimited 2G data.
  • $60/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 12GB of 4G data. After the cap, you get unlimited 2G data.
  • $65/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 10GB of 4G data. After the cap, you get unlimited 2G data. It also comes with features for making international texts and calls.

Net10 also offers data-only plans, which cost $5 for 500MB, or $10 for 1GB.

Net 10 prepaid plans & phones


Page Plus best prepaid plans in the US

Page Plus

Page Plus is an MVNO powered by the Verizon network. To date, it is literally the only way to get unlimited data on Verizon’s network, which is pretty special. You can bring your own Verizon device to the network if you so choose or buy one directly from Page Plus.

Plan details:

  • $12/month – 500 minutes, 500 texts, 100MB of data.
  • $29.95/month – Unlimited, unlimited text, 3GB of LTE data. After high-speed data, you get unlimited 2G.
  • $39.95/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 8GB of LTE data. After high-speed data, you get unlimited 2G.
  • $55/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited LTE data.
  • $10 – This pay-as-you-go price includes 166 minutes with each additional minute at $0.06. Minutes last for 120 days.
  • $25 – This pay-as-you-go price includes 416 minutes (?) with each additional minute at $0.06. Minutes last for 120 days.
  • $50 – This pay-as-you-go price includes 833 minutes with each additional minute at $0.06. Minutes last for 120 days.
  • $80 – This pay-as-you-go price includes 1,333 minutes with each additional minute at $0.06. Minutes last for a year.

Simply put, if Verizon offered these services at these prices on its own network, it would probably put everyone else out of business. This is a great deal for Verizon customers looking for more flexibility with data (which is virtually every Verizon customer). Its pay-as-you-go options aren’t great, though. We recommend avoiding those unless absolutely necessary.

Page Plus prepaid plans & phones


Project Fi best prepaid plans in the US

Google Fi

Google Fi, previously known as Project Fi, is Google’s attempt at being a mobile carrier. It uses T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular to provide a pretty decent coverage map. The service is compatible with most Android phones, and even Apple’s iPhones, but only a few handsets, including Google’s own Pixel phones, support all of Google Fi’s features. All plans include access to cell coverage in more than 170 countries, Wi-Fi tethering, and more.

Plan details:

  • $20/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, no data. You can add more lines for $15 a month for each line, up to 5 additional lines
  • $30/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 1GB of data. Additional data is calculated at $1 per 100MB. After you use up 6GB of data before your billing period ends, the rest of your data is free under bill protection. That ceiling goes up to 10GB if you add another line, 12GB if you add 2 lines, 14GB for 3 lines, 16GB for 4 lines, and 18 GB for 5 lines.

 

Red Pocket Mobile best prepaid plans in the US

Red Pocket Mobile

Next on our list is Red Pocket Mobile. This MVNO uses all four top service providers — Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T. You can bring virtually any device to the service as long as it has a SIM card slot and supports those networks. In fact, even if it doesn’t support sim, older legacy CDMA devices will typically work as well.

Monthly plan details:

  • $10/mo – 500 Minutes, 500 Texts, 500MB LTE
  • $15/mo – 1,000 Minutes, 1,000 Texts, 1GB LTE
  • $19/mo – Unlimited Talk  and Text, 1GB LTE
  • $30/mo – Unlimited Talk  and Text, 5GB LTE (3GB on the GSMA network!)
  • $40/mo – Unlimited Everything, 8GB LTE (5GB on the GSMA network!)
  • $60/mo – Unlimited Everything, 12GB LTE (10GB on the GSMA network!)

Red Pocket Mobile has come a long way over the years. It could be a great choice for those looking for a wide array of device compatibility and a variety of plan options. If you want to learn more, check out its plans page.


Republic Wireless best prepaid plans in the US

Republic Wireless

Republic Wireless used to be one of the simplest companies on this list, and while things are a bit more complicated now, its plans are all relatively straightforward. It encourages users to use their home or work Wi-Fi whenever possible to get cheaper plans.

Plan details:

  • $15/month – This is the base price for unlimited talk and text. There is no data included with this plan and you’ll be expected to use your home Wi-Fi.
  • $5 a month for each GB of data – It’s pretty simple; just add how many GB of data you want to add to the basic plan, and it’s just $5 a month for each GB. For example, if you wanted to add 5GB of data, that’s $25 added to the $15 a month plan, for a total of $40 a month. The maximum data limit is 15GB.

It isn’t quite as impressive as it once was, but it’s still a solid choice for those looking for something a bit different.

Republic Wirless prepaid plans & phones


simple mobile best prepaid plans in the US

SIMPLE Mobile

Simple Mobile hasn’t changed a whole lot over the last couple of years. It’s still on T-Mobile’s network and you can still bring your own T-Mobile-capable GSM device if you so choose. Its rates also haven’t changed much. You can get about 10 percent off all plans if you use auto-pay. Additionally, all plans come with unlimited calling to cell phones in 20 countries and landlines in 65 countries.

Plan details:

  • $25/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 3GB of data.
  • $30/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 2GB of data. You get unlimited 2G data after the data cap. This plan also works in Mexico.
  • $40/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 12GB of data. You get unlimited 2G data after the data cap. This plan also works in Mexico.
  • $50/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, and unlimited data plus 10GB of mobile hotspot data, with video streaming at 480p. This also includes unlimited talk and text to supported International countries. This plan also works in Mexico.
  • $60/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, and unlimited data, plus 10GB of mobile hotspot data, with video streaming at 1080p. This also includes unlimited talk and text to supported International countries.

There are a lot of plans available, including wireless hotspot plans, and the international plans are pretty good. Don’t forget to read the fine print so you can see the restrictions and such.

Simple Mobile prepaid plans & phones


Sprint best prepaid plans in the US

Sprint

This entry may not last for long, as Sprint is due to merge with T-Mobile. Until then, the nation’s fourth-largest carrier has its own prepaid plans.

Plan details:

  • $45/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 4GB of data. You can add an additional 1GB of data to your plan for $15 per month on top of your plan. Once you hit your limit, you’ll be throttled to 2G.
  • $65/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, and unlimited data. You also get 10GB of high-speed hotspot data.
  • Add-ons – All plan prices assume you’re going to be using auto-pay. If not, add $5 to each one.

Sprint prepaid plans & phones


Straight Talk best prepaid plans in the US

Straight Talk Wireless

Straight Talk made headlines a few years ago with its bold, no-contract plans and “bring your own phone” philosophy. Most carriers now mirror this ideology, but you can still bring pretty much any GSM smartphone with you to the service.

Plan details:

  • $35/month – unlimited talk, unlimited text, 2GB of data. All plans, including this one, include unlimited calls to 411 as well.
  • $45/month – unlimited talk, unlimited text, 10GB of data.
  • $55/month – unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited LTE data.
  • $60/month – unlimited talk, unlimited text, and 10GB of data. Once your data allotment is up, you’ll have unlimited data at 2G speeds. This plan includes unlimited International calling to Mexico, India, Canada, and “select International landline destinations.”

While StraightTalk isn’t perfect, recent changes have greatly increased the amount of data available, making it a solid option. We also love no overages.

Straight Talk prepaid plans & phones


Ting Prepaid

Ting Mobile

Ting is perhaps one of the most interesting carriers on the list. It’s a dual GSM/CDMA carrier that uses Sprint’s network and an undisclosed (literally) GSM network. You should be able to bring most GSM phones to this service, along with Sprint phones, which is great news.

Plan details:

  • For plans, Ting uses a “only pay for what you use” philosophy which makes listing out plan rates literally impossible. You can find their rates here.
  • We also recommend you use their savings calculator. It allows you to get a good idea of what you’d pay based on your usage.
  • $6/month – no talk, no text, no data. This is the lowest possible plan that is literally just a device connected to their service.
  • $522/month – 9,000 minutes, 18,000 texts, 30GB of data. This is the max price for a plan as listed by the Ting website.

It’s a fun idea, especially if you like to micromanage your usage. If you stick to Wi-Fi as often as possible and mitigate text and calling to services like Hangouts, Skype, and so one, you can get decent phone service for a very low cost. If you’re not interested in managing your own services all the time, you should probably look elsewhere.

Ting prepaid plans & phones


US Cellular best prepaid plans in the US

US Cellular

US Cellular is a lesser-known carrier operating its own wireless network independent of the major four carriers in the US. It’s a CDMA carrier with LTE coverage. You can bring your own device, but the compatibility list is not very large.

See: Best US Cellular phones

Plan details:

  • $30/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text but no data
  • $40/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 3GB of data. You get unlimited 2G speeds once you hit the data cap.
  • $55/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited data. Speeds are capped at 3Mbps, and you may experience slowdowns if you go over 15GB.
  • $5/month – You can add unlimited talk and text to Mexico and Canada for an extra $5/month.

US Cellular keeps its prepaid plans simple, which we like. The only issue is this service isn’t available everywhere, so you’ll have to check if you can get it before signing up.

US Cellular Prepaid plans & phones


Verizon Wireless best prepaid plans in the US

Verizon Wireless

Next on our list is Verizon Wireless. It’s been slower to adapt than its smaller counterparts over the last few years, but don’t let that chase you away. It still has a rock-solid network and good LTE speeds. Not too long ago, Verizon simplified its prepaid and no-contract plans a bit. You can bring your own device as long as it supports Verizon’s network.

Plan Details:

  • $30/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 500MB of data. This plan is recommended for people with basic smartphones. Unused data will rollover to the next month.
  • $35/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 3GB LTE of data.
  • $45/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 15GB of LTE data. This is a limited time offer for this plan.
  • $65/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited LTE data.
  • Discounts for extra lines – Verizon also offers discounts two to five prepaid lines on one account. It also lets customers with multiple lines choose which plan they want to use. One line may have the cheap $30 500MB plan, while the second may get the unlimited plan, and that line will still get a $20 discount.

In classic Verizon fashion, you get rock solid service, but you don’t get to use a lot of services. These plans are great for those who need calls and texting but not so great for those who consume a lot of data. Thankfully, things are at least a little better than they used to be, which is something to take into consideration.

Verizon plans & phones


Unreal Mobile

Unreal Mobile is a recent entry in the prepaid smartphone plan market. It offers ultra-cheap plans, plus extra features like free VPN services and a free ad blocker. You can bring your own phone or purchase one directly from Unreal Mobile

  • $10/month – Unlimited text and talk, 1GB of LTE data, with rollover if you don’t use all of your allotted data.
  • $15/month – Unlimited text and talk, 2GB of LTE data, with rollover if you don’t use all of your allotted data.
  • $30/month – Unlimited text and talk, 5GB of LTE data, with rollover if you don’t use all of your allotted data.

Unreal Mobile also promised to give bonus data if you stay with the carrier for a certain period of time. Considering this carrier offers unlimited talk, text, and some data at prices limited to just talk and text at other wireless providers, Unreal Mobile might be worth checking out.

Unreal Mobile plans and phones


Mint Mobile

Mint Mobile Mint Mobile

This  T-Mobile MVNO sells some of its plans in multi-month packages, rather than just per month. That means you won’t have to look at your bank account every month for the phone bill. All of the plans include unlimited talk and text in the U.S.

Three-month plans

  • $45 for 2GB of 4G LTE data a month ($15 per month)
  • $60 for 5GB of 4G LTE data a month ($20 per month)
  • $75 for 10GB of 4G LTE data a month ($25 per month)

Six-month plans

  • $108 for 2GB of 4G LTE data a month ($18 per month)
  • $144 for 5GB of 4G LTE data a month ($24 per month)
  • $180 for 10GB of 4G LTE data a month ($30 per month)

12-month plans

  • $180 for 2GB of 4G LTE data a month ($15 per month)
  • $240 for 5GB of 4G LTE data a month ($20 per month)
  • $300 for 10GB of 4G LTE data a month ($25 per month)

Check out Mint Mobile


Visible

Visible is using Verizon’s 4G network to launch its service. It started just for iPhone users but recently expanded to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. More Android phones will be added to Visible in the future.

Customers sign up for service online via the Visible Android app (still in beta) and order a SIM card. Once it arrives in the mail, they pop it into their existing phone and activate it. You can also purchase the Galaxy S9 via Visible if you want, and it ships with both the phone and the SIM card already installed.

There are a few catches. The upper limit for data speeds is 5Mbps while streaming video speeds are limited to 3Mbps and 480p resolution, streaming audio is limited to 500Mbps, social networking scrolling is limited to 1Mbps, and video chatting with friends is limited to 2Mbps.

Check out Visible


Prepaid plans – Wrap up

We would love to hear about your experiences with these carriers and, of course, recommend any great prepaid and no contract plans that we might have missed! If you’re looking for epic smartphones to use on your new service of choice, check out our reviews section, our list of the best cheap Android smartphones, and our list of the best Android smartphones!

Have a specific prepaid carrier in mind? Check these lists out as well:

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Compare your Unlimited plan to these soon-to-vanish offers from Verizon and Sprint

How much are you paying for your Unlimited plan?

Even if your plan was a killer deal at the time, the competition between carriers has only been growing fiercer. This month, Verizon and Sprint are both pulling out all the stops to attract new customers with an impressive lineup of Unlimited plans, but you’ll have to act before January 31.

Keep your monthly bill in mind as you browse these offerings:


(Note: Verizon’s Unlimited plans here are part of a family mix-and-match promotion. The more phones you bring on, the cheaper your rate per device (1-4 phones). Subscribers don’t all have to have the same plan – you might choose two devices on Go Unlimited, one on Beyond Unlimited, and another on Above Unlimited. That way different family members only pay for the plans they need) 


Verizon Go Unlimited

Go Unlimited is Verizon’s budget-conscious offering of the bunch. Unlimited talk, text, and data with mobile hotspot capabilities and access to Apple Music for six months. You’ll also get a $250 prepaid Mastercard when you bring your own eligible phone.

1 phone – $75
2 phones – $65
3 phones – $50
4 phones – $40

Includes

  • Unlimited 4G LTE data
  • Unlimited talk & text
  • DVD-quality streaming (480p)
  • Unlimited mobile hotspot (600Kbps)
  • Verizon Up Rewards
  • Mexico & Canada talk, text, & data included
  • Apple Music free for six months


Verizon Beyond Unlimited

Beyond Unlimited is for users who stream lots of music or video. Of course you’ll get unlimited talk, text, and data with high-speed mobile hotspot capabilities, but a full Apple Music membership is also included. Streaming is HD-Quality (720p).

Beyond Unlimited also has Premium Unlimited 4G LTE Data to the tune of 22GB. What Verizon means by “Premium” is that for your first 22GB of data every month, your traffic will be handled with priority. After 22GB, you may experience slowdowns during times of heavy use. 

Once more, $250 prepaid Mastercards are offered to those bringing their own eligible devices.

1 phone – $85
2 phones – $80
3 phones – $60
4 phones – $50

Includes

  • Premium unlimited 4G LTE data (22GB)
  • Unlimited talk & text
  • HD-quality streaming (720p)
  • Unlimited mobile hotspot (15GB at 4GLTE)
  • Verizon Up Rewards
  • Mexico & Canada talk, text & data included
  • Apple Music included


Verizon Above Unlimited

Above Unlimited is Verizon’s powerhouse offering. If you’re a frequent flyer who needs global connection or a power user who churns through data at an incredible rate, this is the plan for you.

Naturally, you get unlimited talk, text, and data and high speed mobile hotspot capability. Apple Music is included, as are five travel passes every month that can be used in over 130 countries. The Premium Unlimited here snags you 75GB of uncompromised data monthly, and your streaming quality is HD (720p). Furthermore, you get half a TB of storage on the Verizon Cloud.

1 phone – $95
2 phones – $90
3 phones – $70
4 phones – $60

Includes

  • Premium unlimited 4G LTE data (75GB)
  • Unlimited talk & text
  • HD-quality streaming (720p)
  • Unlimited mobile hotspot (20GB at 4G LTE)
  • Verizon Up Rewards
  • Mexico & Canada talk, text & data included
  • 5 Travel Passes per month for use in more than 130 countries
  • Exclusive 500GB of Verizon Cloud
  • Apple Music included


Sprint Unlimited Kickstart

Sprint’s Unlimited Kickstart is a stripped-down plan that offers basic unlimited service at a very competitive price. Don’t expect any extra features with this one, but if all you want is to get away from data restrictions and not worry about extra fees, it’s a pretty solid deal.

There are no leasing options with Unlimited Kickstart. Bring your own phone or buy one from Sprint outright, then you’re free to enjoy your unlimited access for just $25 per month.

Includes

  • Unlimited talk, text & data


Sprint Unlimited Basic

Sprint Unlimited Basic is Ol’ Yeller’s default offering going at a promotional rate for a limited time. In addition to unlimited talk, text, and data, you’ll get 500MB of high speed mobile hotspot capability followed by unlimited data at 3G speeds. Bring your own phone, or lease one.

Unlimited Basic also comes with a Hulu subscription, which is a definite perk. 

This plan will be particularly attractive to families, as savings increase dramatically if you have 3-5 people on your plan:

1 phone – $60
2 phones – $100
3 phones – $100 (through 1/31/20 then $120/mo.)
4 phones – $100 (through 1/31/20 then $140/mo.)
5 phones – $100 (through 1/31/20 then $160/mo.)

Includes

  • Unlimited talk, text & data
  • Sprint Flex Lease
  • Mobile motspot
  • Hulu included

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Sprint Free Unlimited

You read that right. Sprint is running a limited time promotion that offers Unlimited service for a full year at $0 per month.

If that’s not a deal, I don’t know what is.

This is offer is available for those bringing along their own eligible device. There are no annual contracts or activation fees, and the total savings allegedly exceed $800 in the first year. This version of Sprint Unlimited doesn’t include Hulu, and some other restrictions apply.

To check your phone’s eligibility and the full details of this offer, click the button below.


Verizon and Sprint are certainly kicking off 2019 with a bang. If you’re paying more for less on your current plan, it might be a good time to make the swap to a new one. Just remember to act before January 31!

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Verizon and Amazon reportedly working on their own mobile game streaming services

The Verge

Two more major tech players, Verizon and Amazon, may be entering into the already crowded list of companies that plan to launch mobile game streaming services. According to The Verge, Verizon Wireless is already testing its own game streaming service with a small number of customers. The people who are selected reportedly get an NVIDIA Shield Android TV set-top box for the test, but The Verge says Verizon plans to eventually expand this streaming service to Android smartphones.

The story also includes screenshots from the service, which has the rather unimaginative name: Verizon Gaming. The images show a list of impressive PC and console games, but the screenshots are most likely placeholders. Based on emails sent to testers, it sounds like Verizon is more concerned with basic game streaming performance at first with this test. The service is currently is using Wi-Fi, but it’s more than likely that Verizon will roll out this service on its wireless network when it gets its 5G hardware fully up and running. The Verge reports that this small test version with the Shield TV box will conclude by the end of January.

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Meanwhile, The Information reports Amazon is also working on its own game streaming service. There’s not much information on this service in the report, other than Amazon has reached out to game publishers to see if they would be interested in offering their titles for this venture. Amazon is certainly well positioned to launch such a project, as its cloud-based Amazon Web Services already has a ton of experience streaming content for companies like Netflix. It also owns Twitch, the gamer-centric live video streaming service. The report does say Amazon is not looking to launch its game streaming service until 2020 at the earliest.

Verizon and Amazon will be entering a field that is full of competitors who have already revealed their plans for streaming games with cloud-based set-ups. Both Microsoft and EA announced at E3 2018 that they have separate plans to stream games to smartphones. Microsoft later revealed that its service, with its codename Project xCloud, would begin public trials sometime in 2019.

In October, Google announced and launched a public test of Project Stream, which allowed people to stream and play the full version of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on a PC, Mac, Linux, and even a low-end Chromebook via the Chrome browser. That tech test is scheduled to end on January 15. So far, Google has not yet revealed what it plans to do with Project Stream.

Of course, Sony already has its own game streaming service, PlayStation Now, which allows PlayStation 4 and Windows PC owners to stream and play hundreds of classic and current PS4 games for a monthly fee. Sony has never revealed how many subscribers it has for PlayStation Now. NVIDIA also has its GeForce Now service, which lets people purchase PC games on Steam and other services, and then lets them play those games remotely on their PC, Mac and their Shield TV box. That service is still in a closed beta test.

Here’s Verizon’s full-page newspaper ad that throws shade at AT&T

Verizon logo

AT&T ruffled a few feathers when it weirdly decided to brand portions of its existing 4G LTE network as “5G Evolution.” In response to AT&T’s antics, Verizon took out full-page ads in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.

The letter suggests that Verizon won’t conduct the same misleading marketing that AT&T is guilty of. That said, Verizon is far from innocent. In October 2018, Big Red boasted about beating everyone to the punch with its commercial 5G service. The problem is that the service used a Verizon-created 5G standard instead of the global 5G standard.

Oh, and the service isn’t mobile — it’s a home internet service only available in select markets.

You can read Verizon’s full-page newspaper ad below and reach your own conclusion.

Everything is about to change. Breakthroughs in connectivity, artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) will all impact our lives in ways we can’t imagine. Underpinning these technological advancements is 5G.

The potential for 5G is awesome, but the potential to over-hype and under-deliver on the 5G promise is a temptation that the wireless industry must resist. If network providers, equipment manufacturers, handset makers, app developers, and others in the wireless ecosystem engage in behavior designed to purposefully confuse consumers, public officials and the investment community about what 5G really is, we risk alienating the very people we want most to join in developing and harnessing this exciting new technology.

That’s why we’re calling on the broad wireless industry to commit to labeling something 5G only if new device hardware is connecting to the network using new radio technology to deliver new capabilities. Verizon is making this commitment today: We won’t take an old phone and just change the software to turn the 4 in the status bar into a 5. We will not call our 4G network a 5G network if customers don’t experience a performance or capability upgrade that only 5G can deliver.

Doing so would break an enduring and simple promise we’ve made to our customers: That each new wireless generation makes new things possible.

It is this belief that led us to bring together key device, chip and network equipment manufacturing partners to create the 5G Technology Forum with the goal of developing global 5G standards more quickly. The result was a commercial 5G offering a full two years ahead of original estimates. It’s why we’re committed to build the first 5G Ultra Wideband network. It is the reason we opened 5G Labs to support entrepreneurs and innovators as they build the 5G applications that will change how we live, work and play. And it’s the motivating factor behind our sponsorship of 5G development challenges focused on education, public safety, robotics and other critical areas where 5G can impact lives today and tomorrow.

We lead by example. And we challenge our competitors, vendors and partners to join us. People need a clear, consistent and simple understanding of 5G so they are able to compare services, plans and products, without having to maneuver through marketing double-speak or technical specifications.

Our industry knows 5G will change the world. Let’s uphold that promise, while maintaining our integrity. The success of the 5G technological revolution must be measured in truth and fact, not marketing hype.

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