Should I switch to prepaid? Pros/Cons

Posted May 14, 2012 at 11:00 am in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

I am currently on Verizon with an unlimited data plan. I’m not up for an upgrade until January (seems like a million years from now).

Can prepaid phones get 4G data? If so, which companies are these? I’m interested in getting an unlocked GSM Galaxy Nexus – will it have faster than 3G speeds on AT&T or T-Mobile? T-Mobile is virtually non-existent in my neck of the woods so I would be limited to AT&T for a prepaid provider.

I always hear about all the good things about prepaid (like the price, no contract, you choose your phone) but are there any bad? Is my unlimited data plan worth it to stick with Verizon?

  • B2L

    Well, since T-Mobile is no good in your area that really only leaves one option. Straight Talk, it uses AT&T’s network and is quite cheap, but if this is what AT&T considers HSPA+, I wouldn’t dare call it 4G. On average I get download speeds of 2-3 mbps, which is not all that great, but still does everything I need it to. (I use wifi most of the time.)

    Technically you could use AT&T’s service as prepaid, then you would end up paying the same outrageous price that you would on contract.

    - Cheap
    - Reliable
    - Good network coverage

    - If you use more than 80-100 MBS of data everyday they can cancel your service without warning.
    - Slower data speeds

    Overall prepaid is definitely worth it if you aren’t a data hog, and can handle slower data speeds.

    • pekosROB

      Hmm, not a data hog, but I don’t want to be limited each day in that 80-100 MB range like you say. So no 4G/LTE data plan on prepaid yet… Don’t know if Virgin Mobile has anything using WiMax or if they plan on using LTE in the near future, but I don’t like Sprint’s data; it was so slow when I had them, probably due to the increased number of users they had after getting the EVO.

  • redraider133

    I don’t think it is worth it. I mean tmo is about the only one you can get their “4g” and you say that is non-existent so stick with verizon or switch to at&t would probably be your best bet.

    • pekosROB

      This stinks, at least the options aren’t as bad as if I were trying to get a different cable or ISP provider.

      • redraider133

        Well I retract what I said before now that verizon is axing unlimited grandfathered plans. That was the last thing keeping me on verizon and when my contract runs out next June I most likely will switch to a gsm carrier since then I can get any phone I want and not wait for carriers to pick and choose what phones they get.