March 17, 2011 1 Comment
While conducting some comparison shopping of cell phones recently, I was shocked to learn that a person can have an Android phone for as little as $25 per month. For budget conscious customers, this may be an option. The phone plan is available through Virgin Mobile USA, a prepaid cell service provider owned by Sprint. The 3G Android phones on a $25 monthly plan come with unlimited data, text, Email, and web; as well as 300 minutes of talk time.
For those that like to talk up a storm (people like me, for instance), unlimited talk and data goes for $60 each month. Virgin Mobile phones use the Sprint network and have national coverage. Currently, I am paying a higher price for contract cell service, and will seriously consider getting a prepaid phone when my contract expires. The only downside I see is having to spend $150-$200 to buy the smart phone at the outset, but over a 24 month period the savings amounts to over $700 based on what I am forking out now for unlimited talk and data.
There was a time when I did not consider prepaid cell phones. That has been a few years, and times have changed. In the past, prepaid phones were marketed to people with little or no credit, and had higher per minute charges than contract customers. Now, the prepaid services are the cheaper way to go. They are looking more and more attractive as they add smartphones to their lineup. I will definitely give Virgin Mobile and its competitors a hard look in the coming months as I consider what my next phone will be.
- Virgin Mobile’ Second Prepaid Android Phone, The Optimus V, Officially Available Now (mobilecrunch.com)
- Virgin Mobile LG Optimus V Best Android Deal To-Date (centernetworks.com)
- The best Christmas season deals on cell phone plans (clarkhoward.com)