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Hybrid Prepaid Comparison Chart


Last Update: 03/06/2012 10:53 PM


Hybrid prepaid plans are the latest development. These are very similar to traditional wireless plans, except there is no contract. You still have to pay each month to keep the account active. Prices are higher than with regular plans. If you spend at least $30/month you usually get one special perk (airtime, m2m, nights or nights&weekends), but its never as good as a regular plan. Hybrid plans are NOT for you if you are looking at a prepaid plan to save money, or because you don't use the phone that often.

The advantages of this type of plan are:
    (1) there is no contract
    (2) you are not subject to a credit check
    (3) you use the phone quite often and are looking for night & weekend minutes
    (4) you can roam off-network (usually at an additional charge, but it's better than the phone being dead)
    (5) you may get a break on the price of a phone (eg: Verizon EasyPay users get phones at the 1-yr contract price)

Typically you have to pay taxes and fees on the monthly charge just like a regular plan. Minutes typically don't rollover. This type of plan is always more expensive (per minute) than a regular plan, and you will not get the super phone discounts that you get with a regular plan.

If you are interested in traditional prepay plans click here.


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Coverage Maps/
More Info
Alltel U
(Pay
Per
Day)
Boost Premium AT&T GoPhone
Pick Your Plan
 
Lucky Wireless
(Sprint)
Lucky Wireless
(Verizon)
PagePlus
Talk n Text 1200
PagePlus
Unlimited Talk n Text
Speak Out Wireless Unlimited night / weekend T-Mobile Pay By The Day U.S. Cellular Prepaid Verizon Inpulse Virgin Mobile Monthly TALK Xtreme Mobile
Vendor
Website
AllTel U Boost GoPhone Lucky Wireless Lucky Wireless Page Plus Page Plus  Speak Out T-Mobile  U.S. Cellular  Verizon Inpulse Virgin Xtreme
System CDMA iDEN GSM CDMA CDMA CDMA CDMA CDMA GSM CDMA CDMA CDMA CDMA
Lowest Monthly Cost $22.50 (75c/day) $30 $30
CG1 CG2
$18.99 $24.99 $29.95 $39.95 $40
(plus $1.50 fee)
$8.33
plus ($1/day fee for any day a voice call is made or received)
$45 US1 $8.33 VZ1
plus (99c-$2.99/day fee for any day a voice call is made or received, depending on plan)
$24.99 VM1 $18.00
(60c/day)
Port your number IN? NO         YES YES   YES     YES NO
Account Info AA5 AA7 AA1 AA2 AA4 AA7 AA1 AA2 AA3 AA5 AA8     AA5 AA7 AA5 AA7 AA1 AA2 AA3 AA5 AA8   AA3 AA1 AA2 AA5 AA7 AA1 AA2 AA3 AA5
Included anytime airtime 0 0/400/600 varies CG1 varies varies 1200 unlimited 200 0 varies US1 0 100-1000 0
Additional anytime airtime 10c 10c 10.7-15c CG1 25c 29-30c 12c N/A 10c ($5 increment) 10c 10-15c 2-10c
VZ2
20c 15c
Free Airtime? nights & weekends 9PM-7AM AL1 $70 plan only:
nights & weekends 7PM-7AM
n/we & m2m starting at $40/month
 
nights & weekends 9PM-6AM nights & weekends 7PM-6AM
None
Unlimited Airtime unlimited
nights
9PM-7AM and weekends
unlimited m2m; unlimited nights (7pm-7am) free incoming & nights $45+;
adds free weekends at $60+;
7PM nights avail for $7 on plans $45+
m2m

unlimited
nights
9PM-6AM and weekends(except 99c/day plan)
some number of n/we and m2m minutes based on plan nights & weekends 9PM-7AM
Local
Service
Area
ALLTEL, Verizon and Sprint
networks (also some USC)
Nextel network AT&T
network
Sprint network Verizon
network
Verizon
network 
Verizon
network 
Sprint
network 
T-Mobile
network 
USC
network 
Verizon
network
Sprint
network
Sprint
network
Roaming Area USA
CDMA
Networks
Telus/Ca & Baja Mx BO1 limited
USA
GSM 
Networks
USA
CDMA
Networks
USA
CDMA
Networks
USA
CDMA 
Networks
USA
CDMA
Networks
Can't Roam USA
GSM
Networks
USA
CDMA 
Networks
USA
CDMA
Networks
Can't Roam Can't Roam
Roaming Cost 59c 20c/10c BO1 NONE 64c 58c 29c
(60c CA)
29c
60c CA)
N/A 69c CA
$1.49 MX
69c 20c N/A N/A
Double Dialing Required YES NO              NO   YES N/A  N/A
Special Phone Required YES NO NO Sprint Phone Verizon Phone NO NO Speakout Phone NO USC Phone Verizon Phone YES Sprint Phone
Refill OptionsRF   RF1 RF2 RF3 RF4  RF5 RF6 RF4 RF5 $10-$200 $60-$160 RF1 RF4 RF5 RF9 RF1 RF4 RF5 RF9 RF1 RF2 RF4 RF5   RF1 RF4 RF8 RF1 RF2 RF4 RF5 RF1 RF2 RF3 RF4  RF5 RF6 RF8
Refill periodBB 30 days 30 days 30 days 7-30 days 30 days 120 days 120 days 30 days 90 days - 1 yr 30 days 30 days - 1 yr 30 days 30 days
Recharge Values $30/50/
70/100
$30/50/70 $30/40/
50/70
$19-200 $60-240 $10/25/
50/80
$10/25/
50/80
$5+ $10/25/
50/100
$30/40/50/
75/100
$15-150 $25-$100 $15/20/50
Voicemail deposits use airtime YES NO YES     NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
SMS rcv/sndCC FREE AL1 10c
or
$10/month BO2
15c/15c
CG3
8c/8c 10c/10c unlimited unlimited  5c/5c 5c/10c
(US&CA)
 free/25c
(pkg avail)
2-10c /
2-10c
15c/15c
(pkg avail)
10c/10c
MMS rcv/sndCC    25c 25c
CG3
     10c/MB after 100MB 10c/MB after 20MB    25c N/A   25c   25c  
Int'l SMS
snd
  same 20c     20c 20c   5c/35c MX  25c
(pkg avail)
25c 20c/15c same
WAPDD NO 35c/day
or
$10/month BO2
1c/KB
CG3
    100MB free then 10c/MB 20MB free then 10c/MB 1c/KB Free (limited) NO 99 per day of use 24-hour period $1/day/
500KB
or
$5/mo/5MB
NO
Activation fee $35 part of start-up kit None with phone kit; SIM-only kit $25 $10 $0 - 15 $10 (or thru dealer) $10 (or thru dealer) part of start-up kit None with phone kit; SIM-only kit $10(incl 10 min) $30 or part of start-up kit NONE NONE NONE


BB The recharge period is the number of days that the airtime is good for. If you recharge your account within this period your current account balance will carry over to the new period. Some plans include a grace period before losing minutes and phone number, but the phone will not work during that period.  For example, the grace period for Virgin Mobile is 60 days.
CC
SMS = Short Message Service (sending & receiving text messages). MMS = Multimedia (picture) Messaging Service.
DD
WAP = Wireless Application Protocol (surfing the web on the cell phone)
 


AL1
Alltel U Pay-Per-Day allows you to select two of four free options: (1) Free Nights/Weekends, (2) Free Text, (3) Free M2M and (4) Free calling to/from one number.  I used the first two in the chart.



BO1
Boost Mobile can be used in Baja Mexico for a surcharge of 10c/minute (same surcharge for DC). Boost DC will also work on Telus in Canada for a surcharge of 20c/minute (web works too), but voice does not work.
BO2
An extra $10 a month will get you unlimited text and unlimited web.
 


AT&T GoPhone
CG1
$29.99 / 200 anytime /      0       n&w / 0 m2m
     $39.99 / 300 anytime /  500        n&w / unlimited m2m
     $49.99 / 400 anytime /3000        n&w / unlimited  m2m
     $69.99 / 650 anytime / unlimited n&w / unlimited m2m
     Minutes will roll-over if you refill before the 30 days is up
     Overage causes monthly refill or service will suspend
CG2  GoPhone rates do not include taxes and fees, those are additional (approx 15-20%)
CG3
 Packages available:
        Messaging Packs: $4.99/200; $9.99/1000; $19.99/unlimited text
        Media Net Packs: $4.99/1MB; $9.99/5MB; $14.99/10MB; $19.99/unlimited data (overages 1c/KB)


U.S. Cellular Trackerpack
US1  $45.00 /  350 anytime / free incoming / free Nights Only / overage 15c/min
      $60.00 /  600 anytime / free incoming / free N&W / overage 10c/min
      $80.00 /  1000 anytime / free incoming / free N&W / overage 10c/min

 
Virgin Mobile
VM1  $24.99 /  200 anytime /  500 7PM nights&weekends /        0 M2M / overage 20c/min
      $34.99 /  300 anytime / 1000 7PM nights&weekends /        0 M2M / overage 20c/min
      $49.99 /  300 anytime / UNLM 7PM nights&weekends /       0 M2M / overage 20c/min
      $59.99 /  600 anytime / UNLM 7PM nights&weekends / UNLM M2M / overage 20c/min
      $99.99 /1000 anytime / UNLM 7PM nights&weekends / UNLM M2M / overage 20c/min


Verizon
VZ1 Lowest monthly cost is based on purchasing a $100 card good for a year
VZ2
Rate depends on plan selected

Xtreme
XT1 There is a 60c daily access fee ($18/month) which gives you the free nights and weekend minutes (zero anytime minute). All peak airtime costs 15c/minute



Account Info Options:
AA1 Account Management available on-line
AA2
Call History available on-line
AA3 Account Balance available via SMS
AA4 Account Balance available via WAP
AA5 Account Balance available via the phone (611, 1-800, etc), you may pay airtime if you call from the cell
AA6 Account Balance available on handset
AA7
A recorded message tells you how many minutes are available at the beginning of a call
AA8 A text message tells you how many minutes are available at the completion of a call


Refill Options:
RF1 Refill card over the phone (611, 1-800, etc), you may pay airtime if you call from the cell
RF2
Refill card via Website
RF3
Refill card via WAP
RF4
Credit/Debit card over the phone (611, 1-800, etc), you may pay airtime if you call from the cell
RF5
Credit/Debit card via Website
RF6
Credit/Debit card via WAP
RF7 Cash (may be limited)
RF8 Auto-recurring billing available



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