The 10 Best Prepaid Phone Plans Under $30



TextNow uses Sprint’s network, but is another operator relying on switching you to Wi-Fi and VoIP calling as often as possible. Their Starbucks-inspired monthly plans include the Grande $27 plan, which includes unlimited calling and texting to the United States and Canada, 1 GB of 3G/4G LTE data, and unlimited 2G data. You don’t get any international perks besides calling and texting to Canada, but there is some semblance of unlimited data, although unlimited 2G data won’t do much for you these days. To get with TextNow, you’ll need to buy a device from them or bring your own Sprint phone.




chipchickpick1MetroPCS uses T-Mobile’s network — might be related to them being owned by T-Mobile. Their $30 plan is pretty straightforward — unlimited talk, text, and data, with 1 GB of 4G LTE data. After that 1 GB, you’ll be throttled to average MetroPCS speeds, so expect something around 3G. No international perks, but this is one of the better ways to get unlimited and somewhat fast data. You can also bring any GSM-compatible device to the deal.

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  1. TextNow has very draconian terms of use – no more than 1GB per week or 170MB per day of 2G data.

    I did not see any mention of MetroPCS’s throttled speed; I assume it will NOT be 3G, more like 2G speeds.