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What Are the Best Prepaid/Value Plans? If you’re looking to save money on your monthly cellphone bill, opting for prepaid wireless service may be the way to go, especially as carriers offer a wider selection of phones to their prepaid customers.
With prepaid plans, you pay ahead of time instead of at the end of each billing cycle. Prepaid plans let you get wireless service without a credit check, and you're not tied to any contract. — a — offers a lot of data for a reasonable monthly fee: 10GB of LTE data for $40 a month (with taxes included).
It's a great way to get yourself a lot of data while enjoying the benefits of T-Mobile's high-performing cellular network. (An alternative? Go with itself, which recently reshuffled its own prepaid offerings to create a matching 10GB-for-$40 prepaid plan, though you are on the hook for taxes and fees.) Metro also offers the best unlimited plan for prepaid customers. The carrier's $50 and $60 unlimited options match on price, though you get a better network with Metro plus other perks like Google One storage.
(Boost's unlimited plans give you more hotspot data, if that's something important to your needs. If saving money is more important that maximizing data, you could turn to a host of discount carriers for an even lower monthly bill. offers the best balance of cost and data: you pay $5 per gigabyte on top of a $15 charge for unlimited talk and text, so 2GB of data would cost you a mere $25 a month.
Note: , though that deal requires regulatory approval. If it goes through (and that's not expected to happen until at least 2019), the T-Mobile-Sprint merger could impact pricing not only on prepaid plans from those two carriers, but also from their respective subsidiaries such as Metro and Boost.
How We Picked the Best Prepaid Plans: You've got a vast number of choices when it comes to prepaid and discount carriers. To help simplify things, we divided plans into different categories.
First, we looked at the best overall plans, using 3GB as the ideal amount of data an average user would need each month. Because a growing number of discount carriers now offer unlimited data, we also picked the best plan for people who want the fewest limitations on their monthly cellphone plan. MORE: In addition, we determined which carrier offers the most attractive pricing for families who need multiple lines of data.
In all of these categories, we took network performance, including , into account. Because some wireless customers want an even lower monthly bill, we broadened our search to include additional discount carriers, which allow you to mix and match the amount of talk minutes, text and data you have in your monthly bill.
We picked the best plan for less than $30 that had the most attractive combination of service and price. Best Prepaid Plans for Individuals Best Overall Prepaid Plan: Metro by T-Mobile, 10GB for $40 a month Who Should Get It: Users who want a lot of data on a top-performing network The rebranded MetroPCS service may be emphasizing unlimited data plans, but its tiered data plan remains a good deal for individuals, especially with the allotted data doubling to 10GB.
You'll give up some perks you'd get from other Metro by T-Mobile plans — there's no Google One or Amazon Prime tie-ins and you won't get any hotspot data — but that $40 a month charge includes taxes and fees. Runner-Up: T-Mobile, 10GB for $40 a month Who Should Get It: Users who want a lot of data, but prefer dealing with T-Mobile directly If you're not convinced by MetroPCS's rebranded service, you can get the same offer directly from T-Mobile, which now has the same 10GB for $40-a-month plan as its subsidiary.
The difference with T-Mobile is that its prepaid pricing doesn't include taxes and fees, while those are folded into Metro's rate. Network performance should be the same, though T-Mobile reserves the right to de-prioritize prepaid traffic if there's a lot of congestion on its network.
Both AT&T and Verizon have competitive prepaid plans of their own if you prefer those respective networks. AT&T gives you 8GB of high-speed data for $40 a month (after you enroll in autopay for a $10 discount). Verizon's best prepaid plan — 8GB of data — costs $5 extra at $45 a month.
Other prepaid options include: • Cricket, 5GB for $40 a month: Cricket offers 5GB data with its $40 monthly plan, but you can bring your monthly bill down to $35 by signing up for autopay. Unfortunately, Cricket, which uses AT&T's network, caps LTE speeds at 8 Mbps so you take a performance hit.
Cricket doubled the size of its low-cost $30 a month plan to 2GB as well. • Straight Talk, 10GB for $60 a month: You can get the 10GB plan for $45 from Straight Talk, which has rejiggered its plans to expand your options and increase the amount of data you get. (Low-data users also have an option at Straight Talk, now that the carrier also has a 2GB plan for an attractive $35 a month, though both MetroPCS and Boost have better options in that price range.) We prefer the more expensive of Straight Talk's 10GB plans because it adds unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling to Mexico, Canada, China and India.
If international calling doesn't meet your needs or you want more data, consider Straight Talk's $55 unlimited option (which we'll discuss further below). You can find additional savings through Straight Talk's Extended Plans, where you can prepay for 3 months, 6 months or a year on Straight Talk's $45-a-month plan. Paying for a year of service saves you $45 over going month-to-month, though that's an awfully long time to commit to a prepaid carrier.
Low-Cost Plans If you want to save even more money on your monthly bill, other discount carriers let you mix and match talk, text and data allotments. By turning to one of these options, you can cut your bill down to size if you don't really use a lot of data each month or you prefer texting to talking.
MORE: The perfect low-cost plan depends upon your needs, but to find the carrier that offers the best mix of options, we set a budget of $30. Then we tried to build a plan that offered the best mix of talk, text and data without exceeding our monthly limit. We gave extra marks to plans that came in well under budget while still giving us a good allotment. Carrier Talk Time Texts LTE Data Monthly Cost Network Notes Unlimited Unlimited 2GB $30 AT&T, T-Mobile 5 percent discount for AARP members; recently introduced new data plans Unlimited Unlimited 2GB $25 AT&T, Sprint Also offers family plans, bulk discounts for ordering multiple months in advance Unlimited Unlimited 1GB $30 Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular Get refunds for unused data; Bills capped at $80 even if you use more data; Now works with more phones Unlimited Unlimited 2GB $15 T-Mobile Requires $45 payment for 3-month commitment; price increases after 3 months to $23 a month unless you commit to a full year Unlimited Unlimited 3GB $30 Verizon Includes unlimited international texts, plus $10 of international calling credit Unlimited Unlimited 2GB $25 Sprint, T-Mobile Uses Wi-Fi for calls and text when possible; add data for $5 per gigabyte Unlimited Unlimited 4GB $29 Sprint Plans cover calls to Canada and Mexico Unlimited Unlimited 5GB $29 Sprint Family plan discounts let you add another 5GB line for $22 500 minutes 100 texts 500MB $28 Sprint, T-Mobile Plan reflects "pay what you use" pricing Unlimited Unlimited 5GB $30 Sprint, AT&T Plans start at $15 for 2GB of high-speed data 600 minutes 1,000 texts 3GB $31 T-Mobile, Verizon Recently revamped plans, including attractively priced unlimited data options Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited $40 Verizon Now open to iPhone users with eligible devices Our favorite low-cost plan comes from , which offers 1GB of data along with unlimited talk and text for $20 a month.
You can up your data allotment by $5 for every extra gigabyte, meaning 2GB brings your cost to $25. Republic keeps monthly prices low by using Wi-Fi networks to handle much of your calling, texting and data needs; when Wi-Fi's not available, it turns to the mobile networks of Sprint and T-Mobile.
Another compelling choice is Google Fi, the rebranded version of Google's Project Fi wireless service. Google Fi charges $20 for unlimited talk and text, with LTE data available for $10 per gigabyte. You're only charged for the exact data you use, and even if you use more than 6GB of data, effectively creating an unlimited data plan.
While Google used to limit its wireless service to its own phones and a few select Android devices, you can now , including iPhones. Several carriers recently improved their plans. now offers double the high-speed data it used to with a 2GB plan $10 a month; add unlimited minutes and you'll pay $30 a month, with AARP members eligible for a 5 percent discount.
(Texting is unlimited with a Consumer Cellular data plan.) revamped its plans, too, with much more attractive pricing on customized plans (where you mix and match talk, text and data) as well as unlimited options. And boosted the amount of data in its plans as well while holding steady on pricing — $30 a month now gets you 3GB of data instead of 2GB. offers 2GB plans with unlimited talk and text for $25 a month via the networks of AT&T and Sprint.
For the most data, turn to , which now lets you get 5GB for less than $30; pay $40 a month and you can get an unlimited data plan at TextNow. Big-data users can also consider , which offers 4GB for $29 a month, and 10GB if you tack on another $10.
has one the lowest-priced options at $15 a month for 2GB of LTE data, but there are some catches. You have to prepay for three months and prices go up after that period unless you commit to a year of service.
You'll also need your own phone as Mint only sells SIM cards. A newly launched provider named (it's a spinoff of FreedomPop) also offers 2GB of high-speed data for $15 a month without requiring you to prepay for additional months of service; because Unreal is just getting off the ground, though, you will have to check for availability in your area; Unreal just added support for GSM phones after launching on Sprint's CDMA network. is another new entry to the discount wireless service market.
Backed by Verizon, it's promising an unlimited data plan for $40 a month, which is very competitively priced, even compared to the likes of MetroPCS and Boost. (Speeds are capped at 5 Mbps.) It recently ended its invite-only trial period and is now open to iPhone user with a compatible device. One service we've featured in this section, The People's Operator, just . TPO customers have had their accounts transferred over to , a low-cost carrier with pay-as-you-go pricing.
Unlimited Prepaid Plans Best Unlimited Prepaid Plan: Metro by T-Mobile, $50 a month Who Should Get It: Data-hungry cell phone users who want a fast network Metro by T-Mobile and Boost have the best regular price on unlimited data at $50 a month, though both carriers restrict video streaming to 480p.
Boost goes a step further by also imposing speed limits on game and music streaming for unlimited customers. That, plus Metro's better performing T-Mobile network and perks like 100GB of cloud storage via Google One, make the choice easier. Boost does offer more hotspot data — 8GB versus 5GB — with its $50 plan. A second Metro unlimited option costs $60 a month and will give you 15GB of LTE hotspot data. Video streaming is still limited to 480p, but you'll get Google One storage plus an Amazon Prime membership through Metro's more expensive unlimited plan.
If HD video streaming is important to you, look at Boost's $60 Unlimited Plus plan, which offers HD video streaming plus 20GB of LTE hotspot data.
Other unlimited plans include: • Boost, $50 a month: As noted above, under Boost's unlimited plan, music will stream at 500 Kbps, and streaming games will be limited to 2 Mbps on top of the 480p streaming video restriction. You can pay $10 extra each month to stream video at 1080p and you'll get 20GB of LTE hotspot data, too as part of the Unlimited Plus plan.
A third unlimited plan ups LTE hotspot data to 40GB and adds access to the Tidal Premium music streaming service, along with international calling and texting perks; this $80-a-month Ultimate Unlimited plan is available through Jan.
7, 2019. • Virgin, $60 a month: Virgin's newly priced unlimited plan costs the same as the more premium offerings at Boost and Metro, but includes more restrictions. You can only stream video at 480p, and there are caps on data speeds for music and game streaming, too. • Cricket, $55 a month: Unlimited data costs more at Cricket than with Metro and Boost, but an autopay discount knocks $5 off the $60 rate for Cricket's Unlimited Extra plan.
This plan just became more attractive, as Cricket has removed the 8 Mbps data speed cap it imposes on other plans. You're restricted to streaming video at 480p resolution, and hotspot data costs extra. • Straight Talk, $55 a month: Straight Talk joins the ranks of prepaid carriers with an unlimited data option for a relatively affordable $55 a month, matching Cricket's pricing.
As with other prepaid unlimited plans, expect videos to stream at 480p resolution. Autopay enrollment knocks a single dollar off your monthly rate. • AT&T, $85 a month: Like its Cricket subsidiary, AT&T has two unlimited options for prepaid customers. In this case, the more expensive $85-a-month plan is the better deal.
It lets you stream HD video and offers 10GB of hotspot data. An autopay discount lowers the price to $65 a month, but this appears to be a limited-time discount, ending in December.
AT&T typically knocks $10 off on autopay enrollment. A $65 unlimited plan — also subject to a $20 autopay discount — limits video streams to 480p resolution and offers no hotspot data. • Sprint, $60 a month: Sprint has an unlimited option for prepaid customers that costs $60. You can only stream video at 480p resolution on this plan, and there are caps on streaming music (500 Kbps) and games (2 Mbps).
• T-Mobile, $50 a month: Prepaid customers who don't want the credit check that comes with the regular T-Mobile One plan can get a prepaid version of that plan for less money, though taxes and fees aren't included as they are with the T-Mobile One plan for postpaid customers. You'll also have to pay extra for coverage in Canada and Mexico as well as international calls with the prepaid version of T-Mobile's unlimited plan, while other restrictions (480p video streaming, 3G hotspot data) remain in place.
• Verizon, $70 a month: Verizon has dropped the price on its prepaid unlimited plan and added 3G hotspot data. You're still limited to streaming video at 480p resolution, though. Sign up for autopay and you can lower your monthly bill to $65. • US Mobile, $40 to $55 a month: US Mobile adjusted the pricing on its unlimited plans, and the result is more attractive rates. You'll pay $10 for unlimited talk and text, plus another $30 for unlimited data.
However, that $40 a month total caps speeds at 1 Mbps. You can either boost that cap to 5 Mbps for another $5 a month or remove the speed limit entirely for an additional $15. Family Plans If you're shopping for multiple prepaid lines, seven carriers are worth considering — AT&T, Boost, Cricket, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
They offer discounts when you add multiple lines. In the case of AT&T and Cricket, those discounts escalate the more lines you add. Best Plan: Metro by T-Mobile's unlimited plan for four lines of data, $140 Who Should Get It: Families with big data needs who want to save money The best prepaid family plan usually comes down to who's offering the better discounts on additional lines.
With Metro's new plans now available, you can add another line to any plan for $30 per line regardless of which plan you have, so the discount is bigger on pricier plans. Both Metro and Boost offer $50 unlimited plans, with extra lines costing $30 each; that means a family of four pays the same at either carrier. We'll give the nod to Metro because it uses T-Mobile's network, which outperforms Sprint (the parent company of Boost) in our testing, and it offers Google One storage as a perk.
Check for special discounts and offers on family plan pricing. As of this writing, both Boost and Metro offer four lines of unlimited data for $100 a month. Metro is also waiving the cost of a fourth line of data on its premium unlimited plan.
(You'd pay $120 four four lines of this plan, instead of $150.) Other options for families include: • AT&T: AT&T has tweaked the escalating discounts it gives to multiple lines. Add a second or third line of prepaid data, and the carrier knocks $10 off the cost of each line. (That $40 8GB plan costs $30 for the second and third lines, in other words.) Add a fourth line and AT&T ups the discount to $20.
Autopay discounts also remain in effect for each line of data. A family of four that opts for four lines with 8GB of data each will pay $120, once you factor in all those discounts.
That same family can mix and match plans, too, adding a cheaper 1GB plan if there's a member of the family who doesn't use as much data as the rest. • Boost: As noted above, you pay $30 for each additional line at Boost. That's not much of a discount on the carrier's 3GB plan (though Boost applies the discount to all 3GB lines, so a family of four pays $120 a month).
It's decent savings on the $50 unlimited plan, though. (Additional lines on the carrier's Unlimited Plus plan cost $40 per line while the limited-time Ultimate Unlimited plan features additional lines for $60 each.) • Cricket: Cricket used to be a much more attractive option for families when it offered steeper discounts on extra lines.
While not as generous, the revamped discounts from families still let you save. On tiered data plans, you can knock $10 off the price of a second line and $20 off the price for any lines after that. Under this pricing, a family of four each gets 5GB of data for $110 a month. (Unfortunately, Cricket's group savings aren't eligible for autopay credits.) It gets a little more complicated with adding extra lines to Cricket's two unlimited plans. Under Cricket's less expensive unlimited plan — the one that caps data speeds at 3 Mbps — you can get four lines for $100 a month, though that appears to be a special offer.
Additional lines for the Unlimited Extra plan — which has no cap on data speeds — cost $30 per line. • Sprint: Sprint's revamped prepaid plan adds a discounted rate when you add more lines. The first line of 4GB of LTE data costs $40 a month with autopay enrollment, but subsequent lines cost $30 each. For unlimited plans, Sprint charges $100 for two lines of data — $60 for the first line, $40 for the second — with additional lines costing $20 each.
• T-Mobile: T-Mobile now offers four lines of unlimited data for $140 for prepaid customers. Four lines with 10GB each will cost you $10 less, at $130 per month. • Verizon: Verizon follows fellow Big Four carriers AT&T and Sprint by offering discounts as you add prepaid lines, with the size of the discount depending on what plan you have.
The carrier will knock $10 off additional lines of its $40 3GB plan and $15 off extra lines the $50 8GB plan. The unlimited plan gets $20 discounts on extra lines.
Verizon did away with a promotion that added even greater discounts when you had four lines of data, but its prepaid plans now can knock off $5 on each line when you enroll in autopay.
Big Four Prepaid Plans Carrier Prepaid Data Plans Monthly Cost Notes AT&T 1GB/8GB/Unlimited $30/$40/$45 - $65 Pricing reflects autopay discounts; Cheaper unlimited plan caps video streaming at 480p Sprint 4GB/Unlimited $40/$60 Includes $5 autopay discount, with unlimited international texting and hotspot data T-Mobile 10GB/Unlimited $40/$50 Pricing and data caps recently changed Verizon 500MB/3GB/8GB/10GB/Unlimited $30/$40/$50/$60/$70 Take another $5 off each plan with autopay discounts All four major carriers offer prepaid plans, though they're not as appealing as the options outlined above.
Recent changes to prepaid pricing at Verizon give you 3GB for $40 a month or 8GB for $50 a month, respectively, with both plans eligible for a $5 autopay discount; the carrier also has a $30 entry-level option with just 500MB of data. AT&T also offers an 8GB option, but charges less than Verizon, once autopay discounts bring your monthly rate down to $40. Sprint's prepaid options include 4GB for $40 plus its $60 unlimited plan.
As noted above, T-Mobile has the most compelling option for $40 with its new 10GB plan.
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Find the Best Prepaid Mobile Plans Australia has to offer If you’re looking for Telstra prepaid mobile plans, Optus prepaid plans, or simply want the best prepaid mobile plans for your unique needs, then you’ve found a service that can really help you out. With so many companies in Australia offering plans encompassing prepaid internet services, texting and calling, it can be very daunting to find a prepaid mobile plan to suit you – without spending hours looking for it.
Thankfully, at PrepaidPlans, we have compiled plans from all providers so that it’s easy for you to find the best prepaid mobile plans – and any other services – in absolutely no time at all. Ultimately, it’s a matter of finding the provider that suits your needs best – and perhaps the plan that many of your friends and family are already using. If you want Optus prepaid plans or Telstra prepaid plans that suit your needs, we can compare and contrast plans from those providers. We have plenty of other service providers available, as well – simply take a look at this page and you’ll find the plan with the best value possible for your requirements.
Compare Prepaid Mobile Plans Prepaid Mobile Saving Tips Following the launch of our “Live Chat” service, it has become quite obvious that selecting a prepaid mobile is a great challenge for many of our visitors.
To assist you, we thought we would offer a range of tips that might add some additional guidance. These tips will be built around the questions we receive from visitors. If you have any specific questions, please use our Live Chat service or emails us at email@example.com Call Value All prepaid plans offered through this site display the per minute cost, the cost of a 2 minute call and how many 2 minute calls you can actually make with your call allowance.
As an example, many providers have a call rate of 90c/min and a 35c flagfall. The cost of a 2 minute call in this case is $2.15. If your call allowance is $400, then this enables you to make 186, 2 minute calls. What about Pay As You Go rates. These are just as popular with prepaid mobile plans. You will find that PAYG rates are much cheaper than your standard call rates but are usually not offered any call allowance with these plans.
ie Hello Mobile Combo 10 has a PAYG call rate of 10c/min with no flagfall. Your call allowance in this case is the amount you recharge eg $10. How many calls does this buy you, at 20c for 2 minutes you can access 50 calls. Here is a tip. If you are making very few calls then stick with PAYG rates, if you are a heavy user then look for a prepaid plan with a good call allowance or even an unlimited plan.
Data Allowance Mobile internet is the most popular service used by mobile phone users today. However to really enjoy mobile internet you need a 3G or 4G enabled phone. What about the network? Three carriers service Australia, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. All three offer both 2G, 3G and 4G network speeds. If you live in any of Australia’s capital cities or territories, any one of these networks will work Ok for you.
Venture further out into rural Australia and you are generally limited to Telstra and Optus. As far as how much do you need. Like calls allowances, some plans offer a set data allowance and others only PAYG data rates. With a 4G enabled phone, you will need atleast 500MB each 30 days.
If you are only using your mobile internet occasionally, PAYG rates must be good enough. Be aware that rates vary quite wildly between provider. Some offer PAYG data at just 5c/MB, others at $2/MB. Here is a guide on how much you will need: • Facebook – 2MB per minute of use • Uploading pictures – depends entirely on the size of the photo and can be up to 8MB each.
• Browsing – depending on how frequently you are loading new pages, expect about 2.5MB per minute of use • Video Streaming – standard definition video will use about 2 – 3MB per minute, high definition video about 6MB per minute of use • Music Streaming – expect to use 1 – 2 MB per minute of use for the entire length of the song Credit Expiry Credit expiry matters because it allows you to spend your money over a longer period.
On average most prepaid mobile plans have a 30 day credit expiry which means at the end of the 30 days your unused credit expires. Now some providers allow you to rollover your unused allowance if you recharge prior to the credit expiry. The longer the credit expiry the better, but this also can result in less value being offered.
Many plans that offer PAYG rates offer a 90 day credit expiry which is great for low usage. International Roaming If you are looking to go o/seas with your mobile there are a few options that you might wish to consider. You can either use your existing Australian sim card and pay any applicable roaming charges for calls made and received when overseas or you can buy a local sim from the country you are visiting eg Vodafone when in the UK. You will then be able to access local rates for your local calls as well as make international calls with that phone (no roaming charges will apply unless you travel overseas with it).
Prepaid mobile sim cards are available in pretty much every country around the world. If you are looking for a local prepaid sim card that you can also use for international roaming, then you will need to stick with either , , or . All 3 offer international roaming with their prepaid services. Visit the specific provider page to find out more about international roaming.
Bare in mind that roaming charges can be very expensive (seriously expense for calls and data).International Roaming Sim Emergency Phone If you hardly use your mobile, or a loved one has purchased it for you in case of emergency or to mainly call you (ie you receive more calls than what you make), then take our look at our Quick Search page to see who is offering the best value ““.
Free or Unlimited Network Calls Most people first go to their friends for advice regarding the mobile or prepaid mobile plan they should select. This in-fact the best place to start. Firstly your friends and family will give you a warts and all account of their experience and secondly (most importantly) picking a plan that your friends and family also use could result in you getting additional value out of your plan.
This is because many mobile plans, including prepaid mobile plans offer customers free/unlimited or a special allowance for calls made using the same network or network provider. This allowance is in addition to your standard call allowance. Check providers such as Optus, Vodafone, Virgin, Lebara, they all offer free calls to other like users. Network Quality As mentioned earlier, there are 3 main networks in Australia. Telstra (also used by Lycamobile (2G), Boost Mobile and Aldi Mobile), Optus (also used by Virgin, Amaysim, Dodo, and Yomojo), Vodafone (also used by Just Mobile, Go-Talk, Hello Mobile).
All three networks also offer 3G, 3G+ and 4G access for prepaid customers however this does not necessarily mean that any prepaid plan you choose will offer 4G access. If you live in very rural Australia, then probably sticking with Telstra (direct or Boost) will be your best bet. However Optus’ reach is pretty good rurally. Vodafone, has invested heavily in their network but rural Australia is probably not the best place to experience them. The beauty of prepaid is that the risk and cost is minimal (cost of a recharge).
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The best phone plan for a gap year in New Zealand When backpacking in New Zealand, the common consensus is that getting a Prepay SIM or a Prepay Plan are the best options. Unlike in other countries, Prepay Plans are incredibly popular even with the locals in New Zealand. Why? Just continue down this listicle to find out the benefits of choosing a prepay phone plan in New Zealand!
What is “Prepay”? “Prepay” is a type of phone plan where you add credit to your phone account before spending it through phone calls, data, texts, etc. Phone network providers in New Zealand offer multiple options to spend your credit on bundles. Alternatively, you can spend your credit at a flat rate per text message, per minute or per mb. Unlike contract phone plans, you will not receive a bill at the end of the month to pay for your usage. For an in-depth comparison, read .
1. Prepay Plans are easy to set up Prepay Plans can be set up in only a few minutes. Insert your SIM card into your phone and call a free number. Wait a few minutes for a robot to do its thing and, “voila”, you are set up. You can now add credit to your account and be connected on the go. Make sure that your phone from home works with New Zealand SIM cards by following the advice in 2. Prepay Plans are simple to manage What’s more, you can usually manage your bundles on your phone, even if you don’t have a smartphone.
It only involves three steps: • Buy top-up vouchers in supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide or use your debit card online to add credit to your account • Select your bundle option or no bundle at all if you prefer the pay-as-you-go option • Done!
Repeat next month when your reminder text pops up. 3. Prepay Plans are adaptable to you needs Most cellphone companies have plenty of options from bundles (also known as “combos” or “value packs”) that last a week or a month, to “pay as you go” that lasts until your credit runs out.
“Pay as you go” is the simplest option where you will pay a set rate for each minute, text and data used. Bundles, however, are better value for money if you use your phone a lot. There is a bundle to suit every need from bundles with heaps of data and almost no call minutes to ones with several hundred minutes of calling and little-to-no data. Each cell phone company in New Zealand has 3+ options for you. Additionally, because no two months are the same, so you can even complement your bundles with “add-ons” or “extras” if you need a little extra minutes/texts/data that month.
4. Prepay Plans have no strings attached Without a contract, Prepay Plans are the perfect option for those that do not know how long they want to stay in New Zealand. You can stop your prepay plan at any time or even simply pause it and keep your number. You can even add more to it at any time with an add-on. No strings attached, no contracts, you are in charge! 5. Prepay Plans are affordable While the main network providers, Spark, Vodafone and 2Degrees, have similar price points on their prepay plans, there are other smaller carriers with big competition between carriers over Prepay customers.
For these smaller networks (that rent towers from Spark/2Degrees so have similar coverage) they change their offers regularly offering more for less. You will find that Prepay plans represent a great value for money, often cheaper than contracts. 7. Prepay Plans connect you everywhere The covers a vast majority of the population and offers great internet connectivity with 4G being present is many places in the country.
Prepay plans give you an easy access to a world-class network so you can stay in touch with friends and family back home, as well as connect with people here in New Zealand. 8. Prepay Plans are easy to terminate Leaving the country early? No need to stress about your 12 or 24 months cellphone contract, when you are on Prepay, simply remove the SIM card from your phone and discard it. There is nothing else to do to stop using your New Zealand phone number.
That’s how easy it should be to terminate any contract. For more tips on things to do before leaving New Zealand, see our .