Almost two years ago, we discovered Page Plus and dropped our national plan in favor of a monthly plan from them. Since then, we have been using our Android smartphones, with full data and messaging capabilities, at about one-third of the price of our national plan.
We used to be paying $180 for 700 minutes with unlimited texting and a data plan. Now, for $29.95 my phone has 1,200 minutes, 3,000 texts and 100MB of data. There is a higher plan for $55 that has unlimited talk, unlimited texting, and 500 MB of data. If your smartphone is Wi-Fi enabled, this is probably enough data to see you through each month, as long as you are willing to give up streaming music and video while not on Wi-Fi.
Prepaid has its limitations, and I was worried about using too much data, but I never come close to using my 100MB since I leave it on Wi-Fi all the time.
For the budget conscious, this is a great way to save money but still enjoy the full features of a smartphone. Be sure to contact Page Plus before you sign up to be sure your specific phone will work.