7 Best Prepaid Phones | December 2016
If you don't have the credit, don't want to be locked into a contract or simply don't use a cell phone very often, then one of these prepaid phones is the way to stay connected. They offer all the functionality of "regular' mobile phones but without obligatory monthly payments; you just pay for what you use. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best prepaid phone on Amazon.
The ZTE Valet Android Prepaid Phone isn't the smartest smartphone on the block, but it's a fine stand-in if you lose or otherwise can't use your regular phone. It gets adequate call reception in areas with plenty of service.
- decent speakerphone
- tops out at 3g connection
- weak wi-fi reception
|Model||ZTE Valet Tracfone|
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
You get what you pay for when you get the TracFone LG 306G "No Contract Phone." It's almost comically inexpensive, and it will break, or at least malfunction, in time, but it will suit your needs while you're between other phones.
- bluetooth 2.1 wireless technology
- comes with triple minutes for life
- allows web browsing, emailing
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
If you demand almost every trait of a standard smartphone from your prepaid phone, including the rather high price, the HTC Desire 816 Android prepaid smartphone is for you. This is far from a "burner," it's just not on a contract.
- crisp 13 mp bsi camera
- large 5.5" super lcd touchscreen
- front-facing stereo speakers
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
For those who want the comfort of a flip phone and the convenience of not having a contract, the ZTE Z222 Go Phone is the way to go. It's nothing fancy whatsoever, but that's rather the point, and it's priced accordingly.
- comes with simple games
- large easy to use buttons
- email access with additional data charge
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
The Samsung Galaxy Centura Android prepaid phone is extremely affordable and actually provides decent call quality, provided you don't plan to use it for years to come. It has a modest 3 megapixel camera and a 3.5" touchscreen.
- reliable 3g and wi-fi connectivity
- over 7 hours talk time when charged
- battery lasts 10 days on standby
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|
The Nokia Lumia 635 Phone works with AT&T Go, so you can rely on one of America's best wireless networks without having to worry about a contract or recurring payments. It has an impressive 8 gigabytes of memory.
- 8 mp rear-facing camera
- records hd-quality video
- can be used as contract phone, too
|Model||Lumia 635 GoPhone|
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
Unlike so many phones in the prepaid category, the LG Optimus Exceed 2 is actually a high quality piece of technology, complete with a 4.5" WVGA display protected by a strong but reactive Gorilla Glass touchscreen.
- 5 megapixel autofocus camera
- video player with touch lock
- great reviews from customers
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|