5 People Who Need a Prepaid Plan (update)

New prepaid smartphones now available.

By Brenda Raney on April 30, 2012

UPDATE: Prepaid customers can now purchase a prepaid smartphone plan on a wide variety of smartphones, including the original Prepaid Samsung Illusion, as well as devices like the DROID Incredible by HTC, DROID 3 by Motorola, BlackBerry Bold 9930, Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, LG Enlighten and more. For $80 a month, prepaid smartphone plans include unlimited talk and text messaging, as well as 1 GB of data. For more information and a full list of available devices, please visit your nearest Verizon Wireless Communications Store.

Prepaid wireless service has been around since the beginning of wireless but in recent years has become increasingly popular. Today, prepaid service is responsible for almost one-third of all smartphone purchases* in the U.S.

Today’s prepaid plans blur the line between prepaid and contract wireless service. And for many, prepaid is an option that is budget friendly and lifestyle smart. Here are some of those who may benefit from using prepaid wireless service.

Foreign Exchange Student

Perfect for international students, prepaid plans allow them to purchase service month-by-month while in the U.S., rather than pay for a contract that may extend longer than their visit. And, some prepaid plans let you call internationally at very affordable rates.

Occasional Business Traveler

Visit three cities in three days and the trail of Internet access fees can mount up. A prepaid mobile hotspot lets business travelers use data to send large files or respond to urgent email while on the road, but not pay for the service when they are in their home office.

First-Time Summer Camper

Summer camp is a rite of passage for many youngsters. Prepaid phones are an easy way to let youngsters call home to share fun stories from the day or get whispered comfort when owls hoot their presence in the pitch black night.

Freelance Writer

Working on a deadline can be daunting, even more so when you’re relying on a local coffee shop to offer Wi-Fi. Don’t waste time searching for dependable service; a prepaid plan on a reliable network is a good back-up plan for emergencies.

Commitment-phobe

There’s the gym membership, apartment lease, and Internet bills along with a host of other responsibilities. Your smartphone plan can offer you the flexibility you need.

You don’t need a contract to have access to great devices. Prepaid customers get their choice of devices such as the prepaid Samsung Illusion and 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L.

* Study conducted by The Stevenson Company, a leading provider of consumer data and market research.