AT&T or T-Mobile Resellers No Contract Cellphone

If you get AT&T or T-Mobile coverage, it might make sense to check out one of their prepaid cellphone resellers with no-contract cell phone plans. Many of these resellers operate on the AT&T and T-Mobile network. Please note that these networks are GSM only and will not work with your CDMA (such as Verizon or Sprint) phones.

 

About AT&T Mobile network and Prepaid Phones

  • Networks:
    • GSM/EDGE 850MHz and 1900MHz (phased out; to be completely shutdown by 2017)
    • UMTS/HSPA+ Band 2 (1900) and 5 (850) (marketed as 3G and 4G, depending on the generation)
    • data-only LTE Band 4 (AWS (1700/2100)), 17 (analogue TV (700), subset of Band 12), 2 (PCS (1900)), (marketed as 4G LTE)

 

About T-Mobile

network and Prepaid Phones

  • Networks:
    • GSM/EDGE 1900MHz (most of T-Mobile’s network is still 2G-only, with some areas not even having 2.75G EDGE), plus free unlimited voice roaming on 850MHz; expected to be converted to 4G LTE
    • UMTS/HSPA+ Band 4 (AWS 1700/2100) and Band 2 (PCS 1900) (marketed as 3G and 4G)
    • LTE Band 4 (AWS 1700/2100), with Band 2 (PCS 1900) planned for later 2014, and Band 12 (700MHz) planned for Q4 2014 (marketed as 4G LTE, available in select cities only)

Prepaid programs offered by AT&T and T-Mobile

  • Cricket Wireless: Subsidiary of AT&T that offers identical coverage — except that 4G LTE is throttled at 8 Mbps and 4G HSPA+ at 4Mbps. Bring Your Own Phone is supported!
  • AT&T GoPhone: LTE is supported! But the phone has to be an AT&T phone capable of LTE. Roaming is supported with “Pick Your Own Plan” ONLY! iPhone is supported! Bring Your Own Phone is supported!
  • MetroPCS: Subsidiary of T-Mobile that offers identical coverage at a lower price than T-Mobile Prepaid. Bring Your Own Phone is supported!
  • T-Mobile: We will only cover the “pre-paid” T-Mobile plans and not the recently unveiled no-contract plans, since you technically have to sign a contract to get on those. iPhone supported! Bring Your Own Phone is supported!

T-Mobile Reseller Details

  • Lycamobile. 4G SUPPORTED! Voice and data roaming are NOT supported on this network. iPhone is supported! Bring Your Own Phone is supported!
  • Simple Mobile. 4G SUPPORTED! Voice and data roaming are NOT supported on this network! You can bring your own phone to this network. Add $10 to the 40 – 60 monthly plans and get international text and data. iPhone is supported!
  • Walmart Family Mobile. 2.5GB of LTE. I know, Walmart is evil, but a deal’s a deal. Like its parent network, data roaming is NOT supported, but voice roaming is. iPhone support: (unknown). Bring Your Own Phone is supported!
  • Brightspot Mobile 4G speeds. Available at Target, receive a $25 target gift card for every 6 months of service on plans of $35 or more. Bring Your Own Phone Supported.
  • Ultra Mobile
  • PTel (PlatinumTel)

AT&T Reseller Details

Companies who resell both AT&T and T-Mobile service

  • Net10. 4G supported! Data is throttled at 2.5 gigabytes of access with T-Mobile phones. Roaming is supported! iPhone is supported! Bring Your Own Phone is supported!
  • StraightTalk. Owned by the same company as Net10, so coverage and features are nearly identical. However, Roaming is NOT supported on this network. iPhone is supported! Bring Your Own Phone is supported.

 

Pay as you go cell phone plans on AT&T and T-Mobile

  • Lycamobile: 2c/min voice. 4c/msg sms and 6c/1MB 3G data. [May no longer be valid. Site does not list Pay-as-you-go anymore]
  • Ptel: 5¢/min voice, 2¢/text, 10¢/MB, 5¢/MMS, 2¢/international SMS

 

$20 monthly no-contact plan

  • Red Pocket Mobile: 300 minutes, unlimited text messages, unlimited 2G-like speeds.
  • Ultra Mobile: unlimited minutes, unlimited text messages, 100 MB data, Unlimited Global SMS, $1.25 international calling credit, unlimited calling to certain countries
  • PTel: Unlimited talk, unlimited text messages, 150MB of data, unlimited international text, $1 international calling credit.

$25 monthly no-contact plans

  • AT&T GoPhone: 250 talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, no data (add $5 for 50MB).
  • AT&T GoPhone for Basic Phones Only: 250 talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, $0.05/5KB data (or $5 for 50MB).
  • Lycamobile: Plan is $23. Unlimited nationwide talk, unlimited nationwide text and pic messages, 100MB of data, unlimited international text.
  • PTel: Unlimited talk, unlimited text messages, unlimited data (2G), unlimited MMS, unlimited international text, $2.50 international call credit

$30 monthly no-contract plans

  • T-Mobile: 100 talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (4G speeds for the first 5GB). No domestic (off-network) roaming.
  • H2O Wireless: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, 500MB of data (hard cap). Send 100 free and receive unlimited international txt. Includes $5 of international calling credit. Seewebsite for international details.
  • Lycamobile: Unlimited nationwide talk, unlimited nationwide text and pic messages, unlimited nationwide data (4G speeds for the first 500MB), 1000 international talk minutes, $2.50 international call and text credit
  • MetroPCS: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (first 1GB at 4G speeds).
  • Red Pocket Mobile: Unlimited nationwide talk, “FREE” international talk (see website for details), unlimited nationwide text, 100MB data.
  • Airvoice Wireless: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, 100MB of data (hard cap).
  • Straight Talk: 1000 talk minutes, 1000 text and pic messages, 30MB data.
  • T-Mobile: 1500 talk minutes, 1500 text messages, 30MB of data (hard cap).
  • Ultra Mobile: Unlimited talk minutes, Unlimited text messages, 500MB of data, 1000 free minutes tocertain countries, $2.50 international calling credit.

$35 monthly no-contract plans

  • AT&T GoPhone for Basic Phones Only: 500 talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data.
  • Brightspot Mobile: 300 talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (3GB at 4G speeds). Free $25 Target gift card after 6 months of payments.
  • Lycamobile: Unlimited nationwide talk, unlimited nationwide text and pic messages, unlimited nationwide data (4G speeds for the first 1GB), unlimited international text, $2.50 international call and text credit
  • PTel: Unlimited talk, unlimited text messages, unlimited MMS, unlimited data (first 500MB highspeed), unlimited international text, $5.00 international call credit

$40 monthly no-contract plans

  • Lycamobile: Unlimited nationwide talk, unlimited international text, unlimited nationwide pic messages, unlimited data (750MB at 4G speeds), unlimited calls to certain countries, $5.00 in international call and text credit.
  • Walmart Family Mobile: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, 2.5GB at 3G speed then throttled to 2G.
  • MetroPCS: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (first 2GB at 4G speeds).
  • Simple Mobile. Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (throttled to 3G after 500MB).
  • H2O Wireless: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, 1GB of data (hard cap). Send 100 free and receive unlimited international txt. Includes $20 of international calling credit. See websitefor international details.
  • Airvoice Wireless: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, 1GB of data (hard cap). Send 100 free and receive unlimited international txt. Includes $10 of international calling credit. Seewebsite for international details.
  • Red Pocket Mobile. Unlimited nationwide & international talk to select countries, unlimited nationwide text and international MMS, 500MB of data.
  • AT&T GoPhone: 500 talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, 200MB data (add $5 and get 100MB extra).
  • Ultra Mobile: Unlimited talk minutes, Unlimited text messages, unlimited data (first 500MB at 4G LTE speed), 1000 free minutes to certain countries, $5.00 international calling credit.
  • PTel: Unlimited talk, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited nationwide data (500MB at highspeed), unlimited international text, $5.00 international call credit

$45 monthly no-contract plans

  • Straight Talk. Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data. T-Mobile data throttled at 2.5GB. AT&T data throttled at 1.5GB.
  • Brightspot Mobile: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (first 1GB at 4G speeds throttled to 2G after). Free $25 target gift card after shopping
  • Lycamobile: Unlimited nationwide talk, unlimited international text, unlimited nationwide pic messages, unlimited data (3GB at 4G speeds), unlimited international texts, $5.00 in international call and text credit.

$50 monthly no-contract plans

  • LycaMobile: Unlimited nationwide talk, unlimited international text, unlimited nationwide pic messages, unlimited nationwide data (1GB at 4G speeds), $10.00 in international call and text credit
  • Simple Mobile. Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (throttled to 3G after 2.5GB).
  • MetroPCS: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (first 4GB at 4G speeds).
  • Net10. Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data. T-Mobile data throttled at 2.5GB. AT&T data throttled at 1.5GB.
  • H2O Wireless: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited international text and nationwide pic messages, 2GB data (hard cap). Includes unlimited international calling to ~50 countries. Other than that, $40 of international calling credit. See website for international details.
  • Red Pocket Mobile. Unlimited nationwide & international talk to select countries, unlimited nationwide text and international MMS, unlimited data (throttle: 500MB).
  • T-Mobile Prepaid: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (first 500MB at 4G speeds).
  • AT&T GoPhone: Unlmited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, no data.
  • AT&T GoPhone for Basic Phones Only: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data.
  • Ultra Mobile: Unlimited talk minutes, Unlimited text messages, unlimited data (first 1GB at 4G LTE speed), 1000 free minutes to certain countries, $10.00 international calling credit.
  • PTel: Unlimited talk, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (2GB at highspeed), unlimited international text, $5.00 international call credit

$60 monthly no-contract plans

  • MetroPCS: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, truly unlimited 4G data (no throttle).
  • Lycamobile: Unlimited international talk, unlimited international text messages, unlimited nationwide pic messages, unlimited nationwide data (1GB at 4G speeds).
  • Red Pocket Mobile. Unlimited nationwide & international talk to select countries, unlimited nationwide text and international MMS, 3GB of data.
  • Airvoice Wireless: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, 3GB of data (hard cap). Send 100 free and receive unlimited international txt. Includes $10 of international calling credit. Seewebsite for international details.
  • AT&T GoPhone. Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, 2.5GB data.
  • Simple Mobile. Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (throttled to 3G after 4GB).
  • Straight Talk. Unlimited international talk minutes, unlimited nationwide text and pic messages, unlimited data. T-Mobile data throttled at 2.5GB. AT&T data throttled at 1.5GB.
  • T-Mobile Prepaid. Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (first 2.5 GB at 4G speeds).
  • H2O Wireless: Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, unlimited data (throttle point unknown). Send 100 free and receive unlimited international txt. Includes $20 of international calling credit. See website for international details.

$65 monthly no-contract plans

  • Net10. Unlimited international talk minutes to ~1000 destinations across the world, unlimited nationwide text and pic messages, unlimited data. Includes 400 talk minutes to cell phones in Mexico.
  • PTel: Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited MMS, unlimited data (first 4GB highspeed), unlimited international text, unlimited global MMS, $10.00 international call credit

$70 monthly no-contract plans

  • T-Mobile Prepaid. Unlimited talk minutes, unlimited text and pic messages, truly unlimited 4G data (no throttle).

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