Prepaid Phones, what's the deal?

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nkistrup
nkistrup Senior Member • Posts: 2,069
Prepaid: Pay for talking time and data upfront, vs. a monthly plan

romphotog wrote:

Someone explain to me the point of prepaid phones. 1st, what is meant by "Prepaid"?
An item is either paid for, or it isnt.
I "pre"paid $80 for a Samsung J3, came home, activated it on Virgin(Sprint),
chose $35-5GB, and have been happy with it.

But... what's the point of buying a phone at all?

Best Buy has Samsung - Galaxy S8 for $21.66 /mo. for 24 months. Which is $520 for 2 years.
Retails for $756.
But, Verizon states 2 GB for $35/mo. Worse than Virgin, and Best Buy. I dont get it. Help me out here.

Check out: https://www.tracfone.com/ .  You can buy airtime minutes, texts, & data for as little as 30 days, or long as a year.  Buy more time airtime & data when either the prepaid plans expire s (e.g. 90 days after activating a 90-day card), or when the airtime runs out.

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