Prepaid cell phones have begun to gain wide acceptance as a reasonable alternative for traditional contract cell phones. While certain advantages and disadvantages exist with each type of phone, they both offer essentially the same experience. The real catch is that the hottest and newest phones or the most cutting edge technology is generally available only to those wishing to sign up with a wireless carrier. Still, there are some impressive and reasonably priced prepaid cell phones on a variety of carriers that can easily fulfill the duties required by the user. Many of these phones offer texting, Internet and all of them still make phone calls. Here is a look at five of the best prepaid cell phones available:
LG Rumor2 from Virgin Mobile
The LG Rumor2 is an extremely capable cell phone associated with Virgin Mobile and available at many Wal-Marts for $79. Besides the full Qwerty slide out keyboard, the LG Rumor2 features Navigation, Mobile Web, and a 1.3 mega pixel camera. Since the carrier, Virgin Mobile, offers several different unlimited data, texting, and voice plans this phone can go a long way in reeling in extravagant monthly charges. This is a great phone for anyone who needs 3G Internet support and easy texting and messaging abilities.
AT&T Go Phone Neon
The Neon is part of the AT&T Go Phone product line and is available at most Wal-Marts or walmart.com for $79.99. The appeal of the Neon is routed in the sliding Qwerty keyboard and 2.0 mega pixel camera. The touchscreen for dialing and 2.4 inch screen make for a pleasant experience without having to squint to see messages. The Neon also serves as an impressive MP3 player due to the expandability of memory via micro SD card, though only up to 4GB, which is likely enough room for the typical users pictures and music. The AT&T Go Phone plan is impressive enough to keep costs reasonable as well.
LG Prime from AT&T Go Phone
The LG Prime is another great prepaid cell phone from the AT&T Go Phone network. The LG Prime features a 2 mega pixel camera for pictures and video, and also features 2x zoom for taking some up close pictures. The touch screen takes up the bulk of the phones surface, but the touch Qwerty keyboard keeps the cool factor pretty high. In addition, the large screen makes seeing pictures and web pages extremely easy, and the LG Prime can also serve as an alarm clock, organizer, radio, and also allows for some great downloadable games.
Motorola i1 from Boost Mobile
The Motorola i1 is likely the most capable and cutting edge of prepaid or no contract phones on the market. Thus the $399.00 price tag from Best Buy or bestbuy.com seems a little steep, but the phone offers the hottest operating system around with Android. In addition the 5 mega pixel camera puts it head and shoulders above the other phones around for pictures and short videos, plus the 3.1 inch screen offers up plenty of viewing space for just about every application imaginable. The Motorola i1 is incredibly fast and can easily fill the needs of every moderate phone user without a long-term commitment thanks to the friendly terms at Boost Mobile.
Kyocera Loft from Virgin Mobile
The Kyocera Loft from Virgin Mobile may be the most unusual looking prepaid or no contract cell phone on this list. This is thanks in most part because of the niche appeal present in this device. The screen and Qwerty keyboard take up the entire front of the device, which makes it perfect for anyone who texts and emails from their phone far more than making phone calls, which is a lot of people. The 1.3 mega pixel camera is basic enough to take quick snap shots, but this phone is aimed at texters and the $69.99 price tag from Best Buy or bestbuy.com puts it at a comfortable level for just about everyone.