Best Prepaid Phones for 2023     – CNET

Best Prepaid Phones for 2023 – CNET

Monthly phone bills can get daunting, especially after a few years as new service fees and other administrative charges are added on when the promotional period expires. If you’re looking to save some money on your phone bill, consider a prepaid plan. Prepaid plans often have lower pricing over contract plans, and the best prepaid phone options won’t make you compromise on features. The past decade has seen remarkable changes in the world of mobile phones. From 5G connectivity to foldable screens, phone manufacturers are innovating faster than ever to capitalize on many carriers’ unlimited data, unlimited talk and unlimited text offerings. 

While Samsung’s Galaxy line and Apple’s iPhone are many people’s top smartphone choice, there are other cell phone-makers gunning for their place. Android phones with facial recognition, mobile phones with extended battery life and an increasing array of camera options make for greater competition, and all of it benefits us, giving us excellent phones to choose from at a wide range of prices and plans. This includes unlocked phone options and prepaid cell phone plans, where you pay for your data (prepaid unlimited data or other data service plans) and text messages or phone calls upfront, rather than with a contract plan. 

There are a ton of factors to consider when thinking about signing up for a prepaid phone on a prepaid plan. Will the cell phone plan cover as much as a monthly plan? Does the service provider have a solid network? Does the network support your Android phone or iPhone? Is there an activation fee? Will you have access to unlimited calling and texting? 

Read on to see what would be the best prepaid phone for you, and check out our tips on how to buy a new phone. And for more information about prepaid carrier options and service, read our comparison of the best prepaid wireless plans at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Boost and more. We’ll keep this list of the best prepaid phones updated periodically as we review new products.

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The refined, feature-packed Note 10 Plus closes the gap with rival phones. This top-of-the-line smartphone was made for people who want the best Android. It has a killer 6.8-inch screen, an all-day battery and excellent camera tools.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review.

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As the most wallet-friendly Galaxy S10 phone, the Galaxy S10E has a lot to offer. It’s a smaller phone, which is great for those looking for a small grip, it has a superfast Snapdragon 855 chipset and a lengthy battery life. It can also wirelessly charge other phones and accessories.

Read our Samsung Galaxy S10E review.

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The Pixel 3A shaves a few features off of last year’s Pixel 3: It’s not water-resistant, doesn’t have wireless charging, and it maxes out at 64GB of storage. But it adds a headphone jack and keeps the same amazing Night Sight camera that can shoot great photos in the dark. (Daytime photos look amazing, too.) It’s because of its great value that the smartphone recently earned a CNET Editors’ Choice.

Read our Google Pixel 3A review.

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