Prepaid Cell Phone Minutes

Prepaid cell phone minutes can come in handy for a variety of reasons, such as emergencies or when you just don't feel like using your regular cellphone. Prepaid service lets you control how much time you spend on the phone and eliminates the hassle of having to remember to top up your account.

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Best Overall

Why We Like

  • Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 6.8" 2022 Released
  • Fingerprint unlock function can work after attached the fingerprint film
  • IP68 Certified Waterproof

Minor Problems

  • It is a little bit too thick.
Editor's Choice

Why We Like

  • 100% sealed waterproof
  • IPX8 Certified Waterproof
  • Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch

Minor Problems

  • It may not be water proof.
Best Value

Why We Like

  • Compatibility with IPhone 13 6.1 inch 2021 released
  • Full-screen coverage
  • Sensitive touch performance
  • Military Drop Protection
  • Easy installation

Minor Problems

  • The phone might easily fall off if dropped.
1/22
Temdan for Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Case Waterproof, Built in Screen Protector 360° Full Body Heavy Duty Shockproof IP68 Waterproof Galaxy S22 Ultra C
9.0
Based On 11765 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.3
  • Value for money
    9.7
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    9.1

Pros

  • Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 6.8" 2022 Released
  • Fingerprint unlock function can work after attached the fingerprint film
  • IP68 Certified Waterproof

Cons

  • It is a little bit too thick.
2/22
Syncwire Waterproof Phone Case, 2 Pack IPX8 Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch Underwater Dry Bag Compatible with iPhone 12 SE2 11 Pro XS Max XR X 8 7 6
9.1
Based On 4582 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.5
  • Value for money
    9.6
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    9.3

Pros

  • 100% sealed waterproof
  • IPX8 Certified Waterproof
  • Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch

Cons

  • It may not be water proof.
3/22
Red2Fire for iPhone 13 Case, [360 Full Body] [Heavy Duty Protection] with Built-in Screen Protector Tough Rugged 12 FT Dropproof Shockproof Dust-Proof
8.9
Based On 4623 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.0
  • Value for money
    9.7
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    8.9

Pros

  • Compatibility with IPhone 13 6.1 inch 2021 released
  • Full-screen coverage
  • Sensitive touch performance
  • Military Drop Protection
  • Easy installation

Cons

  • The phone might easily fall off if dropped.
4/22
TORRAS MoonClimber Compatible for iPhone 13 Pro Max Case, [6X Military Armor-Level Shockproof][3 Stand Way] Slim Hard Kickstand Protective Compatible
9.6
Based On 4096 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.9
  • Value for money
    9.8
  • Customer support
    9
  • Overall satisfaction
    9.7

Pros

  • Sturdy & Functional Stand
  • Compatible with iPhone 13 pro max case clear
  • Built-in handy stand
  • Strong as new

Cons

  • The phone might not fit in the case.
5/22
Tracfone 1 Year of Service and 400 Minutes

Tracfone 1 Year of Service and 400 Minutes

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9.2
Based On 1255 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.5
  • Value for money
    9.8
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    9.3

Pros

  • 1 year service end date
  • 400 minutes of airtime
  • No unwanted bills
  • No unexpected surprises

Cons

  • The Plan might be too expensive.
6/22
Tracfone 60 Minute Card + 90 Days of Service - Airtime Card Refill - PIN # Number (Tracfone USA Only)
9.0
Based On 1046 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.3
  • Value for money
    9.7
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    9.1

Pros

  • Quick Delivery
  • Tracfone USA Only
  • Double and triple your minutes
  • Will double or triple your talk, text, and web service

Cons

  • It might not work in other countries.
7/22
TracFone $10 Data Add–On Card 1GB [Physical Delivery]

TracFone $10 Data Add–On Card 1GB [Physical Delivery]

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9.5
Based On 827 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.7
  • Value for money
    9.8
  • Customer support
    9
  • Overall satisfaction
    9.5

Pros

  • Adds 1GB of DATA
  • Does not add service days or minutes
  • You will receive PIN number print-out in the mail

Cons

  • The card might not work.
8/22
Tracfone $25 Unlimited Talk, Text, 2GB Data - 30 Day Smartphone Plan
8.9
Based On 864 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.0
  • Value for money
    9.7
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    8.9

Pros

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data
  • 30-days of service
  • Unused carryover with active service
  • Physical card shipped directly from tracfone

Cons

  • After 30 days, the plan will expire.
9/22
TracFone $29.99 Basic Phone Plan, 120 Minutes, 90 Days [Physical Delivery]
9.1
Based On 708 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.5
  • Value for money
    9.7
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    9.3

Pros

  • Nationwide coverage
  • Tracfone USA only
  • Paper print-out only
  • Cannot be emailed

Cons

  • You may not be able to use this phone in some countries.
10/22
Simtect for Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Case with Camera Cover [Protective & Slim Fit] [Anti-Scratch & Anti-Fingerprint] Slide Camera Cover Protection fo
9.1
Based On 570 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.5
  • Value for money
    9.6
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    9.3

Pros

  • Dual camera protection
  • Ball bearing slides

Cons

  • The color might not be the same as what is pictured.
11/22
$40 Verizon Wireless Prepaid Refill Top up PIN Card (Mail Delivery)
8.8
Based On 461 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    8.8
  • Value for money
    9.8
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    8.7

Pros

  • Verizon Prepaid $40 Pin Code
  • Mail Delivery
  • No SIM card included
  • Can be used to purchase prepaid Verizon minutes / data / text plans

Cons

  • The PIN is required for the top up.
12/22
SIMPLE Mobile $25 Unlimited Talk,Text&Data (3GB High–Speed)[Physical Delivery]
8.9
Based On 357 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.0
  • Value for money
    9.8
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    8.9

Pros

  • Unlimited talk, text and data for 30 days
  • Compatible with most Simple Mobile prepaid phones
  • Physical card shipped directly from Simple Mobile (must choose Tracfone Wireless Inc as seller)
  • Returns not allowed upon Delivery

Cons

  • You might not be able to use it in your country.
13/22
TracFone (Smartphone Only) Airtime Prepaid Service Card - Mail Delivery - 1.5GB Data / 1500 Minutes / 1500 Texts (1500 Minutes / 1500 Texts / 1.5GB Da
9.6
Based On 321 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.9
  • Value for money
    9.9
  • Customer support
    9
  • Overall satisfaction
    9.7

Pros

  • 1500 minutes, 1500 texts and 1.5GB of data
  • For Tracfone USA only
  • Smartphones only – not compatible with non-smartphones
  • Paper Print-out will be mailed (card shown is for illustration only)
  • 365 days of service upon activation

Cons

  • The coverage is not too great.
14/22
Total Wireless $25 Unlimited Talk,Text,Data(1GB High–Speed)[Physical Delivery]
8.9
Based On 253 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.0
  • Value for money
    9.8
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    8.9

Pros

  • Compatible with most Total Wireless prepaid phones
  • Physical card shipped directly from Total Wireless (not emailed)
  • Final Sale

Cons

  • It may not have good reception.
15/22
TracFone $35 750 Min, 1000 Text, 1GB Data 60–Day Plan [Physical Delivery]
9.0
Based On 219 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.3
  • Value for money
    9.7
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    9.1

Pros

  • Card provided is for illustration only
  • This plan does not triple
  • 750 Minutes, 1000 Texts, 1GB (1096mb) data and 60 Service Days
  • Plan expires 60 days after activation

Cons

  • You may not be able to use all the minutes.
16/22
Tracfone Smartphone Only Airtime Service Card - 500 Minutes - 1000 Texts - 500 mb data
8.9
Based On 195 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.0
  • Value for money
    9.7
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    8.9

Pros

  • 500 Minutes
  • 1000 Texts
  • 500mb DATA
  • 60 Days of Service
  • Paper Print-out will be mailed

Cons

  • It may have a long activation process.
17/22
Tracfone Smartphone Service Plan - 30 Days, 500MB Data, 200 Minutes, 500 Texts (Mail Delivery)
8.9
Based On 178 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.0
  • Value for money
    9.7
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    8.9

Pros

  • 50 MB data
  • 200 minutes of service
  • 500 texts
  • Service plan expires 30 days after activation
  • Does not triple

Cons

  • You might have to pay early termination fees.
18/22
Net10 $20 Unlimited Talk,Text & Data (2GB High–Speed) Plan [Physical Delivery]
8.8
Based On 176 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    8.8
  • Value for money
    9.7
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    8.7

Pros

  • Unlimited talk, text and data
  • 30 days of service
  • Compatible with most Net10 prepaid phones
  • Physical card shipped directly from Net10 (not emailed)

Cons

  • The phone may not be compatible with the network.
19/22
Straight Talk Refill Card $35 Straight Talk Refill Card $35

Straight Talk Refill Card $35 Straight Talk Refill Card $35

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8.8
Based On 123 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    8.8
  • Value for money
    9.8
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    8.7

Pros

  • Compatible with Straight Talk service
  • Nationwide coverage on Americas largest, most dependable network
  • 30-Day Plan

Cons

  • It may not be accepted in some places.
20/22
Tracfone Data 2GB Pin Add-On (Data Only For Android Smartphones)
8.9
Based On 90 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.0
  • Value for money
    9.8
  • Customer support
    8
  • Overall satisfaction
    8.9

Pros

  • Adds 2GB of data
  • Individual PIN codes
  • Paper printout sent in the mail (not a physical card)
  • Does not add service days or minutes

Cons

  • It doesn't work with all Android smartphones.
21/22
Total Wireless $50 Totally Unlimited Talk, Txt, High-Speed Data[Physical Delivery]
9.5
Based On 50 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    9.7
  • Value for money
    9.7
  • Customer support
    9
  • Overall satisfaction
    9.5

Pros

  • Unlimited High Speed Data
  • 10GB of Hotspot Data ≈
  • 50GB of Cloud Storage
  • Compatible with all Total Wireless prepaid phones, Physical Card shipped directly from Total Wireless (not emailed)

Cons

  • It might not be that great.
22/22
Net10 Wirelss $50 Unlimited 10GB Plan Refill Card (Mail Delivery)
8.3
Based On 25 Reviews
  • Easy to use
    8.4
  • Value for money
    9.6
  • Customer support
    7
  • Overall satisfaction
    8.2

Pros

  • Amps up reflection
  • Hydrophobic polymer technology
  • Safe and effective on all glossy paints and clear coats
  • Easy to spread wax

Cons

  • The card might not be accepted by some stores.

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What to Look to have the Best Prepaid Cell Phone Minutes?

Do prepaid phones have minutes?

Prepaid phones offer convenience but be aware that you can't use your minutes when you want to. You must activate the prepaid phone in order to use it and there may be fees for making calls or texting.

Prepaid service is usually limited to the country where the phone was bought, though some companies allow international usage with an extra fee.

How do you put minutes on a prepaid phone?

Prepaid mobile phones are a great way to stay connected without having to spend a lot of money upfront. You can get free minutes for every minute you purchase, so there's no need to worry about running out of credit quickly.

Make sure to shop around and find the prepaid phone card that offers the best deal before making your purchase.

Can you put prepaid minutes on any cell phone?

Many people are interested in using prepaid minutes on their cell phones, but not all devices are compatible. Unlocked GSM Phones can be used with prepaid SIM cards inserted into them.

PrepaidSIM offers a variety of plans and rates for making and receiving calls from your phone

Can you still buy a burner phone?

Many people have migrated to the use of smartphones that run on a different kind of battery. There are still some places where you can buy burner phones, such as convenience stores and SIM card providers.

Prepaid plans make it easy for you to keep your phone topped off without having to worry about contracts or long-term commitments

What are the disadvantages of a prepaid phone?

Prepaid phones have a higher cost-per-minute rate than traditional plans, which can become expensive quickly. These phones expire after 30 or 90 days, so you'll no longer be able to use your minutes and discounts when buying in bulk.

You may not be eligible for any promotional codes with prepaid services either

What is the difference between a burner phone and a prepaid phone?

A burner phone is a prepaid cell phone that has no contract and can be used with any handset, whereas a prepaid phone comes with pre-determined service contracts.

The main difference between the two types of phones is in their recharge options: burners typically come with more refillable cards while prepaid phones often offer more choices for payment methods, such as direct debit or credit card payments.

Burner phones tend to have higher usage limits than prepaid ones; this means you can use them for shorter periods without incurring additional charges before your account runs out of balance

How long do prepaid phone cards last?

Prepaid phone cards expire after a certain period of time, so it's important to know how long they last. You can reserve additional credit when activating the SIM card, but the call, text and internet credits will be used up quickly if you don't use them.

Cancelling a plan won't reset the timing on your credits, so make sure to use them before they expire.

How do prepaid plans work?

Prepaid plans work differently than postpaid plans. Prepaid plans are often cheaper and have no credit check required. Depending on the provider, prepaid service can be longer lasting than monthly bills with a regular plan

How does a prepaid phone card work?

Prepaid phone cards use your local telephone number to connect you, so there is no need for a cell signal or internet connection. Dialing the code after purchasing a card makes it operational.

You must provide your PIN before calling and the amount of time it takes to connect will vary depending on where you are located and whether or not there is traffic on the road

Do prepaid minutes expire?

Prepaid minutes usually expire after a given period of time, but there are sometimes plans that offer deals for longer durations. Some phone companies will charge you if your minutes run out early, and there are usually requirements for making calls with prepaid minutes.

You'll likely find plans that offer deals for longer durations if you look carefully enough.

What is a trap phone?

Trap phones are used as a way for criminals to communicate without being traced. Trap phones always have an associated cost, which can include minutes and data usage.

Trap phone often come with preloaded applications that facilitate criminal activity, such as drug trafficking or money laundering

Can police track burner phones?

Yes, law enforcement can track burner phones using various methods including location data, call logs and text messages. Cell carriers often retain this information for a period of time after your phone is disposed or destroyed.

Keep in mind that carrier policies may vary so it's important to check with them before making any changes to your device or communication habits

Is there a phone that just calls and texts?

A light phone is a credit card sized phone that only lets you make calls and text. The first version of Lightphone was calls-only, but the second version includes an alarm clock and calendar.

After a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign, the second version of Lightphone is now available for purchase.

Conclusion

Prepaid cell phone minutes can be a great way to save money on your mobile phone plan, but it is important to shop around and compare rates before signing up for a service. Many prepaid plans offer high-speed data access, so make sure you are getting what you expect from the plan.