When I was looking for a new cell phone, I decided to focus on a prepaid plan primarily because I’m a moderate user and prefer not to have a contract. I set out to compare as many prepaid cell phone services I could find to select the best one.
Here was my criteria.
- included text message service
- had speakerphone
- no contract
- no commitment
- no minimum charges
- no extra charges
- no monthly charges
- free phone
What I found was interesting. Most every prepaid cell phone had an array of confusing charges, features and restrictions. It made my head spin! Minimum charges, extra charges for overages, monthly charges, lower charges on this day, more on another… I couldn’t keep them all straight.
When I found the Net 10 LG 300 Prepaid Cell Phone it quickly went to the top of my list. And here’s why.
The Net 10 LG 300 is a full featured phone that includes:
- Includes 300 Minutes and 60 Days of Service upon activation
- Single Rate for every call -10¢ a minute always: local, nationwide long distance and roaming
- International calling to over 60 destinations for an additional 5 cents per minute
- Text Messaging – only 5¢ per message
- Compact Phone
- Color Screen
- Voicemail, Call Waiting, and Caller ID
- Text Messaging
- Handsfree Speaker
- Lightweight – 2.1 ounces
- Vibration Alert
- Auto Dialing
- Phone Book with up to 500 Entries
- Includes 32 Polyphonic Ringtones
- Alarm Clock
- Battery Talk Time Approx. 7 hours
- Standby Time Approx. 10 days
I purchased the phone for $29.95 which includes 300 minutes of talk time valued at $30, so the phone was basically free. Actually, all Net 10 phones now include 300 minutes of talk time and 60 days of service, so most phones are free. And shipping is free for any purchase over $19.95, so again, you’re only paying for airtime, the phone and shipping are free.
The battery life is excellent, I keep my phone on 24/7 and normally charge it about once a week. To fully charge the phone takes only a few hours (often less).
The menu options on the LG 300 are easy to use, buttons are easy to find and press and texting is straightforward.
This phone also includes lots of fun tools like a tip calculator, unit converter, alarm clock, notepad, world clock, stop watch, games and calendar.
The 1 touch auto dialer makes it easy to dial often called numbers.
Adding minutes to the phone is easy. Go to their website and buy online, activating immediately or purchase cards at many retail locations like Walgreens and punch in the activation code into your phone when you need it. Regardless of the amount of minutes you buy, the least a month will cost you based on the service days is approximately $15 a month.
How’s the customer service?
I’ve had the opportunity to contact the Net 10 customer service team several times and was pleasantly surprised. Emails were normally returned within 24 hours or less and phone operators were pleasant and helpful resolving the issue before the end of each conversation.
For moderate prepaid cell phone users that don’t need all the latest bells and whistles, this is the best phone and plan I found. With an average purchase of 300 minutes which includes 60 service days, the average cost is $15 a month (based on $0.10 a minute). That’s less than any other plan, both prepaid and monthly, I could find. Of course, you can add as many minutes as you need, but if you’re looking for the least expensive free prepaid cell phone, the Net 10 LG 300 is my best recommendation.