What's the Best Prepaid Plan?

17 January 2017

Prepaid plans are an affordable way to grab yourself phone service. They're also fool-proof; there's no way you can go over your cap and get stung by excess fees as these plans need to be recharged when you hit your limit.

Not everyone has the same needs. Some people need not so much data, others need heaps. We took 2GB and 5GB plans and threw them into the WhistleOut comparison engine.

The Big Kahuna: 5GB+ per month

Sometimes a regular-sized cap just won't do it. If you're a big music streamer, podcast fan or YouTube watcher, then you're going to need a lot of data.

There's no real 'standard' size for plans once you get past the 2GB mark, so let's set our bar at 5GB and see what happens.

Most of the best value, high data deals will set you back about $50 or more. But the inclusions in these plans are impressive. When you think about how much you can do on your phone with 5GB of data per month, the price begins to look affordable. In fact, many plans past the $50 mark now include close to 10GB, or more! 

These plans are great for commuters with a decent stretch of time on a bus or train each day. With this much data you can listening to streaming music or podcasts for hours. You can even stream a few hours of Netflix per month. 

Almost all prepaid providers have now switched over to 4G networks, so you're getting the same kind of fast speeds no matter which provide you're with. 

Budget Browsing: 2GB+ per month

Generally, the average smartphone owner uses about 2GB of data per month. Video and music streaming can blow this out of the water, but if you're not a heavy streamer, 2GB is an alright yardstick.

Importantly, it's enough to go wild on social media and general browsing without worrying. And 2GB plans are super cheap! 

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