However, today's prepaid carriers are just as good as the major carriers in call quality. That's often because they're renting space on a major carrier's network.
Prepaid carriers even have a roster of premium phones like the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy line. That certainly makes the promise of a contract-free lifestyle more enticing.
Just be aware it can take longer for the latest and greatest phones to show up. None of major prepaid carriers has the iPhone 5s or 5c yet, for example.
But can you really save? Let's see a side-by-side view of the cost of a typical two-year contract compared to two years of prepaid to find out.
The best values in prepaid are the unlimited everything plans. This means you can call, text and surf without fear of overages. Just note, some "unlimited" plans throttle, or slow down, your data speed after you reach a limit - usually 2.5 gigabytes.