The ZTE-made AT&T Z221 is a basic flip phone that's part of AT&T's prepaid package.
The Pantech Caper is a solid messaging phone for the prepaid crowd, as long as you don't expect multimedia features.
To keep pace with the increasingly competitive prepaid space, Verizon doles out more data per buck.
Huawei's AT&T U2800A is a basic phone with a simple design for AT&T's GoPhone prepaid service.
In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon explores whether prepaid brands owned by the major wireless operators offer a true advantage over traditional services.
There are five options to choose from with price points that range from $15 per month up to $60 per month.
These new budget smartphones offer Android Lollipop without a contract.
Cricket's mobile phone plans start at $40 per month and include all taxes and fees.
The carrier cuts the rate on its four-person unlimited data plan. Virgin Mobile, meanwhile, introduces a new set of lower-priced plans for bargain hunters.
Sprint Prepaid and Virgin Mobile are now offering an entry-level LG smartphone that runs the latest version of Android.