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Get a one-year unlimited Red Pocket Mobile plan for $240

It's 10 Days of Deals, Day 9, and we're feeling fine with this exclusive one-day-only discount. Find out why this prepaid phone plan beats Mint Mobile's.

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Red Pocket Mobile

The beauty of owning an unlocked phone is that you can take it to whatever carrier offers the best deal. And a few carriers make the deal even sweeter if you're willing to prepay for an entire year.

Mint Mobile is probably the best-known company to offer that option, but there's another: Red Pocket. And the latter has a slight edge in two important areas: compatibility and price.

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Let's talk price first: Today only, a limited number of new customers can get a Red Pocket Mobile Prepaid 12-month unlimited plan with 8GB LTE data for $240. That's $125 off the regular price, and it works out to just $20 per month.

To put that in perspective, Mint's comparable plan (12 months, 5GB of high-speed data) runs $240, or $20 per month. Feel like you might need more data? Red Pocket's 20GB annual plan can be yours for $360 (equivalent to $30 monthly), versus $300 at Mint.

With either plan, you get unlimited 2G data if you burn through your high-speed allotment. You can also purchase extra LTE data a-la-carte if you wish.

Red Pocket leverages all four of the big carriers ( AT&T , Sprint , T-Mobile and Verizon ), meaning you can bring just about any unlocked phone. However, the two plans on sale today will relegate you to either AT&T (if it's a GSM-only phone) or Sprint (if it's a CDMA phone).

Mint, for its part, supports only GSM phones, and relies solely on T-Mobile. If you compare the AT&T and T-Mobile coverage maps, you'll see that the former blankets much more of the country, especially in rural areas.

There are a couple small caveats for iPhone users: If you opt for AT&T instead of Sprint, you won't be able to use mobile hotspot (an Apple limitation, according to a Red Pocket representative) or visual voicemail. Android users can enjoy both features on either network.

I love the idea of making one lump payment for phone service, then not seeing another bill for 12 months -- especially when the amortized rate works out to be this low.

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