Pay-as-you-go service can be a money saver for "burner phones" that get very little use. There are prepaid plans available for as little as 25 cents a call, but there's a lot of fine print, too. Price Comparison: 17 Top Cell Phone Plans. The following chart lists monthly/30-day rates for a single-line plan.
Prepaid plans sit in the middle between pay-as-you-go (PAYG) and regular monthly contracts (sometimes just called post-paid). PAYG and prepaid are similar in that in both cases, you pay for the data before you use it. With PAYG, you need to buy top-ups once you've used up your data or the data has expired.