Thanks for running this thread, Hulk! Can you give me a recommendation?
I'm looking for something cheap. I want to get a new smartphone & plan for about 150 minutes, 15 texts, and 250mb per month (probably a bit less on average). Slight preference for Verizon based on the network in my area & for traveling within the US, but all the main carriers seem to be at least passable in my area.
I've looked at a few of the options you mentioned, and so far it looks like Zact is the best deal (with Ting not too far behind, especially if my usage dips below 100min or 100mb). What does your massive spreadsheet say?
Ring Plus Mobile will get it done for you for just $9.99. Its Sprint coverage w/ LTE. They have a somewhat limited phone selection but a couple decent options.
For Verizon coverage you'd be looking at Ready Mobile for $25, and it would only be 3G, no LTE.
PS: Its not 1 spreadsheet anymore. Its a database built from over 100 spreadsheets. Sheesh, need to get this website up and running already.
It looks like Ring Plus doesn't sell any phones - you have to bring your own Sprint device. Do you know where a good place is to buy Sprint phones without a contract? Ring Plus has a lookup tool which shows all of the phones they'll accept, but it doesn't make a very good starting place for a phone search.