The debate has raged on for decades at this point.

Are prepaid phones worth it? Or is the status quo of contract plans still the way to go? The facts of the debate just might surprise you, actually.

When it comes to the prepaid vs. contract cell phone plan debate, Jay Reece Prepaid is firmly on the side of the prepaid phone plan. Because we are a Boost Mobile authorized dealer, we are able to provide the best Hagerstown prepaid phones for all of your cellular needs.

With plans starting at just $35, with no commitments, no contracts, and no hoops to jump through, it’s never been easier to switch to prepaid.

But of course, there are always two sides to the coin. For the sake of argument, let’s take a look at the tale of the tape for the debate between contract vs. prepaid cell phone plans.

Price

The first and often most important factor that people consider when weighing the pros and cons of a cell phone plan is how much it’s going to cost.

In this category, prepaid phones have a clear advantage. With Boost Mobile by Jay Reece, for example, you can get unlimited talk, text, and 3GB of high-speed internet data. If you still need more than that, upgrading is simple. You can bump up to unlimited talk, text, and data for just $15 more per month.

Now when you consider the big wireless contract carriers, like Verizon and AT&T, you’re looking at monthly plans that start at $60-70 for the most basic plan. However, there are always — always — additional costs, fees, and charges for things as simple as having a smartphone on their plan. Why? Because that is what they do.

With prepaid phone plans, you know exactly what you’re getting and exactly how much you are paying each month — and in most cases it can be as little as half the cost.

Freedom

It’s impossible to say that contract cell phone plans offer freedom and flexibility. Chances are, you’ve never read the full terms and agreement documents that they make you acknowledge and sign, but it is essentially locking you in for 1-2 years or longer without the ability to get out from under the contract.

Not to mention, you can only choose from their approved devices, and many of the top smartphones aren’t cross-compatible between carriers — and even if they are, your contract stipulates that you can’t upgrade or switch to a different device until it’s almost completely obsolete.

With prepaid phones, you get the flexibility to change phones when you want, switch between different plans, and upgrade to the latest and greatest technology as soon as it’s available.

At Jay Reece Prepaid in Hagerstown, you can even bring in a device that you already own and switch it over to our Boost Mobile network — heck, we’ll even pay for the second month!

Features

What are you going to use your cell phone for? If your needs are simple, such as talking to your family and friends every day, or even browsing your social media pages right from your own phone, then chances are you’re going to be able to get by with a prepaid plan and not even be able to tell the difference.

However, if you are in need of a beefed-up network for professional purposes, then you may want to explore the major carriers like Verizon and AT&T.

Still, prepaid plans are compatible with the latest Android and Apple devices, just like any other carrier, and a prepaid phone plan won’t hinder or cheapen your ability to use your smartphone features as intended.

Family Plans

Odds are, you are looking to save money on your monthly phone bill because the whole family has phones nowadays.

Well, the cheapest and most efficient way to do so is with a prepaid phone plan. In Hagerstown, Boost Mobile by Jay Reece Prepaid is the best family plan around — offering unlimited talk, text, data and an 8GB hotspot for each line. Seems like something that should cost hundreds of dollars, right? Wrong. It’s just a simple, flat $50 for the first line, and $30 per line after that.

When you look at contract family plans, you can expect to pay significantly more than that for a simple data package alone.

Verizon’s basic family plan, for example, runs a rate of $180 per month for a family of four; you could pay for five lines with Boost Mobile by Jay Reece Prepaid and still save $10 for that matter.

The Bottom Line

It really comes down to what you prefer in a mobile carrier. While there has always been a negative “cheap” stigma associated with prepaid phones, the fact of the matter is that they are more affordable options for those with basic cellular needs.

If you are looking for a network that covers slightly more ground and offers a few more capabilities, while also carrying a higher price tag, then a prepaid phone plan is probably not for you.

But even still, our Hagerstown prepaid phones offer many of the same great benefits — they are smartphone compatible with any device, they connect to a reliable Boost Mobile network, and they come backed by reliable, friendly customer service.

When it comes to Hagerstown prepaid cell phone plans, Jay Reece Prepaid has your back. We are a Boost Mobile authorized retailer, which means we are backed by a great, reliable network and the best prices in the cell phone game.

Visit one of our two Hagerstown Boost Mobile stores today to get started.