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CellularOne No Contract Prepaid Phone Service

If you’re looking for a company that offers no contract, no credit check, prepaid cell phone service, then Cellular One is for you. The one hitch, however, is that their independent licensees operate only in Arizona, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming and Bermuda.

What Cellular One Offers

There are several no-contract plans at Cellular One There’s the Unlimited Talk & Text and the Flex-Pay as You Go. They also offer AirMax high-speed internet and free government phones under the Lifeline plan, but those plans are beyond the scope of this site.

Unlimited Talk & Text Plan

As the name suggests, this plan offers unlimited talk and text. Currently, Cellular One is offering this feature at $40 per month if you purchase a phone from them. Or, if you bring your own device, the monthly fee drops to $20 per month. The’re running 24-month promotional pricing. Keep in mind, this is a limited time offer, so it’s best to check their website to see their latest promotion.

Flex-Pay As You Go Plan

With this plan, you get to choose a phone and then decide which service plan suits your need. The Flex Pay As You Go Plan does not require a deposit, a credit check or a contract. Currently, their phones range in price from $25.99 for the Blu Zoey up to $1,248 for the Apple iPhone XS Max.

Unlike many other prepaid phone companies, you are not able to complete the phone purchase completely online. After selecting your phone, you must call Cellular One (1-800-730-2351) or visit one of their locations in order to complete the transaction. Their website does not offer a shopping cart and checkout.

Buying Air Time and/or Data

Although Cellular One does not have a shopping cart that allows you to purchase their phones online, you can add air time/data online.

The Cellular One talk/text option is interesting because it doesn’t look like they have a set amount of talk/text for a particular price. Instead, they tell you how much each feature costs and you get to decide how much money you need to put on your account to enjoy uninterrupted service. Here’s a breakdown of their talk/text charges:

*Voice On-net $.20/minute
**Voice Off-net $.25/minute
***Voice Roaming $.35/minute
Text Messaging $.25/text (sending and receiving)
Mobile Internet $1.50/MB

*On-net means calls to individuals on the Cellular One Network
**Off-net means calls to individuals not on the Cellular One Network
***When you leave your local CellularOne coverage area and travel within another cellular system, you are roaming.

Note: Check your phone display before dialing a number to see whether you’re on-net, off-net or roaming. This will help you budget your air time.

Once you understand how much things cost, you can purchase airtime in increments of $5 up to $60. Over $60 the increments change by $20 each so it goes from $60 to $80 up to $100. Air time in excess of $100 is sold in larger amounts of $250 and $500 only. Be advised that taxes are applied to the airtime so a purchase of $5 will actually cost $5.68. Similarly, an airtime purchase of $25 will actually cost $28.39, so make sure to factor taxes in when budgeting.

It will probably be a little tricky figuring out just how much talk/text time to purchase initially. However, after a month or so if you track your usage, you should be able to come up with a monthly dollar amount to keep things running smoothly.

Purchasing Data

As of this writing, Cellular One offers data plans that range in price from $10 per month for 1GB of data up to $60 per month for unlimited data as follows:

1 GB for $10
2 GB for $15
3 GB for $20
5 GB for $30
8 GB for $40
10 GB for $50
Unlimited data for $60 (3G only)

Since prices are subject to change, it’s best to check the Cellular One website for the latest pricing.

Paying Bills

Cellular One accepts MoneyGram, Western Union or you can become a registered user and use their Online Billing portal. You may also visit one of their locations to make payments.


About the Author: LaForey is a person who was fed up with contract phone plans and opted for something more practical.

Last Modified: 7 June 2019

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