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How prepaid smart-phone plans stack up

Those smart phones we love so much eat up our data allowances—and our budgets. But while it's not uncommon to hear about consumers "cutting the cord" when it comes to pricey cable services , they're still a little hesitant to ditch a long-standing relationship with a contracted cell-phone provider. With the average monthly cell-phone bill hovering around $93 per person, according to consumer-research company Nielsen, though, it may be time to consider a change.Many cell-phone providers are starting to answer the call of the wayward consumer who's been searching for an inexpensive prepaid plan that's flexible and offers the convenience of a running on a major carrier's network. For example, both Sprint and Verizon Wireless revamped their prepaid plans in March.But is a facelift enough? Only time—and consumer-satisfaction surveys —will tell. In the meantime, we've compiled a comprehensive look at some of the top and lesser-known no-contract plans. Take a look at our selection of unlimite...

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