U.S. Cellular has made some pricing changes to its prepaid planss, and while savings are in store for those with a basic feature phone, the news isn't quite as good for smartphone owners. If you're opposed to signing a contract with the sixth largest carrier in the US, there's now only one choice: a $65 package (down from $70) provides unlimited talk and text along with a 2GB data cap.
The company has also lowered rates on its $50 plan (formerly $60, which includes the same unlimited minutes and messaging along with 1GB of data), but is no longer allowing smartphone customers to choose that option. Instead, much like U.S. Cellular's $35 prepaid offering — featuring 400 minutes / 400 texts / 400 picture messages — it can only be used with a basic phone. Keep in mind that the latter also carries a $20 activation fee and $0.25/minute overage charges. At least a better Twitter experience awaits those stuck with a dumbphone.