Tips for switching to prepaid cellphone plan

As the recession deepens, more Americans are cutting back on their cell phone spending and many more are planning to if the economic downturn continues as expected for another six months, according to a survey for the New Millenium Research Council.

As I reported in a WalletPop story in February, more people are changing to prepaid cell phone plans as a way to save money from a contract plan. The prepaid plans, such as offered by Boost Mobile, a division of Sprint, sell unlimited calling, text, Web use and walkie-talkie use for $50 a month. There are also plans that charge by the minute, usually around 10 cents for a call or 5 cents to text, or $1 a day with unlimited calls on weekends.