Burner phones have become so widely available, you can purchase one from a grocery store while picking up milk. The reality is that pay phones and landlines are a thing of the past and cell phones have taken over the means of communication for everyday Americans Even internet based communication is easily obtained and at the point where you can communicate with only a data plan and a smart phone. As the availability rises and cost continues to plummet, burner phones will be seen more commonly.
Why has buying a Burner Phone never been easier?
The ease of purchasing a pre-paid burner phone has never been easier because cell phones have never been cheaper. The cost of a burner phone can vary depending upon which carrier is chosen, but the phone itself can be obtained for under $10 US. Since they are so cheap, criminals across the world have been able to take advantage of the anonymity provided by a burner phone. This is an unfortunate side effect of a useful, legal tool because burner phones have a legitimate purpose for many businesses and individuals.
Where can I buy a Burner Phone?
Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and many other stores similar to these in nature. Most grocery stores, mini marts, and 7-eleven’s nowadays will have an aisle where you may purchase a phone with cash and no personal information. Electronic stores will also have burner phones stocked on their shelves, but these stores supply higher margined contract style phones and data/minute contracts.
How much does a Burner Phone cost?
The phone itself will range from $5-50 and the amount of minutes and phone plan depend on the phone/carrier combination. Some burner phones can be purchased with extremely affordable minute plans that work similar to a pay phone, you simply pay with prepaid credit cards to charge the phone’s minutes and data plan and off you go. The costs involved with maintaining a burner phone are comparable to using a regular cell phone on any of the major carriers.
Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Best Buy, and the list goes on and on because burner phones are becoming ubiquitous for communication. Carrier systems setup by Verizon, AT&T, and others have set the bar of entry so high that the hassle of setting up a contract, handing over personal information, and being locked in for multiple years has driven customers and users directly to simple, burner phones. There was a time where the streets were littered with payphones, and now it seems the payphones have been replaced by cell phones.