Is A Daily Prepaid Wireless Plan For You?!
So what are
the signs that a Daily plan is the plan to best meet your individual
needs? Consider the following
tips and questions to ask yourself as you contemplate your various
- You use your phone regularly, but not necessarily
consistently. In other words, you don't leave your phone in
the car and only use it for emergencies, but rather, you use your
phones on most days, but not necessarily everyday of the week.
lifestyle or preference is such that you don't feel comfortable
committing to pay a fixed amount every month, but you're looking for
better value that a PAYG plan typically offers. In other
words, while you may like to have a monthly plan, the thought of
knowing that you now have a monthly commitment (emotional, not
contractual) to pay a particularly about of money each month (ex.
$40-$50) makes you uncomfortable or uneasy.
- Look for these things when comparing costs:
plan is usage based. This means that you only pay a
when you use your phone. If you don't use your phone on
a particular day, you're
charged anything. This really is a very key point that can
make a huge change in the value of this plan type.
If the plan is "subscription based," which
means that you're charged the daily fee whether or not you use your
phone, be sure to compare it to Monthly
benefit of subscription plans is that it allows you to pay
only one or a few
dollars at a time, rather than having to come up with the whole amount
on at a particular time of the month. So it gives you better
managing your money, but it's virtually always more expensive
than a Monthly
plan would be. The reason for this is that prepaid wireless
carriers can have better confidence of getting a full monthly payment
from you than for a daily plan type. Of course,
a subscription plan provides for much better revenue
usage based plan.
- Find out what the minimum reload amount is. The
lower the amount (ex. $10 instead of $20, or even lower), the more
have in terms of when you have to add money to your prepaid wireless
account. Obviously the money you're required to add at a
given time, the better it is for your wallet!
- What other services that are important to you are
included, and if
they're not, what's the cost? The most important example is
text messaging. Don't be fooled by a low fee, or a
seemingly ton of included features; pay attention to the features that
you'll actually be using!
- How easy is it to change plans if you find that
the plan doesn't meet your needs or fit with your lifestyle?
Prepaid wireless carriers that offer different plan types is
best as you can more easily change between plan types if you should
find that one doesn't meet your needs, or if your needs change over
time. That said, be careful as some carriers require certain
handsets for certain plan types. Ideally you don't want to
have to buy a new phone to change plans!
Lastly, note that prepaid wireless carriers have
been discontinuing this type of plan in favor of more
predictable and profitable monthly plans!