Postpaid Wireless Demise - Prepaid Wireless To Dominate!
wireless demise! Ok, so you must be asking yourself what do I
really mean when I make that statement? A lot more is truly
by saying that than simply to get your attention.
reality is that prepaid wireless has evolved to the point where there
are very few reasons why one would believe that postpaid wireless
should continue to be the predominant plan choice in North America.
It used to be that prepaid wireless was for the credit
challenged, an emergency phone, or limited-use customer, however,
that's by far no longer the case.
won't go into the benefits of prepaid wireless because that's covered
in the Why
I will, however, boil it down to the fact that there
very little difference between prepaid (no contract) and postpaid
(contract) type plans. It can be said that for that one, two,
three year contract that you sign, what you get is a discount on the
upfront purchase of your phone, but typically end up paying more per
month than you would on the same prepaid plan. To learn more
about the topic of phone discounts, please head over to the handset Subsidies
With the evolution of prepaid, you can now find the most
common and needed features on prepaid wireless, including such things
- Conference calling
- Multi-media messaging
also get more flexibility in terms of how you pay, including
reality is that prepaid offers customers so much flexibility that
postpaid wireless demise seems innevitable, no? Well, maybe
will take some time, but all signs are indicating a massive decline
with increasing dependence on growing the prepaid cusotmer base.
Signing up for a two year contract
getting a $300 phone for $50 or
even free certainly is compelling!
However, as features on handsets continue to get less and
expensive, much like the cost of computers became cheaper and cheaper
over the years, carriers will be able to offer fully features high end
phones, including smartphones,
at very low prices. And in the meantime, prepaid users can
opt to pay more for a handset without a contract. Just how
people are will to pay to avoid a contract is an interesting question.
Read what others have to say, and contribute your own
posting your feedback Subsidies
be told that prepaid wireless doesn't have the stigma in other
countries (ex. Europe) that it does in North America. Perhaps
it's a matter of the European environment where people move between
regions and counties so fluidly, or perhaps it's the slow evolution of
thought in North America, or a combination of both as well as other
factors. People in other counties are more comfortable paying
technology (they don't expect everything to be free!), and they truly
value the flexibilty of not being bound to a contract. It has
nothing to do with social status, credit, or anything other than to say
"why should I sign a contract and commit to making a minimum monthly
payment just to get a discount on a phone?!" So is there a
postpaid wireless demise on its way to North America? I say,
foresee a world
where wireless carriers keep customers by providing truly exceptional
products and customer service. Keeping customers more than
satisfied, but happy with the products and services they use because
fundamentally good products, and not because they're "stuck" in a
contract. Imagine that? Is that so unbelievable?
Provide me a good product and service and I'll stay with your
company; if not, I'm gone. But don't expect to keep me by
sign a rediculous legal document.
With less expensive,
featured phone options continuing to expand, and customers' frustration
with unscrupulous contracts, I truly do see the coming of a postpaid
demise. Even if it's never truly a full death, postpaid
in North America is on a decline; there's no doubt about that!
Postpaid Wireless Demise