Why Prepaid Wireless?
Why prepaid wireless?
This is a really interesting topic! It has become
interesting in recent years as the prepaid market has
changed so dramatically. No contract wireless has become a
topic that's got the major carrier's investing heavily. Let's
review the basic
why prepaid wireless has drawn so much attention, and then
talk about why
things are so much different now.
Back when it first
launched, people were
drawn to prepaid wireless because of the following benefits:
- Doesn't require a
credit check - People who wanted a postpaid account but couldn't
qualify would get prepaid.
require a deposit - People with lower credit would often
be required to put down large deposits in order to get a postpaid
- No surprise bills -
Anyone who has had a postpaid account has at
one time or another received a large bill due to extra charges that
were completely unexpected.
control - Similar to #3, there's no way to spend more than
expected because you know exactly how much you're adding to your
However, with these benefits, customers also had to make certain
- Anonymity - Prepaid
wireless typically does not require a name, address, or social security
- Higher handset prices - Due to the fact that
there is no contract, carrier handset subsidies are lower, and often
zero (i.e. no subsidy at all).
- Higher price per minute - For the
convenience of no commitment,
you had to pay a lot more per minute. So, ironically, heavy
often paid more per month than the average postpaid consumer.
- Limited services - With the objective of
costs low, and the thought that prepaid customers were less valuable,
the amount and breadth of services was often limited. For
example, games, GPS navigation, and sometimes even voicemail, were
either unavailable or expensive add-ons back when no contract wireless
So what's different today?
- Per minute pricing has come down so low, that
with the right
plan, you can actually get prices that are the same and
often lower than
postpaid plans. In fact, most prepaid plans have been
unlimited voice and text for years now.
- The variety of plans offered is astounding, including
unlimited plans, so going prepaid no longer requires any real sacrifice
in terms of the available plans.
increasing competition in prepaid and in the wireless
industry in general, handset pricing has come down considerably.
So although you'll often pay more for your phone than you
if you had a postpaid contract, the prices are extremely reasonable.
Even current low end smartphones are more powerful than the
first few generations of iPhones!
- The quality and selection of phones has improved
dramatically, and is now essentially on par with postpaid plans,
getting you access to the latest flagship Samsung Galaxy smartphones
Why Prepaid Wireless - The Conclusion!
- You can get virtually any service that you can
find on postpaid even on the most
The answer to why prepaid wireless is actually a
question in return. Why get a postpaid plan?!
Consider that for access to
the same or similar phones, the same services, and the same network,
you don't have to be tied to a contract, including no surprise
know what you're thinking; it's too good to be true?! Well,
yes, there are still some considerations (ex. roaming on 3rd party
networks). However, generally speaking, prepaid continues to
take over prepaid, and we've already seen a
shift in the mindset that people have towards prepaid. More
will move away from its status as a second class product, to the
product of choice for most, even for those with great credit.
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