No Contract Cell Phones
The Truth Behind Prepaid Wireless!
no contract cell phones the same or different than prepaid wireless?
The short answer is "yes" they're the same thing!
did we see a change in the marketplace back in 2009 with a shift from
"prepaid" terminology to "no contract" terminology?
wireless has been the traditional term in the U.S. market since
probably the beginning of time. It's really synonymous with
pay-as-you-go. In other words, you add money to your phone
and buy services only when you use them, like making a call or sending
a text message. This is instead of using your services as you
need to, but receiving a bill at the end of the month for changes you
To read more about prepaid
benefits, and why you might want to seriously consider it to save
yourself headaches and of course money, please check out the following
is Prepaid Wireless?
why the change to the term "no contract"? Well, there are a
number of reasons:
- While pay-as-you-go
(PAYG) or prepaid wireless does
tell you how you pay for your cellular services, it doesn't really
speak directly to the benefits. On the other hand, "no
cell phones" screams loudly one of the major benefits over classic
postpaid plans. Note that although it would be an accurate
statement, calling it "control your spending phones", it
roll off the tongue or look good on a poster!
North America there's historically been a huge negative connotation, or
stigma surrounding prepaid wireless as being only for people with
little or no credit, or even for drug dealers or other
such unscrupulous people who wish to remain anonymous.
Well, that's no longer the
No contract phones have become popular amongst the
mainstream who are simply sick of being locked into contract plans that
don't meet their needs over time, and limit their ability to
control their spending. So the reality is that changing the
companies refer to these plan types is an attempt to reposition the
service to broaden its appeal. i.e. It's a marketing strategy!
the early days of
prepaid wireless, plans were extremely straightforward, charging a flat
rate per minute. Simple but relatively expensive!
prepaid providers have made no contract cell phone plans much more
competitive, offering better pricing on classic PAYG plans, as well as
introducing Daily, Monthly, and even Unlimited plans.
learn more about the details of these offerings, feel free to visit the
Wireless Plans page.
bottom line is that it makes
sense to shift from the term "prepaid wireless" to the more meaningful
term "no contract cell phones." North America remains the
continent where no contract phones, and no contract cell phone plans
have a negative perception. Ultimately, we will catch up to
rest of the world (it's inevitable!), and hopefully even something as
simple as a change
in terminology will help to move us there.
No Contract Cell Phones