Are you a postpaid or a prepaid cellphone subscriber?

Philippines
July 10, 2009 6:15am CST
I used to be a postpaid subscriber myself, but I've learned enough. So I want to help myLotters to be more decisive and smart in choosing between pre-paid and post paid telco line. First of all, pick your right Telco Provider then look at the phones that suits your needs. Remember that prepaid phones usually costs more, and comes with less downloads and features. Ask yourself. How much do you talk? Do you think that you'll talk more than 200 minutes within a month? Well then, you'll surely need a post paid plan if you're a smart talker. If you're planning to buy your teen or kid a phone, please choose the prepaid ones! If you have bad credit, or are tight on money, then a prepaid phone should be enough for you. Last but not the least, postpaid phone have contract phone features and more restrictions while prepaid plans don't have those restrictions. So what do you think of this discussion? Can you add more? POSTPAID or PREPaid?
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16 responses
@greenline (14865)
• Canada
11 Jul 09
That's an excellent guideline for cellphone users. very helpful indeed for existing users as well as for new users. For myself, I don't use cellphone too often, just once a rare whiler. I am right now using a prepaid system, which works for me. Thank you very much !
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• Philippines
11 Jul 09
Thanks for your kind words greenline!
@thaMARKER (3096)
• Philippines
13 Jul 09
I am a prepaid cell phone user ever since I have a phone. I thought of being a postpaid subscriber but that was good for me before. I was so addict in texting before – day and night my phone would receive hundreds of messages. But that was over now. I only receive text from my family and we seldom talk or exchange messages because I work at night and they send me text messages during day time which most of the time I am already asleep. So no use of having so many loads.
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@pyre82 (103)
• Philippines
11 Jul 09
Actually, whether you are using prepaid or postpaid will not really matter as long as you know how to handle your expenses. But i can say that if you have business you must enroll in a postpaid plan because anytime you can make call especially if it is important. but if you are using a prepaid cellphone you must learn how to budget your call in order to save more.
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@ddfreedie (690)
• India
11 Jul 09
i currently have a prepaid connection...it actually suits me a lot...i recharge whenever i feel like..also one of the main advantage using prepaid is that when we run out of balance it saves our pocket...if its postpaid then there is no limit...it proves fatalhttp://www.mylot.com/images/emotes/cry.gif...hehe...so any day...i prefer prepaid happy mylotting
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• Philippines
11 Jul 09
I am a prepaid user but soon I will get a postpaid line since I need it for business purpose at work and the company will reimburse some amount.
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• Philippines
11 Jul 09
It depend's... im a prepaid user..
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@Dinu024 (316)
• India
11 Jul 09
I am a postpaid subscriber of vodafone. Their new plans for postpaid are good but not as good as the ones for prepaid. My monthly bill comes to around Rs.500/. I don't know why but I feel postpaid is much better for me because i forget simple things like re crediting the balance. Anyhow I think I might want to consider your points if I'm going to buy a new Sim.
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• Philippines
11 Jul 09
I'm a prepaid subscriber because I like to monitor my expenses. My brother uses postpaid and he gets shocked most of the time because of the huge bills he's receiving. _
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@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I have had both post paid and pre paid cell phones. whe I started out with my first cell phone I got a post paid plan. It was expensive and had to pay for each minute I used. Peak hours were 7 am to 7 pm and cost 65 cents a minute and off peak hours were from 7:01 pm until 6:59 am and had to pay 25 cents a minute . Weekend was considered off peak hours and that was in 1993 when I got my first cell phone. I got a pre paid after I moved back and I still have the same pre paid carrier. I don't use a cell phone very much. I have been able to keep my pre paid minutes and now I have almost 3000 pre paid minutes and I got my pre paid cell phone in 2002. I also have another post paid cell phone and it is on a family plan. I get to share 700 minutes monthly and get free calls to any one on the same network. I might use hardly 100 minutes one month and more the next. That plan also has free night(9:01 pm to 5:59 am) and weekend minutes (friday 9:01 pm to 5:59 am monday morning). Today I might have spoken less than 10 minutes and thats all.I also get unlimited text messages which came in handy today.My b/f is using my pre paid cell phone right now since his phone network is doing away with getting free minutes. On my pre paid I also get double the minutes with the card I put in to my pre paid phone.
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@apples99 (6564)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Well in the past I've tried both forms of cellphone service and they both have there positives and negatives, of course the prepaid service is cheaper, but most of them require that you purchase a prepaid phone card which can run between $10 $25 $30 or more for just a few minutes, though some prepaid service plans these days are becoming more similar to postpaid phone service, but still not quite, now the postpaid cell phones cost more but you tend to get slightly better service with unlimited local and long distance and other extra features that you just dont get sometimes with prepaid cellphones plans. Like for example some prepaid cell plans run out of minutes to fast and it can become a constant miracle-round of purchasing more minutes cards, so I would prefer postpaid plan, but I do think prepaid cell plans are good if you dont talk on your phone much.
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• India
11 Jul 09
ya, your thought is good, generally, if we choose postpaid we want pay monthly rent but in prepaid, no need of rent average my talk value is 250/month some times i talk more, but, i kept my balance more than rs200/. if any urgent topup through net if your talk value is more than certain limit, postpaid is better. for rs200/ prepaid is better
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@gotohk (28)
• China
11 Jul 09
Certainly of is pay first of good of?
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@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
10 Jul 09
i am a prepaid cellphone subscriber, i dont like monthly fees, we have enough of that already. and since i am hearing impaired i dont really need and have no use on 'talk', i just text. but even if i am a hearing person, i would still opt for a prepaid one because at prepaid i can control how much i spend on my cellphone. right now i dont put load on my cellphone daily, i only add load if there is a really important message that i have to send to anybody. and its been 3 days since my last load. thats really a big savings.
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@caver1 (1765)
• United States
10 Jul 09
I am a pre-paid user. For me this is less expensive. I use TracFone. The phone came with 2 months service and I purchased a year service with 800 minutes. I have about 3 weeks left on my service and 200+ minutes left. As long as I buy more minutes and service time I will not lose the minutes I still have. So for about $100 I'm good for a year of talking. Most post-paid, contract plans will cost you that in 2 - 3 months.
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@mnr367 (65)
• India
10 Jul 09
I use prepaid connection.. because its more convinient. with prepaid connection u dont need to pay monthly rentals & you recharge our connection when ever we like. also now companies are giving 1second thariff to prepaid customers.. which is why i stay with prepaid
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• Philippines
11 Jul 09
i'm a prepaid cellphone subscriber, coz it was more on control when it's really prepaid at least you still have budget enough. have a great mylotting!