which do you prefer prepaid or postpaid mobile?

@rosey19 (952)
Philippines
March 2, 2010 7:33pm CST
five years ago i used a postpaid mobile service which i could say that there are advantages and disadvantages of it. for me i use prepaid mobile service because i can have peace of mind since i don't have a monthly obligation. if i don't have a load then there is no problem anyway i can use the internet sms services to txt. how about you which do you prefer to use?
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@kaylachan (4778)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
3 Mar 10
I have more peace of mind having a post-paid plan or a contracted phone. Contract phones are simply that a contract that you and the seller agree on. You have control at this point in time. The terms are there in black and white, and they can't change anything on your agreement without giving notice. If you need to dispute something you have something in black and white to back you up. Pre-paid or no-contract phones you don't have that. If the rates change over night they liggely don't have to tell you. And, if you get the bill and its suddenly not what you expected, they would have expected you to keep tabs on the terms of use yourself. I'm happy to be on a contract I really am. My bill is what I make it, and I know exactly what will happen if I do, or don't do something. Contracts aren't for everyone, but it is for me.
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
5 Mar 10
it's good to know that you are more comfortable using the postpaid service. it really depends on how you manage your cellphone usage. i admire your diligent in monitoring your bill. thanks for sharing , have a great day.
• United States
3 Mar 10
I love my data plan, I text, call, use the internet. I have a blackberry addiction.
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
5 Mar 10
well that's good. thanks for sharing your ideas.
@shhheila (1847)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
postpaid is bad, we subscribed years ago, our credit limit is only 500 per month, but when we look at the bill, its 1500 pesos. its much better to use prepaid, its convenient and cheap, everywhere u go, there's always a store which sells load...
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
4 Mar 10
that is exactly true, though there are advantages for postpaid but i go for prepaid service because i can control my cellphone load.
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
3 Mar 10
I prefer prepaid, with prepaid i can control my monthly outcome, but postpaid is cheaper to use.
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@Mady2791 (547)
• United States
3 Mar 10
How much cheaper? For a $100 I get 1000 minutes, plus any carryover which I have had from previous years..so so I actually had more than 1000 minutes. Can you go any cheaper than that? Again I don't make that many phone calls with my cell. Some days I do have a few and spend sometime on the phone but there are other days that either I don't use it or spend just a few minutes on the phone.
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@sk66rc (4263)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I use my cell phone for work reasons, too, & I tend to use my cell phone a lot. About 3 month ago when I got my phone bill, I've used 3,700 minutes & 4,200 text messages, 47meg of data service. My bill was $90.48. My girl friend worked for lawyer's office for a while. She has t-mobile & she's on one of their older plans which offered her unlmited talk time on wireless router for $10 extra per month. Her bill comes out to about $75/month. At one point, she spent over 4,700 minutes peak time & 1,400 off peak minutes. 8,000 text messages. Her bill came out to $74.32 that month. Seems pretty cheap for the amount of minutes & text messaging she's used.
@Mady2791 (547)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Talk about some serious talking and texting! Yes, of course if you friend and you need to be on the phone that much AND CAN afford it..then of course it's the plan that suits you. I have a different situation than you. In my case I need to save as much as I can on my expenses. I have to cut expenses as much as possible. Since I'm not a frequent caller AND CAN't afford it I can cut expenses right there. So, with a $100 I can have a phone that lasts me a year long. I think it can't get any cheaper than that. Of course this would only suit my needs, not yours.
3 Mar 10
postpaid is the best option if you are not very talkative and not worrying about much bill.
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
is it really postpaid that you mean to say or prepaid? i think it is the opposite.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Hello I had both at one time or the other, right now I have a monthly and its cool, I love being able to talk whenever I want anytime I want, I could not do that with my pre-paid, but if push came to shove and that was all I could afford I would go back to pre-paid in a minute. Thanks.
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
well that's cool, having two mobile services are good if you have a lot of contacts or transactions to make, you can really benefit the services offered.
@Mady2791 (547)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Well, it should really be on how much income you and your spouse are bringing in to the home. When the income is low if you don't want to go crazy and fight over money and get a divorce you need compensate on what you can afford and you cannot..living within your means is called. I can only afford a prepaid phone for now. It works for me because I don't make that many phone calls. I buy enough minutes to last me a year though. I only recharge the minutes once a year. If you can afford it then go for it. Buy a blackberry, redberry, blueberry... you name it and call and text your heart out.
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
i agree with it all depends on how much your capacity to pay for the bill, if it is just enough to survive then you go for prepaid but if it is more than enough then you can enjoy the benefits of postpaid service.
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
since i am not a big spender on cellphone load so prepaid service is more appropriate for me, I only load my account whenever i need it. with prepaid service, I can also control my spending on loads.
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
that is also my technique. i only load my cellphone whenever i need it for a very important thing to discuss with. sometimes i only load once a week or once in every two weeks because if i don't have cellphone load i am using the free sms services available in our country.
@sk66rc (4263)
• United States
3 Mar 10
definitely post-paid. Up until a year or two ago, typical pre-paid ranged somewhere between 10 cents to 25 cents per minute. I've used on an average 2,500 to 3,000 minutes a month on my phone. That's not counting text messages & data usage. Even if we go with the cheaper end of the pre-paid side, my bill would've been between $250 - $300 per month. I'm paying $90/month right now. That's around 3 cents per minute. Even now, large number of pre-paid service charges you around same amount per minute, 10 - 25 cents per minute. More & more companies now are coming out with pre-paid unlimited plans. I've looked into few of them but their coverage wasn't too good or wouldn't work in places I need to use my phone. As far as peace of mind goes, I know that no matter how much I use my phone, my bill won't be any higher than $90/month. I can live with that.
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
that's good if you can control your cellphone usage and you don't have any problem of over spending it. as what i have said it all depends on the user of the phone, if you are extravagant in using your load for not so important thing then, it will cost you more.
• India
3 Mar 10
hi, I always prefers prepaid connection whhich is better from my point of view.. In post paid you donot have extact idea that much u have used which causses a problem in postpaid.....and afterall their is monthly charges....and other charges.....
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
yes they will charge you if you are not going to pay at the exact time of your monthly bill. that is why it takes extra careful and deligence in monitoring it.
@pepayz (43)
3 Mar 10
Right now i'm using a postpaid cp.Yeah,you're right there are advantages and disadvantages in postpaid.likewise,in prepaid.I am a user of both.When i'm in a tight budget, I prefer to use the prepaid. Whichever you like, you can choose anyway.It all depends on your budget.
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
yes you are correct pepayz! whether it's postpaid or prepaid it all depends on your budget, if you can afford both, then go for it.
@myzire72 (1157)
• Singapore
3 Mar 10
I would prefer pre-paid mobile over post-paid mobile service. With pre-paid service, I will be able to monitor the amount of talk time that I exhausted. This will help to control the amount of money I spend on the service usage.
@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
thanks myzire72! i've been using prepaid for the longest time and i can control my budget for load because even if i don't have a load i can still contact my love ones and friends through free sms services on the internet. that is why i never worry about having no load.
• India
3 Mar 10
prepaid is the best because you don't have to pay the monthly bills without any usage... its cheap, convenient and i prefer having prepaid connection...
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
yes there is no bill and your consumption is based on how often you use your cellphone unlike in postpaid that you have a fix amount of payment whether you consume it or not you have to pay that fix monthly amount.
@Gany15k (1674)
• India
3 Mar 10
It is always good to have prepaid.I think it is the best.Lot of offers are coming to the prepaid users.By using prepaid we can also be in control of money.If it is postpaid then I will be in a mind set we can make more calls or use internet..like that and then worrying after we saw the bill.So it is good to have prepaid.
@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
yes that is correct, with prepaid mobile you have nothing to worry about of how much your bill of the month unlike with postpaid service. as what i have said you will have peace of mind.
@sublime03 (1811)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
For me I prefer a postpaid line because it is more convenient for me. Unlike before I had to rely on my helper to go to the store to buy load for me but now it is easy. I do not need to think of keeping some load to text a person. But of course I miss my first number ever. Also, I like the unlimited calls or texts when you are in prepaid. But for convenience purposes, I go for the postpaid one. Besides, I need a billing statement so that is why I got a postpaid plan as well.
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
thanks sublime03! it really depends on how it would give you the satisfaction you need and the benefits of using it. thanks for sharing your reason.
@junil_jk (498)
• India
3 Mar 10
i also prefer prepaid. i used postpaid for about a year till january last year. i used it for unlimited internet service for a fixed fee per month, because with prepaid they used to charge from the balance every time we surfed. but now i'm using prepaid again.
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
thanks junil_jk for your response! it really depends on how much do you need for any service, if you need it for bulk transactions then go for the service that would cost you least.
• Australia
3 Mar 10
I prefer Prepaid because I can control my spending habits that way.With Postpaid it's too tempting to over call and really BLOW my budget.
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
5 Mar 10
yes that is true you can control your cellphone load for prepaid. and it is really convenient nowadays to load because there are a lot of electronic load outlet available anytime and anywhere for a very cheap amount.
• India
3 Mar 10
I always go for prepaid ,Because it is always the safe side.I know how much to spend for cellphone everymonth for that prepaid is the best choice.If I go for post paid I will lose lot of money ,because normally I don't use mobile for outgoing,I have landline too,So If I choose postpaid I have to spend lot of money for that.Post paid is suitable only for people who speaks a lot.SO I prefer prepaid
@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
5 Mar 10
practically speaking you are right with your decision. since you already have a landline then there's no need to have a postpaid mobile.
@chetanvk (211)
• India
3 Mar 10
Well, I would prefer the prepaid mobile is good. I was using my postpaid connection for more than 7years. but the only advantage in postpaid is you will get very good customer response. But if you have a prepaid then customer service is somewhat average.
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
5 Mar 10
well that's good that you have proven the two services at least you have chosen what is best for you. good luck have a nice day.
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
Hi rosey, I prefer the prepaid mobile. In prepaid, I can control my expenses and set a budget for my monthly phone credits. And just like what you've said, I won't need to worry about a monthly obligation. It's nice to have a postpaid line, but it's risky for me because I may spend a lot more than my allotted budget. I like prepaid more, and it's easy to manage coz there are a lot of services and reload stations in every corner of our country. ;)
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@rosey19 (952)
• Philippines
5 Mar 10
yes onlyprincess, in prepaid you can control your budget but for those who persons who have many calls to make or in business i think it is more advisable to use the postpaid service.