05-11-2009 01:26 PM
There is a big decision to be made when purchasing the cell phone that is best for you. Here are some pros and cons to both types…
Advantages to Prepaid:No contracts, no monthly bills, no credit checks, no deposits, no age limits, usually no activation fees, and no hidden costs – you just pay as you go. Also, many prepaid plans have a 30-day money back guarantee if the phone doesn't work well in your area or if you are not happy with it.
Disadvantages to Prepaid:
May have a higher cost per minute, sometimes plans are only available in limited areas, the phones often aren't as new in design, data downloads and picture messages will not work on most prepaid plans, can get costly if you’re planning to use a lot of minutes per month, no family plans.
Advantages to Contracts:
Fixed rates for minutes unless you go over your minimum; huge variety of phones and devices available; many features like data, TV feeds, email, picture phones, are only available for long term Contracts; free calls to others in the same network in many plans; lots of minutes per month on some plans; free phones when you sign a 2-year contract with most vendors.
Disadvantages to Contracts:
Some of us dislike long-term contracts; phones can sometimes get no reception in certain locations; you are required to pay the contract even if you can't use it; there are credit checks; if you lose or break a contract phone, the replacement phone can be costly.
I personally use a contract phone for my own use as I use it as my main phone line and also use the email capabilities with my Blackberry. However, I have purchased contract phones for both of my two sons as they have lost them on occasion and then I can keep a better grip on how the phone is being used.
What phone is best for you? Are you aware of any advantages or disadvantages that I did not state above? Let’s talk phones! J
|Sarah|Community Connector | Best Buy® Corporate|
05-11-2009 02:46 PM
Hmmm...where to start.
Pre-paid - yes, it is nice to not have any contracts or credit checks, age limits or anything like that. However, there are a few carriers where you pay monthly, and get a certain number of minutes, but are still not contracted, which some people like
Now, I wouldn't say that with the pre-paid it gets costly (unless you've not done your homework). I know of 3 pre-paid carriers that have unlimited talk plans (and sometimes more!), for $50 a month or less, which is half of the contract carriers.
Boost Mobile - $50 a month for unlimited talk, text, web and walkie-talkie.
Metro PCS (a really regional carrier) - $50 a month for unlimited local, long distance, voicemail, domestic text messaging, global text messaging, picture messaging, IM, E-mail, web access, premium directory assistance, along with some other features.
Cricket (another really regional carrier)- $50 a month for talk, long distance, text & pix, mexico text, and mobile web.
Virgin Mobile - $49.99 for just unlimited talk. Texting is an additional charge.
Personally, I'm more of a contract kind of girl. I would rather know that my service is always there, then go to make a phone call and realize I'm out of minutes.
Right now, myself and 4 members of my family is on a 700 minute family share plan for AT&T. We have a god awful number of roll-over minutes (something like 5000 at the moment!), and we also have unlimited text messaging. So, my portion of the bill comes up to right at $40 a month. It's like I have unlimited minutes, cheaper that what anyone else offers it!
05-11-2009 07:16 PM
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