How to Choose Between a Pre Paid or Post Paid Cell Phone

Can't decide between a prepaid, 'pay as you go', or contract cell phone? No worries, this article will help.

Steps

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    Look at providers. Well known prepaid providers include Tracfone, Virgin Mobile, Amp'd, Boost Mobile, and Net-10. A lot of contract providers also offer prepaid options. These include T-mobile, Verizon Wireless Prepaid, and AT&T GoPhone.
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    Look at phones. Prepaid phones usually cost more, and come with less downloads and features.
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    How much do you talk? If you use more than 200 minutes a month, than you'll need a phone on a contract.
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    If you have bad credit, or are tight on money, a prepaid phone is for you.
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    Prepaid plans normally come in two types. By the minute and by the dollar. By the minute plans (like TracFone) Feature minute accounts. Each minute is deducted from a bank of minutes. These plans don't usually have may downloads. By the dollar (Like Go-Phone) plans have money in place of minutes. Each minute costs somewhere around 10 cents a minute. The plans often have a lot of downloads. Which makes more sense: 10 minutes or $1 for a Ringtone?
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    Prepaid phones are good choices for children and teens.
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    Boost Mobile offers walkie-talkie service just like Nextel.
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    Last but not least, contract phones feature monthly bills and a $270 cancellation fee. Prepaid phones don't have these restrictions.

Tips

  • Look at only well known providers.

Warnings

  • Some prepaid phones can become very expensive.

Things You'll Need

  • $30 a month

Article Info

Categories: Cell Phones