The Advantages of Prepaid Cell Phones by djsgjg0045


									As the service provider competition for cell phone subscribers 鈥?increases, one way
for consumers to save some money, though not necessarily the best way, is to switch
to a prepaid service. These prepaid cell phone plans, which allow the consumer to pay
for service as required without a contract, are very attractive because they are so
inexpensive and allow the consumer to find better deals. They are very appealing in
this slow economy.
 Nobody wants to be under contract to have to pay large phone bills. New prepaid
subscribers have consistently outnumbered those who sign contracts. However, most
carriers continue to make changes to their resellers and prepaid companies to drive
growth, however, their focus remains on contract accounts. While many of the major
service providers have an option for a prepaid service, a lot of their new business
actually comes from the reselling of prepaid services to smaller carriers who don 鈥檛
use their own networks.
 In addition, users who want a prepaid service have numerous other carrier options
such as Cricket, leap Wireless, and Metro PCS. Choosing a plan can be even more
difficult. Consumers nay have to choose between pay by the day with a per minute
plus an additional daily charge for the days they use the phone and pre purchased
minutes (pay as you go) that expire after a certain amount of time, depending on the
carrier. In addition, there are some carriers that offer a flat rate monthly plan for a
certain number of minutes that doesn 鈥檛 have the commitment of a service
provider contact. However, because there is so much competition, the savings the
consumer see from the switch to a prepaid plan frequently aren 鈥檛 as immediate or
as much as most users were hoping for. Prior to switching to pre paid cell phone plan,
here are some factors to consider:
 Those people who talk for one hundred minutes or less in a month will nearly always
save money with a prepaid cell phone. The savings will depend on how frequently
you talk on the cell phone for everybody else. The prepaid cell phone plan begins to
become less attractive the more you use your cell phone. Usually, the rate per minute
on a prepaid plan is higher than with a contract plan. The daily usage fee of some
prepaid plans will also eat into your savings.
 However, there are prepaid plans that will save the user money regardless how many
minutes are used. Cricket, Metro PCS, and Boost Mobile all offer an unlimited text
and talk plan. That 鈥檚 less expensive than service provider 鈥檚 comparable
unlimited contract plans.
 The prepaid plans are really more attractive if the consumer doesn 鈥檛 use many
applications. Some service providers will frequently require data plans on smart
phones which will add a considerable expense to the monthly bill regardless if the
consumer uses these capabilities or not.
 Author: James Keyes

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