Carrier Prepaid vs. Postpaid

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by edtorious, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. edtorious macrumors 65816

    edtorious

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    Is there any advantages or disadvantages? Same plan on prepaid vs. postpaid but isn't postpaid has some extra fees you have to pay compared to prepaid? Tmobile specifically by the way. And with the 1GB free data promo on iPad with voice data, is prepaid voice plan eligible? Please advise. Thanks.
     
  2. dickdaney macrumors regular

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    check out howardforums. All the info you need is there. There's lost of Prepaid GSM options.
     
  3. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

    KUguardgrl13

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    As far as I understand, prepaid is generally month to month. You generally have to buy the phone at full price, but service is separate and can be ended at any time with no penalties. I know there are services like Tracfone and Virgin Mobile where you buy a certain number of minutes ahead of time and when you run out and don't buy more, you lose service. T-Mobile has a $10 sim starter kit and prepaid cards you can buy.

    Postpaid you generally have a contract and pay a subsidized price for your phone. If you don't complete the contract, you have to pay an early termination fee. T-Mobile is basically the same where you have two years to pay off your phone with the payment plan. If you end your service, you have to pay the remaining amount on the phone.
     
  4. rui no onna macrumors 601

    rui no onna

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    The 1GB free on iPad is only for customers on postpaid voice plans. Basically, the additional stuff on postpaid are the surcharge and taxes. If you only need a single line, prepaid is usually the way to go. For more than one line, family plans are sometimes better value than prepaid (less expensive per line).
     

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