Carrier T-Mobile postpaid vs. prepaid (what would you do?)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by c.s., Oct 11, 2013.

  1. c.s. macrumors regular

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    I currently use an iPhone 5 on T-Mobile prepaid. I'm in a good coverage area (Dallas), have been very happy with data and call quality. I love not paying cell phone taxes, so I know exactly what I'm going to pay each month. I'd like to add a line for my wife, and I've always believed philosophically in the prepaid model. But there are a few perks to T-Mobile postpaid: one bill, a few dollars cheaper, free tethering and overseas roaming (don't really affect me, though).

    Prepaid (2 lines) - $50 + $50 = $100
    Postpaid (2 lines) - $80 + taxes/fees (20%) = $96

    Don't you have to pay a deposit on postpaid? Would there be other activation fees? I just don't know if it's even worth it to go into a retail store and talk to a brain-dead 20-year old so I can start paying the government $16/month.

    I realize these are granular points, and I don't know why, but I have no problem paying full price for an iPhone but I obsess over the monthly bill.
     
  2. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    There's a sim starter fee of $10 per line for postpaid and prepaid.

    A deposit is required if your credit isn't the best for postpaid.

    If you don't want to do a credit check and already have your own phones, they also offer a no credit check postpaid plan. On that plan it's a $50 deposit for the first line and $30 for the second line. It's kind of like a prepaid family plan.
     
  3. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    Do both prepaid and postpaid do data roaming in the US?
     
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  5. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    So you get better coverage on postpaid then. That'd be the simple choice plans?
     
  6. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    There is only one postpaid plan: the simple choice plans.

    Postpaid generally has better customer support than prepaid as well. Pretty sure prepaid lacks call forwarding and a few other obscure calling features.
     
  7. EbookReader macrumors 65816

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    I would go with T-Mobile MVNO Metro PCS. Lot of stores in the Dallas area.

    It is now owned by T-Mobile so same coverage as prepaid T-Mobile. You can bring your own device.

    http://www.metropcs.com/metro/simpleplans

    $40 first line
    $35 second line

    = $75 total. Taxes and fees included.

    Why stay with T-Mobile prepaid for $100 when you can get the same thing for $75 at MetroPCS?
     
  8. Diseal3 macrumors 65816

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    Although Metro is 10$ less a month for the same plans I would keep in mind that you cannot just switch the SIM card without calling customer service. Seems to be some merging woes for now but if switching the SIM to a different device is important to you it's just something to note.
     
  9. c.s. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Perfect! Thanks for the tip about MetroPCS. Somebody chime in if they've had customer service issues ... I'll probably go this route.
     
  10. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    But isn't coverage better with tmobile postpaid vs prepaid? That's what the extra is for?
     
  11. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    Don't you still need to pay taxes and fees with Prepaid?
     
  12. karmamule macrumors 6502

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    Depending on which postpaid you do you may also get 1/2 gb mobile hotspot thrown in, which can come in handy.

    Also, does prepaid get wifi calling? That's been very helpful a few times for me.
     
  13. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    I believe MVNOs tend to throttle your data. Now people with no heavy data usage may not care about this detail.
     
  14. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    I got a T-Mobile prepaid sim yesterday. $70 + $10 for the sim. Coverage has been absolutely atrocious in the Chicago land area. T-Mobile struggles to hold onto a 4G HSPA+ signal. I am wondering if T-Mobile prioritizes their postpaid plans and give them a better signal and coverage, though I doubt it.

    The T-Mobile manager said getting LTEA on an ATT unlocked iPhone 5S would be impossible, though I got it and threw it back in his face. HSPA+ speeds seem to be fast than LTE.
     
  15. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Oh you are paying, *somewhere* it's just being bundled so you don't see it.

    But never mind what they do, is the amount of the check you write each month that matters right?

    5 bucks wouldn't be enough to move me from a place am already comfortable, unless you want those post-paid features.
     
  16. Harrison College macrumors newbie

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    --- Post Merged, Apr 27, 2016 ---
    Thanks to you I now understand the taxes situation. But if the plan is post paid why is the payment due 7 days before the end of the usage period? Sounds like prepaid to me. Any comment/explanation?
     
  17. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    Because you're paying for the previous month.

    For example your plan start date is the 21st of every month. But your bill is due the 15th.
    In April you're paying for the date range from Feb 21th-Mar 20th and the payment for that is due on April 15th. Your Mar 21st-Apr 20th bill is due May 15th.
     

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