Mobile users today have the option to go for a postpaid or a prepaid connection. A postpaid as well as a prepaid connection has its advantages and disadvantages. If you are wondering whether you should opt for a prepaid or a postpaid connection, here is some information that would be useful to you.
Differences in Payment System:
If you are using a postpaid connection, you are billed at the end of the month for all the services used. Once you receive the bill, you are liable to pay the bills within the given timeframe. With a prepaid connection, you are given a certain amount of talk and use minutes, which one exhausted, the account needs to be refilled. Basically, the prepaid connection is a pay as you go system, where you need to pay the money upfront.
Differences in Services:
In some cases, the services offered to the prepaid and the postpaid customers differ. For example, some prepaid connections may not offer the GPRS connection, or some postpaid connections may not offer a minute by minute billing update to their customers. While most of these features are billing centric – you would not need a minute by minute billing update on a postpaid connection – some of these services are restricted because they are not financially viable to the consumer as well as the service provider.
Differences in Networks:
A long time ago, the network of the prepaid and the postpaid connections were different. This used to invoke complaints that the prepaid connection would offer better connectivity than the postpaid or vice versa. Although this is very rare today, it is possible, and one should check whether the service provider runs the prepaid and postpaid connections on the same networks.
Very Little Difference in Cost:
It is a myth that the cost of calling from a prepaid is much less than calling via a postpaid. Frankly speaking, the cost of calling from a prepaid can actually be higher if you are already to make too many calls. Most connection providers charge more per minute in the prepaid, and there are some other service charges that make the cost difference between using a postpaid and a prepaid quite abysmal.
These are the four major differences between using a prepaid and a postpaid connection, which you would need to keep in mind.