Top Reasons to Switch to Prepaid Service in 2017
New year 2017 has begun. With new year comes a list of things that we want to change for a better. Lowering the costs of what we can, in order to save money for something else might be one of them. For those who spend too much money on mobile phone service while obligated to postpaid service on one of the major carriers, it might be a good time to switch to prepaid and save significant amount of money. If you are not sure why that’s a good idea, take a look at the top reasons to switch to prepaid service in 2017. After it, try to remember why you are at postpaid. It won’t be easy.
How Did It Come To This?
Few years ago, it was easy. If you wanted a good smartphone, you had to go postpaid. Prepaid plans were affordable, no doubt at that, but they were accessible only with feature phones. Straight Talk, for example, had its $45 unlimited plan with its unlimited service and high speed data but phones were basic. Samsung Finesse R810c was the first touchscreen phone for Straight Talk and it wasn’t even a smartphone.
After that, slowly, prepaid mobile phone offerings have started changing. People were responding by signing up with prepaid carriers as soon as they’ve introduced something new and better. They’ve became more active and that led us to prepaid providers competing between themselves for customers. Today, prepaid offers more freedom and more service for users’ money. Now we have the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Motorola and others allowed on a number of prepaid providers with affordable and unlimited service.
You should switch to prepaid service in 2017 because you can activate any phone with dozens of prepaid providers
So the first reason to switch to prepaid service in 2017 would be possibility of having any phone, feature or highest-end phones like the latest Samsung or iPhone compatible with dozens of prepaid providers (around 50 of them is covered on our website) and their affordable plans. There are CDMA and GSM based MVNOs out there so there is something for everyone. Even better is that newer phones, including the two mentioned above, can be used on both CDMA and GSM.
Coverage of prepaid providers have improved
Also, being with one provider doesn’t mean you are stuck with only its coverage. More and more providers are improving their coverage by adding partners to their service. Project Fi, Republic Wireless and TextNow, for example, operate on WiFi, Sprint and T-Mobile networks and for the best possible signal at the time and location, their technology is searching between these three networks.
On the other hand, some providers as T-Mobile allow customers to use their plan in other countries (Canada and Mexico) just like they are using it in the USA. So prepaid is really progressing in all aspects these days.
Easily switch providers without any additional fees
And through their Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP)programs, customers can switch between them at any time, for any reason, without consequences. Some providers charge activation fees, but some may be avoided. Cricket, for example, charges activation fees at stores but not online.
However, switching is far easier with GSM phones and GSM providers than with CDMA. Sprint, for example, doesn’t allow activation of their own phones or other phones on its own prepaid brands Boost and Virgin Mobile. Actually, they do but the list is quite limited. While Sprint is complicating things, Verizon customers have much more freedom in phone switching or better said, the rules are clear. Users only need to know provider’s phone unlocking policy or how long it takes before provider can unlock their phone so that it can be used with another carrier.
Using the same GSM phone with different GSM providers only requires the purchase of a SIM card from each provider. And ones again, the latest unlocked models of iPhones (6 Series or newer), Samsung Galaxy S 7 and S7 Edge, Moto G 2016 models, Moto X Pure Edition, Nexus (6, 5X and 6P) Pixel and Pixel XL phones, latest LG models and more can be used across all four major carriers without problem.
Prepaid Industry is Growing
More and more major carriers are reporting growth of their prepaid divisions which means only one: they must continue to invest in it, make it better, more affordable and more flexible because customers require it. If customers are not happy, they will go to another provider so something must be done before customers are gone. Even Verizon prepaid that was fighting it for the longest time, has recognized the importance of paying attention to prepaid. Now their prepaid plans are more competitive and with their coverage, I would say, they are in the game again.
No Termination Fees
Of course, nothing is ever perfect so there are providers that keep their costs low by not providing proper customer service. That annoys users the most. That’s one of the main reasons why they switch to another provider. But, like with everything else, you must do your research on providers before deciding to switch. And even if you go wrong and make a bad decision, there are no termination fees that will keep you stuck with bad service, lousy help or pricey service. Remember, prepaid is all about freedom and staying in touch with friends and family and the world’s latest entertainment, movies, videos and games at the lowest cost.
No credit check
In the early days of prepaid services, people were drawn to no contract service mostly because a credit check or deposit wasn’t required. But even now that major carriers have dropped two-year contracts, they still require credit check. Choosing prepaid means that anyone can access prepaid phone and plan according their financial means. Of course, most prepaid carriers today offer ways to pay for the expensive phones in monthly installments by partnering to specialized companies (SmartPay, lease-to-own agreements with Prog Leasing, LLC etc.). Therefore, those on prepaid carrier who decide to purchase their high-end smartphone this way must be financially in good standing.
With all these reasons listed above, why aren’t you on prepaid already?