1. MonsterLucha's Avatar
    Hey, all!

    I've had several mobiles, over the last 10 or so years. All have been PAYG.

    Lots of my friends go for contract phones. But, for some reason. I like the thought that (with a PAYG phone) you own it.

    Whereas, I've always felt that with contract. It seems like you're borrowing it.

    I know that PAYG is the more expensive option. But, I've always liked having that sense of ownership.

    Just wondering what's your take on it...

    Contract or PAYG?
    02-01-2015 11:31 AM
  2. Gekko's Avatar
    plug in your own numbers -

    ----------------------------------------Prepaid--------------------------------Post Paid

    Phone Cost Up Front------------------------- $650 ---------------------------------- $299
    Monthly Service after all taxes/fees/discounts/subsidies---------- $60 --------------- $100
    Months------------------------------------------------------24 -------------------------------24
    Total Service Cost after 24 Months----------------- $1,440--------------------------- $2,400

    Total Payout After 24 Months---------------------- $2,090 -------------------------$2,699

    Difference after 24 Months ----------------------- $609
    02-01-2015 11:51 AM
  3. mdk32014's Avatar
    I do not do contracts as it ends up costing more plus the etf fees are crazy. I wi not sign another one. I now buy phones online.

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    02-01-2015 07:01 PM
  4. zorak950's Avatar
    I'm not into contracts, but I'm not against postpaid plans, though it's nice to know you can't be charged more than you've already given them on prepaid.
    02-02-2015 02:05 AM
  5. DJantel Ware's Avatar
    PAYG. For obvious reasons.
    02-04-2015 11:20 AM
  6. treetopsranch's Avatar
    Trac phone. Orig cost to own phone was $25.00. Pre-pay for minutes per month $9.00. I still have 500 minutes left from last year. Can you beat that?
    02-04-2015 11:54 AM
  7. mdk32014's Avatar
    I am with you on that one i hate contracts
    02-04-2015 09:25 PM
  8. MinhJWaterman's Avatar
    PAYG, i hate contracts.
    02-05-2015 06:25 AM
  9. Crashdamage's Avatar
    I've always been postpaid, but haven't been on-contract for many years. My wife and I both run our businesses from our phones, so the better customer support, roaming, network priority and conditional call forwarding are well worth the extra $10-20 a month we pay for 2 lines over what we could get going prepaid. Quality service is more important than a few dollars sometimes. That said, I would never use Verizon and pay their rip off prices. There's limits, too.
    02-05-2015 08:04 AM
  10. Gekko's Avatar
    I've always been postpaid, but haven't been on-contract for many years. My wife and I both run our businesses from our phones, so the better customer support, roaming, network priority and conditional call forwarding are well worth the extra $10-20 a month we pay for 2 lines over what we could get going prepaid. Quality service is more important than a few dollars sometimes. That said, I would never use Verizon and pay their rip off prices. There's limits, too.
    check out A&T GoPhone. it's AT&T proper. it's is the same thing. it's not an MVNO, no proxy. same service/coverage/speeds/web, lower prices, lower taxes and fees. BYOD, no contracts. i love it.

    New GoPhone Plans with Unlimited Text to Mexico, Canada, and over 100 Other Countries
    02-05-2015 09:32 AM
  11. Crashdamage's Avatar
    The same deal from T-Mobile is $10/mo cheaper for 2 lines. That's postpaid with all the advantages that includes and no contract. And where I am T-Mobile actually has better coverage and faster data speeds.

    Pass.

    Android since v1.0. Linux user since 2001.
    02-05-2015 09:43 AM
  12. Gekko's Avatar
    The same deal from T-Mobile is $10/mo cheaper for 2 lines. And where I am T-Mobile actually has better coverage and faster data speeds.

    Pass.

    Android since v1.0. Linux user since 2001.
    AT&T gives you a $5 discount per line if you use Auto Pay so it looks like price is the same. As far as service - everyone in the free world but you agrees that AT&T beats T-Mob. but do what you want - the only thing that matters is that you're happy.
    02-05-2015 11:52 AM
  13. Crashdamage's Avatar
    Where I live, a lot of people would give you a convincing argument that T-Mobile service whips AT&T, particularly the data speeds. But coverage for providers varies depending on location quite a bit. T-Mobile is very popular around here.

    Anyway, conditional call forwarding is an absolute must have for us. Go Phone, like almost all prepay services, does not have it so it's a no-Go Phone by default.

    Android since v1.0. Linux user since 2001.
    02-05-2015 12:05 PM
  14. Gekko's Avatar
    Where I live, a lot of people would give you a convincing argument that T-Mobile service whips AT&T, particularly the data speeds. But coverage for providers varies depending on location quite a bit. T-Mobile is very popular around here.

    Anyway, conditional call forwarding is an absolute must have for us. Go Phone, like almost all prepay services, does not have it so it's a no-Go Phone by default.

    Android since v1.0. Linux user since 2001.
    AT&T GoPhone supports Conditional Call Forwarding (CCF). i should know - i'm using it now for Google Voice "Lite" Voicemail on my Nexus 5. GoPhone is Prepaid but it's not an MVNO. don't confuse the two. it's AT&T proper - there is no proxy.
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    02-05-2015 12:15 PM
  15. Crashdamage's Avatar
    Ahhh...so it does - my mistake. Thanks for catching that, I should know better than to assume stuff by now. But it's very unusual to have CCF included in a prepaid deal.

    Still, switching wouldn't save any money, T-Mobile really does have very good service in our area, and we've been quite satisfied with them for over 17 years. I simply have no compelling reason to change.

    Android since v1.0. Linux user since 2001.
    02-05-2015 12:31 PM

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