The mobile phone industry is awash with so many services providers and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to compare the providers for the best plan that suits your needs. It is for this reason than many subscribers are opting to sign up for lengthy prepaid plans that will enable them make the most of their cell phones and airtime.
However, when choosing a prepaid cell phone plan, you need to mull over a few things before making the switch from postpaid services. Here’s what you need to ask yourself:
1. What is Your Monthly Mobile Phone Usage?
Some cell phone users require phones purposely for emergencies while others use them as the primary source of communication. Before signing up for a prepaid service, determine whether it’s cheaper to use the postpaid or prepaid service. Establish when and how you will need to use packages offered by the prepaid service you’re about to sign up for. This way you will be in a better position to choose a plan that has tailor made packages to match your needs.
2. What is the Network Coverage Area?
You need to know if the service provider covers the area within which you will be using your cell phone. Establish the signal strength by contacting the provider or asking other subscribers who are using the same service in your area. If you’re using a cell phone as the primary means of communication, it goes without saying that you need to enjoy uninterrupted services. There’s no point of choosing a prepaid cell phone plan where you’ll encounter problems making and receiving calls or sending and receiving short text messages.
3. What are the Call and Text Rates?
There are many services providers offering different prepaid plans. Prepaid plans are meant to be cheaper if you use your phone for many hours. Thus it’s imperative that you compare the call and text tariffs of different prepaid plans by different providers. Know the minimum amount you can pay to the providers before you’re allowed to use their service as well. This is especially important if you’re operating on a low or fixed budget.
4. Are There Any Extra Charges?
If you love the internet and is always sharing photos, streaming videos, checking emails or chatting on social networks you need to know that most prepaid plans carry an extra fee in the event that you surpass your data limit irrespective of whether you’re on an unlimited data plan or not. Also, your plan can be terminated if the provider detects an intentional abuse of their service.
After signing up for a prepaid plan, you need to keep the following things in your mind:
Prepaid minutes have an expiration date – You must exhaust all your prepaid credit before it expires or reload with sufficient airtime to keep enjoying the service.
Don’t sign up for a prepaid plan if you travel a lot – If you move from one city or country to the other, prepaid plans may not work for you in the long run. Sign up for short plans instead.
Conduct a research before choosing a prepaid plan. After all you want a plan that’s cheap, effective and with packages that will ensure you get the most out of your credit.