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Pay As You Go Phones - Advantages and Disadvantages

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Pay as you go mobile phones have become popular for those who need a phone but cannot afford or don't want to be locked into a contract. Prepaid cell phones are all the rage these days, and for good reason. In this article, we will talk about the differences between pay as you go mobile phones and telephones with contracts, the advantages and disadvantages of them, as well as a few examples of where to find them.

Differences between Pay As You Go Mobile Phones and Phones with Contracts

The biggest difference between pay as you go mobile phones and phones with contracts is the agreement your make with the provider. With prepaid cell phones, you have no monthly fees whatsoever for your phone, but you do pay for he mitues, data, texts, etc. that you use ahead of time.

With contract phones, you do not have to specifically for each minute, text, and amount of data that you use. Instead, your provider offers you a package of all of this for a monthly fee. You do pay penalties if you go over this amount.

Advantages of Pay As You Go Mobile Phones

There are some serious advantages to using pay as you go mobile phones. The obvious one is the lack of a contract. If you are like me, you have gone out and found the best mobile phone contract you could find and signed up for it, only to see some cool new phone or deal that you cannot get because you are locked in. Or maybe you are going to move soon and your contract does not have the coverage you need in your new area.

Pay as you go phones allow you to avoid being locked in to this kind of deal. Not only that, you might be in a situation where you use a lot of minutes, texts, or data some months but others, for example, a job that keeps you on the road part of the year. In a case like this pay as you go mobile phones allow you to only buy what you need.

Pay as you go mobile phones offer a couple of other advantages that we hope none of us ever have to deal with. The first is the loss of a job. If you lose your job, you don't have to stress about cancelling a contract, just stop using your prepaid cell phone.

The other advantage of pay as you go mobile phones is anonymity. While we hope none of us ever need such a thing, using one allows you to avoid someone who might be following or stalking you by simply getting rid of that one and getting a brand new phone with a new number. No need to call the phone company to figure out what to do about that guy that keeps calling and texting you all the time when you have pay as you go mobile phones.

Disadvantages of Pay As You Go Mobile Phones

While they offer some great advantages, pay as you go mobile phones are not the perfect solution for everyone and they do have some disadvantages. For example, running out of minutes on a prepaid cell phone can be a hassle. You have to take the time to buy more minutes, either in the store, online, or through your phone. This can be really bad in an emergency when you need your cell phone and don't have time for that kind of thing.

Another disadvantage of pay as you go mobile phones is selection. My choosing to go the prepaid cell phone route, you may be limiting your options as to what type of phone you can get. This is true especially for new models. If you are the type of person (like me) who like to get the newest cool cell when it comes out, do not expect to find it in the pay as you go cell phones section. Cellular phone makers typically have exclusive contracts for the newest phones that only allow for certain carriers to have the newest phones, and they almost never have a prepaid option.

One other disadvantage of pay as you go mobile phones is the fact that you have to pay for the phone. With most cell phone contracts, there are at least a few options for free cell phones, but no so with prepaid cell phones.

Overall, deciding between prepaid cell phones and a cell with a contract really comes down to your circumstances. If you need super-flexibility, get a pay as you go mobile phone. If you want the newest thing and don't want to waste time buying minutes and keeping track of them, get a contract.

Examples of Pay As You Go Mobile Phones

There are all kinds of pay as you go mobile phones out there these days. Virgin mobile and boost mobile may be the most well-known prepaid cell phone companies in the US, as they have had large ad campaigns. However, the truth is, you can get a good deal on a prepaid cell phone by going to your local convenience store.

Gas stations often carry pay as you go mobile phones such as tracfone and vodafone, and you can purchase the phone and minutes right there in store and start using your phone immediately. Both companies seem to have a good record. Also, in the UK, Orange mobile phones are a good option. Orange also has contract mobile phones, and they seem to have a wide selection.

Walmart is another good option for you as well. Just go to the electronics section, and you will see a wide selection of pay as you go mobile phones. Check online as well and see what kind of deals you can find. You might have to wait for it to arrive in the mail, however.

Now, go out, do some searching, check on the internet, and start chatting it up on your new pay as you go mobile phone!


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