Welcome to About Prepaid Cell Phones
Not too long ago there was a stigma attached to having a prepaid or pay as you go cell phone plan. Prepaid plans were thought of as “less than” or “not as good as” a contract cell phone plan. After all, with a contract, you can upgrade your phone every two years or so. This allows you to keep up with the Joneses while putting more money in Apple’s or Samsung’s pocket.
When you stop to think about it and do the math, having a contract plan along with the “free” upgrade every two years ends up costing a fortune. The cost of the free upgrade is spread out over the two or more years of the contract plan. You don’t have to take my word for it, do your own research.
Cell Phones in Our Disposable Society
Do you really need a new cell phone every two years? Think about the number of people with cell phones and then think of the number of discarded cell phones if everyone were to get a new phone every two years. Yes, there are donation facilities to take the old phones, but too many people just can’t be bothered. There is an environmental and financial impact of swapping phones every two years.
Unfortunately, in addition to blaming the consumer, the manufacturers shoulder much of the blame. The phone’s planned obsolescence must be taken into consideration. Some companies, if not most cell phone manufacturers make products with a limited useful life thus forcing consumers to upgrade every two years. What a vicious cycle.
If you do feel the need to upgrade every two years, please be responsible and properly dispose of the old phone. Also, when shopping for a new phone, look for one that will last. Try not to wooed by the latest and greatest cell phone features that you probably don’t need and probably won’t truly know how to use it.
Prepaid Cell Phone Benefits
Personally, in all the years I’ve had a cell phone, I never purchased a contract. It just didn't make sense to me. There are so many benefits to pre-paid or pay as you go plans. With prepaid cell phones, you don’t get in over your head. You pay as you go. If you don’t pay...well you don’t go. No worries about falling behind on your cell phone bill.
Additionally, prepaid plans are pretty much comparable to contract plans without the obligation to remain with one company for two years. If you find a better plan that suits your budget and talk/text/data habits, you can always change. Phones are portable as long as you can swap out the SIM card. There are no longer restrictions on the type of phone you can use with a prepaid plan. Android and iPhones all perform beautifully on prepaid plans.
About the Prepaid Cell Phones Website
I’m putting this site together for two reasons:
Did you know?: If you meet the Lifeline and/or Affordable Connectivity Program criteria, you qualify to receive a free device (smartphone or tablet) along with discounted or free wireless service (plans vary by state).
About the Author: LaForey is a person who was fed up with contract phone plans and opted for something more practical.
Last Modified: 3 November 2022
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