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Pay-as-you-go cell phones

Updated on December 19, 2011

Cell Phones pay as you go- I have had a number of mobile phones since 1991. The first one was the size of a brick and cost me 2000 dollars + huge call costs which were big back then.

Over the years Ive had various plans with various telco's.

For the last three years i have had a pre paid no plan with Vodafone

I pay 49 dollars a month which gives me 220 dollars worth of calls. I bought a Nokia flip top without a camera 2 months ago and its great. The menu is easy to deal with and the battery lasts about five days without needing to be recharged. Though I usually do it every two days just in case I make a lot of calls. I am yet to be persuaded into a better deal !

So depending on what you plan to do on your phone you need to carefully consider what plan to go on. If you in fact need a planned payment contract at all. If you are not going to make many calls or texts then a pre-paid is the way to go. As well you don't run the risk of going into unnecessary debt like you do with a plan. For instance if you do choose a contract plan remember you are liable to the terms and conditions of that plan. As such I also prefer to avoid risk when there is no need to expose yourself.

Competition is making having a smart phone so much cheaper. More and more just like computers are you get more for less money. It is now possible to get an iPhone on a pre-paid plan. Once you were only able to get such a phone by signing up to a 24 month contract. Yey for competition.


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      THEOPHILUS 7 years ago


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      Barry Rutherford 8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      your probably right. It seems here prepaids are the way to go unless your making lots of calls say more than 5 per day

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      Dao Hoa 8 years ago

      I don't think it is a good deal in the US to get pay as you go cell!

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      zbikenut 9 years ago

      What are the costs per minute in Australia? In the US prepaid phones charge ten cents a minute or more usually.

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      Barry Rutherford 10 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good coveragwe is important consideration. I.e. who has the best network. Especially if you are a traveller...

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      Louis 10 years ago from US

      Thanks for the response to my request. Cheers.