Anonymous asked in Consumer ElectronicsCell Phones & Plans · 1 month ago

Whats the difference between prepaid, postpaid and unlocked phones?

2 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Postpaid, is what most people have, they have a set monthly rate, which only varies due to the number of days in a particular month. 

    That is why the postpaid billing cycles go from say the 4th to the 3rd of the following month, restarting on the 4th. Postpaid also offer more plan options, that you can't normally get on prepaid or pay as you go. 

    Prepaid, is where you pay X amount of money,  for Y amount of service, and when that runs out, you pay again for the same amount or more, to tide you over for the next 30 days. 

    Unlocked phones, are not locked to any one carrier. If you have an unlocked GSM phone, in theory, you can use it on T-mobile, AT&T, US Cellular, etc and any other GSM carriers under them. And in the case of dual CDMA GSM radioed phones, should allow you to activate it on any carrier in the USA. 

  • 1 month ago

    I've never heard of postpaid. Usually a prepaid phone is you're buying a phone with a service provider and the phone will be locked to that network and when you buy an unlocked phone it doesn't come with a plan and you can put any sim card into it and it will work.

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