Prepaid and Postpaid Mobile Phones

Prepaid and Postpaid


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Prepaid mobile phone service is one of the most convenient ways to use your Mobile Phone. That means you can enjoy prepaid services without any binding contract. All you need is to recharge with airtime and use it until it’s exhausted. Besides, so many subscribers prefer post-paid or 24-month contract because they can get much discount for their Mobile Phone (handset) which usually cost more than the usual price that is available in the marketplace. On the other hand, post-paid subscribers will not be cut off during accidently no reply since the billing cycle will automatically renew after every usage period (which means if you don’t recharge your account before the expiry date). However both prepaid and post-paid mobile phone service has their pros and cons, but the most important thing is you know what it takes to use a prepaid or post-paid service.

Prepaid Mobile Phone Service:

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You can enjoy prepaid mobile phone services with all network providers in Malaysia including DiGi, Celcom, Maxis, UMobile, Tune Talk, etc. They offer different types of subscriptions that suit your needs best. However, do take note that not all Prepaid SIM card packages are available in all states due to some regulations by the authorities i.e MSC status (Market Share Control). The only way to check if it’s available in your state or not is to ask their customer service or go down to their outlet personally for further inquiries.

Before You Recharge:

Before you recharge your prepaid mobile phone, you must understand the expiry date and validity period of your prepaid card. Usually, the validity period will be stated on the packaging of your prepaid card. The expiry date is when your prepaid card will no longer be usable, so make sure you don’t forget to recharge before it expires!

Recharging Your Prepaid Mobile Phone

There are a few ways you can recharge your prepaid mobile phone:

Via reloads voucher:

Via online banking:

Via credit/debit card:

Via direct transfer:

Via Prepaid MasterCard®:


How Much Airtime Should You Load?

Prepaid SIM card packages usually come with a certain number of minutes – known as talking time – where calls are charged per minute (sometimes even per second). So if you don’t plan on making any calls, then go for basic subscription packages instead. Otherwise, choose talk time plans according to how much you use your Mobile Phone. For instance, if you only make 1 call daily, opt for 100 minutes/talk time.

Post-Paid Mobile Phone Service:

The post-paid mobile phone service is usually more expensive than the prepaid mobile phone service as you’ll have to pay for your usage – plus an advance payment also known as ‘subscription’ or ‘commitment’. This means that if you don’t refrain from making too many calls, SMS, and surfing the web within one month, then the next month’s charges will be higher. Also do take note that your subscription fee may differ depending on the network provider. However, unlike prepaid SIM cards which are less flexible, post-paid subscribers can choose any handsets they want without worrying if it matches their plan or not. Plus they can switch between different anytime they feel like it.

Which One Should You Choose?

So which one should you choose then? If you’re someone who doesn’t like to be restricted and prefers more flexibility, go for prepaid mobile phone service. But if you’re the type of person who prefers not having to worry about running out of credit then a post-paid mobile phone service is the way to go. Whichever one you choose, make sure that you read the terms and conditions carefully before signing up.

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