Re: Why use prepaid & not Sprint postpaid $70/mo plan? Virgin Mobile is owned by Sprint, I get 3G with 300 minutes of talk per month, unlimited data and text for $25 plus sales tax.
Why would anyone want to pay $70 per month?
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." - Milton Friedman"
Re: How is this... Exactly. PayGo is consumption/metered billing, not monthly billing. This is yet another prepaid-postpaid style brand under the already bloated Sprint umbrella (Sprint, Boost, Virgin Mobile, and a dozen MVNO's).
If you want true pay as you go on Sprint's towers, the closest you'll get is Ting.
Re: I'll stick with postpaid On the other hand, prepaid has its benefits too, such as:
- Pay for only what you use
- No contracts
- No ETFs/Lock ins
- Often times, no taxes/below the line fees
- Being able to shop around for discounted refill rates
Prepaid has drawbacks too, such as being diligent on your minutes if you're not on "unlimited" plans, having to purchase your own devices with no subsidies (but let's face it, even postpaid you're just amortizing the cost of the device anyway), having to shop for and load pins if you want discounted rates, potential service gaps depending on the carrier, roaming agreements or lack thereof.
Honestly, unless you're a diehard traveler, I haven't met many people that wouldn't do just fine on a prepaid plan. But then again, it comes down to people being lazy - and being willing to pay the cost for being lazy. And this is exactly what Verizon, AT&T and Sprint expect from the typical American consumer. And it's why Verizon, AT&T and (to a much lesser extent) Sprint are filthy stinkin' rich.
said by TBBroadband:AND it tops out at 256 kbps. Some "unlimited" plan.
VM and Boost were designed not to have roaming. Sprint MVNOs are now given that option but costs them extra. I have a Straight Talk phone on the Sprint network and it will roam onto VZW when needed. If you also read the newer Sprint contracts roaming is not fully unlimited and is a "bucket" of usage.