Do you prefer buying a smartphone on contract or prepaid?

Do you prefer buying a smartphone on contract or prepaid?

  • Contract

    Votes: 57 30.5%
  • Prepaid

    Votes: 130 69.5%

  • Total voters
    187

Jareddy

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Jan 13, 2017
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Prepaid. I used to be on the Vodacom Smart Small contract and my spend over 2 years would add up to about R21600 (R900x24). I then shopped around and found a Vodacom dealer that now gives me a Vodacom stock phone(Vodacom 2 year warranty) at a good cash price. I take out a sim only top up package that gives me 10GB a month and I buy airtime for calls seperately. This option costs me about R14700 over 2 years. R7500 for the phone (Sony Xperia XZ) and R230 a month for the contract and about R70 a month on airtime.
 

Eugenef

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Joined
Nov 9, 2009
Messages
90
Contract. With the included airtime, it is a convenience more than anything.
 

newklear

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Apr 15, 2008
Messages
746
amazed that device had a custom rom, is it based on something from the north?
In SA for the Mobicel Rebel, the stock ROM is: MT6570, I installed: mobicel-rebel-mt6572 and sourced it from the aiomobilestuff domain. A quick google will put you in the correct path :)
 

Chris14

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Jun 21, 2013
Messages
1,036
If you don't have a phone at all and you intend buying a Top Range Phone like the latest Apple/Samsung.
It's best to get the contract... Why
Contract:
MTN S9 Example (with Airtime, SMS, Data included)
R629 p/m x 24 = R15096

Pre-Paid:
R15000 once-off cash for the S9
Now it's plain stupid that you must go buy Airtime and Data and in the end it will cost you more money than the contract.
 

SimonVan

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Jun 14, 2018
Messages
1
Contract or Pre-Paid

Do you prefer buying a new smartphone on contract or prepaid? Why?
Definitely contract - phones very expensive to purchase nowadays, so contract makes it easier, and the value-add bundles are usually good as well.
 

Moondogg

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Aug 23, 2010
Messages
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Prepaid- I hate unnecessary bills, I have more control over my usage and how much I spend because everything is paid for upfront.
I also wont be shocked with a huge bill month end.also, there are good smartphones with decent specs for a reasonable price so there's really no need for a contract phone
 

demonweare

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Mar 24, 2012
Messages
93
I prefer buying prepaid but sometimes capital does not permit and you have to bite the contract bullet.
 

Vicari0

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Joined
Mar 23, 2012
Messages
175
Prepaid.. no commitments ! Based on my usage contact doesn't make sense
 

Nanfeishen

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Apr 8, 2006
Messages
7,380
Prepaid , I hate accounts of any type as they represent debt, the less debt the better.
 

MirageF1

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Jun 29, 2018
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2,681
No, prefer the ability to swop and change and not be locked into some out of date *** deal.

In the old days when there wasn't much choice ja well no fine...but nowadays....nooit.
 

AlphaBravo

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Dec 3, 2010
Messages
1,448
Contract. Get a better deal on data and calls. Although, I have not done the comparison lately?
 

Rouxenator

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Oct 31, 2007
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Why do so few people make use of top-up contracts? They are they best of both.
 

Rouxenator

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Oct 31, 2007
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Unlikely, first off you will get UIF secondly with all contacts if you call them and tell them the situation you can work around it. You only get blacklisted if you keep quiet and stop paying.
 
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