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The New Ball & Chain: Contractual Wireless Service

Prepaid phones once had the stigma of being for those with bad credit, or a curfew, but they are now accepted as a reasonable, and in a lot of case, preferable form of service. The continually increasing list of service providers has started to include several of the niche providers, as well as the industry leaders. People in fear of the economic recession, who are facing the possibility of being laid-off, are too wary of a two-year contract to sign-up for those services, even at a reduced rate. Alternatives are being sought by professionals, as well as poor college kids.


The two most prevalent options for consumers include the pay-as-you-go plan, or the monthly prepaid plan. With pay-as-you-go converting in the minds of poor college students, and those below the poverty line, as “pay-if-you-please,” more and more service providers and retailers have begun selling devices to this market. Far more popular with people who can afford a monthly chunk of minutes, the prepaid monthly option is popular with companies and older customers.


With many providers of cellular service either already marketing, or currently developing options for Smartphones and other multimedia devices, like the popular Android, the prepaid option has become normal. Whereas, in past years this plan was limited by phone styles for purchase, as well as applications available, the new options have many loyal contract-holders double-taking the old method, anew.


Younger users have made text messaging the new form of voicemail, as well as the new form of voice calls. Popular social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and similar sites, have also drawn users into the textual-based exchange of information by linking users to their accounts instantaneously. Data-centric plans and devices geared for easy texting have been designed for prepaid users specifically to draw-out the crowd of potential young customers who have a strict budget.

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