5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 11, 2013 8:50 AM by smplyunprdctble RSS

Simple Choice vs Prepaid?

rbob

Looking at the descriptions of the $50, $60 and $70/month Simple Choice and Prepaid plans, they appear to be identical, at least as far as the Web pages go.

 

What are the differences, if any? If they're the same, why have the same plans with different names?

  • 1. Re: Simple Choice vs Prepaid?
    smplyunprdctble

    the amount of high speed data is different

     

    50 = 500MB High Speed Data

    60 = 2GB High Speed Data

    etc

  • 2. Re: Simple Choice vs Prepaid?
    21stnow

    There are differences in what is offered with the plans.  Postpaid plans allow for data roaming while prepaid plans do not.  Postpaid Simple Choice plans allow customers to use EIP and also enroll in the JUMP program while prepaid plans do not.  Postpaid plans offer detailed billing while prepaid plans do not.  Taxes and fees are higher on postpaid plans than prepaid plans in most cases.

     

    There are other differences that I am less familiar with (such as conditional call forwarding) and differences that won't apply with the plans that you listed in your post (Wi-Fi calling that doesn't use the plan minutes-you listed unlimited minutes plans, so it won't matter).

  • 3. Re: Simple Choice vs Prepaid?
    rbob

    I admit that I haven't done very deep digging on the T-Mobile Web site, but where can I find the actual terms of each of the plans?

     

    You note that taxes and fees are higher on the postpaid plans, so I'd expect there be something to make them worth the added expense, even though the descriptions on the Web site make them appear to be identical.

  • 4. Re: Simple Choice vs Prepaid?
    21stnow

    The terms and conditions for T-Mobile's service in general is found here.  There are separate documents that discuss T-Mobile's Pay in Advance service here.

  • 5. Re: Simple Choice vs Prepaid?
    smplyunprdctble

    The $50 prepaid plan is identical to the $50 Simple Choice plan except

    Simple Choice has additional features:

       - Data roaming

       - This new international roaming thing

       - Conditional Call Forwarding ("custom voicemail")

       - EIP (ability to finance a new phone at 0% interest)

       - Detailed billing (most companies won't reimburse without a bill.

    Receipts don't generally work, and TM doesn't provide receipts - would

    have to buy a card in a store to get that)

       - More roaming coverage (apparently prepaid doesn't get full advantage

    of roaming in all areas?)

       - And a few other things which are escaping me

     

     

    To most people, these may or may not be desired (using Google Voice as

    voicemail is the biggest complaint that prepaid people want.. that and

    detailed billing for expensing)

     

    Since the $30 plan is prepaid as well, you wouldn't get those features as

    well.