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Old 09-16-2016, 11:30 AM
 
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Yea, that doesn't even make sense. From a technical standpoint, I would love to know how the towers or the data know you are on a prepaid plan
you need to learn nothing is free, you think their just giving something good at a cheaper price? think again (esp in us). as i said, there are phones that they get their subsidiary\manufacturer that are stripped of 1-2 parts by the prepaid (not in all cases). rather if they take out parts or not, the service you get is a lower quality, do you think these wireless providers are stupid ? the post paid company gets the priority, if you ask them they wont tell you. they will make things up like they all do, but the post paid people know this to be true.
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:35 PM
 
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you need to learn nothing is free, you think their just giving something good at a cheaper price? think again (esp in us). as i said, there are phones that they get their subsidiary\manufacturer that are stripped of 1-2 parts by the prepaid (not in all cases). rather if they take out parts or not, the service you get is a lower quality, do you think these wireless providers are stupid ? the post paid company gets the priority, if you ask them they wont tell you. they will make things up like they all do, but the post paid people know this to be true.
You need to back up your claims with evidence not with hearsay.

There's no difference between a T-Mobile prepaid Galaxy S7 and a postpaid version. The idea of stripping out parts is just absurd. It's a phone, not a car.

Certainly each company deals with prepaid customers and MVNOs differently, with some data deprioritization involved, but these things are clearly stated. They aren't secrets.
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Old 09-16-2016, 05:23 PM
 
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you need to learn nothing is free, you think their just giving something good at a cheaper price? think again (esp in us). as i said, there are phones that they get their subsidiary\manufacturer that are stripped of 1-2 parts by the prepaid (not in all cases). rather if they take out parts or not, the service you get is a lower quality, do you think these wireless providers are stupid ? the post paid company gets the priority, if you ask them they wont tell you. they will make things up like they all do, but the post paid people know this to be true.
Did you get your info from a conspiracy blog?

Prepaid is cheaper, and you do make sacrifices to get that cheaper price, but the signal you get and towers used are the same. Prepaid won't generally have access to the same roaming partners or international services, and will have a lower data priority, but the native towers wont care if you are prepaid or postpaid.

The phones? The phones are the same in most cases (there may be some exceptions out there), but that is a moot point anyway since you just pick a compatible phone and use it. With the exception of Sprint, you just buy a phone and insert your SIM card.

Postpaid does get priority with regard to placing preorders for phones, roaming, customer care, data prioritization, etc, but this is spelled out in the T&C's.
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Old 09-16-2016, 05:37 PM
 
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Did you get your info from a conspiracy blog?

Prepaid is cheaper, and you do make sacrifices to get that cheaper price, but the signal you get and towers used are the same. Prepaid won't generally have access to the same roaming partners or international services, and will have a lower data priority, but the native towers wont care if you are prepaid or postpaid.
Most of the sacrifices come from customer service. Since AT&T wholly owns Cricket they throttle Cricket data speeds so that they max out at 8 Mbps LTE and 4 Mbps 4G, though typical speeds could be worse.

Since that speed is more than sufficient for most people, the max data speed is more of a clear signal to AT&T postpaid customers that they are getting something for their extra money.

I've also noticed that if you are purchasing at least four individual phones on one account, usually the cost advantage of prepaid either vanishes or is greatly reduced. So small businesses or families don't have a big advantage of going prepaid.

But you should look at coverage map especially if you spend a lot of time in the center of the country or in rural areas. The roaming might make you want to stick with postpaid.
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Old 09-16-2016, 05:42 PM
 
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Me thinks it's the OP's foil hat that's interfering with the signal
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Old 09-18-2016, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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prepaid sucks, the phones are crap, the signal strength is weak and if there are some towers in your area, the pre paid only is connected to about half of them. people think they are getting a deal, but there is a price, and its weak signal and stripped phones.

but what has been your experience with pre paid carriers \phones?
That's all that I use. Prepaid phones are just older phones. Many of those phones were post paid at one time. A lot of them can still be used either way. Some of them were designed exclusively for prepaid, and come with the carrier's branding. And to be completely honest, there are incremental advances in phones entirely too often for me to either pay cash; today's $120 phone is tomorrow's $5 phone.

One can always buy a phone with cash and use a prepaid service.

Weak signal has nothing to do with anything, that is not an issue that only occurs with prepaid, anyone can get a weak signal.

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Old 09-18-2016, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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The only true difference with prepaid, is that you do not get the same run of the internet. For example, Cricket Wireless is limited to speeds of 8 mbps. But that is not because of the phones used, it is because of the way that AT&T handles connections to and from Cricket Wireless customer's phones. A GoPhone customer might get quicker speeds, like 15 mbps. Post paid might get 40 mbps.

Prepaid phones are also different when it comes to roaming/international calling. Not always as many countries, or maybe, not at all. But again, these are not features of the phones, it is the restrictions put into place onto the network those phones access.
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Old 03-13-2017, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Carteret, NJ
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Service and signals do not change, does not matter how you pay. Only thing I can think of is the service (ATT, Verizon, Cricket, Net10, etc) you have does not have towers in your area so its a weak signal, does not work, etc.
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Old 03-13-2017, 12:39 PM
 
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Take it from somebody that deals with wireless technology, the OP is WRONG.

Lets make this clear. Every MNVO provider uses the same EXACT towers that they sell prepaid services from. Cricket uses the same towers as ATT, Metro Uses same tower as Tmobile. List can go on and on. Your phone determines what towers to connect base on the BANDS they have installed or licence agreement. You cant expect a 20 dollar phone have the same bands as a 200 dollar phone. These bands cost money to get regulations approval to be used. The only changes in service is DATA. Most and if not all Prepaid services will throttle your speed to 5mb> vs 20MB+ on post paid. Just slower speed but cable to watch youtube without issues. Only other problem you might face are roaming agreements that some private company has. You will find in some areas in the mid-west and specifically in NM,NV,AZ have towers that are not own by the cell providers. If you look at every provider map, you will find gaping holes in those states. Reason is they pay a roaming fee to them, and only use them as needed. You wont notice your roaming unless it shows on your phone or they allow you so much data and mins to connect. Places like Death Valley, or white sands are very good examples were every phone provider pays a private firm money to roam in those towers. Dont belive me, call Tmobile, and verizon. They will tell you they dont own them. Another thing is, if their isnt a tower for your provider, but their is for another provider, you can roam off them as well. ATT and verizon Roam off each other alot. Thus reason why when ATT goes down, some verizon cust will see the results in signal lost.
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:31 PM
 
Location: ohio
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Complete BS as others have said. You can get an Iphone 7 or the latest Samsun or HTC device on prepaid, you just have to pay for it. The 30 dollar phones, yah they are low end, you get what you pay for. The towers are exactly the same. In 2010 I had a Net10 phone, it was on ATT towers and in fact my email for the phone was @att.com. I compared signal strength at work to others on ATT, it was the same.
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