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July 1, 2012

The Big Debate: PAYG vs. contract

Another Sunday, another installment of the Nokia Connects Big Debate this week covering the varying ways you can get service on your Nokia – whether you pay in advance on a monthly basis, or top up a balance every time it gets low.

Big Debate: Pay As You Go vs. Contract

via My Nokia Blog

Personally, I have always had a contract ever since I got my first mobile phone (a Nokia of course, but the mists of time [and age] mean I can’t exactly remember which model…) whilst my brothers, coming to a phone-owning age, grew up with Pay As You Go as a standard.

I like the security of a contract, the fact that I know what I’m getting, and how long I’m getting it for. I can negotiate my own terms at the start of the contract – well, what I expect I’ll be using the phone for over the next couple of years – and can usually choose from a wider range of free handsets (if I didn’t have a Nokia, of course) without having to pay for them. This is usually the way to get your hands on a high end device. And of course, there’s no worrying about having a low balance, or having to top up before using the phone.

For those who don’t need such a premium phone, Pay As You Go might be the way to…go. This way you only need to spend what you want, what you can afford, and can get your hands on a value for money handset, like one from the Asha range. With a Nokia Asha (a 311, for example) you get ‘fast internet, integrated social networks and powerful apps’ – and let’s be honest, what more do you need from a phone?

So which side of the fence do you sit? Are you a contract person or a PAYG person? What are the benefits of each where you live, from your point of view? Let me know in the comments, or drop me a line on Twitter.