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BANGKOK 25 March 2019 21:26
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Prepaid to postpaid. Advantages? Disadvantages?

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Received an SMS from AIS yesterday offering 12 months free of their PLAY movies if I changed to postpaid.

 

I am trying to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of whether it's worth it or not.

 

On the whole, I can't really see much difference. I can top up online, I mainly use for internet, email, etc.  I presume that the calls might be a bit cheaper, but I don't make too many, and for international calls I use FaceTime or Skype. I always buy roaming packages when I travel.

 

For those of you that do use postpaid, why? What are the advantages for you? are there other perks that I am not seeing? 

 

TIA

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Postpaid is more expensive

 

Advantages:

1. A few, specialized services are only available for postpaid users. If you have to ask,  you don't need them. 

2. Your limit can be set very high.  If you want to make calls for 50000 baht,  you don't want to do this prepaid. Yes, this is possible. 

3. No need to refill.  Monthly bill can be deducted automatically from your bank account. 

4. If you are a long-standing high volume customer (let us say 3-5 years 1500-2500 baht monthly)  they give you all kinds of perks that the general public doesn't even know of.  Free insurance, special promotions. Can be a very god deal.

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I only use postpaid because I want to settle the charges end of the month. It is like using credit card. Some prefer to pay up front for things they buy and some like to use credit card and delay payment until the end of the month. In terms of call/data rate, both plans are not that different.

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postpaid is so much better than prepaid. more perks, discounts, etc. call up AIS and say that you're considering to switch to postpaid. try to negotiate for the best deal you can get (50% off at most) and you're most likely to get it. if they can give you serenade status upon switching, even better. 300 mins + 20GB 4G + unlimited wifi would cost around 300-400 per month (after some haggling and "wooing" on their part). DTAC and True has comparable postpaid packages, so be sure to look into them.

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i guess things have changed. i have AIS and was told Farang can only do prepaid, not postpaid. 

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15 minutes ago, NCC1701A said:

i guess things have changed. i have AIS and was told Farang can only do prepaid, not postpaid. 

As with everything in Thailand...it depends. I live here, switched from prepaid to postpaid upon renting homes on yearly contract. Pay bill online. Current one just emailed to me 381 B for last month.

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1 minute ago, wwest5829 said:

As with everything in Thailand...it depends. I live here, switched from prepaid to postpaid upon renting homes on yearly contract. Pay bill online. Current one just emailed to me 381 B for last month.

i will try calling AIS again. as soon as the tranquilizers kick it.

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Ditch AIS! Get LINE mobile postpaid. Unlimited and watch what ever tv or vids you want. AIS are criminals. Im paying around 700b per month completely unlimited and watch netflix, youtube, run cctv etc all off my phone. Its brilliant.

Dont try and change your ais number to another service. they will hold it to ransom and demand more money for service time when not used. Ill never use them again and i was a postpaid few k per month user for many years.

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If you use a data prepaid package which is sufficient for your modest needs, then there is no advantage in switching to postpaid. 

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What about horror story of kids or other member of the family using the phone and receiving those horrible  20,000 THB ++ bills ….. And if you loose you phone , someone can make  many overseas call before your report he phone loss or stolen ?

 

Can you limit the total monthly amount to be billed each month ?

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Whether you use postpaid or prepaid, a lot of people don't realize that there are many packages you can change to, to fit your needs. I have a package that is no longer available, but is still in effect for me, that charges me 1 Baht for the 1st minute and 25 Satang for each minute after the 1st minute. If I talk for more than one hour per day, all calls after that, within the 1 2 Call/ AIS network are free until midnight. Here's the current promotions available: http://www.ais.co.th/one-2-call/promotion/en/nonstop.html

 

Another good tip that is not widely known: If you top up your prepaid phone service at an AIS store that has kiosks, you get 30 days validity for each 20 Baht note you use. You have to do it 20 Baht at a time, but 240 Baht gets you a years worth of validity and the 240 Baht worth of talk time as well.

 

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2 hours ago, cnx355 said:

What about horror story of kids or other member of the family using the phone and receiving those horrible  20,000 THB ++ bills ….. And if you loose you phone , someone can make  many overseas call before your report he phone loss or stolen ?

 

Can you limit the total monthly amount to be billed each month ?

Yes, you can.

The connection will be cut off when your monthly limit has been reached. 

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5 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

i guess things have changed. i have AIS and was told Farang can only do prepaid, not postpaid. 

Usually AIS wants to see a work permit. 

DTAC may be more flexible. 

But it really depends. 

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21 minutes ago, uhuh said:

Usually AIS wants to see a work permit. 

DTAC may be more flexible. 

But it really depends. 

I switched from AIS pre-pay to AIS post-pay last year at Siam Paragon customer service center..  50% off first 6 months.  Only passport asked for.  WP never mentioned

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