How To Choose The Right Postpaid Mobile Phone Plan


So, you’ve decided to get yourself a postpaid plan for your mobile phone. But with several different  postpaid service providers, it can be vexing to decide which one to trust.

To get the most out of what you’re paying for, it’s crucial to pick the most suitable postpaid plan with the best value to meet your specific needs.

Here’s what you should consider.

1. The type of phone

The postpaid plan you’ll get can depend on what phone you intend to use.

There are postpaid packages that come with a mobile phone, and you can choose the package that comes with the unit that you prefer. The service provider will give you the phone for a lower price, but in exchange, you’ll lock yourself in a contract for between one to two years.  

2. The brand

It’s also a good idea to consider picking a popular mobile service provider. This is not solely because of branding, but due to the fact that they provide better networks and good customer service.

Chances are, you’ll end up using the same service provider as your friends and family, which will have its advantages.

Evaluate Which Network Is Best

In today’s world of hardcore marketing, you may get confused over which service provider to choose. Do away with false marketing and make the smart decision by taking the following into account:

  • Network Strength – Identify the network strength in the location of your residence and work. This plays a great role in choosing your plan. No call drops, clarity of calls and high-speed data are factors that will help you determine how good a network is.
  • Open Network – This is an online grid that allows you to check towers within the surrounding area of your home and office. The signal strength coming from the towers will establish the clarity of calls that you’ll get from your postpaid connection.
  • Reputation and Stability – Check the reputation of your chosen service provider. Read reviews and examine if they have efficient customer care. Good customer care will help enhance your experience of using a postpaid plan.
  • National Player – A national network is better because your connectivity won’t fail even when travelling. Furthermore, it will make your trip hassle-free, knowing that you can stay connected. After all, as an established player, they’re highly capable of providing you support.
  • Add-ons – A branded network will have various freebies that you can take advantage of. They’ll give you access to free apps for music, movies, payments, etc.

3. Your phone usage

What activities do you plan to use your phone for? Is it mainly for SMS, calls or simply to surf the internet?

Review the offers of your chosen postpaid plan provider and see if there’s a package that meets all your needs.

4. The fine print

Few people take the time to read the contract before signing. It’s extremely important that you review the fine print first to avoid getting locked into a service that you don’t want.

For example, there are some plans that allow consumers to use free data, but at a lower speed after exceeding their limit.

Whenever you have questions, ask away before making a commitment. You can also read the Terms and Conditions and FAQs for they often have answers to questions that customers have.

5. The plan’s cost

In choosing a postpaid plan, your final decision should fit your budget. After all, a postpaid plan will become an additional monthly expense, so it’s important to evaluate rates. To get the best value, choose a mobile plan that includes the following in their package:

  • Free and Unlimited Calls – If you spend most of your time making calls, it’s a good idea to choose a plan with unlimited calls.
  • Free Roaming Calls – If you constantly travel, including free roaming calls in your plan will help lower your expenses while abroad.
  • Family Sharing Plan – If you can share your data and call minutes with your family for a low monthly fee, you can save on costs for each family member.

Getting a postpaid plan ensures that you always have access to SMS, calls or data during emergencies. But in order to avoid exceeding your monthly limit and accruing excess fees, you also need to control your mobile usage. Consider the tips above to get the right postpaid plan that will give you the best value.


Azhar Abulhamayel is the Head of Marketing – National Segment and High Value at Zain KSA. The company was the first operator in the Middle East to commercially launch the 4G/LTE network. Zain serves +10M customers, has extended its network coverage to 94% of the population, and attracts thousands of new customers daily.