Why is the pre-paid BB Q5 $200, and the monthly BB Q5 $150?

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Why is the pre-paid BB Q5 $200, and the monthly BB Q5 $150?
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Posted 4 years ago

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With most cell phone providers they typically charge more for a similar phone on prepaid than they would on contract. Reason being is because you may pay upfront for the prepaid phone and pay nothing upfront on the tab but pay more each month. So you save initially with the tab and save more over the long term with prepaid. Hope that helps answer your question :)
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The reason, Paul, is to discourage "bait-and-switch". Many people bought phones from Koodo only to unlock them and take them to other carriers. By having the outright price higher, this effect is reduced.

And those who still want the cheaper phone have to actually get a Koodo monthly plan and go through the credit check and all that, so it's a lot less appealing to someone who did not plan on staying anyway,

Best way to go about it is to pick a phone, pick a plan, and stay ;)
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Thanks for the updates David and Daniel. I already have a monthly plan and a phone that is already paid for. I was looking to add a pre-paid as a second phone. So I suppose the best thing for me to do is transfer my current phone as a pre-paid after picking up the BB Q5 for $150 on my tab.
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or if you want Paul, you could also get the BB Q5 on the tab and keep using your current phone on your monthly plan and use the BB Q5 as a prepaid phone. Since the phone itself is not a designated "post-paid" phone if that makes sense. Totally up to you though
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Thanks Daniel. Makes ¢ to me ;-)
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Yup, that would be even easier, Paul. Just swap out the SIM cards and you're done :) Thanx for the reminder, Daniel!
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LOL no problem :)
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Actually, a SIMCARD comes with both the pre-paid and monthly/tab, so delta is $30.
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They deleted the TAB option just as I was deciding to purchase it? Can you purchase the prepaid and then use on your monthly plan later? I cannot get any response to emails from the company despite having three phones on family plan for the last three years.
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Hi Bob, if you purchase a prepaid q5, yes you can use it on your monthly plan! :D
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It does mean I have to pay $200 up front rather than pay off $150 over time. Definitely a bad move for those of us needing an affordable way to get a smartphone. I can't believe they decided that just as I was researching this issue.
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If you call a few koodo shops, they might have the Q5 as a "Certified Pre-Owned Phone" :)

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