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StarHub Postpaid vs Prepaid: What’s the difference?

StarHub Postpaid vs Prepaid: What’s the difference?

It is a typical question to ask yourself if you’re a mobile user what kind of mobile plan you should have whether to go prepaid or postpaid. However, choosing which one to pick has become more difficult nowadays, because you must take in plenty of factors from what’s more practical and what’s more convenient for you. So, to give a light on the difference between postpaid and prepaid plans, we will look at their pros and cons.  

StarHub Postpaid



Device instalment plans 

Get a new handset along with your plan. However, you need to pay a cash-out fee. Sometimes you don’t need to pay the cash-out, or instead, pay it on top of your monthly bill.  

Lock-in period 

It’s a financial commitment since you’ll be locked in for 2 years. You will pay an early termination fee if you cancel it. That’s why it’s best to assess your budget before you decide to get this. 


No more worrying about running out of credits since when you exceed your mobile usage allowance, you will instead get charged for your excess usage. 

Risk of overspending 

There is a risk of paying a bigger monthly bill once you exceed your monthly plan’s limit.  

Recontract benefits 

Once you fulfill your contract, you’ll be eligible for recontract, which comes with a recontract voucher.  

Late fees and penalties 

It’s a must to pay your postpaid bill on time every month. Otherwise, you risk getting sanctioned.

StarHub Prepaid 



No contract 

There’s no set lock-in period commitment. Plus, there are no monthly fees. 

Doesn’t come with a device 

It does not come with a handset. If you need a new handset, you will have to purchase it separately at retail price. 

Controlled spending 

Easily top up your wallet depending on your needs. Basically, you’re in full control and can avoid the risk of overspending. 

Requires top-up 

There’s a chance of running out of credit or bundled SMS, talk time & calls. So, you must be mindful of your credits and top up when needed. 

No hidden fees 

No additional fees to pay on top of your main credit wallet. This means your credit balance is tantamount to the amount of money you’re paying. 

Top up to extend the validity period 

Prepaid cards are valid up to 180 days from the date of activation. So, you need to top up to extend its validity.  

At the end of the day, it’s all different based on your needs. For now, we hope we helped you to decide if postpaid plans or prepaid is better for you. So, if you want to sign up for StarHub postpaid plans, you may do so via our Online Store. Or purchase a StarHub Prepaid SIM Card at our StarHub shops 


What do you prefer prepaid or postpaid? Share your thoughts in the comment below. 


~ Carla



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