With monthly plans, you pay a one-time activation fee (generally $50) for the ability to activate and deactivate service on a monthly basis. You can deactivate your number and pay a small fee (generally $5/month) to keep your number while it is inactive so that you can use it again when you reactivate your service.
With annual plans, you commit to purchase service for 12 continuous months and activation is free.
Prepaid plans let you purchase a set amount of usage, usually in minutes, that's good over a period of time. For example, a popular prepaid plan lets you buy 500 minutes good for up to 12 months. At the end of 12 months, you either lose any minutes you haven't used or need to buy another prepaid plan and can roll over remaining minutes.
Prepaid plans are simple but have several disadvantages:
That said, prepaid remains a good option if you know exactly when, where, and how much airtime you need, have credit challenges, or will be handing the phone to someone you don't trust to use a reasonable amount of airtime. For almost all people, however, Pivotel monthly or annual plans are more affordable and more convenient
Monthly and Annual Postpaid Plans
Pivotel postpaid plans are either monthly or annual. They give a certain amount of value per month, and when call or text the amount is deducted from the included value, or added as a per-minute or per-text charge if you use more than the included value. This has several advantages.