Switching From Prepaid to Postpaid? Here’s a Guide For You

A postpaid connection can offer many benefits to a user over a prepaid one. Therefore, many users, every year, switch from their prepaid connections to postpaid ones. If you are wondering how to convert prepaid to postpaid, this guide will help you in the best possible way.

Whether you are a Vi prepaid user, Airtel prepaid user, Jio prepaid user, or BSNL or MTNL prepaid user, this guide will come to your aid if you want to know how to convert your prepaid connection to a postpaid connection.

This blog will also talk about several benefits that a user will get with postpaid connections over prepaid connections. Let’s first look at how to convert from a prepaid connection to a postpaid connection in the segments below.

How to Convert Prepaid to Postpaid Online?

As time progresses, more and more things are made available online. There was a time when one had to reach the store of his/her cellular provider to convert a prepaid connection to a postpaid one, but it’s not the case anymore, at least not for the Airtel and Vi users. However, Jio, BSNL and MTNL users still have to find the nearby store to get their prepaid number converted to a postpaid number.

Converting a Prepaid to Postpaid Online: For Airtel and Vi Users

It is very easy for the Airtel and Vi users to switch to a postpaid connection from a prepaid one, all you have to do is follow these simple steps-

For Airtel Users

  • Go to the official website of Airtel
  • Click on ‘Switch Prepaid to Postpaid’ under the Postpaid tab
  • Select the postpaid plan you would like to go ahead with and click on ‘Buy’
  • Enter your Airtel prepaid number
  • Select your city and enter your address
  • Click on ‘Submit’ to confirm the order
  • Your new postpaid sim will be delivered to your address within a few days
  • You will be asked to provide ID proof and address proof and the Airtel executive will click a picture of you to complete the process

For Vi Users

  • Go to My Vi site
  • Click on the ‘Mobile Number Portability’ option under the ‘New Connection’ tab
  • Select Postpaid and enter your pin code and Vi prepaid number
  • Enter your name and full address
  • Select the Vi postpaid plan of your preference
  • Click on ‘Get OTP to Complete Order’
  • Enter OTP to confirm the order
  • Your new postpaid sim will be delivered to your address within a few days
  • You will be asked to provide ID proof and address proof and the Airtel executive will click a picture of you to complete the process

How to Convert Prepaid to Postpaid Offline?

The above process may not be available or best suited for the following users-

  • Users that use the service of a cellular provider other than Airtel and Vi, i.e., Jio, BSNL and MTNL prepaid users
  • Those Airtel and Vi prepaid users who may find it more difficult to process it online
  • Those Airtel and Vi prepaid users who want the new postpaid sim immediately

For these aforementioned cases, users will need to find the nearest store of their cellular provider, i.e, a Jio store, BSNL store, MTNL store or even an Airtel or Vi store. But for this, you have to carry a few documents with you. They will also take your picture to complete the form and the process. You will receive an OTP for confirmation, upon which, you will receive your new postpaid sim. Your new sim will get activated within a few hours after that.

List of Documents Needed For Offline Process:

  • ID proof such as PAN Card, Passport etc.
  • Address proof such as Aadhar Card, Driving License etc.

Benefits of Converting From Prepaid to Postpaid

A postpaid connection can offer many benefits over a prepaid connection such as

  • No need to frequently topping up
  • Only a one-time payment after the billing cycle
  • Other benefits include free subscriptions to OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney + Hotstar and many more

FAQs
Can I convert my prepaid connection to a postpaid connection?
Yes, you can convert your prepaid connection to a postpaid connection. All you need to do is to visit the nearby store of your telecom company and complete the procedure.
What are some of the common benefits of a postpaid connection over a prepaid one?
Some of the common benefits of switching to a postpaid connection from a prepaid one are-
  • No need to top-up frequently
  • Free subscription to OTT platforms
  • No throttling or deprioritization problems
How long does it take to convert from a prepaid to a postpaid connection?
Telecom companies need to verify the address of the user for activating a postpaid connection. Once you have submitted all the documents and got the new postpaid sim, an executive from the company may come to the address for verification. After the verification is done, the sim activates in a few hours.
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