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I heard that if I change from the monthly plan to the prepaid, that I have to pay off my tab. This doesn't seem right because I'm staying with the same company, vs bringing my phone from another company. Is there a way around it if I phone the Cust Service? Also, just to confirm, if I stay with the monthly, I'd ultimately pay less for the TAB because koodo is paying a portion of the cost every month, right?

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Hi Jay, You basically answered your own question here 🙂 Koodo can't transfer the Tab to prepaid, because they subsidize their phones through the Tab. It's a win-win for them: you get "locked into" a postpaid plan and they compensate by partially funding your phone for you. On prepaid there is none of that, so it is not worth it for Koodo to offer a Tab on prepaid. It won't be of any use trying to talk to them, they will say the same as I just said. You can either keep your plan and Tab, or pay off the Tab in full and port your number to prepaid... you can't have both I'm afraid!
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Thanks for such a quick response. So this means I have no consequence if I decide to go prepaid with another company altogether, right? See, right now, my dad and I are on my bill, so we get free calling between us. If I switch him to prepaid, since he wants to have his own bill, then we lose that free calling between us benefit, tho I will be paying the same for my monthly (but he hopefully we be paying less for his prepaid)....so that is one reason why I thought to downgrade to prepaid as well (btw I'm the only one with the tab). And now with your confirmation, I'm thinking I should show around for the best prepaid plan for me, instead of just defaulting to stay with koodo. Any advice?
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Jay N wrote:

Thanks for such a quick response. So this means I have no consequence if I decide to go prepai...

The only advantage of porting to Koodo prepaid as opposed to other companies is that you won't have to pay the full month, your account will be terminated instantly. However there are new rules coming into effect that will enforce cell companies to prorate the last bill no matter what you port to...... not sure if that is applicable yet. If you want advice on the best prepaid provider, share a little how often you use your phone. How many minutes do you call on average? How much data do you use? Are you a fervent texter?
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Jay N wrote:

Thanks for such a quick response. So this means I have no consequence if I decide to go prepai...

Thanks again for your kind interest. I hardly ever text (1or 2/mo) or use the talking (<30min)!! I use my phone mainly for a camera and for emerg, and I may use some data, like 25M a month...what I liked about koodo's plan was that I can just buy a big wad of minutes and use them whenever....I don't like the pressure of the expiry kind when I signed up with koodo, the rep said I should get monthly because everyone ends up saving money that way, but after 8 months, my usage seems consistently low.
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Jay N wrote:

Thanks for such a quick response. So this means I have no consequence if I decide to go prepai...

oops; I meant to say in the middle (my touchpad must've activated and deleted it LOL) was I use the talking maybe 30 min, and the data <25M/mo; what I liked with koodo's prepaid is I can buy a big wad (to get the 5c/min) and not worry about expiry
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Jay N wrote:

Thanks for such a quick response. So this means I have no consequence if I decide to go prepai...

Hmm, a chunk in the middle is missing again....I use 25M/mo
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Jay N wrote:

Thanks for such a quick response. So this means I have no consequence if I decide to go prepai...

If you want decent coverage and your phone to work when you do need it koodo is likely still the best for prepaid. $15 will get you unlimited messaging. You will find other cheaper alternatives but you get what you pay for.
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Jay N wrote:

Thanks for such a quick response. So this means I have no consequence if I decide to go prepai...

Koodo prepaid is indeed awesome, for those whose usage match the base plan. For emergency/senior phones (which are hardly ever used), Koodo prepaid can't touch what SpeakOut/Petro-Canada provide, price-wise.
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Hi Jay, You may find the spreadsheet useful that I created a while ago. It only compares Koodo prepaid to postpaid plans, but it may give you an indication of what you really need: http://goo.gl/88DFC You may want to look into TELUS prepaid. You'd pay $10 per month for 100MB but local calls are $0.15 per minute, which is quite good. Texting I think is 30 cents per text, which is less awesome to say it mildly 🙂 Anyway have a look at the spreadsheet and see if Koodo prepaid will prove cheaper for your needs than TELUS... I can't really think of any other prepaid plan that would be better - sometimes I end up recommending Speakout (7-11) but that is really only suitable for emergency use... their advantage is you only have to top up $25 per year (!) to keep your account alive.

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