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I'm a very light user of my iPhone, composing very few text messages and even fewer calls. Koodo seems to fit my needs in terms of cost and ease of account management. Before I sign up I was hoping to get some questions clarified and any suggestions folks might have.
I'm looking at getting the most basic of monthly plan ($15/month) and then use a booster add-on for anytime minutes. 
Does this seem like a reasonable approach? Given that add-on boosters unused credits are carried on as the plan is renewed this seems like a good option. 
Am also thinking of having pre-authorized plan renewal, if I understood this option correctly it gives you back a 10% credit.
Any suggestions and comments are welcome. Glad to see this seems like a very active and helpful community. - cheers

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Hi ipadfsj,

If all you are doing is what you say, then this seems like a very good option! The minute boosters are also Canada-wide so you can even call from anywhere in Canada to anywhere in Canada. As for the pre-authorized plan renewal, you are correct about the 10%. 

Just a reminder, the booster minutes you add carry over as long as you keep your base-plan active (paying the 15$ every month) so I would recommend you add the 500 minute booster, it's the best value for your dollar (0.05$ per minute). The 100 minute booster ends up costing you 0.10$ per minute and the 25 minute booster costs you 0.20$ per minute. If it takes you an entire year (or more) to use the 500 minutes, just make sure you keep renewing your base plan!
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It's a great way to start. You won't be locked into buying services you don't need, and if you go a little overboard, your service stops and you can re-assess your needs instantly. No big end-of-month surprises because you accidentally left mobile data on.

My plan is exactly what you propose. Costs me less than $25 a month on a yearly basis all-in for mixed light to medium consumption.  Pre-paid bridges the peaks and valleys nicely.

Only drawbacks with prepaid:  no service at all outside of Canada, and some rarely-used features such as extended roaming or call forwarding do not work.
Thanks for the quick and helpful replies. 
Mathieu: that's a great suggestion to go with the 500 min booster, will do that
Bob: I don't use my phone outside Canada, but thanks for pointing that out

On another note, looks like I can activate the phone myself online after I get a sim card (I think Walmart sells them for $5). When it comes to getting a phone number assigned, will I get a few choices to pick from?

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ipadfsj wrote:

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Normally you are simply assigned one based on your location or the location you want by area code. Beyond that you might get charged for requesting a vanity number or particular number. Perhaps Koodo doesn't do it. When I was on a Telus plan and changed numbers they said there's normally a charge for requesting a certain number.
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ipadfsj wrote:

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The $5 sim card is for monthly customers.
Prepaid is 20-25 dollars. But comes with a $20 start up credit.
Make sure you get the right one!

In regards to your choice of number, you will get 5 to choose from, with additional options for searching for a specific number.

ipadfsj wrote:

Thanks for the quick and helpful replies. 
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Thanks for the sim card clarification, small technical detail the kid at Walmart didn't mention, really glad this forum exists feel a lot more confident going with Koodo 🙂

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ipadfsj wrote:

Thanks for the quick and helpful replies. 
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Walmart most likely will NOT have the SIM card you need. You will have to get it at a Koodo booth. If you are in an outllying area, you might find the SIM online at ebay.ca
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ipadfsj wrote:

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Im going to echo what Bob just said, the only shop that sells prepaid cards in store are Koodo kiosk (No Walmart, no BestBuy). What version of the iPhone do you have? We could tell you the size of the SIM card you will need to get!
ipadfsj wrote:

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Yes you are right We went to Wall mart to pay our prepaid account and they did not exsepet our payment so here we are with out mobile phone what should we do change the Koodo and go to some where else
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Shamshudin,
Payments are done on the self serve website, or by phone if you have a voucher. Walmart does sell voucher cards that you can use to add funds to your account
ipadfsj wrote:

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hey Mathieu I have an iPhone 4S, and I also found a Koodo kiosk within driving distance of us, it's in Grande Prairie AB so I'll get the card there
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ipadfsj wrote:

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You will need to get a Micro SIM card. It should be 20$ at the kiosk, however as Mitchell said you will get a 20$ credit once you activated, this can be used towards buying your first month's base plan!  

SIM Card Source.
ipadfsj wrote:

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Just to make things as smooth as possible I'm just checking on a couple of details...
After I purchase the SIM card, what's the best procedure for activating the phone, should I put the card in the iPhone first then go online to activate it, create an account and purchase a plan, or the other way around?
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ipadfsj wrote:

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I would say go online, activate the account and purchase the plan then insert and power on the iPhone.
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ipadfsj wrote:

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The Koodo store will not activate a prepaid phone for you. You must go online to activate it. The process automatically sets up your account and choice of plan purchases. Have your credit card handy and decide what your top-up and plan strategy will be ahead of time. The whole process takes about 15 minutes.

When you have set up your top ups and boosters, and have calls/data/texts purchased in your account, that's the time to insert the SIM and re-boot the phone to access the network. In some cases, a reboot may not even be necessary.
ipadfsj wrote:

Thanks for the quick and helpful replies. 
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Yes I know the store does not activate it, I was just thinking about the sequence of the steps for me
thanks to both of you
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When I purchased the SIM card one thing the Koodo rep suggested is that I turn off iMessage in the iPhone Settings. If I understood him right his reasoning was that iMessage will use data, by turning it off it forces the phone to send messages as SMS, which does not affect unlimited text messaging. Does this make sense? thx
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ipadfsj wrote:

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100% right ipadfsj !
ipadfsj wrote:

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Great!! Also, if I don't plan to surf the web on cellular, can I shut off Cellular Datain the Settings? I'm not sure if that would also take away my ability to make phone calls. What would happen if I shut off Cellular Data? Basically I just use the phone for calls and texting (imagine that :))
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ipadfsj wrote:

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Since your prepaid, there is no real use of turning off Cellular Data. By turning it off, you will stop MMS (picture messages) from being able to be sent or received from the phone. With prepaid, if you don't have a data booster, then it will not allow you to use data thus ensuring you get no additional charges. 
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ipadfsj wrote:

Thanks for the quick and helpful replies. 
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Just want to add that, depending on the version of iPhone you have, only turn off cellular data, not 3G.
It's a 4S so 3G is a separate option. That's good to know that if I don't have a data booster it will not allow me to use data, because I think with major carriers that's not the case. So if I don't have data booster and DO NOT turn off Cellular Data I won't be able to send or receive MMS correct?
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ipadfsj wrote:

It's a 4S so 3G is a separate option. That's good to know that if I don't have a data booster it ...

On prepaid mms should work with or without a data booster, as long as data is enabled.
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ipadfsj wrote:

It's a 4S so 3G is a separate option. That's good to know that if I don't have a data booster it ...

MMS will work, but you must have your data turned on. If you turn data on the phone turned off, then MMS won't work
just activated my phone and thanks to all the help above it went without a glitch and works great !!
However I'm having trouble understanding the transaction amounts and balance it shows. I've pasted the transaction amounts below hopefully it won't be too messy, but I'm trying to decipher what it's telling me. Is the activation bonus what came with the prepaid sim card? I also got a text from Koodo telling me that I have a free 100 minute talk booster but I don't see that. Any help deciphering this statement is appreciated thanks

Jan 31, 2016ATU Discount 10% - PP15/ATU Remise de 10% - PP15$1.50 $1.50 Jan 31, 2016Talk Booster 500/ à-côté Parler 500 $25.00$0.00 Jan 31, 2016$15 Base Plan Purch/Achat d'un forfait de base 15$ $15.00$25.00 Jan 31, 2016Activation Bonus / Prime d'activation$20.00 $40.00 Jan 31, 2016Credit/Visa Debit TopUp-Réapprov crédit/Visa Débit$20.00 $20.00 <<<[1]>>>

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