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When does U.S. pay-per-use text and data expire?


When traveling to the U.S., if we choose not to purchase a plan, we will be charged $5/20mb data, $5/100 texts, and $1.50/minute talk.  The talk part is easy, but when do the other two expire?  Say I send a text on day one and on day two, will I be charged $5 for each day?  Does it expire in 3 days, 7 days, a month before a new charge would apply?

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Hello David It expires at the end of your billing cycle. PS : Do.you have a sister named Laura?
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No you are charged on a per usage model. it's pay per use as opposed to per day. That 5 dollars could hit several times a day at 20MB per 5 bucks very easily. You're auto charged 5 on the first text and first KB of data for the amount per 20mb or 100 texts. You'll be better off getting a roaming package in the US if you can't get something from say MetroPCS or some other mvno unless you just need the odd text.
We use very little to no data at all, perhaps to find a nearby restaurant or check weather.  we would be fine with 20mb over 3 days.  same with texts, it's only the odd occasion we text each other (my wife and I) to check on timing, etc...  So, my question is that can I use: Day1: 5mb, Day 2: 5mb, Day 3: 5mb = total 15mb, and only be charged $5?  Or do I get charged $15 since I used it "per day"?  Same with texts: Day1: 20 texts, Day2: 20 texts, Day3: 20 texts = total 60 texts.  Am I charged $5, or $15 for the 3 days of text?  What is the actual "expiry" of the pay per use model?
When we were in the states last year we were charged $5 for about 10 text messages - I'm sure I can't use the remaining 90 on this upcoming trip - would it reset every week perhaps?
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That is correct. As I said it's not per day but per usage. Until you go 20MB plus 1KB, you will not be charged another 5 dollars for the billing cycle. Texting is the same per usage model within the same billing cycle: 20 per day for 5 days = 5 dollars. The "expiry" is the billing cycle time frame. How will will you be in the US for? As I sai it might be worth it to either do a roaming package for the data or a local prepaid sim card for primarily data use if you don't have regular wi-fi access where you're going.
Only in the US for 4 days total with no wi-fi.  Good to know it's for the billing cycle.  To get the 150mb of data, it looks like you need to purchase the unlimited text/voice as well, for a total of $30.  Unless there is a data only ad-on?  We may take our chances on the pay-per-use.  We will use less than 100 texts, no voice, and even if we used 100mb of pay per use data, it would still add up to the $30 in pay per use fees.  I'm guessing our data will be under 20mb, but possibly under 40mb, so still cheaper as per pay use.
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No afraid not RE data only. Sure if you want. Just make sure you stick within that amount. FYI Metropcs and Boost Mobile have 1GB data options for 30 dollars. T-Mobile may or may not still offer their 30 for 5GB plan as well should you ever decide you want to use more data.
Great, thanks for the tip!

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