Cell Phone Newbie!

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I need 20 minutes a month local calls and 10 minutes long distance ( Canadian calls only). I don't own a cell and have never owned one. Pretend I'm 10 years old instead of 42 and explain my most economical choice. Also, would purchasing a used cell phone be wise/cheaper than a new phone? I'm in Nova Scotia and pay $62 a month for a land line that rarely gets used. Could a cell plan lower that to around $20-25 per month, tax included? I'll admit, the plans shown are confusing me.
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Timo Tuokkola, Mobile Master

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Sign up for prepaid service. For your usage, this is by far the most economical option. You will pay $15/month, plus the cost of minutes. You can get 500 minutes for $25. These minutes never expire as long as the $15 for your base plan is paid each month. The only downside is that you get no discount on the price of your phone, you will need to purchase one from koodo outright or get a used/unlocked phone from elsewhere.
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I don't see how they're confusing. For you, the $29 plan would be your cheapest option on Tab plans. It gives you 200 daytime minutes (in and out) with evenings/weekend calls unlimited after 5pm. It also includes Canada-wide calls so you won't have to worry about any local/LD usage. You get unlimited text and pic messages to anywhere in the world. You also get call display and voicemail included.

You can track your usage In Self Serve but if you use as much as you say you do, you won't have an issue.

You can get up to -150 off a phone with the Tab with this plan or go up to -300 if you're okay adding $5 to your plan but since you're a first time user, I wouldn't get anything expensive.

If you're willing to start using a smartphone, the Moto G is the king of cheap for Koodo. Ask a kiosk for a demo, if they have it. Its got a nice 720p display, quad-core performance, and a simple design with a good loudspeaker.

You can also connect to WiFi and use internet to get emails, weather, etc
But since you won't have a data plan, keep it off on the phone or request a data block. Keep in mind this will disable picture messages.

Its very good value for the price of -150 or $0 on a Tab S! Koodo will pay off your phone for you over 24 months and if you ever want to cancel, you'll only pay off the Tab balance.

There's no activation fee, no SIM fee, no hidden charges on your bill. If there are any discrepancies, customer service is usually quick to resolve them.

Prepaid is an option too but I actually think that's harder to explain and the Moto G price is an unnecessary $100 higher so it's tougher to recommend.

Visit somewhere that sells Koodo postpaid to confirm everything I've told you, retailers like The Mobile Shop also have great gift card offers for new phones.

You'll need 2 pieces of ID for a credit check, preferably license or your province Photo ID card and a Canadian credit card. SIN is also taken. One of those 3 are mandatory. The other can be one of the other 2 or passport, Indian status card, permanent resident card, or birth certificate.

Anything else?
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Ack Jonathan, really, recommending a plan for 30 minutes per month?! :P


Prepaid is the way to go. A monthly fee of $13.50 and on top of that your minutes will be 5 cents Canada wide, meaning those 30 minutes will cost you around $1.50 extra.


I'd go for the cheapest phone which would be something like the Galaxy Discover for $100 brand new. You'll get a free SIM card with that and $20 credit :)
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Discover is garbage. It's as bad as the Ace II X, possibly worse. I'd rather have the A341 and I wouldn't pay more than $50 for that. Prepaid is a nice option but I actually find it more confusing than postpaid and the customer wouldn't have to pay for the phone and they could just cancel after 30 days and migrate to prepaid anyway...
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Although everyone has a valid point, I'd still recommend the Moto G over anything else. Since this is possibly your first foray into smartphones the Moto G will not only not disappoint you but,because it's such a powerhouse , it has the potential to grow with you as you learn more and more about how to use one. Avoid the Ace IIx
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Certified Pre-Owned phone is Good too.
You might not see the whole listing on the Koodo website, but if you call a nearby Koodo kiosk they will tell you what they have in stock :)
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I wouldn't recommend a smartphone to thins person, let alone an Android. A prepaid TELUS Nokia Lumia 620 would be my recommendation to him if he chooses to purchase new. This would be his cheapest choice (and he would not need to have it unlocked for it to work on Koodo). Still not a feature phone, but good feature phones are in very limited supply in this country.

Operating system aside, the Moto G may be a relatively compact phone by today's standards is still quite a bit larger than a Lumia 620. This person asked for a phone for calls only, so apps and other concerns that we may have are of absolutely no consequence to him. He needs a good quality phone with decent battery life. Sure, the Moto G fits the bill, but it's at least $50 more expensive than the Lumia 620.
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He can buy my 520 for $80 if he wants, I have the box and stuff :P
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You wouldn't recommend a smartphone but you did anyways lol.
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"Still not a feature phone, but good feature phones are in very limited supply in this country."

The only feature phone offered by Koodo is LG-A341 at $100. My father in law has that phone (at my recommendation because it was the most economical choice). The Lumia 620 is the same price as the LG-A341.
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You have a couple good options for under $30 a month. Just summarizing what people have said you cheapest is prepaid for $15 (Sophia where can you get $13.50? I've always read base plans start at $15 but I don't use prepaid) and then add a $25 whenever you have talked for 500 minutes. So at 30 minutes a month you would add the $25 top up every 16 months! It would like be more often as calls are rounded up to the minute. Canadian long distance is included so that's why people aren't commenting on that (phone plans have really changed I the last 20 years, eh?). The problem is you need to pay full price of the phone.

I think Jonathan is suggesting if you want prepaid you start off post paid and switch after a month because the cost of the Moto G is $100 more on prepaid... That's kind of weird but it is what it is.

For $29 a month you end up getting the Moto G for free if you stay two years. It includes a lot more minutes and can be good value if you end up using the phone more than you think...

Anyway, two good options.
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Koodo has a promo right now, Moonmack, if you auto top-up your account, you get 10% off your base plan. ($15-10%=$13.50) :)

But yes that was basically what I was trying to say, everybody has different needs and for example my husband has absolutely no need for bells & whistles, he is quite happy with a basic smartphone that can call, text and use a few low-impact apps such as chat, email, navigation or a freecell game.

Anyway we yakked your head off Jackson, let us know what you decide based on all the recommendations you got :D
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Thanks for all the replies, I appreciate your time.
I like the $15 pre-paid plan with the $25, 500 minute addition. My only requirement is that the phone has adequate reception. Like Sophia's husband, the bells and whistles aren't useful to me.
If I choose to sign up for the post paid $29 plan to get the free phone and then cancel after a month to switch to pre paid, isn't there a penalty/fee or something? To an uniformed person it seems I'd be responsible for paying for the phone outright upon cancelling the original agreement. My nearest kiosk is an hour away, so, I really appreciate you giving me information that will keep me from being 'overwhelmed' with info once I get there.
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Chad, I think that may work. Is there a credit check for using the tab after you are already a customer? I don't remember there being one so if you use the tab and pay it off immediately I think you save the $100 compared to buying it outright.

So another reason to go straight to prepaid is to avoid an extra credit check that would be required from starting with postpaid.
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I thought the only time you could pay off the tab is at the time of upgrading your phone or is that not how it works and they just said that's how its supposed to be ?
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Online, you can pay it off on your next bill
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It's required when upgrading. It's now an option at any time. It's still a better idea to let Koodo pay it off, in my opinion, unless you're looking to cancel or move to prepaid.
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Ya that's what I thought, weird that when we were told about it at first it was stated that you can only pay it off when upgrading. They must have changed their minds which we all know they like to do lol
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Ok folks, I've decided to go straight to pre paid for convenience. I'll check out their selection of phones, new and pre-owned and find something suitable. Now that I'm more familiar with the language and the procedures the experience won't be so confusing. Thanks for the heads up on having the proper ID with me! Did I see an option for transferring my current number (land line) to a new cell, and if so is there a fee? Maybe it was another site? Damned if I can find it...
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Yay! Good choice, Jackson! The best thing is for prepaid you don't need any ID, just money :D

You can transfer your landline number (port in) at any time, whether you do it when you activate your cell phone, or later and start with the temporary number to get the hang of it first. I'd recommend you do it in two steps :)
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Be aware, though, that a landline port takes about 2 business days to complete, as opposed to a wireless number which takes a few hours.
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Oh Jackson since you're so new to cell phones, I am not sure if this is a superfluous remark or not... but I thought I'd mention it anyway.
With cell phones incoming minutes are not automatically included. So whether you call out, or receive a call, that would both use 1 booster unit (minute).

Porting in your number is free by the way and since Timo said it takes 2 business days, I'd DEFINITELY wait a few days till you're settled with your new account :)

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