Do I have to have a plan?

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I just bought a flip phone for my mother in law and do not want a monthly plan. She wants to use it for calls only, no texting or data. Trying to register it and it tells me to pick a plan, no option for no plan. Is it possible to register it and not have a plan?
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Sheila Jordan

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Posted 1 year ago

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Mathieu, Mobile Master

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Hi Sheila,

No it is not possible. You must have a base-plan on your account.
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Sheila Jordan

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Well that is a waste of money. I will return the phone and find a company that does not require a plan since I only want to pay for the talk minutes that are used. Perhaps koodo should consider this option. I understand it would not be common but why pay $35 per month for services that are not used or offer only talk plans with no texting.
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Janice Zolki

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I have the same problem.I might use my phone maybe 4 times a year.so I would like to do a one time payment for the year,but would like to know it is always ready to use ,[no top ups]  in case an emergency  do you have a plan for me.


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@ Janice
Koodo doesn't have a plan like that even if it's prepaid.
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BobTheElectrician

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Koodo does not, but Bell has?(had) a pay once in advance with no monthly renewals. You really have to dig on their site to find it.

Right now you might use your phone sparingly. I try to discourage people doing what I call the SST (Snowbird or Senior Shortsighted Thing) and turn the phone on only when you want to make a call. The people you phone will get annoyed very quickly that their calls to you are always shunted to voicemail and never returned. Doesn't make for good relationships.
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Allan, Mobile Master

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Telus offers 400min 400texts for $100 for the year.
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Janice Zolki

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thank you for your help,  I will try both telus and bell.
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