I am a prepaid customer--can I buy a monthly plan for one month only?

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I have a prepaid plan, which I like. I don't normally need much data. However, I am going to be in the hospital for a couple of weeks and I would like to pay $48 to get  5 gigs of data for one month only, so that I can use my phone as a hotspot and stream entertainment on my laptop. Is this possible?
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Hi Susan,

Yes it is possible, you will need to be able to pass the credit check and then once you do you will be activated and can then cancel anytime and move back to your prepaid account.

You will need to buy a new SIM card for 5$ at a Koodo kiosk where they will then be able to activate your account. Make sure you don't loose your prepaid SIM card, you will have 90 days before the card is no longer usable so you can save yourself the 20$ by just putting the same old SIM card back in when you cancelled your monthly account.
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Thank you Mathieu. A new SIM is only $5? I paid $20 for my prepaid one recently.
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The SIM cards for monthly accounts cost only 5$. For prepaid accounts they cost 20$
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The price of the SIM is the least of your concerns. Not happy to hear of your circumstances, but using your phone as a hotspot to stream onto your laptop will chew through data at an incredible rate.

Mobile devices usually identify themselves as such to websites when making requests, so what gets downloaded is a lower resolution version of most media files, compared to one designed for a large screen. When you create a hotspot, the requesting device (laptop 15" screen vs 4" for phone) may suck 4-10x more data for the same movie, depending on a number of other factors such as connection speed.

For a 2 week stay, I would recommend downloading some movies from various legal sites and/or borrowing some DVDs for your laptop, or loading up a micro sd card for your phone with entertainment files.

I was in a similar situation a few years ago and was surprised at how little I felt like watching stuff in between pokes and prods. The reception quality within the hospital may also be a limiting factor; you won't know till you get there.

If you do decide to go with a monthly, please monitor your data usage carefully.
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Good to know! Thanks for this detailed info. It was not a good idea after all. I will bring CDs and entertain myself old-school.
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My final comment would be to pick up a cheap 7" tablet and load up files onto a micro card. Something you can afford to lose (if to gets stolen from a less-than 100% secure hospital environment).

Hope it goes well for you.
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Many / most hospitals these days offer Wi-Fi for patients, family and visitors. You could confirm before your stay if such is the case at the one where you will be staying.

I echo BobTheElectrician's comment about taking a device you can afford to lose / does not have any personal information on it, rather than items of value.
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When you switch to a monthly plan you will lose all your boosters in your prepaid plan so when you go back to prepaid you will have to buy your boosters again.
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Not necessarily,

You are able to create a completely separate monthly account and keep your prepaid account as inactive for 30 days without loosing anything. 
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As long as she doesn't port her number.
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That's correct, but in practice the customer will be on the hook for probably one and half month's charges on the new monthly plan for a few day's use when all is said and done. As for being admitted to the hospital for 2 weeks precisely when the client can avoid renewing top up, that's another thing to figure out.
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