Monthly or prepaid plan, which would be best for me with periods of no use

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Not sure which direction to go - monthly or prepaid. Need to use a phone for 2-3 months (mostly text, some voice and small data), then 2-3 months it will not be used, then use for 1-2 months, then no use, etc. Is there a limit on how many seasonal adjustments you can do in a year - it seems you can only have 6 consecutive months but what about if it is non consecutive? Is there a limit on changes to a prepaid plan from larger plan back to the min plan? Just trying to see how I can make Koodo work for me. In a cost effective plan. Thanks!
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If you use mostly text, I would go with prepaid.  
$15 base plan give you unlimited text. You can buy a talk and data  booster add- on which allows  unused minutes or data will be carried over when you renew your base plan.

If you go with monthly, minimum is $30/mo and unused minutes and data doesn't carry over. It's not worth for occasional user.
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Makes sense - prepaid it is. Thanks :)
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Here to 2nd what Mayumi said - DEFINITELY prepaid in your case. I'm the same as you and $15 isn't even worth thinking about to keep the voice minutes/data carrying over. A gig of data will last me literally 3-4 months (there is Wifi everywhere, and the only thing I use data for is iMessage/FB messenger, etc, anyway - anything else can wait for Wifi). You get 500 minutes (over 8 hours) of voice for $25, and a gig of data for $30. They carry over as long as you keep your $15 unlimited text base plan active. If I average out my typical usage over a 12 month period it works out to about $25/month, cheaper than even the least expensive (and seriously limited) monthly plan.
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For a budget under $350 a year, prepaid works out better. No billing surprises. No expiring data or minutes, use them when you really need them, full value for money. 10% discount on recurring base plan when you register for autopay.

Inconveniences, which may or may not apply or be significant to you:
1. No service outside Canada unless your phone is unlocked to begin with and you buy a local SIM.
2. No extended roaming in Canada --- really an issue in somewhat less served communities only.
3. The clock starts from the time that you start ringing on calls with many carriers, so get used to some calls taking a minute more than you thought they would.

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