Payment options for international students

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Hello,

I am an international student in canada and I just got a koodo tab and number. I have to make a payment, but I dont have a credit card, and since I just got here, I dont have a bank account. Do I need a bank account to make a payment? Are there other ways to pay?
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Daniel Lavin

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Posted 4 years ago

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I believe you can pay cash at the Koodo booth, Daniel. You can also use Western Union.

I'm puzzled though how you got your account, was there no credit check on a bank account/credit card that you provided?
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The koodo booth only takes credit cards. There are no western unions (near me), but I guess I can check those places up. Since im an international immigrant (if only temporal) they asked me for my passport information rather than a bank account and got a 200 credit balance on my account.

Technically, I cant get the bigger tabs since im not canadian. I don't really want to get a bank account either since its possible I wont be here for longer than two years (my study permit is good for three years, but who knows how long i'll take on my masters degree. possibly 2 years.).
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Gotcha Daniel :) Welcome to Canada by the way!
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Thank you. I'm really liking it here, this is definitely a beautiful country. I have been meeting a lot of problems with different little things though, basically every place I go they ask for a phone number, which is why I decided on Koodo (along with the fact that where I to fail on my degree, I could cancel my contract easily if I had to return to my country), but now Im having issues with my options to pay the bill which is a bit... puzzling, since banks ask me to have an account with them before I can make any kind of payment. And I really don't want to get a bank account if I dont have to...
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Firstly welcome to Canada. Secondly you could try calling in to have your credit card authorized. It works for cases where someone unrelated has to pay someone else's bill for whatever reason. I don't know if they can do it with foreign cards but it's worth a shot!
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Thank you!

Although it might work, I would rather not pay with the credit card (I mean if there are no more options, then I'll try that). Basically, I brought this credit card exclusively for emergency cases. Are there really no other options other than credit card or making a bank account to pay?

Thanks for your reply!
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Cash is king most of the time but when it comes to billed services, that's sometimes tougher to deal with. Bank account is your best bet. I literally couldn't survive on cash only...
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So I literally have no other option but to make a bank account in canada to make my payments?
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Chris Petersens

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You can buy prepaid giftcards at grocery stores or at Shoppers. The koodo store reps said they will take those now.
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I've seen Western Unions at some Canada Post offices and a Sobeys.

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