Prepaid 15$ Basic costs

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I'm interested in a prepaid Basic 15 plan, topped with the 10$ or 25$ talk-booster add-ons (not interested in data add-ons).
The minutes I use are calculated the same way whether if I call or receive calls from local or long distance locations within Canada, right ?
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Posted 3 years ago

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Ahmad

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Yes the minute usage is calculated the same way for incoming or outgoing calls, regardless if its local or long distance. You can use the talk booster anywhere in Canada, to make or receive a call.
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Thank you Ahmad, while we're at it, do the 15 $ monthly fee and the tops include taxes ?
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If you do a manual top up of $15, your credit card will be charged $15 plus the appropriate taxes, around $17.25 depending on where you live.

If you register for auto top-up, you save 10%, so your monthly charge will be $13.50 plus tax (no discounts on boosters, though).

It was also pointed out that when you buy a voucher, you pay tax at the time of purchase, so a $15 top-up will go straight to your balance, since you've already paid the tax.

If you go into self-serve, the tax amounts are never reported on screen, so I was just as confused as the next guy.

You will receive a text a few days before your baseplan has to renew. Then, if you are on auto-topup, another one telling you your base plan has expired --- but not to worry, it will be followed by another text indicating a successful transaction.
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And prepaid is not monthly Steve.  It is every 30 days.  So you need to watch out for those months with 31.
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So basically the 30-days fee is always + taxes (which means approx 17.50 $), while with the Top-ups you get the 10% discount if you register for auto-topups. Do you need a canadian credit card to register for auto top-ups ?
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Yes it must be a Canadian credit card
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You pay more for talk as you go than to own your own phone and it as a monthly plan...
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PAYG can be cheaper or more expensive than a post-paid monthly plan. The unit cost for minutes and data is higher, but you don't throw out what you haven't used at the end of the month or get smacked with overages.

Maybe not for heavy users, but for those of us with unpredictable patterns punctuated by some longer periods of inactivity it can be a valid choice. Each person has to do their own calculation.
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I’m definitely not a super power user... here’s my little calculation :

last year I spent $ 356 with Fido prepaid, of which $ 138 for fees and $ for tops (I’m on an old - not available anymore - rate, $ 10 per month). 

If I go with Koodo it will cost me 12x $ 17,5 = $ 210 in annual fees. To reach the $ 356 I spent with Fido I could spend 356-210= $ 146, which means more or less 5x $ 25 TalkBooster AddOns (including taxes), which give me 500x5 = 2500 minutes per year. 

Right now with Fido my rate (only for LOCAL calls) is 15 cents/minute, which means I would have to spend 0.15x2500= $ 375 to use the same amount of LOCAL minutes, probably much more if I include long distance calls that I often make or receive. 

So 375 + 138 = $ 513 with Fido compared to $ 356 with Koodo.

Plus, with Koodo I have the same rate for outgoing/incoming long distance/local calls, plus my topups don’t expire, so it seems pretty convenient.

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If prepaid is for you I highly recommend Koodo for sure.  Its actually the only think I recommend Koodo for these days especially if Text is your main form of communication and the non-expiring topups is amazing
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Damn you guys have me really thinking about switching to prepaid now, I mean if I adjusted my usage and got use to barely using data that could equate into another new phone each year..... Hummmm
How much data do you guys use each month and what do you basically use it for?
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Hi Bob, just to clarify something, you said , that if you register for the automatic top-up, you save 10 %, so your monthly charge will be $13.50 plus tax. I still pay the $15.00 plus tax monthly but the 10 % ($1.50) is credited to your account and accumulates, so that when you reach sufficient funds in the credit, you can purchase top-ups. So in essence it does end up being $13.50, but that is not what  Koodo bills you.  
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Yeah exactly. You pay your full base plan but you get a 10% bonus when you have automatic top-ups
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Hi Paul, I use very little data. I use wifi only and have data and data roaming turned off. If I need it while out I turn it on, find out what I want and then turn them off again. I switched because after a few months on post paid, I found that I was only using a small portion of talk and data. I really like the roll over aspect, which shows as expiring 50 years from now, lol. I should live so long ! 

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