Prepaid question

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Hey,

I'm currently trying to cut some of my spending and what sucks the most of my money is my cellphone bill (which is right now 63$/month for mins/data that I waste cause I don't use it) and the prepaid plan from Koodo is really interesting.

I can even say it's too interesting, so I'm sure there is something I don't get and that's why I'm here to get information.

I calculated that I don't use more than 200mb/month and not more than 10-20 mins month (I could even use less if I would use my home phone) and I text a lot so here's my math:

15$/month for 5 months
A one time 10$ for 100 minutes that I will use during 5 months if not more
A one time 30$ for 1gb that I will spend during 5 months

If add everything it would cost me 115$ over 5 months which is the equivalent of 23$/month if I don't take into consideration taxes.

Is my calculation correct ? What's the catch ?

Thanks a lot :)
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Posted 5 years ago

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Hi there... Not bad... And actually when you buy the prepaid sim for 20$, it comes right away with 20$ activation bonus...

Your math is right, that will be the cost of your Prepaid Phone for the next 5 months + Tx of course... There is no catch actually...
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Sounds about right to me. You can always come back to postpaid at any time if you figure it costs more than you thought as well, so it's worth a try really.
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Hey SkAshe. 2 months ago I went prepaid and it's great! Your math is right, but since boosters don't expire, I'd go all the way 1st time and buy a 25$ voice booster. It comes down to $0.05/minute and you keep it until it's completely depleted. No expiry date is a godsend. Even if you don't use much voice at all, the $25 booster will last you forever and it will come out even cheaper.

You've got it all for data. Although I don't use data at all since I've joined prepaid (I'm that kinda guy, I want 6GB at a price I deem acceptable or I want nothing. Guess what I got? That's right, nothing!), I can see the benefit of lasting 5 months on a $30 booster.

And if you have some time to spare, get your prepaid SIM on eBay. You'll pay about 4-5$ for it, and it also comes with the $20 startup credit!

Enjoy! :)
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People were amazed when I used to put down my S3, copy/paste a string of numbers in some obscure (to them) website, then pick up my N4 and leave the house again, same phone number and all :P
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Lol, I love amazing ppl with simple things it's so much fun :-)
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Topper, are you saying that you can switch SIMs with prepaid like you do with postpaid (withing 90 days)?? I thought you needed to get a new sim every time you switch. This is great news indeed :D
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No Sophia, it doesn't work on prepaid. But when I was on postpaid, I completely abused this feature :)
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Ahhhh gotcha... bummer... ah well - I don't need it anyway :)
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I'm sure you might have seen the spreadsheet already, but you can verify your calculations here, SkAshe :)

http://goo.gl/88DFC
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I've used your spreadsheet profusely over the last few weeks Sophia to show friends how much they'd save :P And credit's been given to you too :D
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Thanks :D Ever since the "new plans", prepaid is starting to look better and better :D
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It sure does! Ever since I became frustrated with the price of data, I decided to let go of it completely. But now that I see the savings, I'm starting to actually enjoy them :P
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I use this spreadsheet all the time. Koodo should totally make something like this an official comparison feature on their site. This file is that good! :D
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Thanks a lot everyone for your answers. :)

TopperCNC --> I'll definitely check on ebay for a Koodo prepaid sim card. Do you have any seller that you would recommend ?

Sophia --> It seems familiar, but didn't remember of it, that's a nice spreadsheet, I'll do a comparison with it, I'm pretty sure I have a lot to save versus postpaid with the new plans. :P

I just have another question, is it possible to port a number from another carrier when you activate with prepaid ? Or is it only possible when you activate on postpaid ?
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You can port in from any carrier, even Koodo postpaid!
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I have only one piece of advice if you buy from eBay (from experience... I made that mistake): make absolutely sure the seller is actually selling a prepaid card. The one I bought from didn't realize that there are two different SIMs and listed it as a prepaid card.... but it wasn't.
A true prepaid sim has "Prepaid" printed all over it :D
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^^ This!

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