Transfer TAB to prepaid plan?

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I heard that if I change from the monthly plan to the prepaid, that I have to pay off my tab. This doesn't seem right because I'm staying with the same company, vs bringing my phone from another company. Is there a way around it if I phone the Cust Service?

Also, just to confirm, if I stay with the monthly, I'd ultimately pay less for the TAB because koodo is paying a portion of the cost every month, right?
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Hi Jay,

You basically answered your own question here :) Koodo can't transfer the Tab to prepaid, because they subsidize their phones through the Tab. It's a win-win for them: you get "locked into" a postpaid plan and they compensate by partially funding your phone for you.

On prepaid there is none of that, so it is not worth it for Koodo to offer a Tab on prepaid. It won't be of any use trying to talk to them, they will say the same as I just said. You can either keep your plan and Tab, or pay off the Tab in full and port your number to prepaid... you can't have both I'm afraid!
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Thanks for such a quick response.

So this means I have no consequence if I decide to go prepaid with another company altogether, right?

See, right now, my dad and I are on my bill, so we get free calling between us. If I switch him to prepaid, since he wants to have his own bill, then we lose that free calling between us benefit, tho I will be paying the same for my monthly (but he hopefully we be paying less for his prepaid)....so that is one reason why I thought to downgrade to prepaid as well (btw I'm the only one with the tab). And now with your confirmation, I'm thinking I should show around for the best prepaid plan for me, instead of just defaulting to stay with koodo. Any advice?
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Thanks again for your kind interest.

I hardly ever text (1or 2/mo) or use the talking (t like the pressure of the expiry kind

when I signed up with koodo, the rep said I should get monthly because everyone ends up saving money that way, but after 8 months, my usage seems consistently low.
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oops; I meant to say in the middle (my touchpad must've activated and deleted it LOL) was I use the talking maybe 30 min, and the data s prepaid is I can buy a big wad (to get the 5c/min) and not worry about expiry
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Hmm, a chunk in the middle is missing again....I use 25M/mo
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If you want decent coverage and your phone to work when you do need it koodo is likely still the best for prepaid. $15 will get you unlimited messaging. You will find other cheaper alternatives but you get what you pay for.
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Koodo prepaid is indeed awesome, for those whose usage match the base plan.

For emergency/senior phones (which are hardly ever used), Koodo prepaid can't touch what SpeakOut/Petro-Canada provide, price-wise.
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Hi Jay,

You may find the spreadsheet useful that I created a while ago. It only compares Koodo prepaid to postpaid plans, but it may give you an indication of what you really need: http://goo.gl/88DFC

You may want to look into TELUS prepaid. You'd pay $10 per month for 100MB but local calls are $0.15 per minute, which is quite good. Texting I think is 30 cents per text, which is less awesome to say it mildly :)

Anyway have a look at the spreadsheet and see if Koodo prepaid will prove cheaper for your needs than TELUS... I can't really think of any other prepaid plan that would be better - sometimes I end up recommending Speakout (7-11) but that is really only suitable for emergency use... their advantage is you only have to top up $25 per year (!) to keep your account alive.

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