We rarely use our phone - it is for emergencies only. We pay $16.80/mo. Is there a "pay as you go" plan that could save us some money?

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We want to keep using the same phone with a less expensive plan. Pay as you go. What can you offer us?
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The smallest base plan is $15 a month and only gets you unlimited text messaging and then you'd have to buy talk minutes, so your best to keep your present grandfathered plan if it includes minutes all ready as I'm guessing since it's used for emergencies that you'd be calling ppl not texting in emergency cases.
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You pay $16.80??? I'd suggest you keep that. That's very cheap as is.
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There's Rogers offering something you might be interested in even though it's really when you DON'T use your phone. Feeling kind of bad suggesting another company. My dad had some horrible experience with them, but if it can suit you...

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Hi Wendy,

If you truly only use your phone for emergencies, I'd recommend Speakout (7/11 stores). You only need to top up $25 per year. The monthly fee is $1.25 I believe, minutes are a lot more expensive and there is no texting included, but for the lowest yearly cost, you can't do better than that :)
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Some of my family members use SpeakOut as an emergency phone. I think they get free incoming texts but pay for outgoing texts and any talk minutes (incoming or outgoing).
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Thanks everyone for your helpful suggestions! Cheers...Wendy
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you could use pre-paid but pre paid minutes tend to run out very quickly. although your plan at the moment is cheap as it is. :)
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If you never use the phone and won't use the phone except for 911, the truth is any cell phone (even ones with no sim card installed) can call 911. So you actually don't even need a plan or service provider.

So if you're only going to use the phone for 911 you can just cancel your service and keep the phone handy for just such an occasion.
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I think she meant more along the lines of car breakdown/cab/etc, rather than life or death situations.

Still, good point for true emergency use.
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Yes, Ivan, you are correct. The phone lives in the trunk of my car for use on the road if needed. Thanks...Wendy
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When I was with Bell, they were able to switch me to an unadvertised "Emergency Plan" which was $10/month. I can't remember if it was 50 minutes/month or if it was just to access the network and was completely pay-per-use.

You could call 611 and see if Koodo offers something similar.
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Will do! Wendy
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I can tell you in advance that Koodo DOESN'T offer anything lke that. The only plan less than the $15/month plan for prepaid is the seasonal hold, which is only for customers leaving the country, only lasts 6 months, and won't let you use the phone at all.

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