when buying the essential phone do i have to get a plan or can i keep my prepaid plan?

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I am looking to buy the essential but I want to keep my prepaid plan.
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Zoren Maston

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You will need to find a location to purchase it outright. I suggest one of the Big Box electronics places.
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The Essential phone isn't available for purchase on prepaid. Amazon has it available right now, Essential just tweeted out that you can now buy it outright from Amazon in Canada.
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Paying full retail does not seem to be the best deal going.

Current tab small plans can work out cheaper than prepaid depending on your use.

You could deliberately not renew your prepaid baseplan for a few months, buy the Essential with a temporary number at the subsidized price and plan for 90 days, then pay everything off.
Re-institute your prepaid before 89 days expire and use the prepaid SIM in the Essential if you want to go to all that trouble.

Would probably be cheaper just to use up your boosters as much as possible and then go post-paid, porting your number.
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Yeah but it's free shipping lol
I'd go with Bob's plan
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Amazon price $540-800 for outright purchase even if you have access to US delivery and payment methods. Koodo tab small $360 and the plans can be actually cheaper than prepaid.

And if you wanted to, you could keep the prepaid plan going continuously and pop that SIM into the Essential right away.
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Don't even have to wait 90 days. Porting out accomplishes the same thing.
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There's an *activation* credit included, so I presume it falls under the 90-day rule. That * is going to turn into a much maligned word soon enough.
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And the activation credit does not fall under the 90 day rule yet...


You dont even have to port.  You can just cancel.