When does U.S. pay-per-use text and data expire?

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When traveling to the U.S., if we choose not to purchase a plan, we will be charged $5/20mb data, $5/100 texts, and $1.50/minute talk.  The talk part is easy, but when do the other two expire?  Say I send a text on day one and on day two, will I be charged $5 for each day?  Does it expire in 3 days, 7 days, a month before a new charge would apply?

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Hello David

It expires at the end of your billing cycle.

PS : Do.you have a sister named Laura?
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No you are charged on a per usage model. it's pay per use as opposed to per day. That 5 dollars could hit several times a day at 20MB per 5 bucks very easily. You're auto charged 5 on the first text and first KB of data for the amount per 20mb or 100 texts. You'll be better off getting a roaming package in the US if you can't get something from say MetroPCS or some other mvno unless you just need the odd text.
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We use very little to no data at all, perhaps to find a nearby restaurant or check weather.  we would be fine with 20mb over 3 days.  same with texts, it's only the odd occasion we text each other (my wife and I) to check on timing, etc...  So, my question is that can I use: Day1: 5mb, Day 2: 5mb, Day 3: 5mb = total 15mb, and only be charged $5?  Or do I get charged $15 since I used it "per day"?  Same with texts: Day1: 20 texts, Day2: 20 texts, Day3: 20 texts = total 60 texts.  Am I charged $5, or $15 for the 3 days of text?  What is the actual "expiry" of the pay per use model?
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When we were in the states last year we were charged $5 for about 10 text messages - I'm sure I can't use the remaining 90 on this upcoming trip - would it reset every week perhaps?
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That is correct. As I said it's not per day but per usage. Until you go 20MB plus 1KB, you will not be charged another 5 dollars for the billing cycle. Texting is the same per usage model within the same billing cycle: 20 per day for 5 days = 5 dollars. The "expiry" is the billing cycle time frame. How will will you be in the US for? As I sai it might be worth it to either do a roaming package for the data or a local prepaid sim card for primarily data use if you don't have regular wi-fi access where you're going.
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Only in the US for 4 days total with no wi-fi.  Good to know it's for the billing cycle.  To get the 150mb of data, it looks like you need to purchase the unlimited text/voice as well, for a total of $30.  Unless there is a data only ad-on?  We may take our chances on the pay-per-use.  We will use less than 100 texts, no voice, and even if we used 100mb of pay per use data, it would still add up to the $30 in pay per use fees.  I'm guessing our data will be under 20mb, but possibly under 40mb, so still cheaper as per pay use.
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No afraid not RE data only. Sure if you want. Just make sure you stick within that amount. FYI Metropcs and Boost Mobile have 1GB data options for 30 dollars. T-Mobile may or may not still offer their 30 for 5GB plan as well should you ever decide you want to use more data.
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Great, thanks for the tip!

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