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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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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](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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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

Hey SkAshe. 2 months ago I went prepaid and it's great! Your math is right, but since boosters ...

How do the ppl on ebay get these SIM Cards that still offer $20 of service but cost the buyer $5? Are they stolen by employees or something, I don't understand how this is possible?
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

Hey SkAshe. 2 months ago I went prepaid and it's great! Your math is right, but since boosters ...

I really have no clue Kid! I wondered the same when I bought a 5-pack for like $25 2 months ago. I've handed 3 of them to friends and 1 to my g/f since then, so they've been handy for sure 🙂
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

Hey SkAshe. 2 months ago I went prepaid and it's great! Your math is right, but since boosters ...

When I was on postpaid, I did the same for my personal phones. I simply swapped SIM numbers in Self-Serve instead of taking my cases apart everytime I wanted to bring a different phone along. For this reason alone it was worth it! Same trick is a no-go on prepaid though 😞
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

Hey SkAshe. 2 months ago I went prepaid and it's great! Your math is right, but since boosters ...

I was lucky enough to pick up a prepaid SIM card for $3 on eBay, no idea how they do it! Looked genuine enough and worked like a charm 😃
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

Hey SkAshe. 2 months ago I went prepaid and it's great! Your math is right, but since boosters ...

That's odd how the ppl selling them are doing it. If I ever switch to prepaid I'll have to check it out. I do the exact same thing TopperCNC and leave a SIM Card in each one of all my phones & just hit self serve when I want to use a different phone. Man its alot handier and safer than constantly pulling one in & out taking a chance of breaking the SIM tray connector pins.
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

Hey SkAshe. 2 months ago I went prepaid and it's great! Your math is right, but since boosters ...

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 😛
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

Hey SkAshe. 2 months ago I went prepaid and it's great! Your math is right, but since boosters ...

Lol, I love amazing ppl with simple things it's so much fun 🙂
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

Hey SkAshe. 2 months ago I went prepaid and it's great! Your math is right, but since boosters ...

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 😃
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

Hey SkAshe. 2 months ago I went prepaid and it's great! Your math is right, but since boosters ...

No Sophia, it doesn't work on prepaid. But when I was on postpaid, I completely abused this feature 🙂
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

Hey SkAshe. 2 months ago I went prepaid and it's great! Your math is right, but since boosters ...

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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Sophia wrote:

I'm sure you might have seen the spreadsheet already, but you can verify your calculations here, ...

I've used your spreadsheet profusely over the last few weeks Sophia to show friends how much they'd save 😛 And credit's been given to you too 😃
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Sophia wrote:

I'm sure you might have seen the spreadsheet already, but you can verify your calculations here, ...

Thanks 😃 Ever since the "new plans", prepaid is starting to look better and better 😃
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Sophia wrote:

I'm sure you might have seen the spreadsheet already, but you can verify your calculations here, ...

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 😛
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Sophia wrote:

I'm sure you might have seen the spreadsheet already, but you can verify your calculations here, ...

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! 😃
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. 😛 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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SkAshe wrote:

Thanks a lot everyone for your answers. 🙂 TopperCNC --> I'll definitely check on ebay for a K...

You can port in from any carrier, even Koodo postpaid!
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SkAshe wrote:

Thanks a lot everyone for your answers. 🙂 TopperCNC --> I'll definitely check on ebay for a K...

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 😃
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SkAshe wrote:

Thanks a lot everyone for your answers. 🙂 TopperCNC --> I'll definitely check on ebay for a K...

^^ This!

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