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To All the Prepaid People, What Are you Paying & What Are You Using Per Month?


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I am the typical Postpaid monthly plan user. However I have noticed in the community, that those who have gone prepaid have been saying they saved lots of money. I looked into the prepaid costs and what they offered and at first glance they did not seem like an improvement on the monthly plans. Can all you prepaid community members help me out with what monthly plan you were on before and what prepaid plan/booster you are using now?

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It's rare to find lot of people that were on Postpaid switching to Prepaid, Some People that did not pass credit check, not using phone a lot, those who want to use phone for emergency calls only, kids under 18/19 years old mostly use Prepaid, and when they're ready they switch to Postpaid.
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Dennis, this spreadsheet may help you calculate things for yourself 🙂 http://goo.gl/88DFC
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Sophia wrote:

Dennis, this spreadsheet may help you calculate things for yourself 🙂 http://goo.gl/88DFC

This spreadsheet is da bomb!
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Sophia wrote:

Dennis, this spreadsheet may help you calculate things for yourself 🙂 http://goo.gl/88DFC

interesting reference sheet!
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Sophia wrote:

Dennis, this spreadsheet may help you calculate things for yourself 🙂 http://goo.gl/88DFC

Wow Sophia great job on the spread sheet.
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Sophia wrote:

Dennis, this spreadsheet may help you calculate things for yourself 🙂 http://goo.gl/88DFC

I saw the handy spreadsheet. Was not calculating the overages for the Canada-wide plans deliberate for some reason? It seems to be an easy calculation, and it would make for better comparisons. I tweaked this on a copy, and if I get a chance I'll make it available. BTW, using a single monthly average data number hides one of the seemingly best features of prepaid - paying for actual data usage instead of overages or buying normally-too-large plans. The more your usage varies from month to month, the more advantage to prepaid, and at higher usage levels. I've got a spreadsheet which calculates 12 months of random data usage, based on "X" megabytes plus/minus "Y"%. I'll see if I can't add that to my tweaked copy of yours as well. As an example, I took a hypothetical year where data is between 150-300/month, with one 500MB month, and voice is 170-215 minutes/month. Prepaid tends to come out around $380, with the Koodo 40 plan at $515.
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Sophia wrote:

Dennis, this spreadsheet may help you calculate things for yourself 🙂 http://goo.gl/88DFC

Go for it, NorthernRaven 🙂 Yes not calculating overages on the Canada wide plans was very deliberate, because imo if you go over frequently, it's better to upgrade to a higher plan. For the same reason, the calculations on the T&T plans do not take (minute) overages into consideration, but will always assume the most convenient plan. For example, in actual fact you can have picked the $30 plan with 100 minutes, but then call 200 minutes in a certain month. My spreadsheet will not calculate the 100 "extra" minutes as overage, but will immediate jump to the $40 plan instead. So whereas my spreadsheet mentions $10 in "overage", the person with the "wrong" plan for their needs will end up paying 50 cent per minute overage for those 100 minutes on their selected plan. $30+100*$0.50=$80, double the amount of what they would have paid on the "recommended" plan. So it's not all as clear cut as it's made out to be... attempting to apply this principle to the Canada Wide plans would only add more confusion and an even more askew impression that it already does 😃 I'd never recommend people to take a plan solely based on a spreadsheet, please use sound judgement and consider your own circumstances. It is only meant as an aide... but if you see ways to improve the spreadsheet, be my guest 😉
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Sophia wrote:

Dennis, this spreadsheet may help you calculate things for yourself 🙂 http://goo.gl/88DFC

Sorry, I should have made clear I was looking at data overages - talk is much more punitive, and people usually have a better sense of how much they do. But for data, you could have a $40 person go over their 200MB (anywhere up to 450MB) every month and still not be on the "wrong" plan - they'd be paying $45 ($40+$5 for the 250MB overage) rather than $50. This assumes the extra talk goodies on the $50 plan provide no additional value, of course. The whole subscription averaging and revenue maximization is rather fascinating. I know I'd love to have access to the data on postpaid customer usage, and run that against the prepaid rates. I suspect if the latter ever got very popular, it would disappear or get priced upwards pretty quickly!
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Sophia wrote:

Dennis, this spreadsheet may help you calculate things for yourself 🙂 http://goo.gl/88DFC

Sshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Keep that last sentence strictly under your hat, I want to keep prepaid the way it is 😃
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Sophia wrote:

Dennis, this spreadsheet may help you calculate things for yourself 🙂 http://goo.gl/88DFC

There is always room for improvements 😉
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Hey Dennis! Switched to prepaid last month after 2 years on postpaid. I have the base plan which is $15/month, and I bought a $25, 500mins voice booster that should last me a year by my calculations. That booster amounts to about $2.10/month. So I pay $17.10 + tx, and that's it! I was always on the $60 plans before that. Going prepaid nets me approximately a %70 rebate compared to what I had before. Of course, I don't have as much either, but except for data, I was not a heavy user. And everyone on these forums knows by now what I decided to do with data..... Hope it clears things up!
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Hey Dennis! Switched to prepaid last month after 2 years on postpaid. I have the base plan ...

Dave, this is an old posting of yours, but you can answer my question. I just want to be sure that once one pays for the booster, it stays in place as credit in one's talk account, until it is used up. I don't have to pay this extra charge every month along with the base plan? I have talked to three Koodo reps about this and they could not answer!
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

Hey Dennis! Switched to prepaid last month after 2 years on postpaid. I have the base plan ...

They could not???????? That amazes me, Marlene! To answer your question: all you need to do is keep your base plan active (currently $13.50 if you use automatic top up). You do not have to buy boosters, you can buy one Talk booster ($25 one will give you 500 minutes) and there is NO obligation and that will last until you use it up... even if it takes 3 years 🙂 As long as you keep your base plan active of course!
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

Hey Dennis! Switched to prepaid last month after 2 years on postpaid. I have the base plan ...

Yes Marlene, Sophia summed it all up 🙂 We're both happy prepaid users, rest assured you pay for your boosters once and get to use them until complete depletion.
If one has the $15 prepaid, with no booster minutes, what is the cost of a local phone call?
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Marlene Lavallee wrote:

If one has the $15 prepaid, with no booster minutes, what is the cost of a local phone call?

You won't be able to call without adding a Talk booster
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Marlene Lavallee wrote:

If one has the $15 prepaid, with no booster minutes, what is the cost of a local phone call?

To add to Dennis' very accurate answer: you do need to add a booster, I recommend the $25 one Marlene. Then the cost of any phone call, local or long distance (from anywhere in Canada to anywhere to Canada) would be $0.05/minute 🙂
Marlene Lavallee wrote:

If one has the $15 prepaid, with no booster minutes, what is the cost of a local phone call?

Thank you, both.

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