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I bought a new sim card and was told it came with 20$ for the account. however the card was for a new pone on a old account... so does the card not come with this 20$ if so i would have canceled the account and just started a new one

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Userlevel 1
I don't know about that, but you could have bought it for less than $10 from eBay.
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The $20 credit is for "activation". I switched from monthly and got the credit, since I signed up for a "new" pre-paid account. the process was as if I had ported from Rogers, Bell or anyone else, except that porting from Koodo took about 30 seconds total. Went to the trouble to go a kiosque to get the genuine SIM. I would not expect to get that credit again if my phone current got tanked and I needed a new SIM and wanted to maintain my current account boosters. But I do expect to close my account this winter for about 5 months and lose my current balance while travelling in the US since there's no pre-paid roaming. Fair enough. Expect when I get back and sign up again to pay $20 a new SIM and get an activation credit all over again, unless they really want to discourage previous customers from returning. For the benefit of our persistent eBay fans, where did you buy that SIM? Some of the eBay offers clearly state that there are limitations, or they are not sure...
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BobTheElectrician wrote:

The $20 credit is for "activation". I switched from monthly and got the credit, since I signed up...

I bought many prepaid SIM cards from eBay in the past, Bob... I assure you they are 100% genuine and work just like the ones you buy from Koodo directly. There is nothing to lose, everything to gain except you need to make sure it actually says "Prepaid", not all sellers are aware there is a difference in SIM cards. Edit: and of course use dilligence in buying from established sellers only - I never buy from anybody with less than 50 or 100 positive reviews.
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BobTheElectrician wrote:

The $20 credit is for "activation". I switched from monthly and got the credit, since I signed up...

Bought many US eBay cell products myself, and there the sellers can have a 10000+ rating and offer money back. What bugs me is when CDN sellers state it's 3G, works on certain bands only, or not sure if it comes with activation credit. You also have to be pretty-darn-sure what size SIM you need. Phone in hand at the kiosque, it took sales person 2nd try to get the right sized card after I mentioned it was a 150 km round trip for me. Now that I know the pitfalls, I'm willing to give eBay a shot next time. Thanks to you and Hellothere for your advice.
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BobTheElectrician wrote:

The $20 credit is for "activation". I switched from monthly and got the credit, since I signed up...

Yes I wouldn't really recommend buying from eBay unless you know your way around cell phones, but I know you do 🙂 Obviously you'd need to get a "Koodo" SIM card, not a generic one, and the size your phone needs. I'm hoping Koodo will come out with a universal size one day, as some other carriers are offering already. You just punch out the size you need. As far as I know, all prepaid SIM are 3G and even LTE compatible, I guess sellers just try to cram in as much information as they can. Oh and you get $20 on all new activations, no matter what SIM card you use or where you get it.
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BobTheElectrician wrote:

The $20 credit is for "activation". I switched from monthly and got the credit, since I signed up...

We're both on the same page. Won't hold you personally responsible if one of my ebay purchases doesn't work next time. 😉
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BobTheElectrician wrote:

The $20 credit is for "activation". I switched from monthly and got the credit, since I signed up...

Hehe....... "Anything ya do is on yer own risk" is my middle name 😃
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BobTheElectrician wrote:

The $20 credit is for "activation". I switched from monthly and got the credit, since I signed up...

And sometimes we have to push the discussion a little out of the box to get real answers and a fresh outlook. Canned food makes it taste like we are at war somewhere.
BobTheElectrician wrote:

The $20 credit is for "activation". I switched from monthly and got the credit, since I signed up...

Well my issue is the kiosk guy told me the card was worth 20$ credit and he knew I was just getting it for a new phone on old account. .. my point is my phone number is of little importance I could just avtivate a new account and use up the rest of my boosters on the old account. ...
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Sorry if you are using it on an exciting account you won't get the credit. It has to be a new account. I too buy SIM cards from eBay and have never had a problem

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