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Can any mobile phone be set up either way:

  1. set up on a monthly program  OR
  2. set up on a pre paid plan where you buy a card that gives you X amount of minutes to use with no time limit to use those minutes.
  3. Can any phone be set up either way or are there only specific phones you can go on #2 the pre paid method? 
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Best answer by Sophia 26 April 2021, 17:28

If it's a flip phone you are interested in, check your local supermarket or Walmart. They might still have older stock available and it'll come with a prepaid SIM card included.

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Can any mobile phone be set up either way:

  1. set up on a monthly program  OR
  2. set up on a pre paid plan where you buy a card that gives you X amount of minutes to use with no time limit to use those minutes.
  3. Can any phone be set up either way or are there only specific phones you can go on #2 the pre paid method? 

Koodo offers monthly prepaid plans where you can top-up and use. They do not offer plans allowing you to use minutes without any time limit. You can check out a list of prepaid plans available here. https://www.koodomobile.com/prepaid-plans

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Yes, any phone can be setup with either postpaid or prepaid services. So long as the phone is unlocked and works with Koodo, then you can put whichever service you want on it.

To have a phone and use it on the “pre paid” way does the phone have to have dual sim cards?? I see some on amazon are listed to have dual sim card?  I’m looking at this phone:  https://www.amazon.ca/Cellphone-Portable-Phones-Standby-100-240V/dp/B08M5LGTVX/ref=pd_di_sccai_5?pd_rd_w=hRMPC&pf_rd_p=e92f388e-b766-4f7f-aac1-ee1d0056e8fb&pf_rd_r=08B9FQ44BE09MX1QNJEG&pd_rd_r=bc5011ef-5ab0-493e-b6a2-7c5f014b1c16&pd_rd_wg=Vx4sU&pd_rd_i=B08M5LGTVX&psc=1

I don’t see anywhere it saying it works with specific companies. Can you have a look at the phone at this link and tell me over and above buying the deal offered for the phone and public mobile sim card. How do I arrange a phone number for this phone and what do I need to do or buy to make sure the phone shows my name on peoples caller ID’s

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To have a phone and use it on the “pre paid” way does the phone have to have dual sim cards?? I see some on amazon are listed to have dual sim card?  I’m looking at this phone:  https://www.amazon.ca/Cellphone-Portable-Phones-Standby-100-240V/dp/B08M5LGTVX/ref=pd_di_sccai_5?pd_rd_w=hRMPC&pf_rd_p=e92f388e-b766-4f7f-aac1-ee1d0056e8fb&pf_rd_r=08B9FQ44BE09MX1QNJEG&pd_rd_r=bc5011ef-5ab0-493e-b6a2-7c5f014b1c16&pd_rd_wg=Vx4sU&pd_rd_i=B08M5LGTVX&psc=1

I don’t see anywhere it saying it works with specific companies. Can you have a look at the phone at this link and tell me over and above buying the deal offered for the phone and public mobile sim card. How do I arrange a phone number for this phone and what do I need to do or buy to make sure the phone shows my name on peoples caller ID’s

Your phone doesn't need to have dual SIM slots for it to work. However, you need to make sure your phone has the correct frequencies and bands needed for it to work on the Koodo network. 

As for the phone you suggested, I highly doubt it would work, as it is using 2G technology. You will need to find a phone that uses at least 3G for it to work on the Koodo network. You can visit this link to see which phones are compatible with Koodo. https://www.koodomobile.com/en/help/my-phone-compatible-koodo

 

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If it's a flip phone you are interested in, check your local supermarket or Walmart. They might still have older stock available and it'll come with a prepaid SIM card included.

I’m asking these questions on the Koodo board because for my phone I’m on a Koodo plan but the phone I want to buy is for a grandchild and it doesn’t have to be on the “Koodo network”   So would  I be able to get this 2 g phone and buy another companies  pre paid card that would work?  I’m guessing the card that comes with this purchase is for minutes but I think I would still have to go to a store to set it up with another card that would give me a phone number and also make it so my grandsons name shows up on caller ID’s. Is that correct?

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I’m asking these questions on the Koodo board because for my phone I’m on a Koodo plan but the phone I want to buy is for a grandchild and it doesn’t have to be on the “Koodo network”   So would  I be able to get this 2 g phone and buy another companies  pre paid card that would work?  I’m guessing the card that comes with this purchase is for minutes but I think I would still have to go to a store to set it up with another card that would give me a phone number and also make it so my grandsons name shows up on caller ID’s. Is that correct?

There is no carrier in Canada that I'm aware of that still offers 2G services. Rogers was the last one and they shut down their 2G network finally last year I believe.

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That used to be correct, but even Rogers no longer supports that network. What is your budget? Your grandchild world probably be happier with a smartphone and they won't have to cost much... for example https://publicmobile.ca/en/bc/phone-section/motorola-moto-e

Edit: and yes you would still need to purchase the SIM card which would be another $10-$20, so you're probably better off to buy an all in prepaid package from one of the Canadian providers.

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I’m asking these questions on the Koodo board because for my phone I’m on a Koodo plan but the phone I want to buy is for a grandchild and it doesn’t have to be on the “Koodo network”   So would  I be able to get this 2 g phone and buy another companies  pre paid card that would work?  I’m guessing the card that comes with this purchase is for minutes but I think I would still have to go to a store to set it up with another card that would give me a phone number and also make it so my grandsons name shows up on caller ID’s. Is that correct?

The only Canadian carrier that offers 2G technology is Rogers. If you choose to get this flip phone, you will need to sign up with them. That said, the infrastructure is obsolete and will be scheduled for shutdown by the end of this year, so I would not recommend you to get this phone. 

You should be looking at phones that have the minimum requirement of 3G technology (HSPA, UMTS) or 4G technology (LTE, LTE-A) for it to properly work on any of the Canadian carriers.

As for caller ID, this feature is only offered on certain carriers. Koodo only allows Caller ID with names showing up for incoming calls. If you want to choose a carrier which shows your name for outgoing calls, you will need to stick with Rogers or any of their subsidiaries, such as Fido or chatr.

Even though Koodo only offers this feature, you can set up your grandson's number with his name in your contact list and it will display his name once he calls you.

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There is no carrier in Canada that I'm aware of that still offers 2G services. Rogers was the last one and they shut down their 2G network finally last year I believe.

Just double checked. Rogers shut down 1 of their 2G's bands at the end of March and the other one got delayed until the end of 2021, so you could go with them, but it would only be good until the end of the year.

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Some more options for you:

 

If you are really set on a flip phone: https://www.koodomobile.com/phones/zte-cymbal-2-prepaid

Cheap smartphone: https://www.speakout7eleven.ca/phones

Better smartphone: https://www.publicmobile.ca/en/bc/phone-section/motorola-g-fast

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