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Switch to prepaid from monthly with a tab


I'm planning to upgrade to a galaxy s4 from my s2. I have $32 owing on my current tab, and I plan to pay that off and get a new small tab on the s4. The thing is, I'm thinking of switching from my $39 plan to prepaid. Is it easy to switch from monthly to prepaid, while carrying my tab? Do I have to open a separate account?

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Hi David, You can't have a Tab on prepaid... so if you want to go that route, you'd have to pay off your old Tab and new phone in full when you switch.
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Hey David! For prepaid the phone has to be bought out right there is no tab with prepaid. Prepaid also has its own separate plans, you have to chose your base plan which expires every 30 days, if you would like Canada wide minutes then you need to add what's called a booster, there is a talk booster and a data booster, the boosters do not expire they roll over to the next month. So unfortunately you wouldn't be able to transfer the plan either. Hope this helps.
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If you do decide to switch, buy your phone when you are on a monthly plan first. Phone prices (high) and selection (Low) on prepaid are bad
Thanks everyone. I figured I'd essentially have to pay full price for a new phone. I've been thinking that with my current usage, I could downgrade to prepaid and save some money, but my old plan (450 Canada anytime minutes, 6pm unl. evenings/weekends, and 600 MB for $39) looks to be much better than Koodo's current offerings. I could miss out on a lot by giving up this plan.
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David Jacob Johnson wrote:

Thanks everyone. I figured I'd essentially have to pay full price for a new phone. I've been th...

Seriously your good where you are you would be spending more on prepaid 😃
David Jacob Johnson wrote:

Thanks everyone. I figured I'd essentially have to pay full price for a new phone. I've been th...

I've been using roughly 200 MB (I make a lot of use of ShawGo wi-fi) and 120 minutes. I worked out the math, and prepaid could cost me an average of $30 a month, if I'm careful.
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David Jacob Johnson wrote:

Thanks everyone. I figured I'd essentially have to pay full price for a new phone. I've been th...

Maybe you could give your number and plan to a family member so that you dont lose the plan. You can never get it back if you change or cancel
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David Jacob Johnson wrote:

Thanks everyone. I figured I'd essentially have to pay full price for a new phone. I've been th...

I wonder whether family plans for free calls exist between plans and prepaid or only between plans
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David Jacob Johnson wrote:

Thanks everyone. I figured I'd essentially have to pay full price for a new phone. I've been th...

Free Canada calling between numbers on the same account is for monthly plans only. For prepaid, you cannot have more than one number on an account
If I did end up going with prepaid, I'd have to buy a used phone to cut costs (I'm buying a second phone because I'm giving my old one to my girlfriend).
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Your plan is awesome considering how bad plans are these days. I would hold onto it and never let it go. The key things that make the old plans so amazing is the data overage charge.
If you think that's awesome, my brother has a plan from Rogers with unlimited data for only $70. He got it over 8 years ago.
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David Jacob Johnson wrote:

If you think that's awesome, my brother has a plan from Rogers with unlimited data for only $70. ...

Is rogers still honoring the unlimited data or did they scale it down to data amount? Do they still subsidize his phone when he renews?
David Jacob Johnson wrote:

If you think that's awesome, my brother has a plan from Rogers with unlimited data for only $70. ...

He gets to keep his plan as long as he doesn't choose a new one himself. I don't know if he can buy new phones on contract. I believe his most recent phone was a Galaxy Rugby, which he bought unlocked from the U.S.

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