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Prepaid plan 2010 costs update

August 19th, 2010 at 09:06 pm

Time for an ever-exciting prepaid cost update! I just bought AS 1000 more minutes. Our spending so far:

CJ 1000 minutes late-March T-Mobile fillup: $107.78
NT 300 minutes late-March Net10 fillup: $32.82
NT 300 minutes late-May Net10 fillup: $32.82
NT 500 minutes + new phone late June: $21.56
AS 1000 minutes late-August fillup: $107.78
Total cost for the year: $302.76

This is the end of the fifth month of our cellphone "fiscal year," so our average monthly cost for this year is $60.55. Not too shabby so far!

RECAP: I switched to prepaid in late March 2009. We have 2 phones on T-Mobile prepaid and 1 on Net10 prepaid. AS and I refill in 1000-minute increments and only need to refill when we run out or when it's been a year since our last fillup to stay active. NT needs to buy 300 more minutes every 60 days to keep his phone activated.

Our cellphone bill, for three phones on a family plan, used to range from $80-$95, depending on texts, calls to 411, etc. Usually it was close to $85. My goal for this year is to get my average cost to $50 per month, but any average number below $85 will be a savings.

2 Responses to “Prepaid plan 2010 costs update”

  1. Homebody Says:

    I ahould probably put that on my list of things to do, the prepaid thing. I don't use my phone that much, but DH does. We pay $76.00 for 700 minutes, no text or pictures or anything, straight minutes. Our plan expired over a year ago and we have not bothered to check into a new one.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    If he uses all the minutes, I'd say that's about on par with a prepaid phone. The advantage would be, if you have months you use less than 700, it could average out to less. With plans, you can usually get a free phone when you re-up, but with prepaid, you have to buy your own phone (though if it's Net10, they'll give you so many minutes with it that it's like getting a free phone!).

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