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Prepaid phone plan costs update

January 31st, 2011 at 12:58 pm

AS lost her prepaid phone. Luckily they suspended her phone number and her nearly 500 minutes until she ordered a new one, so all we had to pay for was the cost of a new phone. Not as bad as I thought it could be! (I used the budget to pay for the amount of the cheapest phone; AS opted for the next-higher-priced one and paid the difference out of her spending money, so I'm not counting that portion against our budget.)

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
CJ 1000 minutes late-September fillup: $107.78
AS new phone + $25 phone card (200 min?): $32.32
NT 300 minutes early-October fillup: $32.87
NT 200 minutes late-December fillup: $32.87
AS late-January phone replacement: $29.88

Total cost for the year: $538.48

This happened 10 months into our cellphone "fiscal year," so our average monthly cost for this year is $53.85. Our best average yet!

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.

1 Responses to “Prepaid phone plan costs update”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    I'm right there with you. I just got a prepaid phone. I'm waiting for my old number to be transferred.

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