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Prepaid plan 2010 costs update

December 20th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

NT bought some minutes recently, which reminded me I forgot to update this record back in October. So I'm adding both purchases to my calculations:

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

Total cost for the year: $508.60

We're nearing the end of the ninth month of our cellphone "fiscal year," so our average monthly cost for this year is $56.51. Outstanding!

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. ThriftoRama Says:

    How do you like your T-mobile prepaid? I have a monthly plan with them, but am thinking of switching to prepaid. We only use about 30 minutes a month, so somehow, I think I am not getting the best deal paying $52 a month!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    I do like it. I haven't noticed any difference. You can still text and it costs the same as a minute of calling. They let us keep our numbers and phones and from what I recall the transition was pretty painless. The $108 for 1000 minutes is good for a year of service; that sounds like it's still too much minutes, but at least it's less than $10 a month. If you do two phones it'll average out to about $20 per month, so still better than your current plan.

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