Prepaid yearly mobile account

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polecat
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My yearly account has a large amount of money sitting in it. Phone only used when we travel (last year it was very little)..Top up early part of 2018 and if I don't you lose the money.... Can I use that money and buy another phone or apply it to my house account. Doing a monthly top up is more expensive than the $100 a year package.  Polecat

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Usually once the balance exceeds $300, Telus takes steps to reduce it. There are also often offers to convert the value you have in the prepaid account and put it towards a postpaid account.  I have not heard of it being converted to purchase a device, though.

 

For an emergency phone, which you could use any time, and retains the same number on an ongoing basis, so folks know where to reach you, the $8.33 per month is pretty cheap.  You could, instead, get a SIM and number each time you travel, with some inconvenience.

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polecat
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Yes the phone is for just in case something happens. You pay for the security of getting help or helping someone in need. I have to accept it is for security only.. thanks Polecat.

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@polecat

SWMBO's phone is on an ancient $10 per month data plan with pay per use minutes, and although she uses it year 'round, is never over her 100 MB of use, nor does she consume a lot of minutes, so we are in a similar position.

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polecat
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For us piece of mind in case of trouble. Had text email shut off. Did report an accident once ,also a mud slide that came down behind me. lucky .......

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Not sure if this is still current, but you could  use your balance to purchase a phone.

https://forum.telus.com/t5/Mobility-Services/unused-minutes-to-purchase-phone/m-p/13365/highlight/tr...

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Thanks  RC   I will check this out and get back to the blog. My top up is in march 18 so this  hopefully will give us a better phone. At the moment  a flip phone.

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You can also check in ‘My Account’ to see if you have any exclusive offers.

 

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