Prepaid Phone Question

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by DiamondMac, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. DiamondMac macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    I am about to venture into buying a small, prepaid phone from Walmart or somewhere just for a few weeks

    Question is, if I buy 30 minutes (just making that up)....what happens when I hit 31?

    Is there extra charges or does the phone go dead and blow up? :D

    I am sure it differs plan-to-plan but figured every company may do one exact thing when minutes are used?
  2. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    Once your minutes are up, you can't make anymore calls until you add more minutes. If you run out of minutes during the call, you get cut off mid-conversation. About a month after you minutes expire and you don't add any more, the number gets canceled.
  3. theITGuy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2009
    chasing the ghost in the machine
  4. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    yep, expect to get cut off......some companies do offer you an option to automatically buy more credit when you run out so you might look for that.
  5. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    That's a bit crap. Here in Europe you get to keep the number for 18 months or the like. Handy for those of us with multiple SIM cards for travelling around the EU.

    Though saying that, I suppose with the USA being one country you're not going to get that problem are you :eek:
  6. AngryApple macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2008
    I use T-Mobile prepaid. It's really nice, for me. I buy 1000 minutes at $100 per year. I usually use up most of it. I use the very basic T-Mobile plan. None of the pay $3 for unlimited text messages a day. No extra fees, or anything. If your phone breaks, you can always just buy a new one and insert your previous SIM card to keep the same number and transfer minutes (I did that today!) So, yeah. I highly recommend it if you're in a big city, or somewhere near the city. Very rural areas like mine get horrid service.

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