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    $10 Prepaid Plan-Explained

    the $10 prepaid plan from virgin mobile canada is confusing. the following explanation should make more sense.

    $10 give you access to the low rate of $0.10/minute.

    a top up of $15 will give you 50 minutes

    $15: top up amount
    -$10: plan
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    $5: amount for minutes

    $5 ÷ $0.10 = 50 minutes

    a top up of $25 will give you 150 minutes

    $25: top up amount
    -$10: plan
    ------------
    $15: amount for minutes

    $15 ÷ $0.10 = 150 minutes

    a top up of $50 will give you 400 minutes

    $50: top up amount
    -$10: plan
    ------------
    $40: amount for minutes

    $40 ÷ $0.10 = 400 minutes

    a top up of $100 will give you 900 minutes

    $100: top up amount
    -$10: plan
    ------------
    $90: amount for minutes

    $100 ÷ $0.10 = 900 minutes

    the plan works for any account balance. to figure out how many minutes you can get with your current balance use the following two equations.

    account balance - $10 = amount remaining for minutes

    amount remaining for minutes ÷ $0.10 = minutes you can afford


    i hope that explains the confusing with the $10 plan. if you have further questions leave a comment below.

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    Has this plan changed?

    On the pre-paid monthly plan section of virginmobile.ca (can't link since I'm on my phone) for the $10 plan they mention that includes Voicemail 10 (not sure how that differs from regular voicemail) and makes mention of evenings (7pm - 7am) and weekends.

    I am viewing the page on my Link so perhaps Opera Mini is formatting the page wacky and nothing has changed.

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    So if i were to top up with the $100 and use the $10 month to get 10c/m rate, i would get $90 worth for 10cents/m. Then the next month, depending on how much airtime i used the previous month, it would subtract another $10 to get that 10 cents/min rate to leave me with a total of (90-previous month usage-10)/0.10 minutes. Then the same procedure would follow the next month. Is that right?

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    yes, $10/month regardless of how many minutes you use. all minutes are then charged at $0.10/minute from your remaining balance.

    for example:

    $100 (month one balance)
    -$10 (plan)
    -$1 (10 minutes of talk)

    $89 (month two balance)
    -$10 (plan)
    -$5 (50 minutes of talk)

    $74 (month three balance)
    -$10 (plan)
    -$0 (0 minutes of talk)

    $64 (month four balance
    -$10 (plan)
    -$x (XX minutes of talk)

    etc.

    etc.

    make sense?

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    Yes, thank you very much.

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    What determines when a month begins? Is it:
    • the day you first enroll in the plan?
    • the first of the calendar month?
    • something else?

    How does this work when switching prepaid plans? Is the unused portion of the monthly fee forfeited?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phone_bob
    What determines when a month begins? Is it:
    • the day you first enroll in the plan?
    • the first of the calendar month?
    • something else?

    How does this work when switching prepaid plans? Is the unused portion of the monthly fee forfeited?
    prepaid plans start on your billing cycle.
    you cannot switch prepaid partway through the month, changes are made at the end of your billing period.

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    Damn, I thought it was too good to be true. I thought $10 a month @ .10 per minute would give me 100 minutes every month. Plus CID and VM was included. What a deal! I thought...this is a no-brainer if you're a light user. Well, now I realize it ain't so great. Although I did wonder why the minimum top-up was $15 when they offered a $10 plan.

    Is the Bell $10 prepaid under a similar (if not exactly the same) formula?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogido View Post
    Is the Bell $10 prepaid under a similar (if not exactly the same) formula?
    yes, same plan.
    $10 THEN $0.10/minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by live_strong View Post
    yes, same plan.
    $10 THEN $0.10/minute.
    I'm glad you explained it. And very good explanation at that. But really, is Bell/Virgin being a bit deceptive here? The $10 is not buying airtime. You are just paying for the right to participate at the .10/minute rate. Is that type of fee charged by any other carrier for any other prepaid plan?

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    And how about Virgin's $20 Unlimited Text Prepaid? Do you have to top up $25, and they deduct $20/month for "admission", leaving again $5 for airtime?

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    Yes, the $20 will let you access the 10c/min rate, and also unlimited text. As a bonus for a couple weeks, you'll also get 100 bonus anytime minutes on a new prepaid activation on this plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by live_strong View Post
    yes, $10/month regardless of how many minutes you use. all minutes are then charged at $0.10/minute from your remaining balance.

    for example:

    $100 (month one balance)
    -$10 (plan)
    -$1 (10 minutes of talk)

    $89 (month two balance)
    -$10 (plan)
    -$5 (50 minutes of talk)

    $74 (month three balance)
    -$10 (plan)
    -$0 (0 minutes of talk)

    $64 (month four balance
    -$10 (plan)
    -$x (XX minutes of talk)

    etc.

    etc.

    make sense?

    Does the balance expire when you are on this plan? I have about $300 prepaid balance which will expire in Dec and I don't want to feed the beast any more. Can I use this plan to extend the life of my balance to ~30 months, less minutes @ 10c, without having to top up in the meantime?

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    Adding a topup card before the expiry will extend it, besides that, not sure. IE, if you have $300 credit, and it expires on December 1st, a $100 topup card bought on November 30th will extend it until November 30th the next year.

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    The general consensus is that you can indeed pay for a monthly plan using an existing balance. Each time the monthly payment is made from your balance it shifts the expiry date out by a month - no topup card required! VM would not confirm that this is the way it works but I guess it's in their interest not to publicise it.

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