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Sunday, January 15th, 2023 2:22 PM

Prepaid phone number expiration - No payment with unexpired account balance

I have been using AT&T prepaid. Please advise whether this will work or not. I usually spend a few months per year in the US only. I spend the rest of my time overseas which I do not need any US phone services. 

I am currently on the $65 Unlimited Plan. I added $100 last month which will keep my account balance active for 365 days. When I leave the US, my account balance would be around $35, which will not be enough the renew my Unlimited Plan. I do not add money nor change my $65 Unlimited Plan. Since the remaining balance is inadequate to renew my $65 Unlimited Plan, the $35 should still be there when I return, say 6 months later. When I return 6 months later, I add more money and the $65 Unlimited Plan will kick in again.

So, my question is will my prepaid phone number be alive when I return 6 months later? In other words, will my prepaid number be alive with an “unexpired” account balance even without payments for 6 months. If not, is there any other way to keep my prepaid phone number alive while I am away?



ACE - Expert


63.9K Messages

5 months ago

Yes, it should work exactly the way you described. I say should because I’ve never seen anyone confirm it. Your account and number will remain active as long as you have a positive account balance. What I don’t know for sure is what happens when your plan expires and the $35 balance is insufficient to renew. Will your balance actually stay at $35 or will it go to $0 and show you need another $30 to renew? If your current plan expires before you leave, you should be able to easily confirm your balance.


ACE - Scholar


719 Messages

5 months ago

If this works it is a nice alternative for those who used to use the PPU option when out of the country up to a year.  And in that case, ATT wasn't making any revenue for those months of inactivity. 

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