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
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
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.