How to Put Minutes on My Phone


Instead of subscribing to a cell phone network by signing a two-year agreement, which can only be broken with hefty fees, one alternative users have is to sign up with a prepaid cell phone service, which typically has no contract required. However, this typically requires you to add minutes by paying the network a set fee per minute. Buying these minutes is relatively a simple process.

Things You'll Need

  • Credit card or cash
  • Prepaid phone
  • Your phone's number
  • Web browser
  • Purchase a prepaid minute card for your phone's prepaid network. Most supermarket, convenience stores and electronics stores sell these cards for you to purchase. These phone cards typically come in $10, $25, $50 and $100 denominations. You will typically need to enter the numbers on the card using a special phone number for your prepaid network or entering them into your cell phone.

  • Use your cell phone to pay for the minutes. Typically prepaid networks provide a number you can call on your phone for free where you can pay for minutes using a credit card. Most only allow you to pay for minutes using denominations similar to the ones listed in step one.

  • Point your browser to your prepaid network's website. Most prepaid networks have a place where you can purchase minutes online, again using a credit card. Provide your name, number and credit card information, and the minutes are transferred to your account.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider purchasing several additional prepaid minute cards so that you are never caught without minutes.
  • Most prepaid networks deduct additional minutes from you if you call from outside your usual calling area, such as calling out of state. Be sure to add minutes accordingly.

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