How to Convert a Phone to Prepaid

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Converting a phone to prepaid requires contacting the wireless carrier, opting for a prepaid phone plan or purchasing a prepaid phone with pre-loaded minutes. Switch cell phone plans from contract to prepaid with information from a wireless specialist in this free video on cell phones.

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Hi, I'm Ben from the Cellphone Broker in San Jose, California, and today I'm going to show you how to convert your phone into a prepaid phone. There's two ways you can do it. You can contact the carrier directly, go into the company store, or call customer care, and have them convert your existing contract line, where you get a bill at the end of the month and you pay the bill; have them convert that into a prepaid account. Which means that you upload minutes before the month, and then when your amount of money is gone and your minutes are gone, you can't use your phone anymore. The second way to do it is to purchase a prepaid phone, like this one from AT&T. You can also purchase them directly from Verizon or T-Mobile, and what that will allow you to do is have a prepaid phone. A phone comes with it, comes with its own number, and normally they'll have minutes already loaded up on them. So, that's a good idea if you're just traveling out of town and you want to have a phone for a little while. If you are in contract, and you want to terminate your line and turn it into a prepaid, you are going to have to pay a termination fee. Normally this between 150 to 200 dollars, depending upon what you signed in your contract and who you signed your contract with. I'm Ben from the Cellphone Broker in San Jose, California, and that's how you convert your phone to prepaid.

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