I'm new to PM, and I'm a bit confused about data add-ons. Let's say I need a little extra data this month, and I buy a 200 MB data add-on for $5. Will I now be charged an extra $5 each month, or will this be a one-time purchase? In other words, will buying this data add-on permanently increase the cost of my plan by $5 every month? Thanks in advance.
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It’s just a one time purchase. Did not haft yo worry about a permanently increased phone plan. It’s there until it’s 100% used up
Thanks very much to you and to everyone else who responded to my question. Very helpful, and it's the answer that I was hoping to hear.
You can activate AutoPay on your account to get "bonus" plan data allocation every month (along with $2 Reward). Perhaps negating any need to purchase data add-ons.
The data add-ons aren't too costly, but if you consistently need to purchase them then their cost adds up and you'll probably find it cheaper to upgrade to a higher-cost plan which includes more data.
You'll get SMS notifications informing you when you reach 75% and 95% of your limit. At 100% your data just gets cut off until you buy more data, lol, no overages possible.
You can also install a data tracking app (if one isn't already built into the phone software) which measures data usage - although these aren't entirely accurate and when there's any discrepancies the data usage measured (and billed) on your Self-Serve is all that matters.
And you can of course use WiFi without consuming your cellular data. Assuming you have WiFi at home, work, or a free hotspot.