Prepaid Internet

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Getting hooked up to prepaid Internet service is a little like buying a prepaid phone card. Basically, you have several options when it comes to loading the program on your computer. In some cases, you can even buy a start-up CD in a local store. The CD will provide you with everything you need to connect to an ISP (Internet Service Provider), and you will have paid for the number of minutes you want up front.

No More Monthly Charges

When you sign up with most ISPs, you are required to pay at least a specified minimum amount of money each month no matter many minutes you are actually using. You will almost always be charged a fee for minutes over your "limit." This can get very expensive, especially if you either don't use the Internet often or need it for special situations that require a lot of online time.

Instead of paying monthly fees and overage charges, you can pay for exactly the number of minutes you select in advance, and you won't ever be surprised with a huge bill. You will usually get an actual card that comes with a serial number and a PIN that you will need whenever you want to add minutes to your card. You can even use the CD and your card to load the software onto another computer. The whole process is very convenient, and it will save you money as well.

When it's time to recharge your prepaid Internet service card, you will probably have several options. For example, you may be able to add minutes using your computer and a credit card. Some vendors also have a telephone option, and, again, you can pay with your credit card. Often, there is an expiration date on prepaid Internet cards just like there is on a phone card. The length of time you will have to use your minutes varies from around 90 days to one year.

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