winedine69

What does a pro-rata bill mean?

My first bill will supposedly be pro-rata. What does that mean?!

Most Useful Answer veedubjai  Mar. 10, 2011 at 22:05

Basically, it's a difference to advance line rental charges between billing dates.

If this is your first bill then you need to know when is the billing date per monthly invoice which is the day when your monthly inclusive allowance is resets to zero. This determines what is your monthly advance line rental is per month.

On the day when you sign the mobile phone contract that is your starting date but the monthly billing date could be set 2/3 days later. You need to allow some time for the mobile phone companys billing systems to set up your billing account hence is not usually set on exactly on the same date as the starting date.

Your first bill invoice could be 2/3 days of line rental charge + 1 month line rental in advance which this also affects the inclusive pro-rata monthly allowance too.

So if you do intend to make changes to your monthly tariff then make it closer to the next billing date & NOT after to minimise your monthly inclusive allowance.

An example when making changes to tariff:
Up to the date you changed tariff, you'll be billed on your old price plan.
From the date you changed, you'll be billed under the new one.

Example: you're originally on a £10 per month plan, but you change to a £20 a month plan on the 15th of the month. So for the first 14 days, you pay that percentage of the £10 a month plan. (14 days worth.) But for the remaining 15 (or 16, depends on the month!) you'll owe the equivalent on the £20 plan.

Obviously, your figures won't be that simple, as:
a) you won't be on a 10 or 20 quid plan (I wish!)
b) it's unlikely you started your contract on the first of the month,
so the figures will need to be adjusted accordingly.

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veedubjai  Mar. 10, 2011 at 22:05

Basically, it's a difference to advance line rental charges between billing dates.

If this is your first bill then you need to know when is the billing date per monthly invoice which is the day when your monthly inclusive allowance is resets to zero. This determines what is your monthly advance line rental is per month.

On the day when you sign the mobile phone contract that is your starting date but the monthly billing date could be set 2/3 days later. You need to allow some time for the mobile phone companys billing systems to set up your billing account hence is not usually set on exactly on the same date as the starting date.

Your first bill invoice could be 2/3 days of line rental charge + 1 month line rental in advance which this also affects the inclusive pro-rata monthly allowance too.

So if you do intend to make changes to your monthly tariff then make it closer to the next billing date & NOT after to minimise your monthly inclusive allowance.

An example when making changes to tariff:
Up to the date you changed tariff, you'll be billed on your old price plan.
From the date you changed, you'll be billed under the new one.

Example: you're originally on a £10 per month plan, but you change to a £20 a month plan on the 15th of the month. So for the first 14 days, you pay that percentage of the £10 a month plan. (14 days worth.) But for the remaining 15 (or 16, depends on the month!) you'll owe the equivalent on the £20 plan.

Obviously, your figures won't be that simple, as:
a) you won't be on a 10 or 20 quid plan (I wish!)
b) it's unlikely you started your contract on the first of the month,
so the figures will need to be adjusted accordingly.

LockyUK  Mar. 11, 2011 at 08:30

the person above is absolutely correct, but to put a bit more simply it is a partial months service payment

winedine69  Mar. 11, 2011 at 11:10

Wow thank you for your help veedubjai

chazaabc  Jun. 3, 2011 at 21:21

HELP my contract runs out on 17th july i want to go to talk mobile and they have pro rata so what should i do to keep pro rata down or not get it atall thanks (_;)(_;)

veedubjai  Jun. 4, 2011 at 13:27

If your contract expires on 17/07/11 then my guess is that your billing date is closer to that date after (this could be 1 or 2 days later) but you're best to contact your service provider for the next actual billing date & request the PAC details. If your old network provider allows you to upgrade early than the usual last 30 days of the contract then this is usually a indication that you can also leave early then get the billing date & PAC details right now. The sooner you can leave, the lower the bills will be overall.

Remember, that any changes must be completed before the next billing date or you will be charged one months' line rental in advance. It takes upto 48hrs to issue you a PAC via SMS & this must be provided to your new mobile network within 30 days. If you fail to use this then a new PAC will be needed for another 30 days validity.

Once in hand of the next bill date & PAC details then register a new Talk Mobile account whichever tariff you're going for that meets your needs & inform them of your PAC details. It should take no more than two business days from the day that you provide the PAC Code to your new network. During those two days, calls to your phone number will still go to your old network. For this reason, you shouldn’t cancel your existing account until after the PAC Code has been used.

Once after two days then you can test your new Talk Mobile simcard by calling your friends/family to see if they can recognise your old number is confirmed then this will verify that your old account should be expected to be closed but you can check with your old service provider.

You should expect to received what network service providers call a post term bill invoice after disconnecting your old account to determine if any other charges that you may have incurred for voice/messages/data used upto disconnection date. Credits of any line rental may appear also for days that you have not been connected as well.

Be advised that this is a post term bill invoice & not the final bill invoice which both are very different & expected to received usually 2 weeks after the post term bill been issued. If you happen to have any credits after the bill readjustment on the final bill invoice then this can be refunded back to you. This is usually refunded back to you via how you normally pay your bills.

Source: PAC Codes: How to transfer your mobile number when switching networks.

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