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Could you tell me if it іs it correct and natural to say activate a cell phone plan meaning to get the minutes and internet that come with it? For example:

Sir, if you wish to activate your cell phone plan, what you need to do is just top up with 50 dollars.

If it doesn't sound natural, what would you say?

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    Activate would only be used for a brand-new plan. If the plan is frozen and needs the money get started again, then you would say reactivate. Sep 3, 2021 at 14:08
  • "top up with 50 dollars" sounds strange in American English. top up normally takes an object, like top up the gas tank, or top up your account.
    – stangdon
    Sep 3, 2021 at 14:25
  • Thank you for your comments! Would you tell me what you would use instead of "top up" in American English? Sep 3, 2021 at 14:36
  • We would probably just say add fifty dollars. There's a discussion of the phrasing here: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/47302/to-top-up-a-mobile-phone
    – stangdon
    Sep 3, 2021 at 15:11
  • Thanks for the useful comment. Would you please also tell me if you'd say "top off your account with 50 dollars..." in American English? Sep 3, 2021 at 15:50

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Activate would only be used for a brand-new plan. If the plan is frozen and needs the money get started again, then you would say reactivate. – Canadian Yankee

However, "top up with 50 dollars" sounds strange in American English. Top up normally takes an object, like top up the gas tank, or top up your account. We would probably just say add fifty dollars. There's a discussion of the phrasing here

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    – James K
    Jun 5, 2022 at 8:17
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That sounds natural to me. You could also say "start your cell phone plan".

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