Koodo presents their phone plans as “tabs”, wherein you sign up for a plan that includes a credit towards one of their phones. Each month, a portion of your phone bill goes to paying off the cost of the device. They also offer plans at a reduced rate for people who already own their device.
Use their data calculator to figure out how much data you’re likely to use. Consider how much time you spend on your phone in places with Wifi versus without.
Depending on the time of year and their current specials, sufficient plans with data, unlimited calling, and text messaging start at $40/month.
At the time of writing this, Fido is offering Spotify Premium accounts with the purchase of a phone plan. This is great if you listen to a lot of streaming music (Spotify Premium is about $10 a month). Fido offers base plans with additional monthly cost levels for credit towards a new phone. You’ll probably want to start at their $50 plan to get the most for the price.
Virgin Mobile members get all kinds of perks, including chances at free concert tickets and trips, and occasional offers for 2-for-1 movie tickets and discounts at specific retailers. If you like to shop, then Virgin’s added benefits may work for you. They’re also known for good customer service. Their plans start at $40 with Silver, Gold, and Platinum plans for those shopping for a new phone.
To be honest, you’ll get better deals with the previous 3 phone plan carriers. Telus plans start around $75/month. Like other companies, they wrap the cost of a new phone into your bill. If you want to package your phone with home internet and television, you’ll get the benefit of a better deal and only one bill to pay.
Rogers offers phone plans based on whether your priority is to get a new phone (the cost is wrapped into your monthly bill), whether you want a lower monthly bill or more services and you’re willing to spend more on a new phone, or whether you already have a phone and only need a plan. It’s a little confusing, and their plans are the most expensive out of all the companies on this list — starting around $80/month — because their minimum data allowance is 1GB, but you also have the option of bundling home television and Wifi services with your phone.
Phone companies typically offer variations of the same plan with different special features (free tickets, free music accounts, etc.). If you want to compare phone plans, check out CompareCellular.com.
There’s a lot of choice out there. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, call me. I can help make sure you don’t get ripped off.