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Promotion from Fido, Koodo & Virgin on BYOD plans – We compare

You already finished paying your cell phones’ balance, or are pretty close to? You’re in search of a new plan? And ready to endure your old smartphone a little while longer? And your irresistible urge to shop for a new high tech smartphone can hold off a bit more? Good news for you then, because for the month of May, Fido, Koodo and Virgin have a large number of promotions on Bring Your Own Device plans!

Fierce competition between Fido, Koodo and Virgin for BYOD plans

Koodo, Fido and Virgin released this month a series of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) plans. Koodo started the first, introducing their new set of BYOD plans early in the month. A rebranding had been made with the launch of the CHOOSE HAPPY campaign. There was a redesign of Koodo’s website along with all the plans showed on it. Biggest change was the new version of their TAB system (system where the prices for the plans and the device are clearly separated).

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The CHOOSE HAPPY campaign is Telus’ latest effort to make a push and try acquire more clients. Their latest strategy translates itself with more aggressive offers and more than a few price drops.

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The result?

Bell and Rogers are reacting by matching Koodo’s offer with new plans released for their sub-brands Virgins and Fido. And in most cases, their offers are identical. Same price, same amount of data, same number of voice minutes.

 

New promos and price drops this week from Fido, Koodo and Virgin

 

The rivalries continue this week, with new promos launched by the 3 providers. But they’re for a limited time only – Most of these offers end May 31rst or June first.

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So, with all these new promotions, is it worth it to throw yourself now on these new plans, before they end? Which are the great deals, and which are the ones to avoid?

Comparison of the best BYOD cellphone plans

See for yourself, the offers from the various providers are shown below. The comparison is made for plans with an average quantity of data, between 500 MB and 3 GB. We consider for all plans that the following options are included:

  • Unlimited text message;
  • Call display;
  • Unlimited calls evening and weekends;
  • Voicemail

We consider all plans have the unlimited calls option, except for the 500 MB one:

  1. 500 MB, 500 voice minutes, unlimited text messages, call display, unlimited calls evenings and week-ends, voicemail;
  2. 1 GB, unlimited calls, unlimited text messages, call display, voicemail;
  3. 2 GB, unlimited calls, unlimited text messages, call display, voicemail;
  4. 3 GB, unlimited calls, unlimited text messages, call display, voicemail;

The results are shown by group of province. For each group, we made the countdown of 4 best mobile plans. Plan prices vary from province to province depending on the regional providers present and the level of competition.

 

  • GROUP 1 – Cellphone plan comparison in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia
    • Regional provider : Wind
    • Mobile plans in these provinces are generally the most expensive in Canada

 

  • GROUP 2 – Cellphone plan comparison in Quebec
    • Regional provider : Videotron

 

  • GROUP 3 – Cellphone plan comparison in Nova-Scotia, New-Brunswick, Prince-Edouard Island, Newfoundland
    • Regional provider : Eastlink

 

  • GROUP 4 – Cellphone plan comparison in Saskatchewan, Manitoba
    • Regional provider : SaskTel and MTS
    • Mobile plans in these provinces are generally the lowest priced in Canada

 

Group 1 – Best BYOD plans in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia

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Best BYOD cellphone plan

500 MB, 500 min


Best BYOD cellphone plan

1 GB, Unlimited calls


Best BYOD cellphone plan

2 GB, Unlimited calls

Best BYOD cellphone plan

3 GB, Unlimited calls

#1

Wind

35 $

(for 2 GB + unlimited calls)

Wind

35 $

(for 2 GB + unlimited calls)

Wind

35 $

Wind

40 $

#2

Virgin

38 $

Virgin

45 $

Ends June 1rst

Virgin

55 $

Ends June 1rst

Virgin

65 $

Ends June 1rst

#3

Koodo

38 $

Koodo

45 $

Ends May 31rst

Koodo

55 $

Ends May 31rst

Koodo

65 $

Ends May 31rst

#4

Fido

38 $

42 $ with voicemail

Fido

45 $

49 $ with voicemail

Ends May 31rst

Fido

55 $

59 $ with voicemail

Ends May 31rst

Fido

65 $

69 $with voicemail

Ends May 31rst

*With unlimited text messages + unlimited calls evening & W-E + Call display + Voicemail

**Except for Fido, all providers include a base voicemail service in their plans. In Fido’s case, the 4$ premium voicemail option for be taken as an add-on.  

 

Group 2 – Best BYOD plans in Quebec

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Best BYOD cellphone plan

750 MB, 750 min

Best BYOD cellphone plan

1 GB, Unlimited calls

Best BYOD cellphone plan

2 GB, Unlimited calls

Best BYOD cellphone plan

3 GB, Unlimited calls

#1

Virgin

38 $

Virgin

43 $

Virgin

53 $

Koodo

65 $

Ends May 31rst

#2

Koodo

38 $

Koodo

43 $

Koodo

53 $

Fido

65 $

69 $ with voicemail

(for 5 GB)

#3

Fido

38 $

42 $ with voicemail

Fido

43 $

47 $ with voicemail

Fido

53 $

57 $ with voicemail

Videotron

67 $

(for 4 GB)

#4

Videotron

42 $

Videotron

49 $

Videotron

58 $

Rogers

65 $

(for 4 GB)

*With unlimited text messages + unlimited calls evening & W-E + Call display + Voicemail

**Except for Fido, all providers include a base voicemail service in their plans. In Fido’s case, the 4$ premium voicemail option for be taken as an add-on.  

 

Group 3 – Best BYOD plans in the Atlantic Provinces

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Best BYOD cellphone plan

500 MB, 500 min

Best BYOD cellphone plan

1 GB, Unlimited calls

Best BYOD cellphone plan

2 GB, Unlimited calls

Best BYOD cellphone plan

3 GB, Unlimited calls

#1

Virgin

38 $

Bell

45 $

Virgin

48 $

(for 5 GB)

Limited time offer

Virgin

48 $

(for 5 GB)

Limited time offer

#2

Koodo

38 $

Virgin

48 $

(for 5 GB)

Limited time offer

Koodo

48 $

(for 5 GB)

Koodo

48 $

(for 5 GB)

#3

Fido

38 $

42 $ with voicemail

Koodo

48 $

(for 5 GB)

Fido

48 $

52 $ with voicemail

(for 5 GB)

Fido

48 $

52 $ with voicemail

(for 5 GB)

#4

Rogers

45 $

Fido

48 $

52 $ with voicemail

(for 5 GB)

Rogers

55 $

Bell

55 $

(for 5 GB)

*With unlimited text messages + unlimited calls evening & W-E + Call display + Voicemail

**Except for Fido, all providers include a base voicemail service in their plans. In Fido’s case, the 4$ premium voicemail option for be taken as an add-on.  

 

Group 4 – Best BYOD plans in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

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Best BYOD cellphone plan

500 MB, 500 min

Best BYOD cellphone plan

1 GB, Unlimited calls

Best BYOD cellphone plan

2 GB, Unlimited calls

Best BYOD cellphone plan

3 GB, Unlimited calls

#1

Virgin

38 $

Virgin

45 $

Ends June 1rst

Virgin

55 $

Ends June 1rst

Virgin

65 $

Ends June 1rst

#2

Koodo

38 $

Koodo

45 $

Ends May 31rst

Koodo

55 $

Ends May 31rst

Koodo

65 $

Ends May 31rst

#3

Fido

38 $

42 $ with voicemail

Fido

45 $

49 $ with voicemail

End May 31rst

Fido

53 $

57 $ with voicemail

End May 31rst

Fido

65 $

69 $ with voicemail

End May 31rst

#4

Eastlink

45 $

(for 750 Mo – 750 min)

Promo available for a limited time

Eastlink

60 $

Eastlink

65 $

Eastlink

85 $

(for 4 Go)

*With unlimited text messages + unlimited calls evening & W-E + Call display + Voicemail

**Except for Fido, all providers include a base voicemail service in their plans. In Fido’s case, the 4$ premium voicemail option for be taken as an add-on.  

 

Conclusion

In Ontario, Alberta and British-Columbia

Wind’s cellphone plans beat all promotions made by Fido, Koodo and Virgin. So if you don’t have any problem with Wind, it’d be best to go with them and avoid offers from the 3 others.

 

In Quebec

No need to rush on your decision. There’s only one promotion in Quebec, Koodo’s 3 GB plan, priced at 65$. Based on price only, it could look like the best deal. However, for only 2$ extra, Videotron’s offer allows you to get extra 1 GB, and for 4$ more, Fido’s offer allow you to jump to a 5 GB plan.

 

In Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Virgin’s website indicate that the promotions are for a limited time only. It’s not the case on Koodo’s website however. So again, no need to rush, as Koodo’s deals are apparently here to stay.

 

In the Atlantic provinces

Koodo, Fido and Virgin offer pretty good deals in for the Atlantic Provinces. Their offers clearly beat Eastlink’s. So, for everyone in Nova-Scotia, New-Brunswick, Prince-Edouard-Island and Newfoundland, the decision to buy a new BYOD plan has to be taken before June 1rst.

 

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