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August 28, 2019
11:46 am
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Don't know if this is available everywhere in Canada, but in SW Ontario on BYOD I get unlimited calling & texting including voicemail with a monthly 1GB data allowance at 3G speed for $25/month from Lucky Mobile (Bell's discount operation). No contract, so I can walk away whenever I want.

https://www.luckymobile.ca/

They have larger data plans, but IMO their best deal currently is the $25 plan where you get 500MB of data and then get another 500MB if you enroll to "top-up" your account (i.e. if you set up autopay, which I'm going to do anyway). 1GB at 3G speed is more than enough for either one of us. Another option is a 750MB plan that throttles back to 128k once you max out the data allowance but I have no firsthand experience with it.

My wife and I both used to be on Koodo (at twice the cost) and seriously considered moving to Public Mobile, but Lucky has call center reps and I concluded I wasn't tech savvy enough to solve all my own problems if things ever start to act up. Also, local PM users report experiencing a lot of call drop in my area once you get out of the cities. Freedom Mobile has even spottier coverage around here than PM so they're not a viable option either.

I've never been a fan of Bell but IMO this is a great reliable product for the mostly casual user like myself. I personally can't tell that I'm capped at 3G speed, although I'm guessing it's not going to satisfy gamer addicts or sports junkies who like to stream hockey games on their phone.

If anyone likes the look of Lucky and wants to share a referral bonus, send me a PM or just sign up without one

August 28, 2019
11:58 am
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@GICinvestor Yeah, SimplyConnect is just a rebranded version of Cityfone, and, in fact, is operated by the same company in a manner not dissimilar from Meridian Credit Union/Motus Bank. Cityfone, in turn, is yet another flanker brand of Rogers Wireless. It's not bad, but out west, the Telus/Bell combined wireless network definitely has the best nationwide coverage. (Although, Rogers is starting to more aggressively add towers in under-served western areas, including in Kelowna, and Freedom Mobile now has its first tower(s) in Kelowna!)

My preference would probably be Public Mobile, Telus Prepaid Talk & Text 100, or 7-Eleven SpeakOut Wireless (Rogers network, but an MVNO operated by Ztar Mobile, which also operates Petro-Canada Mobility), depending on one's usage. I'm contemplating getting rid of my cell phone as I never use it and would save me $100 per year. I would then be phone number-less, notwithstanding my free legacy Google Voice number with a Seattle area code (which is good enough for me). 😉

@Londonguy Yeah, Lucky Mobile would be a good choice. They've got some weird province-specific service plans, though, so watch out for that. The advantage of the contact centre support is huge. It really depends what you want. They would be my fourth choice after my top 3. You can also buy a Lucky Mobile SIM card in-store for $4 at Dollarama, which is nice.

Cheers,
Doug

August 28, 2019
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$15 Unlimited Messaging (Text and Picture) and 250 MB of Data$15.00

This also includes:
Voicemail 10†
Call Display
Call Waiting
Conference Calling
Call Forwarding†
With Koodo, text messaging includes international text messages sent from and received anywhere in Canada.

†To retrieve Voicemail or use Call Forwarding on your Koodo phone, you must have sufficient anytime minutes in your account. Anytime minutes are charged by the minute and the airtime required to connect your calls is drawn from the included minutes.
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I have used this plan for about 4 years now....as of 2 months ago Koodo now gives 250Mb of data included. Before you always needed to buy a data booster, which like your talk minutes rolls over until done.
I see the minute boosters are more expensive than some posted above but I buy them when they have the odd 2 for 1 sale.
Also, if you do auto topups (I do) you get 10% back...so the monthly cost is $13.50 + tax.

Koodo runs on the Telus network.

August 28, 2019
3:43 pm
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Londonguy said
Don't know if this is available everywhere in Canada, but in SW Ontario on BYOD I get unlimited calling & texting including voicemail with a monthly 1GB data allowance at 3G speed for $25/month from Lucky Mobile (Bell's discount operation). No contract, so I can walk away whenever I want.

https://www.luckymobile.ca/

They have larger data plans, but IMO their best deal currently is the $25 plan where you get 500MB of data and then get another 500MB if you enroll to "top-up" your account (i.e. if you set up autopay, which I'm going to do anyway). 1GB at 3G speed is more than enough for either one of us. Another option is a 750MB plan that throttles back to 128k once you max out the data allowance but I have no firsthand experience with it.

My wife and I both used to be on Koodo (at twice the cost) and seriously considered moving to Public Mobile, but Lucky has call center reps and I concluded I wasn't tech savvy enough to solve all my own problems if things ever start to act up. Also, local PM users report experiencing a lot of call drop in my area once you get out of the cities. Freedom Mobile has even spottier coverage around here than PM so they're not a viable option either.

I've never been a fan of Bell but IMO this is a great reliable product for the mostly casual user like myself. I personally can't tell that I'm capped at 3G speed, although I'm guessing it's not going to satisfy gamer addicts or sports junkies who like to stream hockey games on their phone.

If anyone likes the look of Lucky and wants to share a referral bonus, send me a PM or just sign up without one  

Hi thanks. Telus says their network is Telus/Bell and has been that way for years. I wonder if Bell says if their network shares Telus towers.

Me too.....Bell.....not for me. I had Bell Express-Vue.....bad customer service. I had a Bell corporate phone through work...was good....but I only dealt with our administrator....and no doubt Bell bent over backwards to keep that national contract. Then I had Bell mobility through Costco......bad customer service....I had a transferable plan that took 3 months of dealing with stupidity. Never again.

Yes I have read about PM dropped calls. Do it yourselfers, that should have stayed with post paid, with not enough common sense to trouble shoot or review the issues? Sim issues.....self caused. iPhone 7.......not the best iPhone ever as the mic cuts out and could appear as a dropped call and they asked the person to try another phone to confirm a network or phone issue......and lastly PM admitted they had dropped calls with the $15 that I would subscribe to....it was fixed and you can see commitment in their responses.

I do know when Telus has internet issues they can control where/how it is used....ie. cut back on the TV or cutback on the internet. So no doubt I guess they could control who has best mobile service, post paid, prepaid, Koodo, PM. And perhaps could give full coverage access or Telus or Bell tower access only. What a pun eh....Bell Tower.
I would hope they treat level of mobile service equally as if not that would have repercussions with CTRC and customers. PM and Lucky is the forced CTRC solution for lower cost service.....but Telus and Bell have neglected to advise us.

I looked at Lucky and their flexibility is much better than PM. But that is a preference by individual and what their base features are. I really like the PM add ons that roll over. Very similar to the old old version of Telus Prepaid where you paid $10 a month and what you did not use rolled over.....I had a $400 balance.

I would like most options for 2 accounts for under $300 a year.

And since PM has unlimited inbound calls I can direct all of our VOIP house phone calls to our PM numbers. There is a little extra cost to transfer VOIP calls to PM, but would only come into play if both wife and are were not home and if we answered the call. And if an outage can use our home phone on an app on our iPhones over wifi. And yes no PM service and no wifi am hooped.

If I had a child away at university a very cheap way to communicate is to give them a PM phone with unlimited inbound calls. Ie. you are in Vancouver and child in Toronto.....give child a PM phone with a Vancouver number.

August 28, 2019
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krwilson said
$15 Unlimited Messaging (Text and Picture) and 250 MB of Data$15.00

This also includes:
Voicemail 10†
Call Display
Call Waiting
Conference Calling
Call Forwarding†
With Koodo, text messaging includes international text messages sent from and received anywhere in Canada.

†To retrieve Voicemail or use Call Forwarding on your Koodo phone, you must have sufficient anytime minutes in your account. Anytime minutes are charged by the minute and the airtime required to connect your calls is drawn from the included minutes.
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I have used this plan for about 4 years now....as of 2 months ago Koodo now gives 250Mb of data included. Before you always needed to buy a data booster, which like your talk minutes krwilson said
$15 Unlimited Messaging (Text and Picture) and 250 MB of Data$15.00

This also includes:
Voicemail 10†
Call Display
Call Waiting
Conference Calling
Call Forwarding†
With Koodo, text messaging includes international text messages sent from and received anywhere in Canada.

†To retrieve Voicemail or use Call Forwarding on your Koodo phone, you must have sufficient anytime minutes in your account. Anytime minutes are charged by the minute and the airtime required to connect your calls is drawn from the included minutes.
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I have used this plan for about 4 years now....as of 2 months ago Koodo now gives 250Mb of data included. Before you always needed to buy a data booster, which like your talk minutes rolls over until done.
I see the minute boosters are more expensive than some posted above but I buy them when they have the odd 2 for 1 sale.
Also, if you do auto topups (I do) you get 10% back...so the monthly cost is $13.50 + tax.

Koodo runs on the Telus network.  

Hi I can only find the lowest price as $30 per month. Do you have a grandfathered Account? Can you send a URL to the $15 plan?

August 29, 2019
4:55 am
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GICinvestor said
Hi I can only find the lowest price as $30 per month. Do you have a grandfathered Account? Can you send a URL to the $15 plan?  

Here you go ...

https://www.koodomobile.com/prepaid-plans

August 29, 2019
10:01 am
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krwilson said

Here you go ...

https://www.koodomobile.com/prepaid-plans  

Thanks for the URL.

The $15 Koodo plan compared to Public $15-$2=$13 plan has 4 less voicemails, not a big deal, but has no calling time. Public offers for $13, 100 minutes outbound per month (no carry over) and unlimited inbound. That is 13 cents a minute if you used all 100 minutes and less (than 13 cents) if you had inbound calls. And data is 250mb on both plans.

Koodo I would have buy chunks of inbound/outbound minutes, that DO carry over which is nice and they are Canada wide.

It, Koodo, would be a good choice but Telus really sharpened their pencils for packaging, pricing and carry over options for their Public Mobile.

Public Mobile looks like the best deal for a minimal user with options, if needed, to add long distance, add data or USA roaming. Overall with a bit of planning it is all there and is significantly better than our current Telus prepaid Talk 100 that gives me and spouse free calling to each other and 10 cents a minute inbound/outbound local calling but for long distance it is an additional 50 cents a minute and texting is 50 cents per text inbound or outbound.

Thanks for bringing Koodo to my attention.

Also Public Mobile has discounts:
$2 off per month if you set up auto pay
$1 off per month if some says I referred them
$1 off per month for every year of being a customer
And another discount if you are heavily involved with “community” assistance, which I would not likely get involved with.

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