Cell Phone Plans

9921494A few years ago there were only a few companies to choose from, which resulted in high prices and bad terms for the customers. The market was divided between a few large companies and monopolized to the max, leaving no room for smaller providers. Now, with appearance of several new companies on the market, the rivalry forced the prices to drop and the terms to become more appealing.

               Cheap Phone Plans in Vancouver

The plan you want to go for depends on the demand. Most companies here want to charge you extra for caller ID, voice-mail, and internet usage. I have a $40 Wind plan which includes caller ID, unlimited incoming and outgoing calls, SMS-messaging and unlimited data. Same plan is only $25 with no data.

Similar offers are available from Mobilicity for $35, and quite often they have better offers in the beginning of Fall trying to get more students to sign up (student ID required). The drawbacks for these companies is that as they are fairly new in this market, the network is not as established as you want it to be, and sometimes you lose signal (my Wind phone does not have any coverage when I go over Lions Gate Bridge and in parts of Stanley Park). Some people have difficulties using Mobilicity at the SFU Burnaby campus. Many issues are caused by the new federal regulations preventing the companies rom establishing taller towers due to health impact concerns.

Chatr is good for people who do not use their phones much, and do not need a lot of data. They have appropriate coverage for the city, and running promotions for first-time customers.

Normally, to get any plan you need to pay a $20-30 one-time activation fee (which can be waived with some promotions).

If you want to go with a bigger company, you can sign up for a plan with Virgin, Bell, Telus or Rogers for about $50/month without, or $70+ with data. In order to receive a free phone and/or a better deal they want you to sign up for a 3-year term. If you decide to leave them, you will need to pay a large fee based on how many months you have left on the contract. I strongly advise against such deals, as it binds you to the use of service regardless of whether you like it or not.

(Click “Read More” for links)

http://www.windmobile.ca/en/pages/offers.aspx Wind Mobile (go to Monthly Plans)

http://mobilicity.ca/plans/ Mobilicity

http://www.chatrwireless.com/web/chatr.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PlanBrowse Chat-R

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    • Abu - December 11, 2014 @ 12:07 AM

      Very enlightening write up. Thank you.

      Since you use Wind40 plan, one of the features says “unlimited Canada-wide calling”, does it include calls outside Windmobile network? For example, if I want to call my friend who uses Rogers, Fido or Telus plan will it be “unlimited” or will I be charged extra for calling outside the Wind network?

      • Simple Vancouver - December 11, 2014 @ 7:45 AM

        http://www.windmobile.ca/my-wind/faq/network-and-coverage

        As far as I understand, if you are in the Wind coverage zone (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa) you can make unlimited Canada-wide calls to your friends on Canadian networks, even if they are not using wind. “Your unlimited features can only be used in the WIND network area.”

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