Canadian Wireless Plan Pricing for February 2015

February 26, 2015  by Chaundra Kazakoff
At the end of 2014 we noticed significant pricing differences between wireless providers in Saskatchewan/Manitoba/Quebec and the rest of Canada. Back in January we put together aninfographic displaying the $5-$25 per month cost variances for wireless rate plans among the provinces.

We chose to compare rate plans for smartphones which lead to more average-to-premium criteria for the plans. It simply made more sense to lean higher when creating plan requirements as our data showed that differences in monthly charges were minimal (e.g. province-wide talk vs. Canada-wide talk or 1 GB vs 2 GB of data).
This time around we have maintained the same criteria and updated the data to reflect more current pricing. Now that we know that there can be such varying costs for the same service across the provinces, it should be interesting to see how frequently and drastically the pricing can vary. So below we have the varying rate plan pricing for smartphones throughout Canada.
 
Canadian Rate Plan Infographic Feb 2015
 

The Data!

We've included all of our data used for our infographic below. 

Plans for the Apple iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

 
These are plans for the latest Apple iPhone 6 & 6 Plus. WIND Mobile is not included as you would need to purchase the phone through Apple while all other providers offer it on a 2 year contract. Plans had to include the following:
  • Unlimited Canadawide Talk
  • At least 2GB of data
  • Unlimited Text/Picture/Video Messaging
  • Call Display & Voicemail
Average cost of a plan in each province:
  • Quebec - $71.66
  • Saskatchewan - $72.50
  • Manitoba - $74.17
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario, Maritimes - $97
The full results:
Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Alberta Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Alberta Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Alberta TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
British Columbia Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
British Columbia Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
British Columbia Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
British Columbia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Manitoba Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Manitoba Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Platinum 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Manitoba TELUS Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Manitoba Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Manitoba Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
Manitoba MTS Mobility Talk & Surf All In Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $95.00
New Brunswick Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
New Brunswick TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Nova Scotia Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Nova Scotia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Ontario Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Ontario TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Prince Edward Island Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Prince Edward Island Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Prince Edward Island Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00
Prince Edward Island Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Prince Edward Island TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Quebec Videotron PREMIUM: Unlimited Voice + Data 2GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $64.95
Quebec Koodo Mobile Tab Large 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
Quebec Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Quebec Fido Max $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 4GB $75.00
Quebec Virgin Mobile Platinum 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 4GB $75.00
Quebec Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Saskatchewan Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Saskatchewan Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Platinum 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan TELUS Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan SaskTel Ultimate 13th Man Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 13GB $85.00
Saskatchewan Koodo Mobile Tab Large 95 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $95.00

Plans for Smartphones

These plans are for Smartphones on a 2 year contract at a carriers lowest price. Plans had to include the following:
  • Unlimited Canadawide Talk
  • At least 2GB of data
  • Unlimited Text/Picture/Video Messaging
  • Call Display & Voicemail
Average cost of a plan in each province:
  • Saskatchewan - $64.29
  • Manitoba - $65.71
  • Quebec - $67.49
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario - $74.88
  • Maritimes - $84.17
The full results:
Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Wind Mobile Limited Time Offer: Unlimited Canada & U.S. Plan Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $39.00
Alberta Mobilicity Unlimited Everything Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $55.00
Alberta Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Alberta Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Alberta Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Alberta Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Alberta TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
British Columbia Wind Mobile Limited Time Offer: Unlimited Canada & U.S. Plan Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $39.00
British Columbia Mobilicity Unlimited Everything Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $55.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
British Columbia Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
British Columbia Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
British Columbia Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
British Columbia Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
British Columbia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Manitoba Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 55 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $55.00
Manitoba Fido Smart $60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $60.00
Manitoba Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Manitoba Virgin Mobile Gold 60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $60.00
Manitoba TELUS Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Manitoba Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Manitoba MTS Mobility Talk & Surf All In Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $95.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
New Brunswick Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
New Brunswick Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Nova Scotia Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Nova Scotia Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Nova Scotia Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Ontario Wind Mobile Limited Time Offer: Unlimited Canada & U.S. Plan Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $39.00
Ontario Mobilicity Unlimited Everything Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $55.00
Ontario Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Ontario Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Ontario Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Prince Edward Island Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Prince Edward Island Virgin Mobile Gold 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Prince Edward Island Fido Smart $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Prince Edward Island Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Prince Edward Island Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Prince Edward Island TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Quebec Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Quebec Videotron PREMIUM: Unlimited Voice + Data 2GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $64.95
Quebec Fido Smart $65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
Quebec Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Gold 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
Quebec Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Quebec Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Saskatchewan Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 55 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $55.00
Saskatchewan Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Saskatchewan Fido Smart $60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $60.00
Saskatchewan Virgin Mobile Gold 60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $60.00
Saskatchewan TELUS Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan SaskTel Ultimate 13th Man Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 13GB $85.00

Plans for Lite Smartphones

Some carriers offer older/lite Smartphones with discounted monthly pricing while some offer a larger upfront cost for a smartphone in exchange for cheaper monthly plans. Plans had to include the following:
  • 300 Daytime Minutes
  • Unlimited Evenings & Weekends
  • At least 300MB of data
  • Unlimited Text/Picture/Video Messaging
  • Call Display & Voicemail
Average cost of a plan in each province:
  • Quebec - $48.14
  • Saskatchewan - $48.33
  • Manitoba - $49.17
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario - $51.25
  • Maritimes - $53.33
The full results:
Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Wind Mobile Unlimited Province-wide Talk + Text + Data Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $35.00
Alberta Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Alberta Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Alberta Mobilicity Unlimited Everything Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $55.00
Alberta Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
Alberta Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Alberta TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
British Columbia Wind Mobile Unlimited Province-wide Talk + Text + Data Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $35.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
British Columbia Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
British Columbia Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
British Columbia Mobilicity Unlimited Everything Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $55.00
British Columbia Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
British Columbia Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
British Columbia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Manitoba Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Manitoba Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Manitoba Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Manitoba Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 1 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 1GB $50.00
Manitoba TELUS TELUS Lite 45 1000 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.4GB $60.00
Manitoba MTS Mobility Talk & Surf Unlimited Data 1000 Local Minutes Unlimited $65.00
New Brunswick Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
New Brunswick Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
New Brunswick Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
New Brunswick TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Nova Scotia Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Nova Scotia Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Nova Scotia Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
Nova Scotia Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Nova Scotia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Ontario Wind Mobile Unlimited Province-wide Talk + Text + Data Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $35.00
Ontario Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Ontario Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Ontario Mobilicity Unlimited Everything Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $55.00
Ontario Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
Ontario TELUS Promo Ontario 70 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $70.00
Ontario Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Prince Edward Island Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Prince Edward Island Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Prince Edward Island Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Prince Edward Island Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
Prince Edward Island Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Prince Edward Island TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Quebec Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Quebec Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Quebec Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Quebec Videotron PLUS: Unlimited Voice + Data 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $46.95
Quebec Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $55 Unlimited Local Minutes 1GB $55.00
Quebec Bell Voice & Data Lite Promo 55 Unlimited Local Minutes 1GB $55.00
Quebec TELUS TELUS Lite 60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Saskatchewan Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Saskatchewan Fido Standard $40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Saskatchewan Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Saskatchewan Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 1 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 1GB $50.00
Saskatchewan TELUS TELUS Lite 45 1000 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.4GB $60.00
Saskatchewan SaskTel Ultimate 60 400 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 1GB $60.00

Why are plans cheaper in Saskatchewan, Manitoba & Quebec?

Competition. All three provinces have regional providers that force the big three to reduce their monthly rates and offer more data at the same time. More often than not the big three will actually undercut the competition in these provinces. That competition includes SaskTel in Saskatchewan, MTS in Manitoba and Videotron in Quebec.

Google launches YouTube Kids app in the U.S.

February 23, 2015  by Chaundra Kazakoff
YouTube Kids App
 
Google launched YouTube Kids today, available for free with both Android (Google Play) and iOS (App Store) systems. The kid-friendly app is currently exclusive to the United States, and hopefully it won’t be long before Canada gets to check it out as well.

With the amount of content available through YouTube and with the rise of the smartphone and tablet, many younger children have nearly constant and often unintentional access to not-so-kid-friendly material. It is only possible to monitor so much, so a tool to help filter what is accessible is, at this point, overdue. And finally we have the YouTube Kids app (though we’re still waiting in Canada).
 
 
 
 
The Google app has 3 main focuses: design, family content, and parental controls.
 
The design was made with a far younger audience in mind with larger images and icons, and brighter colours. To keep things simple, the app features four main icons: Shows (play button), Music (radio), Learning (light bulb) and Explore (binoculars). Or alternatively you can simply swipe through options on the main screen.

The accessible content has been meticulously filtered, much of which was done manually. This means that you don’t have to worry about your son or daughter finding a not-so-kid-friendly video through one of the suggested videos, but it also means that the new content will take a bit longer to be up on YouTube Kids than it would on regular YouTube.


YouTube Kids app Paused

 
According to the Google blog, you have access to many series from the YouTube channels and new content is added frequently. Though, no specifics have been mentioned as to exactly how much content is available. "While the company declined to share how many videos were available in the app at launch, Ben-Yair would say that there are "thousands” of channels on YouTube Kids.”techcrunch.com

The main parental controls according to the Google blog are timer, sound settings, search settings, and product feedback. 
 
The timer is a built-in feature that lets you limit your child’s screen time and includes an alert for when the time is up.


YouTube Kids app Timer

 
The sound settings allow you to turn off the background music and sound effects. You also have the option of turning off the search setting, which leaves only the home screen accessible.

There is also a space allocated for feedback as Google refers to the app as the "first building block in tech for tykes” hinting that there may be more kid-friendly projects in the works.

16 Best Smartphones to Expect in 2015

February 18, 2015  by Andrew Cook
2015 Smartphones from Apple, Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and More 
2015 is quickly shaping up to be the year of the Small, Medium and Large Smartphones. With Apple having jumped into the phablet marktet last year we'll see other manufacturers follow suit. See our predictions below and let us know what you think in the comments.


Small Smartphones we expect to see in 2015

With Apple having jumped to the larger 4.7" iPhone 6 we no longer have many smaller sized Smartphones to pick from. With the industry moving to bigger and bigger smartphones we expect the following smaller phones to be released this year.

Samsung Galaxy S6 mini - Samsung will continue to release their Galasy S mini line with the S6 mini.

Apple iPhone 6s lite - We think Apple has realized there is a pretty big market for an iPhone 5s sized Smartphone. The iPhone 6 is just a little too big for smaller hands.


Medium Sized Smartphones we expect in 2015

Over the past 18 months the "just right" Smartphone size has jumped up 4" to 4.5" - 5.0". Most of the Smartphones we expect to see this year will fall in this size range.

Apple iPhone 6s - Apple will continue to improve on their record selling iPhone 6 for 2015. Expect to see an improved camera, faster processor and maybe finally a sapphire display.

Samsung Galaxy S6 - Expect an improved camera, higher resolution screen, faster processor and a new all metal body.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - We expect the same specs as the S6 but with their new Edge screen that they used on their Samsung Galaxy Note Edge released late last year. 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active - An updated rugged version of the Galaxy S6.

LG G4 - The LG G3 was well reviewed and LG will release the next version with the G4.

HTC One M9 - HTC will improve on their well received M8 with the M9.

Sony Xperia Z4 - Sony will improve on their well received Z3 with the Z4.

OnePlus Two - OnePlus couldn't meet demand for their first OnePlus One smartphone. We're pretty sure they'll announce a sucessor this year.

Microsoft Lumia 940 - Microsoft has taken over the Lumia line and needs to release something that will catch on with consumers.


Large Smartphones we Expect in 2015

The phablet smartphone market continues to grow with Apple having thrown their hat in the ring in 2014 with the iPhone 6 Plus. Exepct to see these 5.5"+ phablets later this year.

Apple iPhone 6s Plus - Just like the iPhone 6s Apple will make some small improvements with a possible sapphire display.

HTC One M9 Plus - HTC will jump on the phablet bandwagon with an M9 "Plus".

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - Samsung will continue to improve on their very successful Note series.

LG G Flex 2 - The G Flex probably didn't sell a whole bunch but LG has to be in this phablet market.

Nexus 6 2015 - Google couldn't meet demand for the Nexus 6 so we'll think they'll try again with a new phone featuring Android M.

Apple Watch: Not A Fitness Tracker

February 17, 2015  by Chaundra Kazakoff
Apple Watch No Fitness Features

 
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple may not be providing all of the features we were promised at the reveal of  the Apple Watch back in September 2014.

When Apple gave us a glimpse of their wearable device they boasted a lot of exciting features, calling the Apple Watch,  "the most personal device [they've] ever created", setting the bar high once again.

With the April 2015 release fast approaching, the Wall Street Journal reported this week that Apple Watch will not include the fitness features that were mentioned back in the Fall of last year. These features that "measure blood pressure, heart activity and stress levels, among other things" have proven to be a "black hole" of resources according to the Apple team and the issues will not be resolved in time for the release. The health monitoring technology proved to be inconsistent and in some instances Apple needed FDA approval to move forward, so it was cut to refocus their energy on other aspects of the device.

Mobile Syrup has an extensive breakdown of what we learned from the initial reveal, but here is recap of the features mentioned:
  • An appealing and rounded-square shape
  • A side-placed dial or "digital crown" for ease of use
  • A new but intuitive and familiar home screen comprised of a flexible OLED panel
  • 6 choices of straps (easily replaceable)
  • 2 size options
  • Option of Apple Watch (stainless steel), Watch Sport (athlete-focused), or Watch Edition (18-karat gold)
  • Apple Pay
  • Siri
  • Voice & Text Messages
  • All iPhone notifications with be mirrored on the Apple Watch
  • Remote control for Apple TV
  • Remote shutter for the iPhone's camera
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Infrared sensors (track & share heart rate)
  • Two built-in fitness apps - Fitness & Workout
  • Inductive charging with a magnetic connector
  • Battery that lasts all day
  • Voice capabilities - replies and commands available for many actions
  • Sharing with other Apple Watch users through gestures
  • "Digital Touch" - users can draw & send images to other users
  • "Glances" (similar to iOS's Control Panel)
  • "Quick Words" for analyzing and determining quick responses to incoming messages
An iPhone will be required to use Apple Watch, going back to the iPhone 5, 5c and 5s. "Using a connected iPhone, the Apple Watch uses WiFi or GPS to take better and more accurate readings for a variety of functions, from exercise to sharing location with friends and family." -- from Mobile Syrup

This quote mentioned in the Wall Street Journal makes a solid point: 

"This whole notion that there needs to be a killer app in an Apple product just isn’t true,” said J.P. Gownder, an analyst at Forrester Research. "For different people, different things will pop.” 

There are other fitness trackers out there for much cheaper, if that's what you're looking for. The reality is that the Apple Watch has a whole lot more to offer than fitness tracking and the company knows it. It is an arguably much more attractive design than any other wearable on the market and with Apple, you know you're getting quality and innovation. 

Also, with the 6 million units Apple has already ordered for the launch, it appears they have no doubt that the fitness feature issue is no game changer.
 

Free to Play Mobile Games Spend Big on Super Bowl Ads

February 6, 2015  by Andrew Cook
Liam Neeson Clash of Clans Super Bowl Commercial 
 
Sunday's Super Bowl was watched by over 100 million people and featured free to play game makers spending big money on ads. With a 30 second spot costing upwards of $4.5 million we estimate that three free to play game developers spent just under $16 million. We've embedded each of their commercials below to view if you haven't already seen them.

Game of War Super Bowl commercial

Game of War kicked things off with a 30 second ad featuring Kate Upton.


 

Clash of Clans Super Bowl Commercial 

Clash of Clans brought in Liam Neeson for a 60 second ad to parody his Taken character vowing vengeance against his enemies while in line for coffee.


Heroes Charge Super Bowl Commercial

Heroes Charge finished things off with a short 15 second ad to show off their game. They are much smaller than Game of War and Clash of Clans thus probably benefited the most from their commercial.
 


Samsung set to unveil the Samsung Galaxy S6 and possible variants on March 1st

February 6, 2015  by Andrew Cook
Samsung Mobile World Congress 2015 Teaser 
 
Mobile World Congress runs from March 2nd to March 5th and we expect plenty of new phone announcements around that time. Samsung has provided a teaser of their expected new Galaxy S6 announcement titled "What's next". We think they'll be announcing both a new Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. 


Phones we expect Samsung to Announce on March 1st

Samsung Galaxy S6 - Improved camera, screen & processor along with an all metal body.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - We expect the same specs as the S6 but with their new Edge screen that they used on their Samsung Galaxy Note Edge released late last year. 



Phones we expect from Samsung later this year

Samsung Galaxy S6 mini - Compact version of the S6 with slightly slimmed down specs.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active - An updated rugged version of the Galaxy S6.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - They'll continue to improve on their very successful Note series.

Samsung Galaxy A7 - Lower end phablet that we expect will show up in North America this year.
 
 

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