Canadian Carriers Lose Appeal on CRTC Wireless Code

May 22, 2015  by Allan Pulga

Photo credit: Gloria Nieto/The Globe and Mail 

The Globe and Mail reported Tuesday (May 19) that Canada's biggest cellular carriers lost a legal challenge over the CRTC's proposed two-year service agreements for subscribers.

We first blogged about the "new" CRTC wireless code when it was announced two years ago. Technically, the code does not mandate two-year contracts (it does not eliminate three-year ones), but it does allow Canadian subscribers to cancel their contract after 24 months with no cost.

"The code (which came into effect in December 2013) did not initially apply to existing contracts, although three-year terms had been the norm in Canada for years," wrote the Globe and Mail's Christine Dobby on May 19. "But as of this June 3, the code will apply to all agreements, meaning anyone still on a three-year contract will be able to walk away without paying off the balance of the device subsidy they owe and no additional cancellation fee.

"Despite the pending legal appeal, Canadian carriers have already been bracing for the June 3 deadline, ramping up efforts to convince their existing customers to stay by offering perks such as discounts on new devices and waiving the remaining subsidy balances owing," Dobby added.

"This is a great win for Canadians, and sets a strong precedent for the CRTC’s ability to stand up for great choice and affordability in Canada’s telecom market,” OpenMedia campaigns manager Josh Tabish said in a statement.

Canadian Wireless Plan Pricing for May 2015

May 21, 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 an infographic 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.


May Infographic

 
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:
  • Newfoundland and Labrador : $97.20
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario, Maritimes : $95.50
  • Quebec : $78.83<
  • Saskatchewan : $72.14
  • Manitoba : $69.17
The full results:

Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
Alberta TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
British Columbia PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
British Columbia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
British Columbia Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Manitoba Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $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 Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 48 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $69.00
Manitoba Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Platinum 69 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $69.00
Manitoba PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
New Brunswick PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
New Brunswick TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 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 Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Nova Scotia PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
Nova Scotia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Ontario PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
Ontario TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Prince Edward Island PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
Prince Edward Island TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 3 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Prince Edward Island Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Quebec Videotron PREMIUM: Unlimited Voice + Data 2GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $64.95
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
Quebec Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Platinum 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 4GB $75.00
Quebec PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
Quebec Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
Saskatchewan Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 5 GB 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 Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 48 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $69.00
Saskatchewan Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Platinum 69 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $69.00
Saskatchewan SaskTel Ultimate 13th Man Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 13GB $85.00
Saskatchewan PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00


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:
  • Maritimes : $82.83
  • Newfoundland and Labrador : $82.00
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario : $72.75
  • Quebec : $70.49
  • Saskatchewan : $69.29
  • Manitoba : $65.83
The full results:

Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 40 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $40.00
Alberta Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
Alberta Koodo Mobile Limited Time Offer: Heavyweight 55 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $55.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Alberta PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 Smartphone Plan 40 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $40.00
British Columbia Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Limited Time Offer: Heavyweight 55 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $55.00
British Columbia Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
British Columbia PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 48 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $55.00
Manitoba Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Manitoba Virgin Mobile Gold 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $63.00
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 PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Limited Time Offer: Heavyweight 55 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $55.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
New Brunswick PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
New Brunswick Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 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 Limited Time Offer: Heavyweight 55 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $55.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
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 Limited Time Offer: Heavyweight 55 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $55.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Nova Scotia PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
Nova Scotia Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 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 Smartphone Plan 40 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $40.00
Ontario Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
Ontario Koodo Mobile Limited Time Offer: Heavyweight 55 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $55.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Ontario PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 Limited Time Offer: Heavyweight 55 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $55.00
Prince Edward Island Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Prince Edward Island PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
Prince Edward Island Bell Personal Shareable PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Prince Edward Island Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 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 Lightweight 53 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $53.00
Quebec Videotron PREMIUM: Unlimited Voice + Data 2GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $64.95
Quebec Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Gold 68 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $68.00
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
Quebec PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
Saskatchewan Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 48 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $55.00
Saskatchewan Virgin Mobile Gold 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $63.00
Saskatchewan Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 5 GB 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 PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00


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:
  • Maritimes : $55.00
  • Newfoundland and Labrador : $54.60
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario : $51.25
  • Manitoba : $49.56
  • Saskatchewan : $49.29
  • Quebec : $48.00

The full results:

Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
Alberta Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 35 Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $35.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Alberta Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
Alberta PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
Alberta Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $60 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $60.00
Alberta TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Alberta Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
British Columbia Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 35 Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $35.00
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 Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
British Columbia PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
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 TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
British Columbia Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Manitoba Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
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 PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
Manitoba TELUS TELUS Lite 45 1000 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.4GB $60.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
New Brunswick PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
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 Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
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 TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Nova Scotia Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Nova Scotia PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
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 Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
Ontario Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 35 Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $35.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Ontario Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
Ontario PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
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 Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 300 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.3GB $70.00
Ontario Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $70.00
Prince Edward Island Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
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 PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
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 Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
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 PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
Quebec TELUS TELUS Lite 60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Saskatchewan Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
Saskatchewan Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Saskatchewan Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $45 1000 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $45.00
Saskatchewan Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 1 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 1GB $50.00
Saskatchewan PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
Saskatchewan SaskTel Ultimate 60 400 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 1GB $60.00
Saskatchewan TELUS TELUS Lite 45 1000 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.4GB $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.
 



Apple Watch Reviews: They're Not Flattering

May 15, 2015  by Allan Pulga
Apple Watch reboxing - Source: VentureBeat

When the Apple Watch made its debut, I was curious about its industrial design, its user interface and, of course, how the public would receive it.

While tech reviewers are not the general public, I give their opinion some credibility. They, after all, have first access to devices and many others like them, so they offer good comparative feedback and analysis of these devices. Well, based on three Apple Watch reviews I've read today, the device is a disappointment.

Business Insider's Matthew DeBord had "3 major problems" (May 4) with the watch: It's very, very fiddly; it's hard to read; and it's uncomfortable.

Engadget's Mat Smith was even more disapproving (May 13) writing, "I regret buying an Apple Watch (and I knew I would). Smith says that while the watch is clearly superior to its Android counterparts in terms of industrial design, "it doesn't do enough" feature-wise. "Not yet. It doesn't illuminate my life like my first iPhone, or revolutionize my work routine like the take-it-anywhere MacBook Air."

Similarly, VentureBeat's Mark Sullivan today wrote, "30 days later, I'm returning my Apple Watch." Sullivan calls the Apple Watch a "notifications device at heart," but says Apple makes a couple mistakes in its directions for setting up notifications. He also makes an apt observation about the social implications of looking at your watch: "Looking down at one's watch can suggest to a person you're talking to that you are bored or would rather be somewhere else. It suggests that you are marking the time, when really you may have just been notified of some event or message." I could see it having that effect, for sure.

As Smith alluded, Sullivan says the Apple Watch isn't yet where he'd like it to be, particularly in terms of functions that obviate the use of the phone altogether (such as Apple Pay or storing music for playback via wireless headphones). "The Watch is almost useless without a phone paired with it," he writes.

 

Canadian Wireless Plan Pricing for April 2015

April 21, 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 an infographic 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.

 
April Infographic Average Canadian Plan Rates 
 
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:
  • Newfoundland and Labrador : $94.00 
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario, Maritimes : $92.83
  • Quebec : $76.16 
  • Saskatchewan : $68.57
  • Manitoba : $65.00

The full results:
Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
Alberta PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 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 Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
British Columbia PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 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 Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 48 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $48.00
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 PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
New Brunswick PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 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 Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
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 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 Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
Nova Scotia PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 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 Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
Ontario PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 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 Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
Prince Edward Island PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 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 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
Quebec Virgin Mobile Platinum 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 4GB $75.00
Quebec Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
Quebec PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
Saskatchewan Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 48 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $48.00
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 Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan SaskTel Ultimate 13th Man Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 13GB $85.00
Saskatchewan PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00


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:
  • Maritimes : $84.17
  • Newfoundland and Labrador : $83.60
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario : $73.75
  • Quebec : $69.99
  • Saskatchewan : $67.86
  • Manitoba : $64.17 

The full results:
Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 40 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $40.00
Alberta Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
Alberta Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $63.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Alberta PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 Smartphone Plan 40 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $40.00
British Columbia Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $63.00
British Columbia Virgin Mobile Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
British Columbia PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 Tab Plus 48 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $48.00
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 PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $63.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
New Brunswick PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $63.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Virgin Mobile Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
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 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $63.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Nova Scotia PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 Smartphone Plan 40 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $40.00
Ontario Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
Ontario Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $63.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Ontario PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $63.00
Prince Edward Island Virgin Mobile Gold 70 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $70.00
Prince Edward Island PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
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 Lightweight 53 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $53.00
Quebec Videotron PREMIUM: Unlimited Voice + Data 2GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $64.95
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
Quebec PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
Saskatchewan Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 48 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $48.00
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 Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan SaskTel Ultimate 13th Man Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 13GB $85.00
Saskatchewan PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00


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:
  • Maritimes : $55.00
  • Newfoundland and Labrador : $54.60
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario : $51.25
  • Manitoba : $49.56
  • Saskatchewan : $49.29
  • Quebec : $48.00

The full results:
Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
Alberta Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 35 Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $35.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Alberta Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
Alberta PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
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 Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
British Columbia Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 35 Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $35.00
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 Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
British Columbia PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
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 Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
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 PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
Manitoba TELUS TELUS Lite 45 1000 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.4GB $60.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
New Brunswick PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
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 Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
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 Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Nova Scotia PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
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 Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
Ontario Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 35 Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $35.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Ontario Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
Ontario PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
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 Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
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 PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
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 Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
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 Bell Voice & Data Lite Promo 55 Unlimited Local Minutes 1GB $55.00
Quebec Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $55 Unlimited Local Minutes 1GB $55.00
Quebec PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
Quebec TELUS TELUS Lite 60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Saskatchewan Koodo Mobile Lightweight 33 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $33.00
Saskatchewan Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Saskatchewan Rogers Smart Picks: Talk, Text & Internet $45 1000 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $45.00
Saskatchewan Bell Personal Shareable LITE + 1 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 1GB $50.00
Saskatchewan PC Mobile Combo 50 750 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.75GB $57.00
Saskatchewan SaskTel Ultimate 60 400 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 1GB $60.00
Saskatchewan TELUS TELUS Lite 45 1000 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.4GB $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.
 

Forbes: Fitbit Charge HR the 'Best Fitness Tracker You Can Buy'

April 21, 2015  by Allan Pulga

Forbes' 'The Wirecutter' column looked at eight different fitness trackers and determined the Fitbit Charge HR is the best of the bunch.

"Unfortunately, no single tracker currently available does it all, so we surveyed 602 Wirecutter readers to determine which features are the most important," wrote Wirecutter columnist Jim McDonald (April 17).

"They told us they required a wristband design and the capability to accurately count—and display on a built-in screen—steps and distance. Less important but still desirable were features like heart-rate monitoring and sleep tracking. Based on this info, we researched the most-reputable online resources, and got opinions from writers who cover fitness trackers. We ended up testing the Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR, Garmin Vivofit, Garmin Vivosmart, Basis Peak, Jawbone UP24, Pebble Steel (with Misfit app), and UP24."

The Wirecutter team wore each device simultaneously and recorded results of activity over a five-day period.

The Fitbit Charge HR won out because it best delivered the features and activity information that matter most.

"It counts daily steps and flights of stairs more accurately than the competition, features continuous heart rate monitoring without adding bulk, performs automatic sleep tracking, includes basic smartphone-notification features, and is complemented by a mature and motivating app with support for third-party integration," McDonald wrote. "The Charge HR also features a band similar to a wristwatch. And battery life is a good 4 to 5 days. The Charge HR offers a more complete package than any other currently available tracker.

"One criticism is that, as with most wrist trackers, the Charge HR struggles to deliver accurate heart rate data during active exercise. If you want the most accurate readings during exercise, a chest strap is the way to go. Still, the Charge HR’s weaknesses are the easiest to overlook of the models we tested."

Lost Your Android Phone? Just Google It

April 20, 2015  by Allan Pulga

Google has introduced a nifty solution for finding your lost Android phone: simply entering "find my phone" into the Google desktop search engine.

It only makes sense, since the company simultaneously runs the software used on the search engine and the Android OS.

Google announced the feature last week (April 15) in a post on Google+. "If the pesky phone is hiding nearby, Google can ring it for you — or you can see it on the map if you, say, forgot it at the bar. Just make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Google app installed on your device!"

Google doesn't specify this, but you obviously must be logged into Google (with the same username and phone number you use on your Android device) for the feature to work. All in all, it's pretty cool.

Just make sure your phone isn't set to silent, because even ringing it via desktop search won't help you find it under the couch cushion.

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