Find out what Canadian Provinces pay $5 - $25 per month less for Wireless

January 28, 2015  by Andrew Cook
While putting together our list of best phones & plans for the 2014 holidays we noticed very large price differences between Saskatchewan/Manitoba/Quebec and the rest of Canada. We've dug into this a little further and have some startling numbers that show competition in these Provinces means cheaper monthly wireless plans. How much cheaper ultimately depends on the type of phone (iPhone, Smartphone, Basic Phone) and how much airtime & data you need.
 
We've picked three sets of phone plus plan combinations to compare across Canada to show how much the average cost of a wireless plan varies across Canada. Our results show $5 - $25 per month differences. You can see our full findings in the infographic below and encourage you to share it and/or leave a comment below.
 
Average cost of a monthly wireless plan across Canada for January 2015
 

The Data!

We couldn't post this story without the data we used for our infographic. Included below is all of the data we used to put together the above infographic.

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 - $97.00
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:
  • Quebec - $64.29
  • Saskatchewan - $65.71
  • Manitoba - $67.49
  • Alberta, BC & Ontario - $75.00
  • Maritimes - $84.17
The full results:
Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Wind Mobile Unlimited Canada-wide Talk + Text + Data Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $40.00
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 Unlimited Canada-wide Talk + Text + Data Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $40.00
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 Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $60.00
Manitoba Fido Smart $60 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $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 Unlimited Canada-wide Talk + Text + Data Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $40.00
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 - $48.85
  • Saskatchewan - $49.17
  • Manitoba - $51.67
  • Alberta, BC & Ontario - $51.88
  • Maritimes - $54.17
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 Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Alberta Fido Standard $45 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.5GB $45.00
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 Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
British Columbia Fido Standard $45 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.5GB $45.00
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 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 Fido Standard $45 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.5GB $45.00
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 Voice & Data Unlimited Local Minutes Unlimited $75.00
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 Fido Standard $45 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.5GB $45.00
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 Virgin Mobile Silver 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 Fido Standard $45 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.5GB $45.00
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 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 Fido Standard $45 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.5GB $45.00
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 Virgin Mobile Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Ontario Fido Standard $45 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.5GB $45.00
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 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 Fido Standard $45 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.5GB $45.00
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 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 Fido Standard $45 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.5GB $45.00
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 Koodo Mobile Lightweight 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $40.00
Saskatchewan Fido Standard $45 500 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.5GB $45.00
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.


Bell Let's Talk about Mental Health

January 28, 2015  by Chaundra Kazakoff
Bell Lets Talk
 
 
Once a year, Bell Let's Talk encourages a conversation about mental health whether it be by text, phone call or through social media. According to the Let's Talk website, "Bell has committed over $67.5 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to coast to coast."

Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers can support the cause by simply using their talk and text services as Bell will donate 5¢ for every text message, wireless and long distance call made by their customers today. Though iPhone users will have to turn their iMessage function off in order for their their participation to be accounted for.

Not a Bell customer? Bell is also donating 5¢ for every Tweet using #BellLetsTalk and for every share on Facebook of the image featuring Howie Mandel.
 

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge coming to Bell & Rogers on February 18th starting at $400

January 28, 2015  by Andrew Cook
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge with Edge Screen 
 
Samsung, Bell & Rogers have all announced that the new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will be coming to Canada on February 18th starting at $400 on a 2 year contract. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is almost nearly identical to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 released in October of 2014. The screen of the Edge curves around the right hand side providing an area to display notifications and other widgets.
 

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Features

  • Android 4.4 (Kitkat)
  • 5.6" Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2560 X (1440+160))
  • 2.7 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • Front Camera 3.7MP + F1.9/ Selfie (90º), Wide selfie (120º)
  • Rear Camera 16M+ Smart OIS/ Fast AF, Live HDR (Rich Tone)
  • S Pen
  • 3000mAh Fast Charging Battery


Source: Newswire

Molly Wood Reveals Hidden iOS 8 Gems

January 16, 2015  by Allan Pulga

iOS 8 introduced a number of improvements for iPhone and iPad users, but a few remain buried in the OS for most users.

Luckily for them, NY Times tech columnist Molly Wood shared six of her favorite features in an article and a nifty two-and-a-half-minute video (Jan. 14).

Below are the highlights:

  • Know Your Battery: iOS 8 lets you view Battery Usage per app from the previous 24 hours or the past 7 days. Simply go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage.
  • Talk to Siri Hands-Free: In the Siri menu under general settings, you can turn on the "Hey Siri" option, Apple's answer to Android's "OK, Google" voice command.
  • Identify That Song: iOS 8 integrates with Shazam, so you can simply ask Siri "What's playing?"
  • Scan Credit Cards in Safari: When you're shopping in Safari on your iPhone/iPad, at checkout, just above the keyboard, you'll see a "Scan Credit Card" option. Simply hold your credit card up to the device's camera and it will read the card number and expiration date and enter both in the required fields. Unfortunately, you still have to enter your billing information manually, though.
  • Use a Different Keyboard: iOS 8 lets users use third-party keyboard apps like Swype ($1 on the App Store) or SwiftKey (free), which have been available on Android for years.
  • Take Better Photos: New camera features include: variable light exposure (controlled by the sun icon which appears when you tap the screen to focus); time-lapse videos (swipe all the way right), self-timer for group shots or selfies (small clock icon at the top of the screen when the camera is open).

 

Highlights from CES 2015

January 15, 2015  by Allan Pulga
international-ces-2015-las-vegas - source - europlasma.be

CES, the world's largest annual electronics expo, took place last week in Vegas and VentureBeat compiled a helpful list of top trends from the show.

  1. The Internet of Things is real, but expensive. "Every major tech company touted the Internet of Things (IoT)," wrote VentureBeat's Dean Takahashi. "We saw connected lightbulbs, smart pet feeders, teddy bears with health sensors, self-watering flowerpots, smart toothbrushes, and many more."
  2. The car is the new supercomputer. I personally felt the car was the most prominent device touted at CES this year, at least based on my Twitter feed. "Nvidia brought this point home as it introduced two new computers for the car, one for the information you’ll see on your dashboard and another for the autopilot system in a self-driving car," Takahashi wrote.
  3. Smart appliances need ecosystems and standards. "The Internet of Things could become the biggest network of devices of all time by the year 2020, with 50 billion connected devices, according to Intel. But that won’t happen if the companies involved don’t make interoperable standards."
  4. Virtual reality has its leaders - and its competitors. Takahashi says Oculus VR (along with its partner Samsung Gear VR) is the clear leader, but it is facing many new rivals: "Sulon’s Cortex headset, Razer’s Open Source Virtual Reality platform, and other VR vendors also made appearances at the show."
  5. 4K TV goes mainstream, but there's more to come. "UltraHD TVs were in every major booth, and they were the most talked-about product at the show. These TVs have a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, or four times as detailed as the 1920 x 1080 pixels of high-definition TV." Takahashi said Samsung and Sharp are already hinting at higher-res TVs on the way, like 8K TV.
  6. Wearables are exploding, but you may not want to buy them yet. "VentureBeat’s Harrison Weber gave a complete rundown of 56 wearables he tried at CES," Takahashi wrote. "We know that the Apple Watch is coming soon, and I didn’t see or hear about any device that is going to be much better than that one."
  7. Tech is helping the lazy, the disabled, and the rich. This has always been true, but Takahashi notes eye-tracking control for people who can't use a mouse or a touchscreen, or - get this - an automated baby rocker for exhausted parents. Groan.
  8. Last year's tech has become real. Takahashi points to Intel's RealSense depth camera, 4K TVs, curved OLED screens and Ford's Sync 3 voice recognition system for cars as 2013 ideas that finally came into fruition.
  9. Asian companies are emerging as the strongest. "CES is now home to some huge Chinese tech companies, from smartphone provider Xiaomi to Changhong, which occupies the booth that Microsoft once had in the Las Vegas Convention Center."
  10. Drones and robots are multiplying. "There were hundreds of drones on display at CES," Takahashi wrote. "The market is still small, but the variety of drones is huge, with applications ranging from entertainment to selfies." He added that robots of all kinds, with better AI, are in the works.
  11. 3D printers will be a bonanza for creators. "The smell of burnt plastic was palpable in the 3D printing section of the Sands Expo," Takahashi wrote, with MakerBot and HP leading the charge. "We’ll see more digital content creation companies, toy makers, and small hardware companies emerge as a result."

 

BlackBerry Impresses with New Devices, But Not Revenue

December 19, 2014  by Allan Pulga

BlackBerry's new Classic and Passport devices were fairly well received by critics, but revenues announced today were disappointing.

On Monday (Dec. 15), I stumbled on a Forbes article whose author (an investigative attorney and physical security specialist) professes to prefer the BlackBerry Passport over his iPhone 6. He cited security (of course), larger/hi-res display, real keyboard (of course), heavy duty battery, solid construction, among a few OS and UX preferences.

BlackBerry unveiled its new Classic smartphone (pictured above) on Wednesday (Dec. 17). CNET reported that although AT&T still hasn't begun selling the Passport (which launched in September), it and Verizon will sell the Classic in the U.S. Bell, Rogers and Telus will sell the phone in Canada.

As for revenue, the Financial Post reported today that BlackBerry's "latest quarterly results showed positive cash flow ahead of schedule, better than the US5¢ loss per share forecast by analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. However, revenue was far below the US$931-million expected by the market, as smartphone revenues were lower than what analysts forecast."

In BlackBerry's defence, the company was unable to generate much revenue from new devices this quarter because the Passport (which did not sell well) just launched and the Classic was yet to be announced.

"This quarter was focused on clearing out BlackBerry’s old inventory of phones," wrote the FP's Armina Ligaya, "which brought down the average selling price (ASP) of each device sold, said (BlackBerry CEO John) Chen. But going forward, as sales of Passport and the newly-launched Classic ramp up, the ASP will start 'ticking up,' he said."

It's also worth noting that less than half of BlackBerry's revenue from the quarter was generated by hardware. The revenue breakdown was as follows: 46% for hardware, 46% for services and 8% for software and other revenue,

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