Canadian Wireless Plan Pricing for June 2015

June 24, 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.
 

June 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 : $94.20
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario, Maritimes : $93.00
  • Quebec : $78.83
  • Saskatchewan : $71.57
  • Manitoba : $68.50
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 Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Alberta TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Alberta Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
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 Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
British Columbia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
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 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 Individual Share PLUS + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Manitoba Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 48 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 Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
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 Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 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 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 Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
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 Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $96.00
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 Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Prince Edward Island TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 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 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 Individual Share 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 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 Individual Share PLUS + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 48 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 : $83.00
  • Newfoundland and Labrador : $82.20
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario : $72.88
  • 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 Heavyweight 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $63.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Gold 78 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
Alberta PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
Alberta TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Alberta Bell Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Alberta Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
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 78 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
British Columbia PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
British Columbia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
British Columbia Bell Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
British Columbia Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
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 Individual Share 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 78 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
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 TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick Bell Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $63.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Virgin Mobile Gold 78 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Bell Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $63.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Gold 78 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
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 TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia Bell Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
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 78 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
Ontario PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
Ontario TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario Bell Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Prince Edward Island Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $63.00
Prince Edward Island Virgin Mobile Gold 78 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
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 TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Prince Edward Island Bell Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
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 Individual Share 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 TELUS Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan Bell Individual Share 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 : $53.33
  • Newfoundland and Labrador : $52.60
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario : $50.00
  • Quebec : $49.56
  • Saskatchewan : $49.29
  • Manitoba : $49.17

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 Limited Time Offer: 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 Individual Share LITE + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $60.00
Alberta TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 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 Limited Time Offer: 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 Individual Share LITE + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $60.00
British Columbia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 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 Limited Time Offer: Silver 40 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $40.00
Manitoba Bell Individual Share LITE + 1 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 1GB $50.00
Manitoba Rogers Share Everything for Smart Picks + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $55.00
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 Limited Time Offer: 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 Individual Share LITE + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $60.00
New Brunswick TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $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 Limited Time Offer: 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 Individual Share LITE + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $60.00
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 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 Limited Time Offer: 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 Individual Share LITE + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $60.00
Nova Scotia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $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 Limited Time Offer: 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 Bell Individual Share LITE + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $60.00
Ontario TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 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 Limited Time Offer: 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 Individual Share LITE + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $60.00
Prince Edward Island TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Smartphones + 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $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 Limited Time Offer: 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 Limited Time Offer: 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 Individual Share 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.
 


BlackBerry Considers Making an Android Phone

June 22, 2015  by Allan Pulga

BlackBerry Classic - Source: Engadget

A couple weeks ago (June 11), Reuters broke a story that BlackBerry may release a smartphone this fall that runs the Android operating system.

"The move would be an about-face for the Waterloo, Ontario-based company, which had shunned Android in a bet that its BlackBerry 10 line of phones would be able to claw back market share lost to Apple's iPhone and a slew of devices powered by Android," wrote Reuters' Euan Rocha.

Unnamed sources told Reuters the move to run Android could enable BlackBerry to pivot, to focus on software and device management. Once a dominant smartphone manufacturer, BlackBerry now has less than 1% of market share.

Phone Arena poll: 67% of respondents would get a new BlackBerry if it ran Android.

"It is not clear whether a move to use Android would spell the end of the company's BlackBerry 10 line of devices that were initially launched to much fanfare in early 2013," Rocha wrote. "After positive early reviews, the late-to-launch BlackBerry devices haven't competed well with Android or Apple, mainly due to a lack of big name apps."

According to sources, the Android-powered BlackBerry will likely be a slider device that combines BlackBerry's signature physical keyboard with Android's vast app ecosystem.

Today, Phone Arena published a readers poll that found (out of 2,159 votes) 67% of respondents would get a new BlackBerry if it ran Android.

Stay tuned for updates on this story in the coming months.

What You Need to Know About the New Apple Music Service

June 19, 2015  by Allan Pulga
Screenshot of Apple Music promo video

On June 8, at its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple announced Apple Music, its answer to existing music streaming services like Spotify, Rdio and Google Play Music. Apple Music will be available worldwide on June 30.

I'm an avid Rdio user and we have blogged about Rdio, Spotify (versus Rdio) and Google Play Music in the past. Because I am also an avid Apple device user (iPhone, iPad and Apple TV), my interest was piqued by the Apple Music announcement.The company is obviously playing catch-up as many of its loyal iTunes users (myself included) have abandoned it in favor of streaming services over past couple years.

But the question everyone is, and should be, asking is: What will differentiate Apple Music?  

With so much in common with existing streaming services, what will differentiate Apple Music?

For now, it's hard to say. Apple Music will consolidate Apple's previous streaming services, Beats Music and iTunes Radio (neither of which ever came to Canada) and introduce the following new features (which you can see in greater detail in Ben Popper and Micah Singleton's Verge article):

  • $9.99/month subscription, or $14.99 for a family plan (up to six members), with a three-month free trial.
  • The service will launch on iOS June 30 and arrive on Android in the fall.
  • 30 million audio tracks available for streaming.
  • Rebuilt iTunes Radio with guest DJs including Dr. Dre, will.i.am, Pharrell and Drake.
  • BeatsOne, Apple Music's initial station will be available in 100 countries and will be curated by BBC's Zane Lowe.
  • Connect, a new feature that allows amateur artists upload music, photos and messages, allowing fans to access, comment and like the material.
  • Siri integrations will allow users to make Apple Music requests, like "Play me the top track from the summer of 1982."

The subscription rates are essentially the same as Rdio and Spotify. So is the 30-million-track library. So is curating stations based on mood and genre (celebrity DJs notwithstanding). Connect doesn't seem much different from SoundCloud. And the Siri integration, although clever, would only save me from having to Google trivial info, which takes mere seconds and I'm happy to do without talking to my phone.

Another screenshot of Apple Music promo video

Another minor advantage I alluded to in my Spotify vs. Rdio comparison was iTunes connectivity. Apple will certainly seamlessly mirror your years-old iTunes music library in Apple Music (at least the songs that are available for streaming). Spotify already does this, but to my knowledge Rdio does not. 

So yeah, Apple Music doesn't offer much that's unique. At least not for now, as I mentioned.

The opportunity for Apple, naturally, lies in artist exclusivity. Much like it arranged for U2's latest (and putrid) album to be automatically uploaded to iOS users' devices via iTunes, Apple's deep pockets should allow it to bring exclusive album releases and such to Apple Music.

The opportunity for Apple Music, as with Tidal, lies in artist exclusivity. Expect an arms race.

Fellow latecomer Jay Z's Tidal streaming service has faced its share of criticism but if its recent star-studded launch was any indication, Apple may have to bid against Tidal to compete on the basis of exclusive content. One Jay Z-affiliated artist rumored to migrate to Apple is Kanye West. "Competition, the maxim goes, is good for consumers," wrote The Atlantic's Spencer Kornhaber (April 6). "But for anyone who’s been paying to stream music for the past few years, it’s hard to see how that will turn out to be the case: To gain the edge, these companies will try to partition what used to be a utopia."

There are, of course, artists and labels opposed to the streaming business model in general. Taylor Swift, who yanked her music off Spotify last November, announced yesterday (June 18) her hit album "1989" won't be on Apple Music either. In an unrelated story, major indie labels have taken offense to Apple's proposal to pay zero royalties out during the three-month free trial it's offering users. (June 22 Update: Swift wrote a Tumblr post on June 21 explaining why she was witholding "1989" from the Apple Music launch. Apple quickly did an about face last night, via a series of tweets by SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.)

That's about all I can tell you without having taken Apple Music for a spin. Stay tuned for a breakdown of reviews when the service finally launches.

LG G4 now available in Canada

June 19, 2015  by Chaundra Kazakoff
LG G4
 
 
LG revealed the G4 back at the end of April, the new flagship device available for purchase with Canadian carriers as of June 19th. We have the list of carriers offering the device, so why wait? 
 
 
  • Full price: $699.95
  • 2-year term: $199.95

 
Limited Time Offer (Online only): Get a FREE LG G4 Accessory Kit including a 32 GB MicroSD Card, 3000 mAh Battery and a Battery Charging Cradle ($130 value) when you purchase an LG G4 smartphone.
 
  • Full price: $699.99
  • 2-year term: $199.99

  • Full price: $700
  • 2-year term: $200

  • Full price: $649
  • 2-year term - WINDtab: $499
  • 2-year term - $5/month WINDtab Boost: $399
  • 2-year term - $15/month WINDtab Boost: $199
  • 2-year term - $25/month WINDtab Boost: $0
 
 
Limited Time Offer: Order the LG G4 and get a free accessory kit worth $130, including a spare battery, a charger and a 32 GB memory card.
  • Full price: $699.95
  • 2-year term - on a monthly plan of $69.95: $299.95
  • 2-year term - on a monthly plan of $79.95: $199.95
 
 
Limited Time Offer: First 500 customers with receive a Gift with Purchase Bonus. This will include an extra charger, an extra battery and a 32 GB memory card valued at $130. Only available at select locations.
  • Full price: $750.00
  • 1-year term - min $55 plan: $424.99
  • 1-year term - min $74 plan: $374.99
  • 2-year term - min $55 plan: $199.99
  • 2-year term - min $74 plan: $149.99
 
SaskTel
  •  Full price: $699.99
  • 1-year term: $649.99
  • 2-year term: $199.99
 
  • Full price: $699.95
  • 2-year term - Low Tier: $549.95
  • 2-year term - Mid Tier: $399.95
  • 2-year term - High Tier: $199.95

  • Full price: $699.99
  • 2-year term: $199.99


LG G4 Specifications
 
LG G4 short specs
 
To see the full specifications click here.
 
To compare the LG G3 & G4 click here.
 
 
Reviews
 
 
LG G4 Review by CNET
CNET Review LG G4
 
 
 
LG G4 Review by INFORMR
 
INFORMR LG G4 Review
 
 
 
LG G4 Review by Android Central
 
Android Central LG G4 Review 

** UPDATE ** - June 25, 2015
  • tbaytel now offering the LG G4


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.
 



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