Canadian Wireless Plan Pricing for July 2015

July 28, 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.
 

July 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 : $92.50
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario, Maritimes : $91.71
  • Quebec : $75.28
  • Saskatchewan : $68.12
  • Manitoba : $66.12
The full results:
 
Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
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 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 Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Alberta Fido Max Pulse $105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
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 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 Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
British Columbia Fido Max Pulse $105 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 Fido Max Pulse $65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
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 MTS Mobility Canada-wide Calling + 3GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $74.00
Manitoba PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
New Brunswick PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
New Brunswick TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 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 Bell Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
New Brunswick Fido Max Pulse $105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
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 Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Fido Max Pulse $105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Nova Scotia Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Nova Scotia PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
Nova Scotia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 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 Bell Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Nova Scotia Fido Max Pulse $105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Ontario Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
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 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 Virgin Mobile Platinum 105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Ontario Fido Max Pulse $105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Prince Edward Island Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
Prince Edward Island PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
Prince Edward Island TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 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 Bell Individual Share 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 Fido Max Pulse $105 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $105.00
Quebec Videotron PREMIUM: Unlimited Voice + Data 2GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $64.95
Quebec Virgin Mobile Limited Time Offer: Platinum 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 4GB $75.00
Quebec Koodo Mobile Tab Plus 75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $75.00
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 Fido Max Pulse $75 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 4GB $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 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 Rogers Share Everything for Smartphones + 5 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $65.00
Saskatchewan Fido Max Pulse $65 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 : $82.86
  • Newfoundland and Labrador : $82.17
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario : $73.33
  • Quebec : $69.71
  • Saskatchewan : $67.62
  • Manitoba : $65.62
The full results:
 
Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 35 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $35.00
Alberta Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
Alberta Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
Alberta Fido Smart Pulse $80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Gold 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
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 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
British Columbia Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 35 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $35.00
British Columbia Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
British Columbia Fido Smart Pulse $80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
British Columbia Virgin Mobile Gold 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
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 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
Manitoba Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 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 63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $63.00
Manitoba Fido Smart Pulse $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 MTS Mobility Canada-wide Calling + 3GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $74.00
Manitoba PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
New Brunswick Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
New Brunswick Fido Smart Pulse $80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Gold 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
New Brunswick PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
New Brunswick TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 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 Bell Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Fido Smart Pulse $80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Virgin Mobile Gold 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
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
Nova Scotia Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
Nova Scotia Fido Smart Pulse $80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Gold 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
Nova Scotia PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
Nova Scotia TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 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 Bell Individual Share PLUS + 2 GB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $90.00
Ontario Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 35 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $35.00
Ontario Mobilicity Unlimited Value Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $45.00
Ontario Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
Ontario Fido Smart Pulse $80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Gold 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
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 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
Prince Edward Island Koodo Mobile Heavyweight 65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
Prince Edward Island Fido Smart Pulse $80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $78.00
Prince Edward Island Virgin Mobile Gold 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $80.00
Prince Edward Island PC Mobile Combo 80 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 3GB $87.00
Prince Edward Island TELUS Your Choice Nationwide for Premium Smartphones + 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 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 Fido Smart Pulse $65 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 2GB $65.00
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 $48.00
Saskatchewan Fido Smart Pulse $63 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 5GB $63.00
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 : $49.86
  • Newfoundland and Labrador : $48.67
  • Saskatchewan : $48.00
  • Manitoba : $47.69
  • Alberta, BC, Ontario : $47.67
  • Quebec : $47.62
The full results:
 
Province Carrier Rate Plan Name Airtime Included Data Included Monthly Cost
Alberta Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 35 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $35.00
Alberta Koodo Mobile Lightweight 35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $35.00
Alberta Fido Bring Your Own Phone: Smart Pulse $35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $35.00
Alberta Virgin Mobile Silver 42 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $42.00
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 300 for Smartphones + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $60.00
Alberta Bell Individual Share LITE + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $60.00
British Columbia Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 35 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $35.00
British Columbia Koodo Mobile Lightweight 35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $35.00
British Columbia Fido Bring Your Own Phone: Smart Pulse $35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $35.00
British Columbia Virgin Mobile Silver 42 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $42.00
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 300 for Smartphones + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $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
Manitoba Koodo Mobile Lightweight 35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $35.00
Manitoba Fido Bring Your Own Phone: Smart Pulse $35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $35.00
Manitoba Virgin Mobile Silver 42 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $42.00
Manitoba MTS Mobility 500 Minutes + 300 MB 500 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.3GB $47.50
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 35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $35.00
New Brunswick Fido Bring Your Own Phone: Smart Pulse $35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $35.00
New Brunswick Virgin Mobile Silver 42 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $42.00
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 TELUS Your Choice 300 for Smartphones + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $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
Newfoundland and Labrador Koodo Mobile Lightweight 35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $35.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Fido Bring Your Own Phone: Smart Pulse $35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $35.00
Newfoundland and Labrador Virgin Mobile Silver 42 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $42.00
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 300 for Smartphones + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $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
Nova Scotia Koodo Mobile Lightweight 35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $35.00
Nova Scotia Fido Bring Your Own Phone: Smart Pulse $35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $35.00
Nova Scotia Virgin Mobile Silver 42 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $42.00
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 TELUS Your Choice 300 for Smartphones + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $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
Ontario Wind Mobile Smartphone Plan 35 Unlimited Canadawide Minutes Unlimited $35.00
Ontario Koodo Mobile Lightweight 35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $35.00
Ontario Fido Bring Your Own Phone: Smart Pulse $35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $35.00
Ontario Virgin Mobile Silver 42 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $42.00
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 300 for Smartphones + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $60.00
Ontario Bell Individual Share LITE + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $60.00
Prince Edward Island Koodo Mobile Lightweight 35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $35.00
Prince Edward Island Fido Bring Your Own Phone: Smart Pulse $35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $35.00
Prince Edward Island Virgin Mobile Silver 42 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $42.00
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 TELUS Your Choice 300 for Smartphones + 500 MB 300 Local Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 6PM to 7AM 0.5GB $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
Quebec Koodo Mobile Lightweight 35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $35.00
Quebec Fido Bring Your Own Phone: Smart Pulse $35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $35.00
Quebec Virgin Mobile Silver 42 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $42.00
Quebec Videotron PLUS: Unlimited Voice + Data 500 MB Unlimited Canadawide Minutes 0.5GB $46.95
Quebec Bell BYOD: Voice & Data Lite Promo 50 Unlimited Local Minutes 1GB $50.00
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 35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 8AM 0.3GB $35.00
Saskatchewan Fido Bring Your Own Phone: Smart Pulse $35 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $35.00
Saskatchewan Virgin Mobile Silver 42 300 Canadawide Minutes with Unlimited E&W from 5PM to 7AM 0.3GB $42.00
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.
 

Nokia Hopes to Make Phones Again... in Q4 2016

July 16, 2015  by Allan Pulga
Nokia's Android tablet, the Nokia N1

Earlier this week, in the wake of massive layoffs by Microsoft the week prior, Nokia announced it still hopes to make phones in the future.

In a statement published by Nokia spokesman Robert Morlino (July 13), the company said it indeed plans to return to the mobile device marketplace, but the process will be "complicated."

Morlino opened the statement acknowledging Nokia's enduring history and brand reputation. "For 14 years Nokia was the biggest cell phone maker in the world, and the brand became a household name -- one that evoked quality, innovation and human connection. The brand is still recognized that way by millions of people around the world, which is incredibly gratifying and a huge compliment for the people who helped create it."

He also elaborated on how the company (or whatever remains of it) will proceed after it closes its current chapter with Microsoft. It will continue to work in mobile infrastructure, location and mapping services, technology development and licensing.

Nokia's mobile device future will depend on the same brand-licensing model it used to release the Nokia N1 Android tablet.

As for phones? "The right path back to mobile phones for Nokia is through a brand-licensing model," he wrote. "That means identifying a partner that can be responsible for all of the manufacturing, sales, marketing and customer support for a product.

Fact is, Nokia already has experience in this business model. Its Nokia N1 Android tablet (pictured above). According to Forbes' Ewan Spence (July 14), the device used Foxconn as a partner. "The tablet is available in an online retail model that follows the style of Xiaomi and OnePlus, with online invitations and limited production runs to boost desirability and leveraging social media to do much of the marketing," he explained.

Finally, Morlino closed in saying, due to its agreement with Microsoft, the earliest Nokia can resume pursuing this business model will be in Q4 2016. So if you're waiting for a new Nokia phone or tablet, you'll have to wait until then.

Apple Music: What Reviewers Are Saying

July 14, 2015  by Allan Pulga

Apple's new music streaming service launched a couple weeks ago (June 30) and so far reviews have been favorable.

VentureBeat's Mark Sullivan wrote (June 30): "The new Apple Music app, while not perfect, lives up to the hype, and may pose a serious problem to competing subscription music services. It's that good."

Sullivan extolled the value of Apple Music's suggestion engine, called "For You," which leverages existing iTunes user data to create streams the user will likely enjoy. Overall, he liked the experience, although it did recommend a couple albums he already owns in iTunes. "It should have known that," he added.

He also explained the "New" section of the app, which displays current chart-topping singles and albums. "The section is organized in sections for popular LPs (Hot Albums), recent releases, top-rated songs, and new releases. You’ll also find top songs from Apple’s Connect artist social network." There is also a wide variety of mood/genre stations available for streaming, which get as granular as "bbqing, breaking up, celebrating, chilling out," and "cooking."

Apple Music lives up to the hype. It's that good.
                                                                 - Mark Sullivan, VentureBeat

Lastly, Sullivan explained the "My Music" section, which is where users can access music they already own via iTunes, recent downloads from Apple Music, and playlists created from both. A toggle switch at the top of the screen allows you to switch between "library" and "playlists."

In the end, Sullivan concludes the greatest benefit to Apple Music is for users with a "history" with iTunes, as the service is effective at matching music to your taste. I, however, abandoned iTunes in favor of Rdio two years ago, so my taste has evolved since then -- there will be a gap in my listening history.

Rolling Stone's Kory Grow wrote (June 30) about many of the same things Sullivan did. But he expanded on a couple other items in particular: Beats 1 radio and Connect.

On Beats 1, he writes, "Trent Reznor's baby is the most interesting aspect of Apple Music, since it offers radio shows more akin to Sirius XM or college radio than any of its competitors. In addition to ringmaster Zane Lowe's sure-to-be-bonkers broadcasts, Beats 1 offers unique shows by Dr. Dre, Elton John, Pharrell Williams, Drake, Q-Tip, St. Vincent, Ellie Goulding, Jaden Smith and others."

Beats 1 is the most interesting aspect of Apple Music, since it offers radio shows more akin to Sirius XM or college radio than any of its competitors.                                          - Kory Grow, Rolling Stone

About Connect, he writes, "Other than Beats 1, the main feature Apple is touting to fans that will continue to be free after the trial period is a quasi-social network called 'Connect.' This offers a Twitter-like feed from artists – which number in the hundreds according to an Apple rep – who wish to communicate with fans. (Any musician with songs on Apple Music or in the iTunes store can create an account.)"

MTV's Brenna Ehrlich (June 30) had a number of reactions to Apple Music (11 to be exact), each with an animated GIF, giving her review a Tumblr effect. Many of her reactions were similar to Sullivan and Grow's, except she singled out a handy Apple Music feature: Voice control via Siri. "You can totally ask Siri to play all manner of things — from my favorite band Man Man’s top hits to what song was popular on my birthday, December 27, 1984. It was 'Like A Virgin,' by the way."

As a bit of counterpoint, however, I did manage to find an early review from Esquire's Dave Holmes (June 30), who called Apple Music a "very flawed work in progress."

A big reason for his beef is -- unlike for the above reviewers -- Apple Music did a poor job of predicting his first playlist. "I (like) Pavement, the Monkees, and Billy Joel, give some courtesy taps to Elton John, Coldplay, Donny Hathaway, and the Kinks, and decide to hate nobody, because I am here to spread love. The first curated playlist that comes up is... 'Michael W. Smith: Piano Favorites - Songs that make this Contemporary Christian Music star's heart soar.' Strike one."

Hahahaha. That is awesome.

Esquire's Dave Holmes vows to stick with Rdio for instant playlist making. So will I.

In addition, Holmes said building a playlist was "extremely clunky and frustrating" and vowed to "stick with Rdio for instant playlist making." He later bemoaned the inability to share playlists with other users or non-iPhone owners. (Note: An Android version of Apple Music is expected this fall.)

About Beats 1, he noted all the tracks are the clean versions and knocked it for playing too much Pharrell.

I could see his point there. I'm not a fan of Sirius for the same reason: A flaw with curation for Top 40 or new music is: You end up hearing the same songs ALL THE TIME. The amount of repetition is maddening, especially for a paid service. (Note: Both Beats 1 and Connect will remain free for users, even after the free three-month Apple Music trial period.)

As previously mentioned, I'm an avid Rdio user and frankly there's nothing here that's compelling enough for me to switch to Apple Music, not even a free three-month trial. Full disclosure: I'm a longtime iPhone/iPad user. Last summer, I complained that Rdio does not have an iTunes integration like Spotify, which lets you port over your old iTunes playlists over to the streaming service. I assume that Apple Music does the same. I didn't switch to Spotify for that and I won't switch to Apple Music for it either. Because I've used Rdio so heavily these past two years (every day, for an average of two hours a day), I am happy and I am entrenched. Rdio is a part of my listening routine, my bike/bus commutes, my office workflow, my in-car listening, and my runs and workouts.

We're open to your Apple Music feedback. Please post comments below.

Largely due to iTunes hubris, Apple was late to the streaming party. As such, it is late to MY party as well.

But I'm open to your feedback. In fact, I asked a couple of my co-workers (Diana and Tony) what their early thoughts on Apple Music were. They echoed sentiments of the above reviewers: The value of iTunes historical knowledge, the quality user experience in identifying artists/genres you like/dislike, the ability to find new music via For You, Beats 1 and various mood stations. Do you have any other Apple Music benefits to add? Please post them as comments below. Cheers.

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.

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