HTC's Money Woes Continue

August 20, 2015  by Allan Pulga
htc-grip-and-htc-one-m9 - source: techcrunch

Last summer, hopes were high at HTC that a profitable second quarter was a sign of progress. Recent reports show it was not.

"Internet hyperbole (and financial analysis) have rendered HTC, a once high-flying mobile brand, essentially valueless," wrote TechCrunch's John Biggs (Aug. 10). "In short, the company is trading below cash on hand. So if you bought all HTC stock, the company would have to pay you, the buyer, to take it over. This means the companyís factories, stock and brand are worth nothing, at least on Wall Street."

Where's all the smartphone profit? Apple (92%) and Samsung (15%) ate up all of it and then some in Q1 2015.

And HTC isn't the only Android handset manufacturer having a hard time cutting a profit. Market leader Samsung is in the same boat. Biggs says the two companies are being hit by lower-end manufacturers right where it matters most: "price."

The profit gap between companies like these and Apple, on the other hand, is crazy. Last month, Canaccord Genuity reported Apple reaped 92% of the total profit from smartphone sales in Q1 2015, despite selling less than 20% of smartphones worldwide. Samsung accounted for 15% of profit (Canaccord says Apple and Samsung accounted for more than 100% of industry profits because other manufacturers either broke even, like BlackBerry, or lost money, like HTC, Lenovo and Microsoft) in the quarter.

"As the smartphone market matures and growth slows, it is starting to resemble the personal-computer business in some ways," wrote the Wall Street Journal's Shira Ovide and Daisuke Wakabayashi (July 12). "Average PC prices have plunged, and most manufacturers struggle to eke out profits. But Apple captured more than half of industry profits last year, even though its Mac line accounted for only about six of every 100 computers sold, according to Bernstein Research."

"Now it's iPhone and everyone else... Too many cell phones and too little profit make for a really bad business." - John Biggs, TechCrunch

TechCrunch's Biggs agrees: "Now itís iPhone and everyone else. The cell phone buyerís market is saturated. Even the upgrade cycles have grown longer. In short, people are holding onto their expensive phones longer or buying wildly cheap ones. There is no middle ground.

"HTC might be able to pull a Motorola and partially pull out of the nosedive, but, knowing the market for the average cell phone, Iím not holding my breath. Too many cell phones and too little profit make for a really bad business."

A Look at Galaxy Note 5 Reviews

August 19, 2015  by Allan Pulga
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - Source: Engadget

Samsung's latest phablet, the Galaxy Note 5, hits store shelves on Friday (Aug. 21). So what do reviewers have to say about the device so far?

CNET's Jessica Dolcourt (Aug. 19) gave the device 4.5/5 stars (8.9/10 overall).

  • Dolcourt was impressed with the phone's premium design and hardware, as well as its camera (especially for outdoor photography). She also liked its new stylus functionality (including the ability to jot a memo with the screen turned off) and its "terrific" battery life.
  • Key drawbacks, by Dolcourt's account, were a nonremovable battery and no external storage option (both available on the previous Note model), as well as a hefty price tag ($350 with a 2-year contract, or about $800 outright).

Engadget's Chris Velazco (Aug. 13) called the Note 5 "Samsung's most elegant phablet yet."

  • Velazco was impresed with how the Note 5 feels in your hand. Samsung took that curved class from the front of the S6 Edge+ and put it on the back of the Note 5, which feels "lovely." He said it's the first Note he's picked up in ages that doesn't feel broad and awkward to hold.
  • He was high on the Note 5's Super AMOLED screen: "It's of the same quality we've seen in Samsung's other flagships, so expect bright, poppy colors, sumptuous blacks and excellent viewing angles."
  • He, like Dolcourt, also bemoaned a lack of an expandable memory slot on this model.

Phone Arena's John V. (Aug. 18) called it "the best-designed phone in the (Note) series to date!"

  • John V. echoed the above reviewers sentiments on the luxurious design and feel of the Note 5, but with a caveat: It's fragile. "(It's) prone to fingerprints, and slippery. Trust us, youíll want to be extremely careful handling it, since minor drops can probably do a number to it."
  • He also noted the device's long battery life (9 hours and 11 minutes), adding that "it's one of the fastest charging phones out there" with a charge time of (81 minutes).
  • Like Dolcourt, he underlined the differentiating value of S Pen functionality, while also acknowledging the drawbacks of eliminating a removable battery, expandable memory, and IR blaster.

BGR's Zach Epstein (Aug. 13) called it "the premium phablet Samsung fans have been waiting for."

  • Like Velazco, Epstein was pleased with Samsung's decision to put the S6 Edge glass on the back of the Note 5.
  • He called the 5.7-inch display "absolutely stunning... as vibrant as any smartphone screen I've ever seen."
  • He, too, was impressed with the Note 5's improved stylus functionality, adding the writing experience is "much more precise" than on earlier Note models.

Samsung Galaxy Note5 now available for pre-order in Canada and the U.S.

August 14, 2015  by Chaundra Kazakoff
 
 
Samsung officially announced the GalaxyNote5 on August 13th, 2015. The new device will be available on Friday, August 21st, 2015 and some carriers in Canada and the United States are offering pre-orders! Check out the specs for the new device and see where you can order yours today!
 

Canadian Carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and their pricing:
 

 
You can order the device now. "The phone is expected to ship on August 21st, 2015. Allow 3-5 business days for delivery."
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $849.99
    • 2-year term: $359.99
 
 
Reserve and purchase the device now and get a free Samsung Wireless Charger.
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $849.99
    • 2-year term: $359.99

 
The device will be available for order on Friday, August 21, 2015.
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $860
    • 2-year term: $360
 
 
The device is listed as Coming Soon.
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $849
    • WINDtab: $749
    • WINDtab Boost at $5/month: $649
    • WINDtab Boost at $15/month: $499
    • WINDtab Boost at $25/month: $299
 
 
Pre-order your device now and pick it up on Friday, August 21.
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $849.99
    • 2-year term: $359.99
 
 
Pre-order you device now!
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $799.95
    • 2-year term - on a monthly plan of $69.95: $459.95
    • 2-year term - on a monthly plan of $79.95: $359.95
 
 
Device coming soon!
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $849.99
    • 2-year term: $359.99
 
UPDATE: MTS IS ALSO OFFERING THE DEVICE 
 
 
Available for purchase!
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $899.99
    • 1-year term - min $55 plan: $574.99
    • 1-year term - min $74 plan: $524.99
    • 2-year term - min $55 plan: $349.99
    • 2-year term - min $74 plan: $299.99
  

 

United States Major Carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and their pricing:
 

 
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $739.99
    • 2-year term: $249.99
 
 
Pre-order today!
  •  32 GB version
    • Full price: $720.00
    • 2-year term: $249.99
  • 64 GB version
    • Full price: $816.00
    • 2-year term: $349.99
 
 
Pre-register now! Available Friday, August 21, 2015.
Sign up by Thursday, August 20 and purchase by Wednesday, Sept 30 to qualify for 1 free year of Netflix!
  • No pricing listed (will carry both the 32 GB and the 64 GB versions)
 
 
Coming Soon!
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $669.00
    • 2-year term: $199.99
  •  64 GB version
    • Full price: $769.00
    • 2-year term: $299.99

 
Pre-order now!
  •  32 GB version
    • Full price: $696.00
    • 2-year term: Monthly Device Payment: $29.00/month
  •  64 GB version
    • Full price: $792.00
    • 2-year term: Monthly Device Payment: $33.00/month
 

 
 

More details on the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and compare to other devices: 
 
 
 
Compare to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.
 
Compare to the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+.
 
Compare to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
 
 
 
 

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ now available for pre-order in Canada and the U.S.

August 14, 2015  by Chaundra Kazakoff
Samsung Galaxy edge+
 
 
Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S6 edge+ on August 13th, 2015. The new device will be available on Friday, August 21st, 2015 and some carriers in Canada and the United States are offering pre-orders! Check out the specs for the new device and see where you can order yours today!
 

Canadian Carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and their pricing:
 

 
You can order the device now. "The phone is expected to ship on August 21st, 2015. Allow 3-5 business days for delivery."
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $949.99
    • 2-year term: $459.99
  • 64 GB version
    • Full price: $1049.99
    • 2-year term: $559.99
 
 
Reserve and purchase the device now and get a free Samsung Wireless Charger.
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $949.99
    • 2-year term: $459.99
  • 64 GB version
    • Full price: $1049.99
    • 2-year term: $559.99

 
The device will be available for order on Friday, August 21, 2015.
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $960
    • 2-year term: $460
 
 
The device is listed as Coming Soon.
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $949
    • WINDtab: $849
    • WINDtab Boost at $5/month: $749
    • WINDtab Boost at $15/month: $599
    • WINDtab Boost at $25/month: $399
 
 
Pre-order your device now and pick it up on Friday, August 21.
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $949.99
    • 2-year term: $459.99
  • 64 GB version
    • Full price: $1049.99
    • 2-year term: $559.99
 
 
Pre-order you device now!
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $899.95
    • 2-year term - on a monthly plan of $69.95: $559.95
    • 2-year term - on a monthly plan of $79.95: $459.95
 
 
Device Coming Soon!
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $849.99
    • 2-year term: $459.99
  • 64 GB version
    • Full price: $1049.99
    • 2-year term: $559.99
 
UPDATE: MTS IS ALSO OFFERING THE DEVICE 
 
 
Available for purchase!
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $1004.99
    • 1-year term - min $55 plan: $644.99
    • 1-year term - min $74 plan: $594.99
    • 2-year term - min $55 plan: $419.99
    • 2-year term - min $74 plan: $369.99
 

Samsung Galaxy edge+
 

United States Major Carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and their pricing:
 

 
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $814.99
    • 2-year term: $299.99
  • 64 GB version
    • Full price: $914.99
    • 2-year term: $399.99
 
 
Pre-order today!
  •  32 GB version
    • Full price: $792.00
    • 2-year term: $349.99
  • 64 GB version
    • Full price: $888.00
    • 2-year term: $449.99
 
 
Pre-register now! Available Friday, August 21, 2015.
Sign up by Thursday, August 20 and purchase by Wednesday, Sept 30 to qualify for 1 free year of Netflix!
  • No pricing listed 
 
 
Coming Soon!
  • 32 GB version
    • Full price: $769.00
    • 2-year term: $299.99

 
Pre-order now!
  •  32 GB version
    • Full price: $768.00
    • 2-year term: Monthly Device Payment: $32.00/month
  •  64 GB version
    • Full price: $864.00
    • 2-year term: Monthly Device Payment: $36.00/month
 

Samsung edge+ Specs 
 

More details on the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and compare to other devices: 
 
 
 
Compare to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.
 
Compare to the Samsung Galaxy Note5.
 
Compare to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
 
 
 
 


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.

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