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Advice on Prepaid sim 365 days

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  • Mar 29th, 2017 10:36 am
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Oct 26, 2003
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Caledon

Advice on Prepaid sim 365 days

Little background: I purchased a tracking and Sos safety device for my wife's great grandfather as he lives on his own and sometimes they worry if he has fallen or wandered off....


Looking for best prepaid year long 3G service.

Unlimited texts and evenings talk?

Thanks in advance for any insight!

Who operates on the gsm freqs
900/180/850/1900Mhz rogers/Fido/Bell??
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The Rogers $120 plan seems to be the best. As long as you can live with just 100 day time minutes for the entire year. Evening calling is totally free.
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ravell wrote:
Mar 14th, 2017 11:43 pm
Who operates on the gsm freqs
900/180/850/1900Mhz rogers/Fido/Bell??
All Canadian carriers except for Wind operate on 850/1900 for 3G. Wind is on 1700/2100 (also known as AWS). Note that phones listing "GSM" frequencies are actually talking about their 2G support, and only Rogers (and brands operating on the Rogers network) have 2G in Canada, also on 850/1900. For 3G frequency support it'll be listed as either 3G, HSPA, or WCDMA.
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Koodo
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Gee wrote:
Mar 15th, 2017 12:02 am
The Rogers $120 plan seems to be the best. As long as you can live with just 100 day time minutes for the entire year. Evening calling is totally free.
Its only 50 mins of local daytime mins and unlimited weekends and evenings (6pm-7am). Use more daytime mins, 50 cents / min, cdn/usa long distance is another 50 cents / min.
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I'd say check out 7-Eleven Speakout Wireless (MVNO on Rogers). Under the basic pay-as-you-go option, all refills (including $25) are 365-day expiry. However you will need to pay per minute of calls and outgoing text (incoming is free). I helped to convert my in-laws, and their friends to SO over the past several years (ported from Rogers) without issues.
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12th hour wrote:
Mar 15th, 2017 8:49 pm
Its only 50 mins of local daytime mins and unlimited weekends and evenings (6pm-7am). Use more daytime mins, 50 cents / min, cdn/usa long distance is another 50 cents / min.
Damn, I thought it included 100 minutes. I guess you can't expect much for $10 per month
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The Tbaytel option is worth considering. It costs $100 minimum per year to keep the account alive. With that top up, the funds can be used to buy data and sms buckets, talk is always by the minute. If you are frugal with talk, $100 can last the whole year. There's a large thread in this forum. It's gone cold ever since Fido started selling $15 data only plans.
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Oct 26, 2003
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Caledon
Thanks for all the suggestions! Decided to go with the rogers 120 plan... unlimited sms was the key. As I communicate with the device and it communicates with me via SMS and/or data but data would be overkill for the features I needed to use on the device such as real time tracking...

Yes 50 minutes local voice.. but that's plenty!

Thanks again!

Can close topic :)
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will888 wrote:
Mar 16th, 2017 12:35 pm
[...] It's gone cold ever since Fido started selling $15 data only plans.
It's nice. If you're already a postpaid Fido customer.

"Available to Fido postpaid wireless customers".

Source: Fido.ca
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TwitchyPuppy wrote:
Mar 20th, 2017 6:02 pm
It's nice. If you're already a postpaid Fido customer.

"Available to Fido postpaid wireless customers".

Source: Fido.ca
Technically yes, and if you go to a corporate store, that's what they'll tell you. Though people are still reporting being able to get it from non-corporate locations.
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