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Cheapest mobile data-only options in Canada?

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Cheapest mobile data-only options in Canada?

Hey Folks. The idea of going internet-only for my mobile communications (with Fongo/voip.ms/hangouts etc.)
is bugging me continuously.

What is the cheapest option now for a data-only cell plan?

Let us say, with the following restrictions:
- it should be cheaper than typical cellphone plan, e.g. < 50$ / month
- it should have reasonable amount of data, e.g. >= 5GB / month

At this price point, the " tablet flex plans" from "Robellus" provide you with 5 GB / month for $40.

(which amounts to 8 $/GB )

I have one of those for emergencies (for when my Wind plan "breaks wind" :) ),
but it still does not give much incentive to switch permanently.

Is there anything better?


E.g. I'm reading that Wind mobile gives you 10 GB / month for $35
(i.e. 3.5 $/GB, but I doubt one can rely on Wind data-only at this point in time).


For comparison, in the US the typical data rate are pretty close - about 7 $CAD/GB (I checked t-mobile)..
It looks we could not have anything much better in Canada then?
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Nov 11, 2008
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Fido's flex plan is 35$/5gb which works out to 7$ gb. It starts @ 1gb @ $15 and then goes up from there. Works on LTE.

With wind, you can't even get more than 1Mbps, and your phone calls would be delayed like crazy
[OP]
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Thank you, folks! So it looks like other reliable options are only marginally better (6.25$ and 7$ versus 8$ / GB)
I would not go through the hassle with "tbaybel sim" for that, honestly.

Sigh...

WonderRocket wrote:
Jul 11th, 2016 11:58 am
Cheapest per GB of data plan (excluding wind due to cogestion with data speeds) tbaytel-prepaid-data-125-20gb-365-day-expiry-1397855/
-At $6.25 per GB
-Difficult part is getting a tbaybel sim

If you go with Fido flex tab it is $35 for 5GB rather than $40 ($7 per gb)
http://www.fido.ca/consumer/tablets
EPcjay wrote:
Jul 11th, 2016 11:56 am
Fido's flex plan is 35$/5gb which works out to 7$ gb. It starts @ 1gb @ $15 and then goes up from there. Works on LTE.

With wind, you can't even get more than 1Mbps, and your phone calls would be delayed like crazy
[OP]
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May 5, 2008
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Crazy idea.. Is there an unlimited data option now (not with wind)?

I used to have unlimited browsing plan with bell, until they squeezed me out by increasing price past
70 $/month or so.. sometimes I regret I've given it up tho..
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Tichi wrote:
Jul 11th, 2016 12:07 pm
Thank you, folks! So it looks like other reliable options are only marginally better (6.25$ and 7$ versus 8$ / GB)
I would not go through the hassle with "tbaybel sim" for that, honestly.

Sigh...
There is a reason why everyone complains about cellphone plans in Canada
[OP]
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WonderRocket wrote:
Jul 11th, 2016 1:59 pm
There is a reason why everyone complains about cellphone plans in Canada
Well, according to my observation it is NOT much better in the US.... So, maybe "Robellus conspiracy" does not really exist?

On the other hand, in (Western) Europe you can get the equivalent of 1 to 2 $CAD/GB..

Is it just the effect of population density (you need more cellular infrastructure per head count in NA)?
Sr. Member
Feb 3, 2013
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For 75c/GB more you are getting LTE, which is worth it. Rogers HSPA isn't good enough to rely on for voip calls. You will notice it when you least expect it (crowded market area, near a mall, near a major roads or Calgary Stampede).
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Apr 25, 2015
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London, ON
I have a Bell Mobility data only sim card. 35 a month up to 5 Gig.
Deal Addict
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Toronto
Op, depends on your usage.

Tbaytel Prepaid.
+ Data rolls over month to month since it has 1 year expiry with 20GB $125 (ie $6.25/GB)
+ No credit check
+ Lower cost per GB
- Initially high start costs for SIM
- HSPA+

Tablet Flex Data Plan (eg Fido $15 1GB, $35 5GB)
+ Low start up costs
+ LTE
- Credit check
- Data doesn't roll over month to month
[OP]
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Kursor17 wrote:
Jul 11th, 2016 7:09 pm
Tablet Flex Data Plan (eg Fido $15 1GB)
Sorry, where do you see "$15 1GB"? It is still a lot, but the lowest Canadian montly for low usage Ive seen is 20 $/GB...
[OP]
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S1nTaX wrote:
Jul 11th, 2016 10:08 pm
http://www.fido.ca/consumer/tablets
Ok, thanks, I have not noticed that they itroduced two flex plans for different usage patterns... nice move.

For my usage, I still prefer my bell plan where the minimum monthly is $5, because I use it only occasionally, and quite a few months in a year it just stays idle...
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Feb 13, 2005
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Is it possible to get the fido plan without being an existing fido customer? Is it as simple as stopping by a fido kiosk?
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