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Cheapest Pay as you go plan

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Cheapest Pay as you go plan

A family member is in town for 1-2 months and I'd like to get him a pay as you go plan while he is here. Since I have an unlocked phone all I need is the sim card and to buy minutes. He'll only be using it to make and receive calls (emergeny only or max a few mins at a time) so any other features are not necessary. Who should I go with Fido, Rogers....do public, virgin, koodo work with sim cards? Would also prefer if there was no initial activation fee but it's ok if there is. I'll be doing my own research as well but was wondering what others thought.
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Petro Canada might be worth a look because they have longer expiry times on minutes. For almost all carriers your minutes expire in 30 days unless you buy a lot (like $100) of them, whereas with Petro Canada $25 lasts 120 days. Also they work with the Rogers network, so a Petro Canada SIM card will work even with a locked Rogers phone.
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There are websites that compare cell phone plans in Canada.

I cannot seem to find the one that I had used. Here's one:

http://www.cellphones.ca/cell-plans/

Here in BC, Virgin Mobile charges 35 cents/min (there are cheaper rates by others like Fido...but I don't use the phone much) No monthly fee. Free incoming texts. There is a charge for outgoing texts. I bought the cheap LG flip phone for like $50-$60 and taxes and was ready to go.

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Thanks...Petro Canada seems to be it so far :-)
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Got the PC card today...easy setup....teaching my 80+ great uncle how to use it wasn't that easy :D

Quick question (that I probably already know the answer to but just to be sure)...in Greece with pay as you go incoming calls are free...is there a pay as you go that works the same in Canada?
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Not to my knowledge. Airtime is airtime, regardless of which direction calls are going. Same applies to checking your own voicemail, it uses up your minutes even though it is "free"
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Bump for cheapness. I find Bell has the best network, so using that as a bias, I looked at the three Bell networks: Bell, Virgin, PC Mobile.

The cheapest price from all three seems to be $100/year from PC. $8.33 + fees = about $9/month. I presume their Auto-Allowance allows you to top up with $15 once and get another 365 days, right? And 20 cents/minute local, and 45 cents/minute long distance.

So PC mobile is about 40 local minutes for $8.33/month. That sounds a lot like a low retention plan on a regular carrier. Is there any way to beat this price? Or someplace with more for the same price?

PS: add $10/month and they'll give you 100MB data/month. how kind of them. still, is there a cheaper voice+data plan than $18/month?
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Cheapest Pay as you go plans 2011:

1. 7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless. $10 SIM Card. $25 prepaid voucher valid for 365 days. (uses Rogers Network)

2. Petro-Canada Mobility. $15 SIM Card. $25 voucher valid for 120 days. (uses Rogers Network)

3. Public Mobile - $15/month - unlimited incoming/outgoing calls included.
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Sandokan wrote:
Nov 17th, 2011 11:08 pm
Cheapest Pay as you go plans 2011:

1. 7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless. $10 SIM Card. $25 prepaid voucher valid for 365 days. (uses Rogers Network)

2. Petro-Canada Mobility. $15 SIM Card. $25 voucher valid for 120 days. (uses Rogers Network)

3. Public Mobile - $15/month - unlimited incoming/outgoing calls included.
are you sure thats right?

7-11 is 25 cents per minute http://www.speakout7eleven.ca/rates-add-ons/

petro-canada is 25 cents per minute http://mobility.petro-canada.ca/en/features/401.aspx

rogers is about 20 cents per minute equivalent http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wirel ... #Tabset1-4

virgin mobile is a little under 35 cents per minute http://www.virginmobile.ca/en/plans/pre ... mmary.html

bell is 30 cents per minute http://www.bell.ca/Mobility/Products/30 ... ay_per_use

president's choice is 20 cents per minute http://www.pctelecom.ca/LCLOnline/ratep ... p?#anytime


There are only two different services here: bell and rogers. the competition is artificial and the products barely differ. but for some reason there seems to be significant differences in the prepaid price per minute rates. maybe I'm missing something, but president's choice and rogers look the cheapest to me right now
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Loomy wrote:
Nov 26th, 2011 10:50 pm
are you sure thats right?

7-11 is 25 cents per minute http://www.speakout7eleven.ca/rates-add-ons/

petro-canada is 25 cents per minute http://mobility.petro-canada.ca/en/features/401.aspx

rogers is about 20 cents per minute equivalent http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wirel ... #Tabset1-4

virgin mobile is a little under 35 cents per minute http://www.virginmobile.ca/en/plans/pre ... mmary.html

bell is 30 cents per minute http://www.bell.ca/Mobility/Products/30 ... ay_per_use

president's choice is 20 cents per minute http://www.pctelecom.ca/LCLOnline/ratep ... p?#anytime


There are only two different services here: bell and rogers. the competition is artificial and the products barely differ. but for some reason there seems to be significant differences in the prepaid price per minute rates. maybe I'm missing something, but president's choice and rogers look the cheapest to me right now
Rogers is 40 cents per minute, minimum $10 top-up per month. Pay by minute, anytime plan. Same link.
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twin wrote:
Nov 27th, 2011 12:34 am
Rogers is 40 cents per minute, minimum $10 top-up per month. Pay by minute, anytime plan. Same link.

face palm. so "Minimum Top-Up Amount" there means monthly fee. confusion!!! so rogers sucks then. (that still leaves the others...)
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For rogers prepaid, u should top up 100 which will lasts for 365 days ,then u can choose any plan u want including 1 cents evening weekends plan. If u use less than 75 annually then go with speakout

Update: sorry didn't see it's only for 1 to 2 months, go with speakout them
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boneca wrote:
Sep 6th, 2011 9:29 pm
Got the PC card today...easy setup....teaching my 80+ great uncle how to use it wasn't that easy :D

Quick question (that I probably already know the answer to but just to be sure)...in Greece with pay as you go incoming calls are free...is there a pay as you go that works the same in Canada?
Wind prepaid has free unlimited incoming calls
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I know its an old thread but if you have good coverage on a wind network then wind is prob for you,
however someone like me who has little wind coverage here in sask as of right now, the choice is virgin or president's choice mobile
Go virgin if your long distance to local calling incoming/outgoing ratio is over 2 to 1, use presidents choice if you have less than this ratio
Note: this is just on a pay per minute plan on both
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twin wrote:
Nov 27th, 2011 4:33 pm
Wind prepaid has free unlimited incoming calls
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ANYBODY know if any OTHER carriers - other than WIND - have UNLIMITED INCOMING as part of a PAY AS YOU GO package???

Thanks for your help !!!
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