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What makes Fido so attractive to international students?

I go to university and it seems like almost every international student (especially Chinese) uses Fido. Why is that? Why not Koodo or Virgin, since they have the better network? Is it somehow easier on Fido for international students to sign up?
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Because they have some very very good deal? $55 for 6GB with Fido roam for example.
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CelusC wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 8:28 pm
Because they have some very very good deal? $55 for 6GB with Fido roam for example.
The retention plan? That does sound like a great deal.
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Maybe it's more of a marketing thing that they have a better skills then Virgin or Koodo.
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My guess is because Fido was known as the budget GSM provider. It's understood that we have LTE now and much more evolved phones compared to a decade ago. However, my guess is that these international students have reported back a decade ago to their peers to go with Fido if coming to Canada because it's GSM and not CDMA, so you could bring your existing phone and go BYOD.

To be fair, there may still be truth to this. Fido's 3GB tablet plan will register and work in a phone. I heard that other members of the big three will refuse to register a sim card to an international or foreign variant of a phone. Obviously this is a YMMV, and once registered in a carrier phone, you can sim swap and the service continues, but heck, these international students probably go with what's tried, tested and true. Since these students all have papers (SIN, etc.), they likely have a higher approval rate for post-paid on Fido.

Personally, I've found Koodo's credit check to be the least intrusive (just a "soft" credit check), yet I've seen a TELUS subscriber in good standing denied service on Koodo due to a credit check in broad daylight (maybe Koodo has a really strange randomized deal on credit checks...not sure since I've only done a Koodo credit check twice and never had any issues), but Fido can even activate over the phone. Virgin is real tough on credit checks. I always am approved, but they run a credit check on me even when adding lines to an existing account (probably a soft credit check).
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I think it's because many will have dual sim phones and use the 3GB tablet package on their phone along with just a voice/text plan on the other sim.
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tablo13 wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 7:49 pm
I go to university and it seems like almost every international student (especially Chinese) uses Fido. Why is that? Why not Koodo or Virgin, since they have the better network? Is it somehow easier on Fido for international students to sign up?
Maybe they are enticed by the cute and friendly dog/puppy mascots/advertising. Advertising/fashion in Asia seems to revolve around cute things.
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Rogers and Fido allow for credit checks on Student Visas. BYOD activations aren't credit intensive.
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deelogic wrote:
Nov 10th, 2017 8:00 am
Rogers and Fido allow for credit checks on Student Visas. BYOD activations aren't credit intensive.
Interesting. In BC, most international students from Asia (especially China/Hong Kong) are extremely wealthy (buying "their own" condos/houses wealthy), and money is no object to them.
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Nov 10th, 2017 1:24 pm
Interesting. In BC, most international students from Asia (especially China/Hong Kong) are extremely wealthy (buying "their own" condos/houses wealthy), and money is no object to them.
Wealthy people are cheap. That’s how they got wealthy.
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hvwozq wrote:
Nov 10th, 2017 2:59 pm
Is that why they all own Canada Goose and pay $5-10 for tea?
Of course, part of it is a status symbol, the other part is not wanting to put crap into your body.

I should rephrase. The parents are cheap. The kids are spoiled. Thinks the money train will run forever.

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