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[Fido] $39 Fido Standard Plan (2013-11): Canada-wide 400 anytime, ul eve/we, SMS/MMS, 400 MB

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[Fido] $39 Fido Standard Plan (2013-11): Canada-wide 400 anytime, ul eve/we, SMS/MMS, 400 MB

It's a rehash of last year's $39 Smart Plan, but now in-market again (November 2013) as a Standard Plan.

$39 Standard Plan
Unlimited text, picture, and video messages (including US and international)
Unlimited minutes after 5 and on weekends
400 anytime minutes
400 MB data (with $5/250 MB for overage)
Call Display
Voicemail (basic)
Unlimited Canada-wide long distance
Unlimited Circle calling

Note that if you want Visual Voice Mail (for iPhone) or else more voicemail storage, that's extra.

Also, iPhone subsidies are NOT available with this plan.

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Same $39 plan but with 600mbs of data was available from Fido/Koodo/Virgin back in August, ouch :(
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I'm glad I jumped on the previous version for 29.99
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Winkle wrote: Same $39 plan but with 600mbs of data was available from Fido/Koodo/Virgin back in August, ouch :(
There's more to this...by making it a 'standard' plan it reduces the quality of the phones available on the 2 yr plan to entry level Androids. The higher end Androids still require a 'smart' plan which looks to now start at $45 for 400mins/400mb...

So the summer deals were better on 2 fronts more mins/mb and $6 cheaper to get the decent phones on a 2 yr Smart plan. I'd say wait it out for a bit to see if there's better deals in the next few months.

It's still rather amusing that the iphone 4s 8gb is only available on a 2 year 'max' plan that starts at $75 for 500mb ($1800 over the contract, with 12gb data over those 2 years total). That has to be the worst plan ever but I guess suckers still go for that. That's got to be the highest margin plan for Fido.
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Yeah Koodo has this deal as well if your phone is not compatible with Fido. Someone posted it before.
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cartfan123 wrote: There's more to this...by making it a 'standard' plan it reduces the quality of the phones available on the 2 yr plan to entry level Androids. The higher end Androids still require a 'smart' plan which looks to now start at $45 for 400mins/400mb...

So the summer deals were better on 2 fronts more mins/mb and $6 cheaper to get the decent phones on a 2 yr Smart plan. I'd say wait it out for a bit to see if there's better deals in the next few months.

It's still rather amusing that the iphone 4s 8gb is only available on a 2 year 'max' plan that starts at $75 for 500mb. That has to be the worst plan ever but I guess suckers still go for that. That's got to be the highest margin plan for Fido.
Exactly what I would say to these "promo" plans
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Yeah, I got the $39 Smart Plan for my wife last year, but since she signed on for a no-phone contract, she got a $5 discount so it's $34. Mind you it's still 400 MB. They wouldn't update it to 600 MB without increasing it to $39, so we just stuck with the old plan since the old plan + 200 overage was $39 anyway, and she also never used more than 300 MB. Plus hers as mentioned is a Smart Plan, which means she's eligible for the better Android phones if she decides to get one later one. Probably not though since she likes iPhones.

BTW, a no-phone contract means there is no subsidy, but you sign a contract. But you can back out of the contract anytime for a flat admin fee of $12.50. You can only negotiate these no-phone contracts through retentions. What they're doing these days instead is having a 10% BYOD discount, although that only applies to in-market plans, and I don't think it applies to Smart Plans (since they'd just give you a cheaper Standard Plan instead).
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So do still get the 10% off with BYOD to make the plan $35.10?
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ashomar wrote: So do still get the 10% off with BYOD to make the plan $35.10?
I imagine you would considering there's a header on the plan page with that exact information.
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ashomar wrote: So do still get the 10% off with BYOD to make the plan $35.10?
Yup. Plus, I believe if you add it as a second line on an existing account, you can get another 10% off, which would make it $31.20.
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Is the BYOD 10% off rebate only available for contracts or is it available for month-to-month plans as well?
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I assume this is not "Unlimited Canada-wide long distance" rather the plans 400 minutes are all Canada Wide minutes and any minutes over and above the plans 400 minutes are in addition and changed at 45¢ (20¢ for Call Forwarding)
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does anyone know if there is still a chatr to fido promo?
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StratMangler wrote: Is the BYOD 10% off rebate only available for contracts or is it available for month-to-month plans as well?
10% discounts are for month-to-month.
Moe Hunter wrote: I assume this is not "Unlimited Canada-wide long distance" rather the plans 400 minutes are all Canada Wide minutes and any minutes over and above the plans 400 minutes are in addition and changed at 45¢ (20¢ for Call Forwarding)
Correct.
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Fido doesn't give SIM cards out for free, right?
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Thanks OP. Just made the switch over from the $45 plan that I swapped to a few months ago that had same features, but less data (200mb).
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Koodo offers the same plan =/ Probably just virgin mobile that has yet to match
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for anyone (like me) who signed up for the $50 smart plan in the summer when it was offering 1GB of data, the new $50 standard plan has more any time minutes (1000 vs 600), same data (1GB), and earlier evenings and weekends (5pm vs 6pm)...oh, and you can use BYOD for 10% off.

http://www.fido.ca/web/page/portal/Fido ... ans/Group1


EDIT: I just switched over, and the little extras they don't mention on the website are
Fido rep:
Before we send the plan change, please also note:
- Overusage Rate (Data)
Current Price Plan: $5.00 per 500 MB
New Price Plan: $5.00 per 250 MB
- Long-Distance Rate
Please note that your Long Distance Rate will change:
Current Price Plan:
Toll Canada $0.00/minute
Toll US $0.45/minute
New Price Plan:
Toll Canada $0.00/minute
Toll US $0.55/minute
- Weekday Minutes time frame changes:
Current Price Plan: 07:00 to 17:59
New Price Plan: 07:00 to 16:59
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Moe Hunter wrote: I assume this is not "Unlimited Canada-wide long distance" rather the plans 400 minutes are all Canada Wide minutes and any minutes over and above the plans 400 minutes are in addition and changed at 45¢ (20¢ for Call Forwarding)
It's a Canada-wide plan, which means there are never long distance charges in Canada even if you go over your 400 anytime minutes. However, any Canadian calls not during the unlimited periods (after 5 or on weekends) count toward your 400 anytime minutes. If you go over, then it's 45¢ per minute.

What I meant by the Canada "long distance" being "unlimited" is that you can make unlimited calls anywhere in Canada during off hours.

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