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Cheapest mobile data-only options in Canada?

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FunkyMcBain wrote: Hey guys, how did you manage to get the plan from Fido? I called and they give me the BS of "it's only for existing customers"
Well be resourceful and try to play within these rules. Ask a friend or family member to help.
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Tichi wrote: Heh, funny, an almost one-year-old thread has been resurrected.
During this time I've been moving precisely in the direction indicated in the OP :)
I got almost what you suggest, even slightly better -
FIDO 15$/3GB/month internet-only plan, with $10/GB extra usage.

Thus, my cost at minimum is $5/GB, slowly raising to $7.5/GB on average at the margin of 6GB monthly usage,
and then increasing to $10/GB for unlimited usage. Moreover,
rumours are circulating that one can get further 50% off the above deal.
Data prices are falling!

Now I'm taking a leisure of testing an playing with the plan, but
soon will be ditching voice/text alltogether.
Were you an existing Fido customer when you got that plan or did you manage to get it without being one?
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FunkyMcBain wrote: Were you an existing Fido customer when you got that plan or did you manage to get it without being one?
No I was not. I got mine in Dec 2016, when it was available to everyone. I'm sure it will be available again soon, in the time span of half-year or so, especially
to watch closely back to school and black friday events :)
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BTW, speaking of cost per mobile GB of data,
the champions so far are those users who were able to get a 50% loyalty discount on the above mentioned Fido plan.

So, now they are paying $2.5/GB which is already closely approaching Western Europe typical rates!

Go, Canada! :)
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Tichi wrote: BTW, speaking of cost per mobile GB of data,
the champions so far are those users who were able to get a 50% loyalty discount on the above mentioned Fido plan.

So, now they are paying $2.5/GB which is already closely approaching Western Europe typical rates!

Go, Canada! :)
To be totally accurate, we are paying $7.50 per plan. The actual cost per gig is variable depending on how much of the 3 gig allotment is consumed.

I find that most people I know are so schitt scared of going over allotment that they purposely buy way more data than they consume. This gives them comfort and protection against bill shock. This is like being on a strict calorie reduced diet and eating at buffet restaurants every night.
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will888 wrote: To be totally accurate, we are paying $7.50 per plan. The actual cost per gig is variable depending on how much of the 3 gig allotment is consumed.

I find that most people I know are so schitt scared of going over allotment that they purposely buy way more data than they consume. This gives them comfort and protection against bill shock. This is like being on a strict calorie reduced diet and eating at buffet restaurants every night.
Yea, of course the minimum price per GB is achieved at 3GB usage exactly. On the other hand, 3GB is sort of a monthly sweet spot usage for many people now , so one'd never expect to deviate much out of it.

Well, as I'm saying at least it moves in the right direction. Ideally, I'd love to have an opportunity to buy a bucket of e.g. 50GB from a " mobile data wholesaler", and use it at my own pleasure and pace..
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Here is the fido plan link for anyone:
http://www.fido.ca/consumer/promotions
Get 3GB of tablet data for only $15/month!
For a limited time, get 3GB of data for $15 per month1 when you bring your own tablet or activate a new one.

Does anyone know of a cheaper data only card for very small amounts of data? Under 100 mb per month - for alarm back up.
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modchipcanada wrote: Here is the fido plan link for anyone:
http://www.fido.ca/consumer/promotions
Get 3GB of tablet data for only $15/month!
For a limited time, get 3GB of data for $15 per month1 when you bring your own tablet or activate a new one.
Fido will not give you a tablet data plan unless you have a regular mobile plan that includes talk/text/data. Cheapest mobile plan start at $45/month.
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modchipcanada wrote: Does anyone know of a cheaper data only card for very small amounts of data? Under 100 mb per month - for alarm back up.
Yes Telus for an extra $5 off. I use prepaid with them. Auto renew on my cc $10 a month goes to my prepaid balance (currently at over $200 because I used to rarely use my phone), and from my balance they have an addon called 'data 10' which is 100MB for 30 days at $10.

For those curious they also have data 25 (500MB) and data 30 (1GB). 30$ for 1GB is expensive, this fido thing seems really good, too bad its only for existing customers.
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Tichi wrote: I got almost what you suggest, even slightly better -
FIDO 15$/3GB/month internet-only plan, with $10/GB extra usage.
Thus, my cost at minimum is $5/GB, slowly raising to $7.5/GB on average at the margin of 6GB monthly usage,
and then increasing to $10/GB for unlimited usage.
I have no clue how much I am used to (more like addicted to) my tablet SIM until I just loaned it to my relative the last few hours (for a week). It is like all hell broke loose. Oh man!!!
Daniel

Fido $0 3Gb LTE + overage plan until Feb 2019
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As good a place as any for this; does anyone have experience with a Public Mobile’s SIM and the 12GB over 3month voice and data promo, in a tablet? PM is a secondary line for me (for now) and was thinking of getting an LTE tablet, in which I could swap the Sim into and out of, since it isn’t a primary line.
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browna wrote: As good a place as any for this; does anyone have experience with a Public Mobile’s SIM and the 12GB over 3month voice and data promo, in a tablet? PM is a secondary line for me (for now) and was thinking of getting an LTE tablet, in which I could swap the Sim into and out of, since it isn’t a primary line.
No reason why that shouldn’t work. It works out to be cheaper than the Fido plan.
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I have a tablet SIM and I need one more. I tried my luck at Fairview mall and since I am a Fido client I get another one $15 for 2 Gb only
I constantly have guests coming in. Not much I can do.
Daniel

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modchipcanada wrote: Here is the fido plan link for anyone:
http://www.fido.ca/consumer/promotions
Get 3GB of tablet data for only $15/month!
For a limited time, get 3GB of data for $15 per month1 when you bring your own tablet or activate a new one.

Does anyone know of a cheaper data only card for very small amounts of data? Under 100 mb per month - for alarm back up.
speakout is $10/per 100mb/month. But they frequently have buy $100/get $25 extra which makes it effectively $8
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modchipcanada wrote: Here is the fido plan link for anyone:
http://www.fido.ca/consumer/promotions
Get 3GB of tablet data for only $15/month!
For a limited time, get 3GB of data for $15 per month1 when you bring your own tablet or activate a new one.
I have tried thrice so far (once at CostCo, and twice in online Fido's chat) and they can't give me the data plan unless I also take a normal cellphone plan. :(
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datumdude wrote: I have tried thrice so far (once at CostCo, and twice in online Fido's chat) and they can't give me the data plan unless I also take a normal cellphone plan. :(
You need to go to another location and try. Eventually someone will sell it to you - unless there is a crackdown on this sort of thing.

It's definitely not possible online.
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Unless I misinterpreted the intention of this thread, yesterday (Nov 27) via Fido's CS line 1-888-481-FIDO (3436), I purchased the 2-year, 3 gb Data Plan, PLUS the free LG gpad IV tablet. There is a 25$ activation fee. The tablet is being shipped today. I am on the same plan from last year with the free LG gpad III. I was told yesterday you DO NOT have to attach the 15$ data plan (free LG pad IV) to a Voice plan.

https://www.fido.ca/consumer/mobile/dev ... s-11151739

Plan code DSPSRA1L1

Fido and their confusing plans. You get a different sorry with each CS person you talk to.

Regards, Paul.
here in Picton, ON!
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Also was told that the 3gb data plan 15$ ends on December 3rd. Was also told there is no end-date for the free LG gpad IV. Likely to end the same date as the data plan.
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/posting ... p=28561548

Plan code DSPSRA1L1

Your Mileage WILL Vary with every CS rep you talk to...
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inhaliburton wrote: Also was told that the 3gb data plan 15$ ends on December 3rd. Was also told there is no end-date for the free LG gpad IV. Likely to end the same date as the data plan.
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/posting ... p=28561548

Plan code DSPSRA1L1

Your Mileage WILL Vary with every CS rep you talk to...
Thanks.. I think it is time to jump to a store and get it (3GB/month + tabby)
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Tichi wrote: Thanks.. I think it is time to jump to a store and get it (3GB/month + tabby)
That's what I did. No need to open or attach to a "voice" plan.

Plan code DSPSRA1L1
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