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Need a CHEAPER plan...

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Need a CHEAPER plan...

I have an iPhone 6 Plus 64GB w/ telus (it's locked to them, I'd rather not pay the $50 to unlock to be honest.

My contract is up March 2017. So when that happens, I'd like to stay with them. I currently pay $79.10 every month for my plan (which is sufficient in terms of day time minutes, visual voicemail, 10 fav numbers that don't go against my minutes at all, so in reality I use like 30-40 minutes per month out of 200...

The data though, I have 2GB and this is where I'm paying much more than I should for a phone I'm guessing. I really only view emails/browse RFD and a couple other sites so I don't think I need any more than 500MB. Any video watching I do is over WiFi and never over the data connection.

So, any suggestions? I'd like to stick to around $35-$45 per month, give or take a couple dollars... I have no plans at all to update to a newer phone in the next few years anyways.
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Amourek wrote: Public Mobile. $38 for 2GB/mo (unlimited local mins, 6GB, 90-day plan for $120 minus $6 autopay bonus).
Is that $38+ taxes and random fees or $38 all in? Does that include VM, unlimited texting, etc?

Seems pretty reasonable but how is their service? Good reception? I do make the odd long distance call to my cousin but that's about it for LD, do they have one of those "add 5 numbers" white lists and if you call them it's never counted as LD or minutes all over Canada?
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XtremeModder wrote:
Is that $38+ taxes and random fees or $38 all in? Does that include VM, unlimited texting, etc?

Seems pretty reasonable but how is their service? Good reception? I do make the odd long distance call to my cousin but that's about it for LD, do they have one of those "add 5 numbers" white lists and if you call them it's never counted as LD or minutes all over Canada?
Tax not included. No fees but it is pre-paid so you gotta pay up front. VM, CD, unlimited texting included. Uses Telus' network so the coverage should be the same as what you have now. Canada-wide calling is an extra $5/mo or you can buy CAN/USA LD boosters for $8/$15 200/400 mins as you need them.
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How long will it take to make up the $50 unlock fee in savings? What about selling the phone when you upgrade, are you seriously considering selling a locked iPhone (terrible loss of value)? Pay the unlock fee and go Fido $40 plan is my suggestion (check hot deals for more info on it).
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elwebmaster wrote: How long will it take to make up the $50 unlock fee in savings? What about selling the phone when you upgrade, are you seriously considering selling a locked iPhone (terrible loss of value)? Pay the unlock fee and go Fido $40 plan is my suggestion (check hot deals for more info on it).
Will look into that plan
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Apr 17, 2014
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Consider Fido 3 gig data only tablet plan and use Voip for calling. It's $15.

If not google Koodo Manitoba plan.
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The $50 you spend unlocking will increase the value of the phone by a sum greater than $50 in the resale market.
You open up your potential client base from TELUS/Koodo users to everyone in the world.
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You may not have to unlock but not sure about iPhones specifically. If you go with PM it's on Telus network. So everything should be the same in terms of reception that you have now.

I've been using them for a month and have already gotten 8 people I know to switch over to them.
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ellisd wrote: You may not have to unlock but not sure about iPhones specifically. If you go with PM it's on Telus network. So everything should be the same in terms of reception that you have now.

I've been using them for a month and have already gotten 8 people I know to switch over to them.
What is PM?
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XtremeModder wrote:
ellisd wrote: You may not have to unlock but not sure about iPhones specifically. If you go with PM it's on Telus network. So everything should be the same in terms of reception that you have now.

I've been using them for a month and have already gotten 8 people I know to switch over to them.
What is PM?
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XtremeModder wrote:
ellisd wrote: You may not have to unlock but not sure about iPhones specifically. If you go with PM it's on Telus network. So everything should be the same in terms of reception that you have now.

I've been using them for a month and have already gotten 8 people I know to switch over to them.
What is PM?
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XtremeModder wrote:
ellisd wrote: You may not have to unlock but not sure about iPhones specifically. If you go with PM it's on Telus network. So everything should be the same in terms of reception that you have now.

I've been using them for a month and have already gotten 8 people I know to switch over to them.
What is PM?
Sent you a private message with tons of information on Public Mobile and how to get setup with them. The only thing I neglected to mention was that there is absolutely no possibility of roaming with Public Mobile. Although you will be able to text to many countries around the world (included with the unlimited international text option) your Public Mobile SIM will absolutely only work in Canada. They currently do not offer any roaming options. So if you travel to the US you would need to use a separate service like roam mobility or something.. Or just only use the phone on wifi in the US and use something like google hangouts or fongo.
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Wait for a promo and go with Koodo. The last promo was $50, you get double data (2 Gigs) and 500 cans Canada wide minutes and unlimited international SMS

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