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Setup iPhone dual sim (Fido and Lucky/Public)

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May 4, 2004
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Setup iPhone dual sim (Fido and Lucky/Public)

I called Fido to cancel a table data plan that ended and they offered me 2 years 3gb data for free. I got the plan for the cheap android tablet and have no need to maintain a tablet plan. What I would like to do is setup dual sim on my iPhone XR. Lower my current cell phone plan to voice/text only and use the Fido plan for data. Has anyone done this before? Would Fido allow this?

I use Virgin for my cell phone now and am thinking switching to Public or Lucky would save the most money for voice/text. I know their data speeds are 3G but that won't matter since I'll be using Fido for LTE. Would it matter which is regular SIM and which is eSIM? I'm thinking that keeping Fido on a regular SIM would raise fewer flags. Since I'd be a new Public or Lucky customer, having that on eSIM would just be part of the new customer sign up.
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May 8, 2001
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Only Lucky offers esim in the lucky vs public decision. Fido offers esim too but as you mentioned may cause issues since the rep may say the iPhone is definitely not a tablet when esim is issued.
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Mar 10, 2009
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I was told by 3 different Fido reps that eSim only works with talk/text/data plans.

If you going with the duel sim route with your iPhone Xr. Have the Fido Tablet sim in the sim tray, get eSim for your voice/text portion
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May 29, 2017
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It makes no difference what SIM you use on what slot (Physical or eSIM). It just depends on you, where you want it / your convenience.

For me Since I don't need to ever remove my Fido Tablet plan, I keep it on eSIM. I would need to remove my main line if I travel outside of North America as I would like to use a local SIM, so I choose to put that on main SIM....but again its all up to you, don't go based on my reasons.

Public Mobile doesn't support eSIM, I think Chatr is in the same club

Virgin / Koodo / Lucky / Bell / Fido / are the only 2nd tier networks that do support eSIM....along with Freedom / Rogers / Bell / Telus.

betsumei wrote: I called Fido to cancel a table data plan that ended and they offered me 2 years 3gb data for free. I got the plan for the cheap android tablet and have no need to maintain a tablet plan. What I would like to do is setup dual sim on my iPhone XR. Lower my current cell phone plan to voice/text only and use the Fido plan for data. Has anyone done this before? Would Fido allow this?

I use Virgin for my cell phone now and am thinking switching to Public or Lucky would save the most money for voice/text. I know their data speeds are 3G but that won't matter since I'll be using Fido for LTE. Would it matter which is regular SIM and which is eSIM? I'm thinking that keeping Fido on a regular SIM would raise fewer flags. Since I'd be a new Public or Lucky customer, having that on eSIM would just be part of the new customer sign up.

This is False 100%, Fido Tablet plan can be had with eSIM...I've got it running on my eSIM on my iPhone.....I changed to eSIM at a official Fido Kiosk. Other thing you can do is just buy the eSIM voucher / card and do the SIM swap online.
win-star wrote: I was told by 3 different Fido reps that eSim only works with talk/text/data plans.

If you going with the duel sim route with your iPhone Xr. Have the Fido Tablet sim in the sim tray, get eSim for your voice/text portion
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Jun 16, 2017
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@betsumei i am planning to do the same. I have a free 4gb tablet plan with Fido with 16 months remaining. My primary plan is also with Fido and includes 5gb. Since i never use the tablet away from home, im not using any of the 4gb, so im ditching Fido phone plan in favour of Freedom's 99/yr t&t. I have a dual sim phone so will put both freedom and fido sims in my phone, will save about 35/mo.
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Dec 10, 2020
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CraigB806782 wrote: @[betsumei] i am planning to do the same. I have a free 4gb tablet plan with Fido with 16 months remaining. My primary plan is also with Fido and includes 5gb. Since i never use the tablet away from home, im not using any of the 4gb, so im ditching Fido phone plan in favour of Freedom's 99/yr t&t. I have a dual sim phone so will put both freedom and fido sims in my phone, will save about 35/mo.
I would like to do same thing. Did you make the dual-SIM working successful with Freedom talk and FIDO data? However I called Fido and get feedback if I port my number to other ISP like Freedom, that is possiable to ruin mine 2 yrs FIDO 4gb tablet plan, although it is carried by the other SIM#. I knew that 7 month ago topic, any suggestion would be help. Thanks.
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Jun 16, 2017
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At first they told me I would lose the free tablet deal, then I went over the actual written agreements and couldn't find anything to confirm this, so I asked again (on messenger, so I have it in writing) and they confirmed that my zero dollar tablet plan would not be effected. So it's been a great success, still have 10 months left on the free data SIM and freedom has been excellent. Even after my free data ends, I believe that my plan will continue at $15 per month which is great. So at that point my overall cost for 4gb plus T&T will be $280 per year. The only negative is I no longer get MMS (I receive the message that indicates file to be downloaded, so I just message them back and tell them to send via WhatsApp)
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Apr 19, 2014
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I have 2 tablet plans AND no phone (voice/data) plans.

I would just port out the FIDO phone plan to Freedom. Make sure Freedom activates an eSIM (I'm assuming they offer eSIM) on your iPhone.

In the physical SIM slot, insert your tablet plan SIM.

VOILA!

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