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40GB Canada/US data – $68 (ongoing)

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40GB Canada/US data – $68 (ongoing)

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I'm not sure if this is interesting to anyone else, but Swiss telecom Sunrise Mobile has a plan that caught my eye, if you can manage to get your hands on a SIM card. It's really only practical for people who only care about data — for example, people with a tablet or who use a VoIP number for calls and texts.

They have a plan called Mobile Start Young (all their English-language plan names seem to be rather awkwardly translated) for under-30s at CHF20. That plan itself doesn't include anything interesting on this side of the pond, but what makes it notable is the Travel Unlimited US & Canada add-on, which (when you buy for a year) is CHF30. In total, that's CHF50, or about $68.

After the 40GB of LTE, download speeds are throttled to 256Kbps. Canada/U.S. calling and texting is included, though you'd probably use it for outgoing only, since you'd of course have a Swiss number. (If you have friends with int'l SMS included, e.g. on Fido/Public/Virgin, that'd be free for you both). As far as I can tell, Sunrise seem to have roaming partnerships with Bell and Telus so it's likely that, if your device supports manual network selection, you'd be able to choose between the two. Otherwise, you'd connect to the stronger signal.

On the slightly off-chance you happen to be a Swiss citizen who has started a Swiss-registered business in the last 12 months, you get 50% off your first 12 months of service, bringing the cost down to CHF25 ($34). Whilst not exactly probable that many of us qualify, on a sort of pædantic note, it's probably the cheapest way to get that much data in Canada that's not technically against the terms of service (e.g. using AT&T/Cricket in Canada indefinitely).

Again, this is all a pretty niche use-case scenario, but may interest some nonetheless.
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I have something similar with Free.fr : 25Gb for 20Euros (about 30$CAD). Works in all European countries and lots of the Caribbean and South America too.

Again, the hard part is getting the SIM card, but I think it's a better deal.

https://mobile.free.fr/
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Kynax wrote: I have something similar with Free.fr : 25Gb for 20Euros (about 30$CAD). Works in all European countries and lots of the Caribbean and South America too.

Again, the hard part is getting the SIM card, but I think it's a better deal.

https://mobile.free.fr/
I think so, too. Do you happen to know if the internet is throttled after the 25GB or simply cut off? Also, how long have you been using it in Canada? I wonder if they allow permanent roaming in practice.
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thejackson5 wrote: I think so, too. Do you happen to know if the internet is throttled after the 25GB or simply cut off? Also, how long have you been using it in Canada? I wonder if they allow permanent roaming in practice.
I'm not sure what happens after the 25Gb. I'm thinking they charge you by the Mb but I'm not sure.

I've been using it for a few years without issue. With work from home I haven't been using a lot of data lately, but before that I had some months were i used almost all of it.
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Thanks OP. There is also the Fonus deal (discussed extensively here on RFD) which offers 20GB/month data for USD$30, with unlimited 512kbps slow data after 20GB. Much easier to get a SIM, but no native voice calls or SMS (must use apps, VOIP, etc.)
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Kynax wrote: I have something similar with Free.fr : 25Gb for 20Euros (about 30$CAD). Works in all European countries and lots of the Caribbean and South America too.

Again, the hard part is getting the SIM card, but I think it's a better deal.

https://mobile.free.fr/
Lol did i just read they offer 150gb locally ?
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Kynax wrote: I'm not sure what happens after the 25Gb. I'm thinking they charge you by the Mb but I'm not sure.
Ooph! Cutting off after 25GB is one thing, but charging by the Mb is a recipé for disaster, for me at least. I've had bad experiences in the past with accidentally going off WiFi and racking up large amounts of overage fees. Now that most everything here worth getting is unlimited, I'd like to not go back to those days if I can help it. I wonder if one can call to ask them to disable it?
ahoroba wrote: Thanks OP. There is also the Fonus deal (discussed extensively here on RFD) which offers 20GB/month data for USD$30, with unlimited 512kbps slow data after 20GB. Much easier to get a SIM, but no native voice calls or SMS (must use apps, VOIP, etc.)
Thanks for mentioning — I always forget about this option. For those who don't mind the inconvenience (I certainly wouldn't), I think it makes more sense to get two Fonus SIMs and simply swap them out. Especially for people with dual-SIM phones who have both SIMs at all times. You get the same amount of high-speed data, plus double the throttle speed, for cheaper. That's way better for me than being able to make traditional calls with a Swiss number as I use Google Voice anyway.
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brampton90 wrote: Lol did i just read they offer 150gb locally ?
Lol, very common in Europe.
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Kynax wrote: I have something similar with Free.fr : 25Gb for 20Euros (about 30$CAD). Works in all European countries and lots of the Caribbean and South America too.

Again, the hard part is getting the SIM card, but I think it's a better deal.

https://mobile.free.fr/
You need someone local in france to pick up the sim ?
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thejackson5 wrote: [...]I think it makes more sense to get two Fonus SIMs and simply swap them out. Especially for people with dual-SIM phones who have both SIMs at all times. You get the same amount of high-speed data, plus double the throttle speed, for cheaper[...]
You are correct, except that USD$60 (for two Fonus plans) is not cheaper than CAD$68, it's a bit more actually...
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brampton90 wrote: You need someone local in france to pick up the sim ?
Much more than that: you need some local French friend/relative to subscribe, activate the SIM and pay monthly on your behalf. It's not a prepaid SIM, it's a monthly plan subscription (no long term contract but impossible for a foreigner to sign up, even if visiting France).
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ahoroba wrote: Much more than that: you need some local French friend/relative to subscribe and pay monthly on your behalf. It's not a prepaid SIM, it's a monthly plan subscription (no long term contract but impossible for a foreigner to sign up, even if visiting France).
Not true, I'm paying for my contract via my Canadian credit card. It gets charged in Euros.
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Kynax wrote: Not true, I'm paying for my contract via my Canadian credit card. It gets charged in Euros.
You posted a blanket "not true" in reply to my post, but only the part that "someone has to pay on your behalf" is not true. Other than that, I bet that you still had to use the credentials of a French resident (address, place of birth) to get this plan, based on my rusty French translation skills (I actually tried to sign up to this plan online from Canada, but got stumped at all those local residency requirements).
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Seriously, Canada is at least 5 years behind the rest of the world when it comes to offering competitive mobile data services.

The fact that we have to look across the pond (or south of the border) for phone plan deals should speak volume to the lack of good options here locally.
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brampton90 wrote: You need someone local in france to pick up the sim ?
We need to send an RFD mole to France apparently.
I would sign up for this lol.
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Kaminakun wrote: Seriously, Canada is at least 5 years behind the rest of the world when it comes to offering competitive mobile data services.

The fact that we have to look across the pond (or south of the border) for phone plan deals should speak volume to the lack of good options here locally.
5 years? I'm thinking more like a decade to 2 decades behind. It's all thanks to the great oligopoly.
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Can I ask, does anyone using this or the free.fr service know if you get throttled in Canada?
I've been using an AT&T MX SIM for the past year and while I do get access, it is spotty and unreliable for high bandwidth mobile browsing, which makes me think it's being throttled.

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