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[Telus Mobility] Telus 4G LTE 5GB/$25 month

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Telus offers WiFi hotspot dongle that plugs into car's OBDII port. I don't care about the features that the dongle offers, and don't want Telus to track my driving habits, it's none of their business. However, the price offered is decent.

They offer a two-year contract that comes out at $25/month for 5GB of data. $0 activation fee if ordered online.

The dongle comes with what looks like a microSIM card. -

Can someone tell whether it wouldn't be possible to order this deal just for the purpose of using the SIM card in a phone to get 5GB for $25/month on Telus LTE network? I know about the 5GB/$20 on Rogers network deal, but this is Telus and works better in my area. If this works then I can say bye-bye to 10GB BYOD plan for $70 that Telus inflated me into. It will be good enough for me to have Public Mobile $10/month deal for phone calls.

If this is possible then I'd combine this plan together with Public Mobile $10 plan and would take it as a replacement for my 10GB BYOD Telus plan that they inflated to $70/month. I can't seem to find much info about this Telus dongle.
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Chances are they locked it to the IMEI of that vehicle tracking device, in order to prevent it from working in a regular phone or tablet.
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wait so how will you replace your plan with this? will you never leave your car? Or are you saying you can take the microsim from this and put it in your phone.

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I wonder if one could hack that and just allow it to power like a normal hotspot

Wouldn’t want Telus monitoring my driving habits
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The dongle comes with a SIM card. I have a dual-SIM phone. Idea is to use second SIM slot in my phone for data services. I know I can do it with my phone as I now have Fido data sim card in it alongside Telus.
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Anyway to find out whether this is the case without buying it?

The phone app Telus wants you to use it with this dongle includes a step of scanning IMEI barcode during the setup. I wonder if I can just substitute my phone's IMEI during this initial setup?
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Wait - you are looking to combine this with your PM plan.

$10 for PM plan - 50min/50 text
$25 for this plan - data only - 2 yr contract
Total $35 - and it may not even work if locked to car device

You are only $5 away from getting a full fledge plan from PM with 5GB, unlimited CdaWide talk, unlimited text, no contract. No dual SIM phone required

Not worth it in my books
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Pin 16 of the OBDII port is 12V, Pin 4 is ground. Highly doubt the device is gated by any of the other pins.

So you could just get this and wire it to a 12V battery.

Anyone wanna be a guinea pig?
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spotts01 wrote: Wait - you are looking to combine this with your PM plan.

$10 for PM plan - 50min/50 text
$25 for this plan - data only - 2 yr contract
Total $35 - and it may not even work if locked to car device

You are only $5 away from getting a full fledge plan from PM with 5GB, unlimited CdaWide talk, unlimited text, no contract. No dual SIM phone required

Not worth it in my books
5G at LTE? plus unlimited? where?

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er34er34 wrote: Pin 16 of the OBDII port is 12V, Pin 4 is ground. Highly doubt the device is gated by any of the other pins.

So you could just get this and wire it to a 12V battery.

Anyone wanna be a guinea pig?
It is absolutely easy to power a OBDII port externally. I have done it before. Nothing special whatsoever. But then you will have to carry a dongle and battery just to save $10~ per month? Might as well just get the Fido 3GB plan.
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er34er34 wrote: So you could just get this and wire it to a 12V battery.
I was thinking the same thing.
Anyone wanna be a guinea pig?
Not for 2 years I don't.
I'm hoping someone that actually needs something like this would be willing to test both pulling the SIM and wiring it up to a battery.
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It is a stand alone deal, and you are stuck with the dongle. It is pretty much a hot spot with a battery, you do not need it hooked up to your car to function. So $25 for 5 GB on the Bell/Telus network is not bad. Might be a $35 fee though.
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bridonca wrote: It is a stand alone deal, and you are stuck with the dongle. It is pretty much a hot spot with a battery, you do not need it hooked up to your car to function. So $25 for 5 GB on the Bell/Telus network is not bad. Might be a $35 fee though.
$20 on the Rogers network seems better and free calling their app

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freewheelin76 wrote: 5G at LTE? plus unlimited? where?
Damn, see that’s the issue. We already had $40/6GB (raised to $45) plans a couple of years ago from Fido on LTE with unlimited calling and now we get excited at the idea of getting 5GB for $40.

I can see 5GB for $35 being worth the effort if I know I won’t be going over the 5GB allotment. Otherwise it doesn’t add up. Plus there’s a contract involved. Con is that it’s a contract and if something better comes along in winter, you miss out. Pro is that you have price protection for two years.

The marketing folks from telus must be cringing while reading through this thread right now. Lol
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The gadget is a ZTE VM6200. Not sure if there is a battery in it.

EDIT: It does have an internal battery. Still a pain to get charged though.
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Why is this in "Hot Deals" when OP doesn't even know if this is a valid deal?

TELUS has historically locked IMEIs for similar services (wireless home phone), so there's a 90% chance there's no deal here.
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LarryLat wrote: The dongle comes with a SIM card. I have a dual-SIM phone. Idea is to use second SIM slot in my phone for data services. I know I can do it with my phone as I now have Fido data sim card in it alongside Telus.
I use a portable modem(ZTE rocket hub) from Telus. The sim I got from Telus is locked to the IMEI of the rocket hub. Chance is you can call in to blah blah blah and make them move it to your phone IMEI.
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Leverage wrote: Why is this in "Hot Deals" when OP doesn't even know if this is a valid deal?

TELUS has historically locked IMEIs for similar services (wireless home phone), so there's a 90% chance there's no deal here.
You are just not thinking of the possibilities. If this can be made into a portable hotspot, this could be useful.

I suspect Telus has a lot of these gadgets sitting in a warehouse, and they needed to attach a palatable plan to move them!

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