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Where do you get info on plans?

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Where do you get info on plans?

My father is buying his first mobile phone, although he is unsure of what he wants. [Probably needs 2-300 minutes + 2-4 GB month]

Given the confusing array of mobile phone plans, is there a website that lists and compares them? Or are you supposed to go to 3-4 providers and look at all their plans?
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I'd say he's willing to go up to $45/mo. Preferably less.

He's mainly going to be using it to check e-mail, social media, restaraunt web offers, and traffic directions. You know, suburban stuff. He's not using it professionally.

So he'll have data needs to communicate with his friends, and get websites, but nothing like heavy video streaming or anything like that.

And I guess this is not the greatest time to buy a phone. Will some of the (former) flagship prices come down in March? He probably only really needs a Moto G5 Plus, though.
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$45/month with a subsized phone, or he's going to bring his own phone that he will buy somewhere?

What province?
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The_Guy222 wrote: My father is buying his first mobile phone, although he is unsure of what he wants. [Probably needs 2-300 minutes + 2-4 GB month]

Given the confusing array of mobile phone plans, is there a website that lists and compares them? Or are you supposed to go to 3-4 providers and look at all their plans?
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The $40 plan from Chatr.

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The_Guy222 wrote: My father is buying his first mobile phone, although he is unsure of what he wants. [Probably needs 2-300 minutes + 2-4 GB month]

Given the confusing array of mobile phone plans, is there a website that lists and compares them? Or are you supposed to go to 3-4 providers and look at all their plans?
You asked "Where do you get info on plans?", there is this whistleout.ca site that provide info on plans from all carriers where you can do comparisons instead of visiting each site individually, if that is what you are looking for. If not, visit the providers' site individually to get the info you are looking for. I've seen the whistleout.ca site but have never used it to select a plan so I can't tell if the info from that site is accurate or otherwise.

https://www.whistleout.ca/
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The_Guy222 wrote: My father is buying his first mobile phone, although he is unsure of what he wants. [Probably needs 2-300 minutes + 2-4 GB month]

Given the confusing array of mobile phone plans, is there a website that lists and compares them? Or are you supposed to go to 3-4 providers and look at all their plans?
Gee wrote: Look at Zoomer.

They usually have a $40 plan with 2 gigs of data

https://forums.redflagdeals.com/zoomer- ... 0-2139556/
+1 for Zoomer.

$36/month for 2gb, 400 daytime minutes and unlimited evenings and weekends. Must take a 2 year contract and a subsidized phone for this promo price and it is not advertised on their website. After 6 months, if he finds 2gb isn't enough, he can switch to the 4gb $45 Loyalty Plan w/unlimited talk/text.
Koodo: $60/10GB
Zoomer: $45 4GB LTE Loyalty Plan
OP of the Zoomer Wireless $36 2GB LTE Promo
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Thanks, everyone, for the website and the plan information. I think the Zoomer one isn't half-bad.

He doesn't have a phone yet, so he could go with a subsidized plan as proposed here. We're in Ontario.

I had a crazy idea, though. He likes my Redmi Note 3 Pro.

What if we bought him a Redmi 4A? It's nearly the same, right? We could put dual SIMs in and get a tablet data plan and a voice-only data plan, and they could come cheaper than many combined plans, right?
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PhonesGuy wrote: The $40 plan from Chatr.


Could you tell me what network Chatr is on? I am thinking of using an unlocked phone like a Redmi Note or a Motorola G5 Plus / E4 or something like that.
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The_Guy222 wrote: Could you tell me what network Chatr is on? I am thinking of using an unlocked phone like a Redmi Note or a Motorola G5 Plus / E4 or something like that.
Chatr is on Rogers network.
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The_Guy222 wrote: Thanks, everyone, for the website and the plan information. I think the Zoomer one isn't half-bad.

He doesn't have a phone yet, so he could go with a subsidized plan as proposed here. We're in Ontario.

I had a crazy idea, though. He likes my Redmi Note 3 Pro.

What if we bought him a Redmi 4A? It's nearly the same, right? We could put dual SIMs in and get a tablet data plan and a voice-only data plan, and they could come cheaper than many combined plans, right?
Depends on how many gigs of data they need, how many daytime minutes, and if they require unlimited text. If they don't need much talk/text, the 3gb for $15 with Fido is a good option if you use an app for your talk/text. If you decide to get a separate SIM for talk/text, this can still work out to be cheaper if the plan is $20 a month or less.

If not and 2gb and 400 daytime minutes work, Zoomer at $36/month is still your best option.
Koodo: $60/10GB
Zoomer: $45 4GB LTE Loyalty Plan
OP of the Zoomer Wireless $36 2GB LTE Promo
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If the man has never had a cellphone, I seriously doubt that he would use 200 - 300 minutes and 2 - 4 GB. I would expect him to use about one tenth of those numbers. Maybe if he has no home phone and no access to WIFI. Otherwise he will be spending a lot to fill a need he never had until now.
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My father is a heavily user of the landline, uses countless minutes per month. I don't expect him to transfer all of his activity to mobile (and hope he doesn't), but his needs are greater than the average person in terms of voice calling.

But if the suggested plans are overkill, is there one that's about 120-200 minutes, with about 500 Mb - 1 Gb? Something that can be purchased on a monthly basis as a trial?

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