Given a choice between plans with subsidized phones and Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) plans, you’ll find that the BYOP plans are more economical. However, in recent times, the three big carriers are now offering higher prices on their BYO/No Tab plans.
As a result, the BYO plans are now comparable with their "Lite" or "Non-Premium" phones available on contract. One of the biggest positives about the BYO plan is that you won’t need to enter into long-term contracts like for 2 years. You can work with them on a monthly basis and opt out when you feel you’re getting a better deal elsewhere.
Choosing the best plan with depend largely on the location where you live. While most plans in the country are similar, operators in Saskatchewan (SK), Quebec (QC), and Manitoba (MB) may have different pricing and service structures because they provide coverage in these locations only.
For more information on choosing the best plan, check out the CompareMyRates website. Add your location in the bar above, hit the “Search” button, and you’ll get a complete list of options so you can make an informed choice.
Things to Note
Economical with rates at $30 per month for 2GB data with 3G HSPA+ speeds, ideal for users that prefer low prices and large data amounts but without extensive coverage and speed.
No 4G LTE - Services like Virgin, Koodo and Fido are faster
Offers 4G LTE, operates mainly in Quebec and Ontario, economical and ideal for users that don’t travel a lot.
Limited coverage, providers like Virgin, Koodo, and Fido have larger coverage
Offers 6GB of data at 3G speeds, ideal for users with larger data requirement
Does not offer 4G LTE
Virgin Mobile, Koodo Mobile, and Fido
All three services offer almost the same amount of talk time and texts
Variable activation fee of $4.99, $5 and $10, respectively, owned by different network companies
Keep in mind that Bell owns Virgin and the service operates on the Bell network. Similarly, TELUS owns Koodo and Rogers is the parent company of Fido. Accordingly, each company provides services in the areas where their owners operate.
Factor in this feature when making your choice from the three carriers so you can choose the one that has the best coverage in the area where you live, work, and travel frequently. You could also check for their performances from friends and family members living in their covered locations.
The next requirement out of your cell phone plan is the data you need to go with it. Most 2GB plans should be sufficient and as long as you keep a watch on the amount of data you’re consuming, you should be able to remain within the limit assigned to you.
In 2GB, you can comfortably stream music (not too much) surf the internet, stay updated on social media pages when on the move, play online games, and once in a while, watch one or two videos. Here are the options you have.
Things to Note
Efficient services for 2GB plans
6GB data at 3G speeds, users can comfortably use the internet without worrying about using up the data
Does not carry 4G LTE so streaming music and videos will drag a little
4G LTE service with fast speeds for quick music and video streaming, and surfing the internet
More expensive than Freedom Mobile but ideal for users who need fast speed internet services
Virgin Mobile, Koodo, and Fido
Offer similar plans
Carry activation fees of $4.99, $5, and $10, respectively
Do keep the ownership and coverage factors in mind when making your choice. Bell owns Virgin Mobile, TELUS owns Koodo, and Rogers owns Fido.
Users who need high amounts of data or those who share their data plans might want to opt for the 5GB and higher data slabs.
Should you opt for 5GB, you can stream all the music and videos you want, watch YouTube videos, make Skype calls, upload pictures and images, and update your social media pages without worrying about running out of data. Here are the comparable plans:
Things to Note
$45 for the 5GB plan, typically you’ll end up paying $39 because of the regular promotions the company offers
Speeds are slower
Reasonably priced with 4G LTE plan
Has limited coverage
4G LTE plan offering coverage in many areas in eastern and western regions of the country
Restricts to HSPA+ in Saskatchewan, has even slower services in Manitoba
Virgin Mobile and Koodo
Almost similar 5GB plans
Both companies charge activation fees