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why is Koodo better than Fido and Virgin?


I was referring someone to Koodo, but they pointed out that Fido and Virgin currently have the same offers- 1GB +2GB for $65.  Anyone have some good points I can make that would show that Koodo is the better choice?
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If you refer your friend to Koodo you both get $50. That's a big enough bonus for me right there.
Make sure you refer them before the sign up for their account.
https://referafriend.koodomobile.com/public/home.pg
yup!  got that one.....anything else?  better coverage? better reception?  or are they all about the same?
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ns wrote:

yup!  got that one.....anything else?  better coverage? better reception?  or are ...

Virgin will be on the same network as Koodo. Fido will be on the Rogers network. There may be localized differences between the two networks.

The three carriers are sufficiently competitive that there are usually only small differences between their product offerings. 
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yup!  got that one.....anything else?  better coverage? better reception?  or are ...

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ns wrote:

yup!  got that one.....anything else?  better coverage? better reception?  or are ...

Virgin will use the same network as Koodo? Wasn't Virgin owned by Bell?
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ns wrote:

yup!  got that one.....anything else?  better coverage? better reception?  or are ...

Virgin is owned by Bell.  But Bell and Telus have a network share agreement
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ns wrote:

yup!  got that one.....anything else?  better coverage? better reception?  or are ...

This awesome community 😉?
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You could sign up with all three and write up a comparison (best to use the same model phone on all three networks to truly compare).
Koodo leverages most awesome refer a friend credits and activation credits, plus after the tab is paid off, the tab portion drops from the line. This tab deal is great if you plan on subsidizing a phone short term (3-5 months) because the buy-out will be cheaper than with other carriers or long term (over 2 years) because after 2 years, you'll only pay the base plan, the tab will drop off.
Fido's refer a friend promo is not as awesome, however they have other Rogers features such as caller ID name display, and Video over LTE.
Virgin mobile scrapped their refer a friend program. They offer member benefits, which may save you some money if you shop a lot at shopping malls, you might save a bit through their partners. Even still, won't help you any at the grocery store or gas station, otherwise everyone would be with Virgin.
Both Virgin and Fido offer 10% off on additional lines for multi-line accounts, Koodo does not.
Different flavours, but the bulk of it overlaps.
Thanks for all the info.

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I dunno if this is still happening anymore, but in the past, my experience with Virgin and Fido are that if you want to upgrade your phone (even if you pay the full retail price), you are forced to update to a current plan.

With Koodo you can keep your grandfathered plan and at worse, only upgrade with a Tab S
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Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't taking advantage of that, Fido has better retention plans (does Koodo have retention plans at all?). They have online customer service chat, and customer service is included in the price of the rate plan whereas Koodo's customer service costs extra. Fido also has name display.
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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

@Not Jean-Pierre Blais: we do not talk about such "bug" on this forum. Please don't speak of such things on this forum (there are other webspaces to entertain such topics).
Let's just be happy that Koodo loves Quebec.
YMMV, but I heard Koodo has loyalty plans starting at 1GB data. That could change anytime.
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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

How good are the retention plans at Fido?  Koodo does not have retention plans.  But Grandfathered plans with Koodo are usually better than getting a retention plan

I do like that Fido has 2G to fall back on.

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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

A few years ago, some jealous person even posted the instructions to get that plan on here. lol Also, Koodo doesn't love Quebec. ROBELUS has competition in Quebec.
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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

Let's say you have the $60 3GB plan grandfathered now. How is that better than a $50 4GB retention plan? 2G isn't useful when BELUS 3G network covers basically all Canadians.
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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

That's why the 2G is something to fall back on and not the main network for Rogers.

Grandfathered plan from 2 years ago (since a retention plan would be warranted after your 2 year term) 
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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

Why would you need to fall back to a previous generation network when your next generation network is as large as / larger than that? According to Wikipedia and some other questionable sources, all Rogers towers now have 3G, and 2G will be no longer in 2018. If Koodo could catch up to the times and launch VoLTE, 3G would be your fall back option.
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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

Sometimes when you have a poor connection, a 2G connection is better than no connection for calls and text.  Otherwise Rogers could just shut down their 2G network.

An example would be at my IKEA in the lower level.  I get no signal, but my friend on Rogers gets 2G

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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

Agreed, I'll take 2G over no network.
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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

Well, they are going to shut it down because it is mostly useless now.
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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

I won't say mostly useless. Most dual-sim phones 2015 and older only support 2G in the 2nd sim slot. Since you can't get dual-sim phones on subsidy with Canadian carriers, many dual-sim phone users may be reluctant to upgrade their phones, meaning they're relying on that 2G connection for a spare talk & text, even if it's on a roaming SIM.
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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

I hear rumours of a 2018 shutdown.  But nothing to confirm this
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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

If they drop 2G it is a good news for a competition. I know some people staying with Rogers/chatr because of the acess to 2G.
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Not Jean-Pierre Blais wrote:

Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't ta...

I know some people who still prefer to rent physical media for movies. Hasn't really saved the brick and mortar rental industry. There's no good reason to keep 2G alive.
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ns actually it is a good question to ask. I thought that after Telus bought  Public Mobile, Rogers took over Mobilicity, Bell acquired Virgin and Shaw bought Wind something formally known in Canada as mobile competition is over.  Maybe I was wrong after all. There is still something to choose in between what is left or rather always dominated Canadian mobile landscape.

In my opinion and from my experience they have created illusion that they compete with each other with an exception for their sub brands. It is a give and take situation.  You get something here and loose something there. You gain this but have to pay for that and so on. Their marketing people are very busy now a days indeed.

I see this endless movement of mobile users going from one company to another and back again and on the move again looking for greener pastures like African Beasts or Arabian Nomads.

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