Great new plans launched by the competitors

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Virgin mobile and Fido has just launched the 4GB $45 plan since Friday. Is Koodo going to do that soon or should I jump the ships? Seems like a very limited time offer and Koodo doesn't seem interested in bringing this plan to the tables.
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Posted 8 months ago

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Unfortunately promos come when they come so there is no saying wether Koodo will match something like this yet or not.
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I would jump ship.  Just make sure your phone is unlocked
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The story says that there's a high chance they will match it. That's what they always did.
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If it's available in my  province, then I would go for it.
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Public Mobile started the Promo before Fido and VM, and because PM is Telus, Koodo would not compete with it, if they wanted to match, they could give out just some retention plans for customer who wanted to jump ship. The PM promo was ended, I think.

The PM promo was actually for all provinces. You had to change plan to get it after you activated with PM. But that was $45 4GB unlimited province only (not canada-wide). This is not as good as the previous promo $38 4GB
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@Azure123

You have to remember, though that in order to maximize savings on PM you have to pay for 90 days in advance (no money back) and be on auto pay (mostly credit card). PM is divided now between 4G LTE Plans (more expensive) and chatr like 3G (cheaper) plans.

They have a good roaming add-ons to USA and data work Canada Wide.

No Call Centers. No Phone Numbers for latest plans.
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Well I know PM is Telus, but PM is not the same level competitor as Virgin/Fido. Its like you're comparing Koodo plans to Bell and Rogers. Anyways, thanks for the replies. I will see what the customer Service at koodo will do when I call, otherwise I think Virgin mobile is a good deal.
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However, Virgin and Fido created their offerings in response to the Public Mobile pricing. Koodo jumping on that bandwagon becomes very circular.
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Circular yes but usually the tiers of the carriers match each other regardless of what caused one of the three to start a deal. Time will tell I suppose. Koodo has once or twice chosen not to match Fido / Virgin.
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Agree, lately koodo hasn't been very active in matching or offering virgin/fido deals. If Virgin/Fido can lower their prices to compete with PM, I think koodo can too. PM would be similar to like chatr or freedom etc...  
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I didn't compare PM with Virgin, Koodo or Fido :). PM is prepaid without phone support and not for everyone, imo.
VM $45 4GB is for Alberta only, I think.
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province wide minutes and AB both work for me :)
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on Virgin, that $45 plan is PROVINCE-WIDE minutes only, not Canada-Wide.  It's $50 for Canada-wide.  It is only in Alberta as well
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province wide minutes and AB both work for me :)
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Province-wide will likely work for most Albertans because the major cities are a good distance from provincial borders. The Public Mobile deal will likely gain customers in GTA, Vancouver and Halifax. The deal is cold for those residing in border cities such as Ottawa/Gatineau or who call out of province frequently. Paying an additional $5 per month for nation-wide calling cripples the deal a bit.
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AB only deal, and it's a market dump. Public Mobile is offering it, now Bell/Rogers are competing in TELUS's home province AB to steal customers from TELUS/Koodo in TELUS's home province.

TELUS has a market advantage in AB as it's their home province (lower overall costs because all incubent fiber whether wireline or wireless is TELUS), and they're known to offer such province wide talk deals via Public Mobile to attract that last mile of customers who only go prepaid or will quickly jump ship over this kind of deal outside of SK/MB/QC.

This upsets Rogers and Bell who could potentially lose customers on their subsidiaries, and choose to only attack TELUS/Koodo/Public in AB, to hurt TELUS's margins.

Jump ship if you're in AB and you prefer to go with Virgin or Fido. Different advantages with different carriers.

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@titaniumtux

That is interesting. Bell suppose not to compete in Telus' Home Province and vice versa in Ontario.
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@Jan Hope doesn't seem to be any hard rule against it. Bell Mobility's HQ is in Mississauga, ON but BCE's HQ is in MTL, QC. QC's not considered a market dump in the short term, since it's a rat race to compete with Videotron (one could argue whether the big three run a market dump in SK/MB/QC but that'd best be saved for a separate thread). Last time Fido did the market dump in AB, Koodo responded with a market dump in ON, and Bell/Virgin didn't react AFAIK. It'd make no sense for Bell/Virgin to not react to Public Mobile's deal this time around. Looks like this time Koodo is sitting out. Maybe TELUS figures it's too much of a revenue loss to offer such a low price plan in ON compared to the few new activations they'll gain in return?