large tab plan + $10 too?

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so let me get this straight... a Large-Tab data plan is $15 more than the same plan without Tab.... do I then have to pay another $10 on top of that for the Tab (for a total of $25 more per month than the same no-tab plan)
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Yeah, basically.

You only take those plans if you're trying to get the cheapest in store price for a high-end phone like the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4 from Koodo. A lot of other customers share your sentiments about the Large Tab being too expensive... in the Canadian telecom market, we've grown very accustomed to highly subsidized phones so the Tab L was created to cater to that market.

If you go No Tab, then I'm assuming you're purchasing a phone for full price or maybe even bringing your own phone over. At that point you can either receive a 10% discount on your monthly rate plan (choose from the "normal" plans) but have a frozen Tab, or you can start earning 15% from your bill as positive Tab towards a new device right away.
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Jonathan, are you sure the 15% doesn't become 10% once the Tab reaches positive territory? That's what I've been led to believe...
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I'm actually not too sure about that too Topper. I'm still confused about this whole new different Tab thing and the extra fees, etc. I think you receive 10% rather than the 15% since you won't be paying the $10 fee anymore after it's positive.
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That's what I think too John, but I've heard both sides of the story on the forums. Since Jonathan does daily Koodo activations, I'll wait to see what he says. Or maybe a rep (Timo, TylerC), or even Ashley could chime in on this.
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As an agent myself, I can confirm that the Tab contribution does drop to 10% once the Tab reaches 0.
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Hey thanx Curtules! (and I did not know you were an agent). MykeC's answer below at the end of the thread says otherwise though. Final answer?
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thanks. Doing the math on a Galaxy S4 + 500MB plan, it is cheaper overall (24 months) to buy the phone up front and pay a 10% discounted no-tab plan, because on the 500MB plan there is no positive tab accumulated after 24 months. And it is still a couple hundred less than similar plans on Bell and Telus over the course of 24 months.
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Hmm.

Galaxy S4 with No Tab:

$675 up front + ($50 Canada-wide Data plan per your example - 10% No Tab discount x 24 months) = $1755 total dollars spent to Koodo.

Galaxy S4 on Tab Medium:

$375 upfront + ($50 plan + $5 Tab charge x 24 months) = $1695. Tab balance is wiped at this point.

You're saving $60 over 24 months by getting the S4 on Tab Medium (assuming the same plan for the same amount of time) AND you didn't have to shell out as much cash upon activation. How is No Tab cheaper?
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good point... I had not considered medium tab
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Medium Tab has proven to be the best value on these forums Calvin. Even if the difference is a couple dollars, it's still money in your pocket :) And everyone agrees: Tab Large is a terrible, terrible way to get a phone.
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Tab Large plans and the extra fee is honestly the most horrible option I have seen.
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^^ This man right there speaks the truth!
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Correct me if I'm wrong -- but does taking the Tab Large effectively lock the customer into that plan for the entire 24 months? (I'm basing that conclusion on a couple of FAQs from the Koodo website: Tabs cannot be paid off ahead of schedule, and whichever Tab level a person selects is the one they stay on until the tab is fully paid off.)

I dunno about anyone else, but that sounds like being locked in .... Maybe I'm just misunderstanding something here? Could someone clarify that for me please?
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Pat, a tab (any tab) is an indeterminate length contract that is guaranteed to be cleared in 24 months. You are never "locked in" in the sense that all you have to do to leave is to pay the remaining amount of your balance. That goes for Tab Small, Medium and Large, it doesn't matter which one.

An example. You get a Nexus4 on a Tab Medium on the $40 plan. The Nexus4 sells for $300, so you sign up and walk out the store with your new Nexus4. The sale price of the Nexus4 is all put onto your Tab Medium (you don't have to pay anything at the store), so from that point you technically owe Koodo $300. Now, that amount you owe Koodo gets lower every month. On Tab Medium, Koodo charges you $5 every month which goes directly towards lowering your Tab. And as an added bonus, they also throw in an amount (not charged to you) equivalent to 15% of your monthly bill, including overage fees. On that $40/month plan, 15% is $6. Combining your own contribution and Koodo's, your Tab shrinks by $11 every month, until it reaches zero OR 24 months. In this particular case, $11 times 24 months is $264, so not enough to cover your original purchase price of $300. But since Koodo has a 24 month payback guarantee, it simply wipes the remaining $36 and your Tab is reset to zero.

If at any point during those 24 months you need to leave Koodo, for whatever reason, all you have to do is pay the outstanding amount of your Tab. Let's say you do so at the 12th month mark. By the 12th month, your Tab has shrunk by $132 ($11 x 12 months). Since your original Tab was $300 (the Nexus4 price), you'd have to pay $168 to leave at the 12th month ($300 - $132 = $168).

This is how Tabs work!.
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You can get a refurbished phone from Telus, like the HTC One, for $450 and bring it to Koodo and get the discount. That changes the math considerably.
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Hey everyone, I'd like to clear up a bit of confusion.

Once the negative Tab is paid ($0 balance) Koodo continues the monthly 15% contributions up to a maximum of +$150. Only if a customer switches to the No Tab discount does the 15% switch to 10%. This information is directly from our Help File system.

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Thanks Myke!
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Well Myke, I just checked my Help File system and you're right.

Sorry everyone for the misinformation earlier, I never bothered checking my Help Files because the Tab contribution reverting to 10% was something that was stressed quite heavily when I was trained on the new Tab.
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Tsk, tsk, Curtules. Always use the help files :P
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Well, my trainer did say I could blame her if any information I have is incorrect.
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hahaha

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