New phone - old customer. Wondering about how to pick the best plan?

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I just received my new iPhone 5s.  I haven't activated it yet.  I am guessing I can't use my old sim card from my Samsung galaxy 3s and (from what I have read in this forum) can do all the activation hocus pocus in self serve (please correct me if I am wrong).  What about phone plans, do they get transferred automatically?  I keep reading "the old plans are better" but when I look at mine I can't really believe it.  There appears to be a couple different "sets" of plans available - almost the same but not quite.  I find this all very confusing.  Any advice about how to choose??
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Jru Gordon

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"all the activation hocus pocus"...reading that just made my day, thank you
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happy to oblige !:)
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What plan do you have? Do you have any add-on with it?
What is your usage like? 
If you can give us those info, then we should be able to give you better suggestions :) 
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I am on an old plan called SMS 50  @ $15/month- it no longer lists what it includes.  Addons are: CD, VM, unlimited text - $10, unlimited anytime minutes $10  equaling $45/mo total.  I currently do not have data but I may put a very limited amount on the new phone.  I use my phone as a phone not a computer.

You should know that the ONLY reason I upgraded my phone is because the reception in the new place I moved to is almost non-existent ( I have another conversation thread on this if you check it out) and I am hoping a new phone helps.  It is a stucco building and apparently there is a problem with this.  I am 2 km away from the nearest tower and it is a Rogers tower.
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Stucco buildings form a Faraday Cage, due to the wire mesh attached to the building to support the stucco. Changing phones is unlikely to fix the issue. I see four possible solutions.
  • An external antenna / booster
  • The use of a Bluetooth connected handset, where you can leave you cellphone in a window on a charger, and use the phone handset elsewhere in the house
  • the purchase of a Wireless Home Phone device & service, again placing the receiver in a location with strong signal
  • A landline.
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Kat, you might be in luck. Don't know your province of residence, but assuming you're not in SK/MB/QC, your better plan option would most likely be the 500 minutes, 500 MB data with unlimited texting for $40 per month. If you need the unlimited calling, $40 per month for unlimited talk, no data. If you need more, $50 for 1 GB data / 500 minutes, $55 per month 1GB data with unlimited talk.

For switching the service from the Galaxy S3 to the iPhone 5s, there are no goblins, dwarves, smurfs or wizards involved. However, the Galaxy S3 utilises a regular size sim card. The iPhone 5s (if I'm not mistaking) uses a nano sim. You can carve your sim card. If you've never done this before, you might prefer to move your line over to the new sim card (can be purchased for $10 at Koodo kiosks). New sim cards are all multi-size, so you can punch out the nano sim and pop it into your iPhone 5s.

Agreed with David. The newer phone might not be enough to get you better network signal.

Hope that helps.