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I'm looking at getting a phone, but my credit score is bad. My friend told me Koodo is likely the best option for my problem. Is it possible to get a phone without having to pay for it ? I do have a full time job and I'm working on improving my credit score.

I have had a phone before, but lost it and the company tried giving me the run around about buying a new phone... I didn't and haven't had one ever since.
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When I started with Koodo I had less than stellar credit.

Koodo put me on their spending cap program and gave me a phone and a postpaid account. I made sure never to miss a payment and now I'm off the program and I have two lines. My credit is still toilet fodder but it's great at Koodo.

Try it. Koodo is willing to give second chances. If it doesn't work out there is always prepaid.
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Thanks for your help Chad. I'll grin and bare it and go into a Koodo store and see what they tell me..

I'm not expecting to get the latest phone or the best phone of the market, just a phone. (not flip phone. Too many memories of HS, :)

Just one question. What's a cap program ?
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Good luck, Jake! Since you did not specify a particular phone, whatever you do, do NOT get the Galaxy Ace II X!!

If you go for entry-level devices, go with the proven Moto G, or the nice BlackBerry Q5 or the all-new Nokia Lumia 635.

But avoid the Ace II X!! You'll thank us later ;)
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Just noticed its not in the lineup anymore!
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Since when?

Did they finally clear out the warehouse?
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I mentioned it just in case the location he'll visit would have some in stock.... DO NOT get the Ace2X :oP
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Okay so two things.

You can apply online tonight if you want. No need to goto a store.

The spending cap program works like this; you total of billed and unbilled charges can never exceed 200$. If they do, your service will be suspended until you make a payment. Also you CAN NOT be late or miss a payments or your service will be suspended.
More information about it here: http://help.koodomobile.com/my-bill/s...

Kinda a stop gap measure.

Now want some more good news?
Koodo has a lineup of devices that, although they seem inexpensive, they are not "cheap". There has been a trend to provide high performance devices at a low cost to the consumer. Powerhouses like the Moto G and the Nokia Lumia 635 are available at 150$ (no cost on tab small). Even the Blackberry Q5 is 150$. So there is plenty of choice no matter what your budget

Good luck
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I'll be the third to vouch for either of those three phones. You won't be disappointed.

And to you as a first time smartphone buyer, here's my basic input regarding all three:

Moto G: best screen of the three, 8 GB storage (non-expandable)

Nokia Lumia 635: also 8 GB internal memory but this one is expandable (micro SD cards up to 128 GB), free worldwide offline GPS navigation, free offline music mix listening (limited to 4 offline mixes at a time and 6 song skips per hour without a premium account)

BlackBerry Q5: physical keyboard, excellent communication device (nobody integrates messaging like BlackBerry)

I'd also encourage you to go to the store and see if you can interact with all three phones and see what appeals to you. If you go with what you like versus what the associate tells you you'll like, you'll be more likely to stay happy with your choice down the line.
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Also, don't fall for those "gift cards" they give out with selected phones... $50 or $100 isn't worth it if you spend the following 24 months regretting your purchase. Choose what you like, as Ivan said, and you'll have a much more enjoyable experience!
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Thank-you to everyone who helped out. I looked online and the Moto G seems to be a good phone or the Nokia Lumia 635.

Just one more quick question. For someone who will be checking Twitter a few times a day and maybe instagram, would data plan would be the best for me ?

Thanks again for everyone's help. :)
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Every plan has some access to data (except prepaid where it's optional) . So that will be something to consider when you're looking at the plans. You can always change your plan once per billing cycle if you see your current plan won't be good enough.

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