options for changing a phone but keeping the same plan

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My daughter has an iphone 4.  The $25 monthly plan is good (200 canada-wide anytime minutes; unlimited calling evenings/weekends; unlimited international text). Tab is 0, and tab type is sim-only (not sure what that means).  


What are the options for upgrading if we want to stay with this good plan?

Can we buy a later model iphone (5 or 6) from a store and use it with this plan?

Would appreciate any advise; thank-you.

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Yes.
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If you want to buy an iPhone 6, or 6 plus, you should compare price between Koodo and Apple store. 

If you are good with an iPhone 5S, Koodo seems have a some Activation credit if you buy it on the "Tab".  

Either way, you can upgrade your phone and keep your plan.
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Hi Timo,

Thank you for your quick response.  I need more guidance if possible.  I don't have any experience with cell phones short of getting this iphone4 for my daughter about 3 years ago with Koodo. 

At the Koodo site, I see the iphone6 16GB is $774.  At the apple online site, this phone is $769.  The difference is only $5.  The apple site says that their unlocked phone will require a nano-sim card.  How much does a nano-sim card cost? 

Does the Koodo iphone6 16GB at $774 include a nano-sim card?

Would Koodo charge me anything extra to make this change, that is changing the plan and the phone# from the iphone4 to the iphone6?

Are there any advantages of buying the phone at Apple, or Best Buy, etc?    Aside from the possible price difference (which I am still not sure about), one advantage is that I could get the iphone6 with 64GB from Apple while it is not offered via Koodo.

Thanks again for any advise to my questions above.

Also, if you see that I have given thought to something important, please let me know.




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Sorry KW, I was comparing price between Koodo's i6s, i6s+ and Apple's i6,  i6+...
I had a long day today.  There are not much price different between them. 

You will need to buy a SIM card either way. It's $5 for monthly SIM.
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At the Koodo site, I see the iphone6 16GB is $774.  At the apple online site, this phone is $769.  The difference is only $5.  The apple site says that their unlocked phone will require a nano-sim card.  How much does a nano-sim card cost? 

   If you are prepared to buy the unlocked phone outright, go for it! It will retain better value into the future and will allow the phone to be used with SIM cards from any other supplier world-wide should your daughter travel. I recommend buying a phone with more that 16 GB of memory if possible, as it can't be expended in future.
 
Would Koodo charge me anything extra to make this change, that is changing the plan and the phone# from the iphone4 to the iphone6?

No. The new SIM card would have to be registered in Koodo self serve, and that is it. Your daughter will likely want to back up her phone in iTunes on a computer, then set up the new phone from there, to import all the apps and information on her current phone.

Are there any advantages of buying the phone at Apple, or Best Buy, etc?    Aside from the possible price difference (which I am still not sure about), one advantage is that I could get the iphone6 with 64GB from Apple while it is not offered via Koodo.

The additional advantage, beyond what you describe above, of buying from Apple, its that the phone would be carrier unlocked, and usable around the world with a locally purchased SIM card.


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Hi Mayumi and dfbutt,  thank you both for your responses.

It sounds like an unlocked phone from Apple is a good way to go.

Another community forum question suggests that one can buy a nano-sim card at a Koodo store or via online accessories.  I cannot seem to find accessories online.  Should I visit a Koodo location to get a "nano-sim card"?

Can you please help with the order of operations below ...

1.  buy phone from an Apple store

2.  buy nano-sim card from a Koodo location

3.  put the nano-sim card into the new phone

4.  via itunes, backup iphone4

5.  register new iphone in Koodo self-serve, via change phone "upgrade my current phone"
note:  I tried going to just the first screen of "change phone".  I did not press "start change" as I was nervous about messing things up, but I would like to know what the steps are.  Are there a lot of steps in the change procedure?

6.  via itunes, restore the iphone4 backup to the new iphone

Are steps 5 and 6 in the correct sequence?

Am I missing any steps?

Thanks again for your help.  KW
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You seems got it right. 
Koodo still doesn't offering to sell accessories online - I hope it will be available very soon.  So you have to get a SIM from Koodo store.

When you upgrade your phone/SIM: after you click "start change" > enter SIM number >  confirm > re start your phone. That's it  :)  Enjoy your phone

And if you have any question, comeback here any time.

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