Upgrading phones: how does it change my plan?

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I have a cheap little plan for our son: 25/month for no data, 100 minutes of calling, and unlimited messaging.  I would like to upgrade the phone from an LG to an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8.  I clearly think we do not have an extra large tab....  What will this actually cost me?
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Dinh, Mobile Master

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Hi Nocole,
You will have to change your current plan to a much expensive rate plan (70+plus if you are not in QC) to be eligible for a Tab Large. So it will cost you roughly $70 (or more) + 21(tab large) + tax each month
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If you want to retain a plan like that, you will be better to buy the phone outright, even if from Apple.
To get a subsidy, there has to be sufficient profit in the plan for Koodo.
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Is there an iPhone that I could possibly switch him to that wouldn't be quite as crazy a cost?  He has an LG G4, so I would want something as good or better if possible.

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The iPhone SE is Apple’s least expensive model. It is a premium brand, with support to match, and commands a top dollar price in the market.
https://www.apple.com/ca/shop/buy-iph...
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It would be nuts to sign on to an expensive tab plan with lots of currently unused features over a few years just to delude yourself that you're saving big on the phone.

Would probably result in their ratcheting up use and getting addicted to what would be an obese plan. Besides, buying for a son or daughter, you have only a limited idea of what might be right for them a few years down the road. And kids can sometimes break or lose a bright shiny thing.

You will not find your current plan offered anywhere now. If it fits, keep it, and find a nice refurb iPhone from Koodo or a reputable seller.
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I bought an iPhone SE for my mother in law, I think it was about $500, and I signed her up on Koodo for a prepaid plan instead of monthly.  It's $15 a month, auto top up gives me 10% bonus ($1.50 added to my account every month), unlimited texting included, and then I purchase the talk booster, $30 for 600 minutes, whenever she needs it.  She doesn't use talk very much so I don't have to buy it very often.  I can usually use the 10% bonus money they have put in my account to buy the talk booster.  This works out much cheaper than monthly plans and having a tab.
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In a parent/child situation, prepaid is also a good way to develop responsibility on the part of the user. Once the bucket is empty, it's empty.. doesn't develop into overage pricing.
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I have to say, I really like the pre-paid plan, especially if you don't need data.  I did forget to mention that I bought the phone outright from Apple, it was a little cheaper, I just had to buy a $10 SIM card from Koodo and then sign up for prepaid.  They also now offer roaming add-ons for the prepaid plans that they didn't have available before.  When my MIL went to Florida, I paid $40 for 250 minutes talk and 1000 texts, she didn't use it all but the balance remains on her account until she travels again and uses it up.
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To get any phone on a tab from Koodo you will need to change your current plan. If you want to keep the plan then you will have to buy the phone outright from Koodo or another retailer.