why is Koodo better than Fido and Virgin?

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I was referring someone to Koodo, but they pointed out that Fido and Virgin currently have the same offers- 1GB +2GB for $65.  Anyone have some good points I can make that would show that Koodo is the better choice?
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If you refer your friend to Koodo you both get $50. That's a big enough bonus for me right there.
Make sure you refer them before the sign up for their account.
https://referafriend.koodomobile.com/public/home.pg
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yup!  got that one.....anything else?  better coverage? better reception?  or are they all about the same?
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Virgin will be on the same network as Koodo. Fido will be on the Rogers network. There may be localized differences between the two networks.

The three carriers are sufficiently competitive that there are usually only small differences between their product offerings. 
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thnx
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Virgin will use the same network as Koodo? Wasn't Virgin owned by Bell?
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Virgin is owned by Bell.  But Bell and Telus have a network share agreement
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This awesome community ;)?
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You could sign up with all three and write up a comparison (best to use the same model phone on all three networks to truly compare).

Koodo leverages most awesome refer a friend credits and activation credits, plus after the tab is paid off, the tab portion drops from the line. This tab deal is great if you plan on subsidizing a phone short term (3-5 months) because the buy-out will be cheaper than with other carriers or long term (over 2 years) because after 2 years, you'll only pay the base plan, the tab will drop off.

Fido's refer a friend promo is not as awesome, however they have other Rogers features such as caller ID name display, and Video over LTE.

Virgin mobile scrapped their refer a friend program. They offer member benefits, which may save you some money if you shop a lot at shopping malls, you might save a bit through their partners. Even still, won't help you any at the grocery store or gas station, otherwise everyone would be with Virgin.

Both Virgin and Fido offer 10% off on additional lines for multi-line accounts, Koodo does not.

Different flavours, but the bulk of it overlaps.

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Thanks for all the info.
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I dunno if this is still happening anymore, but in the past, my experience with Virgin and Fido are that if you want to upgrade your phone (even if you pay the full retail price), you are forced to update to a current plan.

With Koodo you can keep your grandfathered plan and at worse, only upgrade with a Tab S
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Who said Koodo is better? I like Koodo because of the out of province plan bug. If you weren't taking advantage of that, Fido has better retention plans (does Koodo have retention plans at all?). They have online customer service chat, and customer service is included in the price of the rate plan whereas Koodo's customer service costs extra. Fido also has name display.
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Well, they are going to shut it down because it is mostly useless now.
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I won't say mostly useless. Most dual-sim phones 2015 and older only support 2G in the 2nd sim slot. Since you can't get dual-sim phones on subsidy with Canadian carriers, many dual-sim phone users may be reluctant to upgrade their phones, meaning they're relying on that 2G connection for a spare talk & text, even if it's on a roaming SIM.
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I hear rumours of a 2018 shutdown.  But nothing to confirm this
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If they drop 2G it is a good news for a competition. I know some people staying with Rogers/chatr because of the acess to 2G.
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I know some people who still prefer to rent physical media for movies. Hasn't really saved the brick and mortar rental industry. There's no good reason to keep 2G alive.
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ns actually it is a good question to ask. I thought that after Telus bought  Public Mobile, Rogers took over Mobilicity, Bell acquired Virgin and Shaw bought Wind something formally known in Canada as mobile competition is over.  Maybe I was wrong after all. There is still something to choose in between what is left or rather always dominated Canadian mobile landscape.

In my opinion and from my experience they have created illusion that they compete with each other with an exception for their sub brands. It is a give and take situation.  You get something here and loose something there. You gain this but have to pay for that and so on. Their marketing people are very busy now a days indeed.

I see this endless movement of mobile users going from one company to another and back again and on the move again looking for greener pastures like African Beasts or Arabian Nomads.
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They don't even try to create the illusion that they compete with each other. Bell and TELUS are basically the same network with different names and colours. If you look at ROBELUS plans, they are all the same with very few exceptions. It looks like price fixing, and if it is actually price fixing, proving that is not possible unless an insider leaks information.

They are very scared of competition. Remember the pathetic ads they made, trying to pressure Canadians, whining, claiming Canadian jobs would be lost if Verizon came to Canada even though they themselves are in the business of removing Canadian jobs: https://www.telusinternational.com/
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