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Thought I would come here for some advice rather than mull about it on my own! I am currently on the Canada Wide Talk+Text for $35 and I have the data saver, which I end up paying $15 extra a month for my data. So I pretty much pay $56 a month, which is more than I want to pay. The Canada Wide Data for $40 includes 200mb of data, and 5$ per additional 250mb if I need it. Which is great because I use my data a lot. BUT I lose 100 minutes, as well as unlimited incoming calls. Pair this with the fact that I need a new phone, and I can buy a Samsung Ace for 30$ (on my current tab) or with the new medium tab, get the Samsung Galaxy SII x for 0$ (but add an additional 5$ to my bill). I want to keep the cost down as I am a broke student, but I also don't want to have to buy a new phone under 3 years. What shall I do? What makes the most sense?

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I used to have your plan and it had 200 minutes. The plan you are looking at also has 200 minutes so you lose nothing there. Incoming calls yes that would be gone under the new plan, but you still have free evening and weekends from 5. Depending how much you actually talk it may not be such a big loss. You will still have unlimited messaging and as you said 200mb data with the new plan and save $10 in the process. Plus if you upgrade your phone you will also get the 15% tab now which help paying off your phone sooner. I would switch. 🙂
RudyW wrote:

I used to have your plan and it had 200 minutes. The plan you are looking at also has 200 minutes...

Thanks for your input. 🙂 I will make the change.
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If you don't need the minutes or incoming then I would say switch, take a look at some of your previous bills to see if they are needed., keep an eye on the site for a promo plan. these new one are not that great. As for the phone stay away from the Ace it will not last you as long as you'd like. I would say go for the Nexus 4 over the S2 but they are both decent phones at the same price. I'd say go with the medium tab as you'll only have to pay out 30$ upfront since tha'ts what you still owe on your tab(I think) then another 120$ over the 24months with your 5$ monthly fee As opposed to the 180$ you'd pay upfront keeping the small tab.
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If keeping the costs down is your main priority, have you considered Wind? They don't have the same extensive coast to coast coverage that you'll find with The Big 3 and their subsidiaries, but if you're in an area that wind covers you certainly won't be able to beat their value. People love to knock wind for having horrible coverage, but they do have the majority of cosmopolitan and urban/suburban areas covered (in Ontario at least).
mattjs wrote:

If keeping the costs down is your main priority, have you considered Wind? They don't have the sa...

I actually have - my best friend has it - but it doesn't have the coverage I need, as I go a lot of places that Wind doesn't cover. I switched to Koodo to get service that Rogers didn't have (and Telus has GREAT coverage) and I also thoroughly enjoy the freedom of not being locked into a plan. If I didn't need the coverage, I would definitely use Wind, but I unfortunately I do. 🙂
Userlevel 1
You could consider Fido's $39 current plan which won't be around much longer. Reception is great (they are on the Rogers network), you get unlimited messaging and unlimited 6PM. However, you get more minutes (450) and data (600mb) than the Koodo plan, and you could get a really good phone for cheap (if you are near a Future Shop or Best Buy, you can get a Nexus 4 for $0 or Galaxy S3 for $50, sale ends TODAY!!!) Both are far, far superior to the Ace. It's a two year tab contract. Basically, the remaining balance of the phone is split into 24 month segments. If you ever want to leave, you just pay off the balance of the phone, just like Koodo.
Humberto Giambrone wrote:

You could consider Fido's $39 current plan which won't be around much longer. Reception is great ...

I used to be with Rogers (and I was very unhappy in that relationship, haha), but they actually didn't have coverage where I worked, so I switched to Koodo (Telus) to get it. I heard you also need to sign a plan, which I am really not cool about. Do you need to?
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Humberto Giambrone wrote:

You could consider Fido's $39 current plan which won't be around much longer. Reception is great ...

I updated my original post just as you asked about signing a contract. See the final paragraph. Of course, it only matters if you get reception.

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