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When did the plans get so terrible?


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It started mid 2013 when they introduced the new Tab system. The only good thing right now is the occasional promo.
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The plans aren't "terrible" at all.  Koodo, $70 (on Medium Tab) for 1 GB.  Rogers, $90 for 1 GB.
Hope that helps!
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Jru Gordon wrote:

The plans aren't "terrible" at all.  Koodo, $70 (on Medium Tab) for 1 GB.  Rogers, $90 ...

Public Mobile BF offer: $40 for 4GB. Now that is indeed not terrible. Or the provincial plans, $48 for 5GB (SK/MT) or the BF offer of $55 for 8GB (QC). Those prices are not terrible either.

In my book, $70 for 1GB is not only terrible, it's atrocious 😉 Sorry... not everyone has been drinking the kool-aid... it wasn't a year ago that you could get 1GB for $40 on Koodo.
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Jru Gordon wrote:

The plans aren't "terrible" at all.  Koodo, $70 (on Medium Tab) for 1 GB.  Rogers, $90 ...

I agree wholeheartedly. It's still an awful rate for data. The surprisingly long running 1gb bonus data made it relatively "ok."
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Jru Gordon wrote:

The plans aren't "terrible" at all.  Koodo, $70 (on Medium Tab) for 1 GB.  Rogers, $90 ...

The problem is that we are all spoiled by promo rates. I left Koodo (yes, again) to board the Virgin Mobile train on the 6GB $65 BYOP plan, and I get $10/month off for 12 months. Wish I could have gotten the same deal with Koodo ... nope, new activations only! $70/month for a 1GB plan sounds like a rip off. Then again, $15/month goes toward financing a phone that is likely superior to anything offered in 2013, and the $55/month goes towards getting data speeds and coverage that have likely improved since 2013, as well as providing revenue towards the eventual roll out of a 5G network. I recently tossed out an old Fido pamphlet from 2012 in which the top data plan (2GB) cost $80/month. Great for those who had the first "superphones" (ie. Galaxy S3) and wanted to be on the bleeding edge of technology
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Jru Gordon wrote:

The plans aren't "terrible" at all.  Koodo, $70 (on Medium Tab) for 1 GB.  Rogers, $90 ...

Public Mobile isn't a "real" carrier.  Same with Chatr and Freedom.  The only real carriers to me are the truly national carriers like Telus, Koodo, PC, Bell, Virgin, Fido, and Rogers.
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Jru Gordon wrote:

The plans aren't "terrible" at all.  Koodo, $70 (on Medium Tab) for 1 GB.  Rogers, $90 ...

Public is using Telus network, Chatr is using Rogers.
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Jru Gordon wrote:

The plans aren't "terrible" at all.  Koodo, $70 (on Medium Tab) for 1 GB.  Rogers, $90 ...

Public Mobile is as 'real' as Virgin and Fido. 

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Jru Gordon wrote:

The plans aren't "terrible" at all.  Koodo, $70 (on Medium Tab) for 1 GB.  Rogers, $90 ...

I might concede Chatr because it is Rogers creating zones that matched Freedom and Mobilicity just to go after them without dropping all their sub prices down. But Freedom is ever expanding, and I don't think it fair to consider a carrier to only be "real" if it has a mature nationwide network.
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Jru Gordon wrote:

The plans aren't "terrible" at all.  Koodo, $70 (on Medium Tab) for 1 GB.  Rogers, $90 ...

Public Mobile is similar to the "No Frills" grocery store. Lower prices in exchange for less customer service and no flashy perks. Bring your own phone, get a SIM, choose your plan, be on your way. Questions? Issues? No call centres, just discussion forums. Great choice if you do not need to finance a phone.
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Jru Gordon wrote:

The plans aren't "terrible" at all.  Koodo, $70 (on Medium Tab) for 1 GB.  Rogers, $90 ...

Agreed with JeremyESQ. Mind you, Public Mobile is pre-paid only. This means no credit checks, and won't help build your credit rating, either.
Anyone may have their reasons for going pre-paid vs. post-paid.
Koodo is great for single line customers staying for three months or several years. For a 24 month period, you might get slightly cheaper with Virgin and Fido. You might get cheaper with Virgin & Fido if you have 2-3 lines. If you have 3-5 lines, you might get cheaper on Rogers/Bell/Telus given that they have shared plans.
Cellular reception is good. Get LTE advanced out West on the Telus network. For Eastern Canada, you'll get LTE advanced with Bell/Virgin (primarily GTA plus odd pockets like Sherbrooke, QC). If you're in a dead zone with no reception on Koodo, you probably won't get cell coverage with a competitor, either.
Customer service is OK. One thing that ticks me off is that Koodo makes it extremely painful to pay a post-paid account through pre-paid credit cards. The same pre-paid cards can work flawlessly with the other guys. Btw, Koodo caps overpaying your post-paid bill by a max of 20%. The other guys don't do that.
Each carrier has its perks in terms of phone promos. If you're into Moto by Lenovo phones, Koodo/Telus is your best bet. Rogers/Fido often leverages great promos on LG's, and Bell/Virgin is often the only place to get Sony's (aside little guys like Freedom Mobile).
Because I like Moto phones, I acquire them all from Koodo. Unlock codes for two or three bucks on eBay, as well as great promos on new activations and sometimes on upgrades. I also enjoy the self-serve options.

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