The advent of the digital age has made having a cellphone a necessity for everyone, regardless of age, occupation, or location. A cellphone can be a link to friends and family around the globe, a way for you to keep up-to-date with your job, as well as a way to entertain yourself on the go.
If you’re searching for the right cellphone, do your research first. Find something that suits your needs and don’t feel pressured to buy the latest hot device just because you saw it advertised in the store when you went in.
Once you’ve found a device that works for you, the next step in the process is finding a plan that fits with your lifestyle. Canada is a large country and there are tons of regional companies that offer good deals. But many of the larger companies win out because they’re able to offer more coverage across the country, not just in large cities.
Larger mobility companies will generally have excellent rates available regardless of where you live. However, doing research online before you go into a store is still important. Just remember, sales associates are trying to sell you the most expensive plan they can, regardless of whether it’s the best fit for your life. Check out this list for a comparison of a few of the best cellphone plans in Canada.
Bell Share Plans (Premium + Smartphone)
If you’re looking for a premium smartphone plan that will allow you to access the internet from anywhere, Bell Canada has a variety of different smartphone plans that start at $115 per month. Unlike other plans on this list, Bell offers unlimited calling to all Canadian and US phone numbers. The basic premium smartphone plan starts with 1 GB of data per month, but you can easily upgrade it to meet your needs. This plan is targeted at high-end devices like the iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8.
Telus Smartphone Plans
Telus offers tons of smartphone plans that fit the needs of every family – even if you’re a family of one! Their family plan starts at $77.50 per person per month, and includes 4 GBs of shared data, while their individual plans start at $80 per month with 1 GB of data. Both plans include unlimited Canada-wide texting and 300 local daytime minutes.
This plan isn’t great if you’re more of a talker than a texter. The unlimited texting is great, but the fact that your daytime minutes are limited to 300 local is a major drawback. For just $20 more, you can include unlimited, Canada-wide calling, which is a much better option if you have friends or family in different parts of the country.
Fido Pulse Data, Talk & Text Plans
Although Fido offers tons of regular talk and text plans, as well as smartphone focused plans, their new Fido Pulse Data, Talk & Text plans offer exciting perks like a trial access to Spotify (for 6 months), Canada-wide calling (it becomes unlimited when you’re using your device to talk to another Fido customer), and unlimited international texting.
International texting is a nice perk. That plus Fido Roam will help you stay connected when you’re traveling out of the country. The basic Fido Pulse plan comes with 1 GB of data and costs $65 per month. If you choose their $75 per month Fido Pulse plan, you’ll get a great discount of up to $300 off the purchase price of your chosen smartphone.
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Koodo Mobile is known for having budget friendly plans that are focused on only selling customers perks that they will use. One of their best smartphone plans comes with 1 GB of data and costs $55 per month. As a helpful bonus, they send customers text alerts when they’ve reached 50%, 90%, and 100% of their data, so you’re never surprised by overage fees on your bill.
This service stands out from other companies who seem to relish charging customers when they go over their limit. This $55 per month plan also comes with 500 Canada-wide minutes, unlimited texting, and unlimited calling Canada-wide after 5pm.