... Apparently not a prepaid plan at all.
This is an oddly-specific thing to shop for, I know. But in case someone reading this is in the market for something similar, I've already done the research for you. A buddy's daughter is getting her first-ever smartphone for her 13th birthday, a hand-me-down from yours truly. So yesterday her dad and I took to the lower-level carrier kiosks of Toronto's Eaton Centre
in search of a suitable provider and plan.
The kid's requirements are as follows: no data (WiFi only), and as much calling and texting as we can get, for as little per month as possible. If we were purchasing a phone and
a plan this would be a no-brainer—we'd pick up an unlocked Moto G
or Moto E
at Staples and immediately proceed to WIND Mobile, to activate it on their $25 Talk and Text Plan
. The vast majority of this new teenager's communication with her friends will likely be via SMS, WhatsApp or whatever it is kids use these days; voice calls will mostly come from fretful parents wondering where she is.
But alas, there's a complication: the phone that she's getting is the made-for-Rogers first-gen LTE Moto G, which I took home from a Moto event this time last year
. It's unlocked (for some reason) but unfortunately doesn't support AWS. Yes, it's overkill for a teenager who isn't going to use LTE but hey, it's also a free phone.