This fine winter morning I find myself paying my Big Three subsidiary (Koodo) $2.50 less per month
than what I paid my Big Three subsidiary (Fido) in mid-2010. Finally, some progress for wireless rates in Canada...
You might recall from an earlier post
the plan I had with Fido back in the day:
- $45 City Fido - 1,000 local minutes
- $15 Smartphone Value Pack - 1,000 SMS, voicemail, call display, etc.
- $30 iPhone 3G Data Promo - 6GB
That adds up to $90/month, if basic math isn't your thing.
My new plan with Koodo
, though still expensive, is markedly better — $75/month now gets me this:
- Unlimited Canada-wide calling
- Unlimited SMS/MMS within Canada
- Voicemail, call Display, etc.
- 4GB of sweet, sweet LTE data / $10 per additional GB
"But wait!" you say, "That's only 4GB... The equivalent 6GB that you got from Fido would cost you $95/month, so you're actually paying more. Now
who sucks at math?"
The missing piece of the puzzle here is Koodo's 10% BYOD discount — adding that into the equation, the monthly rate is reduced in this particular case to $67.50, and a 2GB data overage brings the total up to $87.50 before taxes. Achievement unlocked.
It's a small victory for me. The plan is nowhere near as good as what Mobile Syrup leaked last month
, but it is at least an acceptable bucket of data. Plans from Fido seem to be better as well — ditto for Bell-owned Virgin Mobile Canada. Even plans from the Big Three themselves have somehow become slightly more reasonable since the last time I checked.
Let's take a closer look...