• Dual-SIM FTW: Why the OnePlus 5 and 5T are Perfect Smartphones for Freedom Mobile



    Here's hoping that every Canadian reading this was able to jump onto a 10GB/month plan yesterday; if not, I've been hearing that some carriers are extending their promos until end of day today. I actually joined in on the fun myself, and am now the proud owner of two Rogers SIMs—one each for the girlfriend and I.

    Why, as a Freedom Mobile customer, would I even want to admit this? Because the Rogers SIMs are going to be used only as backups in the second SIM slots of our two OnePlus phones; our primary voice, text and data service will be with Freedom Mobile. I'll be sealing the deal by porting out our numbers from Koodo later today.

    Some Howard Forums members seem to have a hard time believing this, but Freedom's service in downtown Toronto has, in more than a month's worth of use, been surprisingly good. I can think of only two places where I've not had a reliable signal—in the basement of The Bay's Queen Street store and a lawyer's office where there weren't any nearby windows.

    For scenarios like these getting back online will be as simple as switching our data connection to Rogers. Those lines were activated on the same $5/month tablet flex plan; they're ready if we need them, but the cost of keeping them on standby is low. In fact, for the next twenty months they're basically free, since Freedom is giving each of our lines a $10 credit per month.

    Back in the summer of 2014 when FM was still WIND Mobile I wrote that I wouldn't fault anyone for voting with their wallet—that is, paying for service with an upstart carrier to divert money that would otherwise go to The Big Three. Today, with a dual-SIM phone you can finally have the best of both worlds. And if that dual-SIM device is a OnePlus 5 or 5T you get a pretty fantastic Android smartphone as well!

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    1. Driver8666's Avatar
      Driver8666 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cal653 View Post
      I agree that the Big 3 will rape you with overage charges as that is their profit model. However if forced to choose between them for the 10GB plan I would choose Telus / Koodo. They are the only one among them who will inform you at least 4 times and stop before you will incur overage charges. With the others there is a very high chance of blowing past the 10GB limit without notice.

      Also from my experience they are the one most likely to honor grandfathered plans besides Freedom.
      My point here is that Freedom warns you when you hit the 70-75% mark (I'm have 8GB of data in my bucket and they send me a warning at 5GB, if I get there. Right now I'm on 6.7GB used, and well on my way, for the 5th time since I switched 2 years ago, to going on the "throttled" train until the new year). But where Freedom has them beat is "unlimited data". Once you hit the cap, you keep on pulling. But they throttle it. It blows, but at least the data is still usable and is not cut off. But like I mentioned before it's nice that Telus and Koodo warn you 4 times, but it's super easy to:

      a: Blow past that if you're a power user
      b: Hit that "yes" or "ok" icon when you are at your limit.

      I don't know about Koodo, but Telus would LOVE to rape you on overage charges. Sure, the text is nice. But you can use the data logger on your phone to find out where you are where data is concerned. That total was taken from the data logger. Not Freedom's site.

      Grandfathered plans I will not comment on, since I only have experience with Freedom.
    1. MrGreenleaf's Avatar
      MrGreenleaf -
      Quote Originally Posted by Driver8666 View Post
      Yes they do, you have to find them. I have 3 Asus Zenfones (ZE551KL, ZE551ML and ZE552KL, all bought in Canada) that have dual SIM slots, but with the ZE552ML, the phone will be restricted to 2G speeds in the second slot. I also have a Blu Studio C that I came to Wind with (that I still have) that is dual SIM. I think some Samsung phones have them. I'm getting rid of these with the exception of the ZE552KL (only because of Android O), in 2018, and replacing my barely a year old 6S Plus with an 8 Plus. I am keeping the 6S Plus as a backup.

      iPhones on the other hand? Forget it. But I did read (and it's NOT confirmed) that the next batch of iPhones might have this in. That is if those engineers in Cupertino, California can figure out that part. But I'm banking on no.
      Yeah, you can buy dual sim phones in canada, if you buy them separately. Any phone you get from a provider will be single sim though. I got my last few phones for free through various promos and will try to get my next one that way too, and there's no chance of getting a dual sim one that way.
    1. Driver8666's Avatar
      Driver8666 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MrGreenleaf View Post
      Yeah, you can buy dual sim phones in canada, if you buy them separately. Any phone you get from a provider will be single sim though. I got my last few phones for free through various promos and will try to get my next one that way too, and there's no chance of getting a dual sim one that way.
      I didn't get the Zenfones from providers, all of them came from Staples. I'm only keeping the ZE552KL, because it's scheduled to get the Android O upgrade, sometime in 2018.

      I'm also updating as I said my 6S Plus with an 8 Plus sometime this year. Want to do it now, but my 6S Plus is fine for now. Lol.