It seems both plans give you free access to HotSpots. But anyone knows which company has more HotSpots in Ottawa?
Bell announces iPad 3G rate plans
Posted by digitalhome on May 27, 2010 · 6 Comments*
Bell has announced it will offer data plans for the 3G enabled iPad which goes on sale tomorrow in Canada.
The company says it will offer two thirty day plans to iPad owners with a Bell Micro Sim card: a 250MB and 5GB plan for $15 and $35 respectively.
The prices are identical to those announced by Rogers Wireless earlier this month. Both companies also offer free WiFi access to purchasers at hotspot locations across the country. The only significant difference between the Bell and Rogers offering is that Bell offers 824 hotspots across Canada versus 373 public hotspots for Rogers Wireless. Data usage over WiFi at Bell Hotspots does not count towards your 30 day data usage plan.
Micro Sim cards for Rogers and Bell are an additional $10 each.
The Canadian rate plans are close to those in the U.S. where Apple charges $15 U.S. for a 250 MB plan and $30 for unlimited data usage every 30 days.
The plans will expire at the end of thirty days or up when the data limit has been reached. Users will receive onscreen messages when they get close to their limit so they won’t inadvertently exceed their limit. Once informed users can choose to turn off 3G access.
Read somewhere that Bell has 800ish hotspots in Canada and Rogers has 300ish. Bell does most of the Starbucks and Second Cups, in my experience.
Big difference I've heard so far is that, supposedly, Bell's network is generally faster, and they don't do on-device activation, only Rogers does. Both are just rumours though, I don't have any first hand data on that.
If you already have an iPhone, you should be able to access any Rogers Hot Spot using your iPhone (or cable, internet or home phone if you have them) account information. In that sense, it would make sense to go with Bell, since you would be covered for both essentially.