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Old Dec 10th, 2012, 08:10 PM   #11
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If you are going the unlocked route virgin will take 10% off your bill not sure about Koodo but worth trying to get them to match it. That extra discount combined with the $56 plan out there, it ends up being a pretty sweet deal... I'm thinking I will likely switch to virgin unless fido retentions at least matches it for me when I upgrade to the 5 over the holidays.
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Old Dec 10th, 2012, 08:49 PM   #12
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So long as the carriers aren't knocking at least $20 a month off their plans, I don't get why you'd want to buy a phone outright. Given the example above, why would you pay $587 extra just to have the freedom to leave a carrier if you wanted to? If you want to leave, then just pay the early termination fees. Otherwise, take the chance that you'll want to stay and save nearly $600.
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Old Dec 10th, 2012, 09:02 PM   #13
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So long as the carriers aren't knocking at least $20 a month off their plans, I don't get why you'd want to buy a phone outright. Given the example above, why would you pay $587 extra just to have the freedom to leave a carrier if you wanted to? If you want to leave, then just pay the early termination fees. Otherwise, take the chance that you'll want to stay and save nearly $600.
I travel often outside Canada and I need to be free of exhorbitant roaming charges for voice and data.

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So long as the carriers aren't knocking at least $20 a month off their plans, I don't get why you'd want to buy a phone outright. Given the example above, why would you pay $587 extra just to have the freedom to leave a carrier if you wanted to? If you want to leave, then just pay the early termination fees. Otherwise, take the chance that you'll want to stay and save nearly $600.
There are some reasons to want to buy it outright. If you're in the US several times a month for instance and have a sim card from AT&T that you use every time you go over...having an unlocked phone would be beneficial. Not sure I'd spend $500 for the privilege but that's just me.

As for having the freedom to swap carriers every few months, that could also be attractive.

But let's say, you've stuck with one carrier and are down to paying $44 for everything you want, then perhaps signing up for another 3 years isn't so bad.

Another avenue also is buying a used phone. If you're upgrading this seems like a pretty good way to go, especially if you're still in the middle of your contract. There are lots of iPhone 5's out there for a lot less than what Apple is charging ($600 for a 32GB). Too much $, you can pick up a decent deal on a 4S ($430 for a 64GB, even less if you don't need all that space). But this area is a little tricky since a lot of the used stuff is locked to a carrier. Contract free phones still carry a premium in this arena. The nice thing here is that if you're not in a hurry, you can find a great deal.
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Old Dec 11th, 2012, 10:49 PM   #15
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I travel often outside Canada and I need to be free of exhorbitant roaming charges for voice and data.

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telus. $35 to unlock your subsidized phone.
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telus. $35 to unlock your subsidized phone.
IS that after a 3 year contract?
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IS that after a 3 year contract?
After 3 months of account in good standing.
See "Eligibility" at Unlocking your device
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Old Dec 12th, 2012, 10:42 AM   #18
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OK, so I go unlocked. Any suggestions as to which carrier? I know they all have their own type of pay as you go--any good/bad experiences? (BTW, based in Toronto).
For paygo checkout Speakout, cheap rates and Refills last 365 days. They use the Rogers network. You'll have to cut down the SIM card though
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Old Dec 12th, 2012, 11:59 AM   #19
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I travel often outside Canada and I need to be free of exhorbitant roaming charges for voice and data.

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Interesting. How do you go abouts getting a sim card from AT&T and how much do you pay when you're in the US for the service? Also trying to find out how much savings this method is for roaming etc.
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Interesting. How do you go abouts getting a sim card from AT&T and how much do you pay when you're in the US for the service? Also trying to find out how much savings this method is for roaming etc.
Last time I just walked into an AT&T store and asked them for a sim card for my phone. Cost - $0. I don't recall what I paid for service but it was just pay as you go voice and txt if I remember correctly, not very much at all. Getting data was a bit more involved, seemed easier to just bring the 3G iPad and get a sim for that from AT&T, then use Skype for the odd call. But this really depends on individual needs.
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