Frugal Friday: Phone Plans

It’s no secret that in Canada we have some of the most expensive cell phone plans on Earth.┬áIt’s easy to be jealous of our neighbours to the south when you see their crazy unlimited data plans for $50/month when we up here can barely get 1 GB data for $50/month. That is until Freedom Mobile came along.

If you’re too lazy to open up those links, here’s the big idea: Freedom Mobile, formerly Wind Mobile, is owned by Shaw. Shaw if you don’t already know is a big Canadian telecommunications company now trying to make their mark on the wireless scene. They recently came out with their Big Gig plans with unlimited everything and 10GB of data starting at $60/month. They then dropped it to $50/month in an attempt to get people to jump ship from the Big 3 (Telus, Rogers, Bell) to them. This past week the Big 3 plus Virgin, Koodo and Fido all matched Freedom Mobile by launching their own plans at $60/month for 10GB if you had your own device.

Sam and I both have phones that are no longer under contract (we’re with Rogers) so this was an offer we couldn’t pass on. The promotion started on Saturday. After being on hold for 2 hours my call dropped. One hour into my call my brother called too and after 2 hours his call dropped also. Things were getting frustrating. The last day was Monday for those who were new customers but it extended to Tuesday if you were an existing customer. Luckily for me, during the work day on Tuesday one of my patients was my best friend. I told him my phone would be on hold during the treatment and hoped in the one hour treatment time I had with him that I would get through. It had been a challenge to even get a dial tone thus far. I called again. I got a ring. My wait time was between 38 – 52 minutes. Things were looking good. About 40 minutes into his treatment I got through to an agent. Sam’s phone is under my name through my work association so I had to be the one to switch her plan. Easy peasy. One down. While on the same call I was really hoping that I could get the agent to change mine as well. Rogers’ policy is that they only do one change per call unless you are an authorized user on multiple accounts. My phone is under my dad’s work plan. The agent said he would be able to do it if I was an authorized user on my dad’s account. I thought I was but I wasn’t sure. I asked him to check. I was. He confirmed with a supervisor that he could switch it for me as an authorized user and my plan got switched also. Now we both have the following plan:

$60 + taxes

  • 10GB data
  • Unlimited Canada-Wide Calling
  • Unlimited Canada-Wide Sent & Received Text, Picture & Video Messages
  • Call Display with name display
  • Enhanced Voicemail
  • 2500 Call Forwarding Mins
  • Conference Calling
  • Call Waiting

The thing is, it’s not like either of us had bad plans before. Sam was getting all of the above with 3GB data for $55/month. So, we’re paying $5 per month more for 7GB more data. It was a no brainer.

I was paying $65/month for all of the above except picture and video messages with 6GB data. So I saved $5 and get 4GB more data.

In the end, we as a couple pay the exact same per month but we get more.

Hopefully some of you got the same deal we did. The Enns family never turns down a good deal.

Never stop adventuring!

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