Best Canadian carrier for unlocked iphone4

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  1. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a

    hehe299792458

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    I need help choosing between fido, Rogers, telus, bell, and possibly others for my factory unlocked iPhone 4? Thanks
     
  2. halisray macrumors regular

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    Ive just been dealing with Bell - great customer service.. Rogers on the other hand.. hung up on me twice...
     
  3. Steveo47 macrumors regular

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    Telus has a good network for reception/3g speed. Customer service is week for existing customers, but if your a new customer who is about to sign a new contract im sure they would do anything for you. Dont expect as much once your committed though.
     
  4. SirithX macrumors 6502

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    I'm here in Canada visiting from the US for a couple weeks and have done the research on all the pay as you go plans, if you were interested in that at all. What I found was the best deal and best quality plan by far for my needs personally are from Virgin Mobile, which offers a monthly plan with unlimited international texting and 6 GB of data for $55 a month, with a $5 fee for the SIM card.
     
  5. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a

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    Fido has good retentions if you're an existing customer. I know Bell and Telus are very weak for the most part with that kinda stuff but they can offer some pretty good deals.

    Reception-wise I think my brother's Telus iPhone 4 is better than my Fido but it's not something that really bugs me.

    I opted for Fido since they have per-second billing and no SAF. Plus I got a pretty good retentions plan because I told them other customers were getting better deals than I was on a similar plan. From what I hear, Fido and Rogers are the best with keeping existing customers happy.

    Virgin could be interesting though.
     
  6. thedarkhorse macrumors 6502a

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    fido and rogers have the bonus of having edge and slower networks to fall back on in areas where there is no 3g reception. When you're out of a 3g coverage area with bell or telus you get no signal at all.
     
  7. draz macrumors 6502a

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    It depends on where you go, Rogers seems to have great coverage but in some cases it is better than Bell/Telus. But then Bell/Telus also has coverage where Rogers doesn't.
    In a big city it doesn't matter, all carriers have great coverage.

    So it depends on where you are.
     
  8. mcmanus7 macrumors 6502a

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    Call all of them and tell them what each other is offering.. since you're unlocked they have to earn you...
     
  9. hehe299792458 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for all your comments. I've been reading about Telus's 42mbps upgrade later this year. Will that have any any bearings on iphone 4 speeds? Or is it bottlenecked by something else? Also, do any of the carriers support iPhone-only features (such as visual voicemail) on unlocked iPhones? Thanks
     
  10. Aleks192 macrumors newbie

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    More details?
     
  11. big samm macrumors 65816

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    yes but don't forget that edge save a lot of battery.... I mean the iPhone 4 can do 14 hours of talk time on edge vs 7 hours of talk time on 3G.... that's a huge difference... let's say someone who don't use data at all that's a big advantage for them... none of that goodness with telus or bell... but their 3G network looks good... like you said it depends where you at...
     
  12. SirithX macrumors 6502

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    Well the SIM card costs $5, the rest of it goes into the monthly plan you choose. The $25/month 100 minute anytime plan is the cheapest plan that includes unlimited text messaging, and for a "limited time," this includes international texts. Plans cheaper than $25 only include 50 text messages.

    For data, the cheapest is actually the $30, and it normally only gives 500 MB but again, "for a limited time," this plan actually gives an entire 6 GB (curiously, more than the most expensive data plan which is $65/month and only gives 5 GB). So, you pay $5 for the SIM then $30 + $25 = $55/month for unlimited texts, 100 minutes (free evenings/weekends) and pretty much unlimited data (unless you're tethering a lot or something, I don't see how you can top 6 GB too easily).
     
  13. mgacam2 macrumors regular

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    I'm on bell here in toronto/North York and i compared my 3G speed to my buddys iphone 4 running on Rogers and his is significantly slower. Bell seems to be pretty consistant and a bit quicker and less clogged up. Also no dropped calls at all and I'm constantly on the subway. Also was up in Muskoka for the weekend and had 3 bars while everyone else with Rogers and Fido had no service. I was tethering up at the cottage and making calls like I was in the middle of the city. It was great!
     

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