Buying the iPhone 5 in Canada. Providers?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MitchHamilton, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. MitchHamilton macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2012
    Hi there,

    I'm looking to get the iPhone 5 (or the 4s, if the 5 doesn't blow me away) in Canada on a 3yr term and I was wondering if anyone has any advice for plan choices. I'd really like to get at least 3gb of data as I would be WiFi tethering to my tablet. I live in the Canadian Rockies (Banff) so any cell reception advice would help too. Where are my Canadians at?


  2. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    I'm in Ontario, so really unsure of who may have better coverage where you are.

    But if you do need a subsidized iPhone, then shop around plans from different providers and see what works for you. You did miss some decent deals in early August ($60ish plans that had decent voice minutes, features and 6GB data included). Maybe for the iPhone 5 launch we'll see some options like that again.
  3. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    I would recommend one of the Big 3. Telus, Bell or Rogers as they are likely the only carriers you will get any sort of a data plan with that won't require you to second mortgage your house.

    Look up their website and coverage area. You will also find cell phone plans on their website.
  4. MitchHamilton thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2012
    I REALLY hope that's the case because I'm looking at $75 for 3gb of data with the "Big 3", so a 6gb plan for 60ish would rock!
  5. THEAnonymous macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Rogers has (or had?) a promo recently...6GB LTE for $30 (+ a voice plan I believe). Not sure if that will be offered with the new iPhone, however.
  6. xAnthony macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2010
    There is no 'right' option in Canada. They all screw you royally. I would choose between Rogers or Bell mainly because of their coverage. Both companies have very similar plans.
  7. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Also, $60 was without caller ID, VM, long distance. There's always some extras.

    Koodo generally has great options/plans and had an excellent $60 plan at the time, but they only give $150 in the form of a tab as a discount on an iPhone (Ex $500 for 16GB iPhone 4S instead of $650 full price).

    Getting a full subsidy from the big 3 over 3 years is essentially $15ish/month.


    It has been better since Wind and Mobilicity launched (not that they're great options).

    Could be worse, could be like AT&T with $20 text messaging option and separate charges for tethering and facetime.
  8. MitchHamilton thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2012
    That's a very interesting way of looking at it, I think that the plan price is MORE important than the phone price to me. Otherwise, I'd just get the 4s for $0
  9. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Yeah that's how I've been looking at it. If they give a subsidized iPhone but the plan is more than an additional $15/month then it may not be worth it.

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