1. Bifurcated's Avatar
    So I'm pulling my hair out with indecision...

    Telus (in Canada) has an astonishingly good plan on offer now: $70/month gets 200 minutes, unlimited texts, weekends and evenings, 10 free numbers, and 5 GB data, with tethering allowed. I've never seen a deal this good in Canada before.

    But signing up now means having to commit to Telus before we see who will get the next round of phones here in Canada. We know Telus will get the Lumia 800, but that's pretty much all we know. Will I be kicking myself if, say, Rogers gets the 900?

    I'm leaning to committing, since having effectively unlimited data with my second choice phone is maybe better than very limited data with the best phone.

    Hmm... anyone have any thoughts? What's more important - the plan or the phone?
    01-20-2012 08:20 AM
  2. 11B1P's Avatar
    So I'm pulling my hair out with indecision...

    Telus (in Canada) has an astonishingly good plan on offer now: $70/month gets 200 minutes, unlimited texts, weekends and evenings, 10 free numbers, and 5 GB data, with tethering allowed. I've never seen a deal this good in Canada before.

    But signing up now means having to commit to Telus before we see who will get the next round of phones here in Canada. We know Telus will get the Lumia 800, but that's pretty much all we know. Will I be kicking myself if, say, Rogers gets the 900?

    I'm leaning to committing, since having effectively unlimited data with my second choice phone is maybe better than very limited data with the best phone.

    Hmm... anyone have any thoughts? What's more important - the plan or the phone?
    In this case, the phone. If you don't get the phone you really want, you may be kicking yourself. Barring that, if possible, you should probably wait and see what happens. Obviously, you want to go with the provider that offers the best mobile coverage, regardless of the plan they offer.

    I would always go with the phone and tailor your usage around the plan. But then again, if you're having to tailor your usage, you may not be getting the full benefit of all the features of the phone. I don't know, now you've confused me. :)
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    01-20-2012 08:30 AM
  3. HeyCori's Avatar
    How long before their deal is over?

    The 900 is expected to launch in N. America around March. Perhaps by then there will be more information about where else the 900 will land.
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    01-20-2012 08:32 AM
  4. aubreyq's Avatar
    My instinct says go with the plan, but I find those 200 minutes pretty low. I suppose you already estimated that you won't go over 200 minutes? I see the plan deal expires on January 31st. That tells me it's not one of those bullsh*t deals and that the rate will definitely go up after the 31st.

    That being said, wbdillworth makes an excellent point that if you don't get the phone you want, you'll be miserable during that contract period, however you can always get the device you really want unlocked (if it works on your network).

    Think long term. Imagine yourself grandfathered into a great deal for years on end. That's money in your pocket, buddy. Newer phones will come and you'll be riding on a great plan! :D
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    01-20-2012 09:13 AM
  5. Premium1's Avatar
    For me it would be the plan. No matter how great the phone is, if you always have to watch or monitor it because you are stuck with less data for example then it takes away from what you can do with the phone( yes there is wifi but not everywhere) I would say go with the plan because the 900 may not come for months and if you really want the 900 you could always sell the 800 and buy it full price.
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    01-20-2012 09:21 AM
  6. mhans311's Avatar
    I would go with the plan. You could jeep that plan for years and save a ton of money. I'd you had a great phone that you have to limit, is that rally better than using your second favorite phone without restriction? Besides, there isn't a ton of difference between phones with wp like there is with android.

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    01-20-2012 09:53 AM
  7. jdevenberg's Avatar
    My instinct says go with the plan, but I find those 200 minutes pretty low. I suppose you already estimated that you won't go over 200 minutes? I see the plan deal expires on January 31st. That tells me it's not one of those bullsh*t deals and that the rate will definitely go up after the 31st.

    That being said, wbdillworth makes an excellent point that if you don't get the phone you want, you'll be miserable during that contract period, however you can always get the device you really want unlocked (if it works on your network).

    Think long term. Imagine yourself grandfathered into a great deal for years on end. That's money in your pocket, buddy. Newer phones will come and you'll be riding on a great plan! :D
    With free calls to 10 numbers, plus free nights and weekends, I think 200 is a good plenty for most people.
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    01-20-2012 11:44 AM
  8. mprice86's Avatar
    I'm in agreement, get the plan. Is there no way you can ask in store or by phone if you can hold off on the phone upgrade to see if the 900 will come to the network?

    You would still be subsidising the cost of a phone over the course of the contract so they would still get the same money. Just means you would have to hold off on getting a new handset which is understandably painful if you're in the market for an upgrade.
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    01-20-2012 12:05 PM
  9. simonnyc's Avatar
    The plan definitely. I've been locked into a legacy Sprint Sero Premium plan for a few years now and I refuse to jump to another carrier despite my lust for the Titan or the Nokia 900. I pay $40/mo for my essentially unlimited everything plan but if I switched to any of the other carriers, a comparable plan would be at minimum $70. Is it worth an extra $480+ every 2 years to own a nicer phone that pretty much does everything my Arrive does? **** no.
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    01-20-2012 12:12 PM
  10. enahs555's Avatar
    Can you just purchase the plan now and use it with your old phone and save the phone upgrade for a few months?
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    01-20-2012 12:27 PM
  11. freestaterocker's Avatar
    This past August I picked up my HD7 on Bell in Canada on a plan that gives me 5gb, 350 minutes, unlimited SMS/MMS, 10 free numbers, free eves/weekends for $55/month. And I've seen comparable promotional deals. I say wait for the phone. A better deal may come with a subsidized 900!
    01-20-2012 01:45 PM
  12. Reflexx's Avatar
    I guess it depends on how you use your phone. If you do use a lot of data, then I'd go with the plan.

    But if it's a plan that you won't really make use of (like if you're always in wifi areas anyway and will use far less than the plan gives you) then you might want to go with the phone.
    01-20-2012 02:00 PM
  13. selfcreation's Avatar
    So I'm pulling my hair out with indecision...

    Telus (in Canada) has an astonishingly good plan on offer now: $70/month gets 200 minutes, unlimited texts, weekends and evenings, 10 free numbers, and 5 GB data, with tethering allowed. I've never seen a deal this good in Canada before.

    But signing up now means having to commit to Telus before we see who will get the next round of phones here in Canada. We know Telus will get the Lumia 800, but that's pretty much all we know. Will I be kicking myself if, say, Rogers gets the 900?

    I'm leaning to committing, since having effectively unlimited data with my second choice phone is maybe better than very limited data with the best phone.

    Hmm... anyone have any thoughts? What's more important - the plan or the phone?

    Rogers = Nokia 710
    Telus = Nokia 800
    Bell = no WP ( yet ) but expecting the 900 to go to bell honestly.

    Bell plan:

    70$ a month ( -5$ if you have other BELL service, internet, home phone, tv)

    - Unlimited txt across canada ( pic and vid )
    - 200 day min
    - N&W 6pm to 7am
    - 6G!!!!! of data ( tethering is ALWAYS included )
    - 10 numbers you can call ACROSS Canada on ALL platforms FREE!! at all times.

    bell give you SAME thing but with MORE data ( 1G more ) i would wait and SEE if bell gets a NOKIA ( witch i think they will *hint*hint* ;))

    i can even sing you up my self :) call you when ever you want!! ;) i wont even try to sell you an Iphone or Android! I SWEAR!! lol

    so if you can wait a little, i would wait. i know i am ;)
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    01-20-2012 02:10 PM
  14. Bifurcated's Avatar
    Rogers = Nokia 710
    Telus = Nokia 800
    Bell = no WP ( yet ) but expecting the 900 to go to bell honestly.

    Bell plan:

    70$ a month ( -5$ if you have other BELL service, internet, home phone, tv)

    - Unlimited txt across canada ( pic and vid )
    - 200 day min
    - N&W 6pm to 7am
    - 6G!!!!! of data ( tethering is ALWAYS included )
    - 10 numbers you can call ACROSS Canada on ALL platforms FREE!! at all times.

    bell give you SAME thing but with MORE data ( 1G more ) i would wait and SEE if bell gets a NOKIA ( witch i think they will *hint*hint* ;))

    i can even sing you up my self :) call you when ever you want!! ;) i wont even try to sell you an Iphone or Android! I SWEAR!! lol

    so if you can wait a little, i would wait. i know i am ;)
    Woah, Se1fcr3ation, that's awesome. I do not see that plan on the Bell page. Do you have a link? When will it expire?
    01-20-2012 03:05 PM
  15. selfcreation's Avatar
    yeah its a promo plan that's why its not on the site... im not suppose to but.. here it is ;)

    End date: Sunday, February 05, 2012 ( i hope we get WP by then ) but honestly they ALWAYS extend them. ( they told us FAB 10 plan was temp plan in 2008 ... weave had them ever sints LOL )

    01-20-2012 03:20 PM
  16. Bifurcated's Avatar
    Well ain't that interesting! Turns out Rogers secretly has the same plan as well. I'm kind of guessing that Rogers will get the Lumia 900 eventually because (being GSM) they tend to get the same phones as AT&T.
    01-20-2012 08:36 PM
  17. selfcreation's Avatar
    well tellus rogers and bell being the top 3 dogs..

    rogers being in a big third place... and alredy have the 800... i hope bell gets the 900 lol

    + all 3 of them are on LTE ( bell has the best one , more coverige across canada)
    01-21-2012 07:46 AM
  18. freestaterocker's Avatar
    well tellus rogers and bell being the top 3 dogs..

    rogers being in a big third place... and alredy have the 800... i hope bell gets the 900 lol

    + all 3 of them are on LTE ( bell has the best one , more coverige across canada)
    From what I read TELUS is getting the 800, and Rogers the 710...
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    01-21-2012 12:47 PM
  19. selfcreation's Avatar
    oops... yeah thats what i mean :P
    01-21-2012 12:50 PM
  20. freestaterocker's Avatar
    As a Saskatchewan resident it makes me happy... I could buy the 800 outright, unlock it and use it on Bell, my current carrier. Rogers has terrible coverage here.
    I also hope for the 900 on Bell, but my inside source has heard nothing about any new WPs on Bell.
    01-21-2012 12:58 PM
  21. selfcreation's Avatar
    As a Saskatchewan resident it makes me happy... I could buy the 800 outright, unlock it and use it on Bell, my current carrier. Rogers has terrible coverage here.
    I also hope for the 900 on Bell, but my inside source has heard nothing about any new WPs on Bell.

    yeah i can comfirm that .. no OFFICIAL news as of yet... but im not losing hope.. i check my memos every day expecting to see a NEW WP!!! lol
    01-21-2012 01:20 PM
  22. Bifurcated's Avatar
    Well, I hate to bump an old thread, but as so many people gave me helpful advice, I thought I'd say what I did in the end...

    I called up Rogers, and it turns out that similarly to Bell, they have this as a secret plan as well. They agreed to give it to me with a further discount, on a month to month basis. Basically my monthly bill will go up by about $10, but now with an effectively unlimited data plan. Awesome!

    So now I will just wait and see what phones come along. I am pretty confident that the Lumia 900 will touch down at Rogers once the AT&T exclusive runs out, so sometime in June or so. And who knows, maybe they will pick up some of the other gen 2 WP 7 phones as well in the meantime.

    So thanks everyone for the advice!
    01-26-2012 10:35 AM
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