Virgin Mobile vs Koodo vs Fido

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If you are considering Koodo vs. Virgin Mobile when you switch your mobile phone plan, it may seem like a confusing choice. However, learning more about each provider might help you make the best choice for your BYO phone plan.

Once you pick the right plan for you, you also want to consider which carrier has the best service in your area. This should be a big factor in your decision.

If you are trying to decide between Virgin Mobile and Fido for your BYO phone plan, it may seem like there is a lot of confusing information. However, choosing a plan is simple once we break it down for you. The important thing to remember is you want to choose a plan that has the best cell service in your area.

The Plans

Fido and Virgin Mobile have the exact same pricing when it comes to their plans. They also include Canada-wide (CW) anytime minutes, unlimited text, picture and video messages within the country and unlimited nights and weekends.

Virgin Mobile also offers unlimited worldwide texts and unlimited picture messaging to the United States. This is great for those who have family and friends living outside of Canada.

Please Note: Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec offer lower pricing from the rest of Canada. If you live in these regions, click on the data links and select your province to get the correct pricing for your area.

Koodo vs. Virgin Mobile: the plans

Both Koodo Mobile and Virgin Mobile offer similar plans which often include Canada-wide calls, unlimited nights and weekends, and unlimited messaging within the country. The plan pricing is pretty much identical including the call, text and data inclusions.

However, Virgin Mobile has one benefit that Koodo does not, which is unlimited

worldwide text and unlimited picture messaging from Canada to the US. Koodo, on the other hand, only offers messaging within Canada.

Virgin Mobile and Koodos Larger Plans

1GB is often a starter plan and pretty basic for smart phone users. This plan is not recommended if you plan to stream music or videos. You also should only perform updates and downloads when you are connected to WiFi.

If you plan to do some music streaming and a small amount of downloads, then 2GB should be a good plan for you.

If you find that you are consistently on the Internet, stream videos and perform many downloads, then you want to select at least 3GB. However, if you plan on streaming HD video or playing mobile games, you want to move up to 5GB.

Opting for a Smaller Plan

For those who do not plan to use the Internet with your phone, then you might consider a smaller plan. You will need some data because web app notifications, GPS and some other phone operations require data.

The lowest plan you could get is 100MB. However, you might want to consider going a little higher, even if you do not plan on using the Internet often.

The largest plan you could get would be 750MB. This will allow for some Internet browsing and social media usage. However, you want to be careful and keep an eye on how much data you are using.

Virgin and Fidos Bigger Plans

If you are actively searching the Internet on your phone, but do not stream music or videos, then you might want to consider the starter plan at 1GB. Be careful not to make any updates or downloads unless you are connected to WiFi.

2GB allows you to perform occasional streaming and is a comfortable plan for those who frequent the Internet.

If you are a heavy Internet user and plan to stream HD video and mobile games, then you’ll want the biggest plan at 5GB.

Smaller Plans

The smaller plans are offered to those who don’t necessarily use the Internet on their phone. However, it is important to have a small data plan because your phone will use some data for background operations, app notifications and GPS.

The absolute smallest plan you could get is 100MB. However, even if you rarely plan to browse the Internet, you might want to get a bigger plan.

The 500MB or 750MB plan allows you to do some browsing and use of social media apps. However, because you’ll have such a small data plan, you’ll want to be aware of your usage.

How Do You Choose the Best Plan?

Since Fido and Virgin Mobile offer the exact same plans, you should make your decision based on coverage.

By checking the coverage maps for each of the carriers you can determine which carrier will be best for you. Remember to check where you live, work and other places that you frequent.

If both of the carriers have great coverage in your area, then you can make a decision on which one you think will be best for you. You should also keep in mind that the BYO phone plans are on a monthly basis, so you can get rid of this plan at the end of the month. There is an activation fee for each plan, which is $15 for Virgin Mobile and $10 for Fido.

Which Cell Plan Should You Choose?

Once you decided what the right size plan is for you, the next thing to consider is service. Virgin Mobile is owned and operated by Bell, while Koodo is owned and operated by the Telus network.

When determining which carrier has the best service coverage for you, there are two things you want to consider.

First, check the coverage map. Look at both Bell and Telus networks’ coverage map and compare them to where you will be using your phone.

Next, ask your friends and family what coverage they have and if it works best near your home and work.

If one carrier has better coverage in your area, then it might be best to choose that carrier. However, if both have great coverage in your area, then you should choose whichever one has the best plan for you.

It is important to remember that the BYO phone plans at Koodo and Virgin are on a monthly basis and there are no long-term contracts. Therefore, you can switch provider at any time if you are not satisfied. You will have to pay an activation

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