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Best Cell Phone Plans in Canada

The term “Overchoice”, introduced in Alvin Toffler’s 1970 book, Future Shock, is described as a “cognitive process in which people have a difficult time making a decision when faced with many options.” Whether it’s a national carrier like Bell or Rogers or a discount carrier like Chatr, each of them has a plethora of offerings, from top of the line smartphone plans for heavy data users to more simple talk & text plans perfect for your grandmother you only call or visit twice a year.

This many options can be overwhelming but have no fear, we’re here to break it all down for you and make this expenditure one you can feel confident with.

Find and Compare the Best Cell Phone Plans

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Our Top Picks for the Best cell Phone Plans to match your needs and lifestyle

Best Smartphone Plan

Koodo Mobile 6GB $60 + Small/No Tab

Let’s face it, not everyone requires unlimited data. In a 2018 report, the Financial Post found that Canadians only use 2.7GB of data per month on average. With that in mind, Koodo’s $50/month small/no tab plan (customers can choose to put a “tab” on a new device and break that cost down over 24 months) is the nationwide winner. This is a terrific all-around plan (including unlimited talk/text) that encapsulates the needs of the average Canadian.

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4G LTE Network  

Messages: Unlimited

Specification: Koodo Mobile – BYOD – Unlimited Talk & Text – 6GB Data

Minutes Unlimited - Canada
Mobile Data 6 GB
Messaging Unlimited
Data Details Additional data $10/100 MB
Mobile Data Speed 4G LTE
Plan Type No Contract - Monthly Billed
Province AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, ON, PEI, QC, SK
No Contract - Monthly Billed
$60.00

Best Unlimited Data Plan

Rogers Infinite +10 - $75

Canadians spent over $1.22 billion in overage fees in 2018, hence large carriers like Rogers and Bell offering unlimited data plans. Keep in mind that “Unlimited Data” can be misleading. After you reach your monthly data allotment, you are “throttled” to an upload/download maximum speed of 512Kbps. Imagine going to an all you can eat buffet, and after ravaging all the tenderloin, you’re told you can stay but you’re limited to celery sticks and dip. For users who enjoy streaming 4K video on the bus for some reason, Rogers Infinite + 10 plan has you covered. 10GB of data and unlimited talk/text are on the menu. For the seriously heavy data users out there, you can upgrade to 20GB/month for an additional $10, but if you’re using that much data by yourself, we need to reevaluate your social calendar.

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  • Unlimited text/picture/video messages
  • Unlimited data at reduced speeds
  • No data overages

5G Network  

Messages: Unlimited

Specification: Rogers Wireless – Infinite +10 – Unlimited canada wide calling

Minutes Unlimited - Canada
Mobile Data Unlimited
Messaging Unlimited
Plan Type No Contract - Monthly Billed
Data Details Upto 512 MB speed after Limit, 10 GB at max speed
Mobile Data Speed 5G
No Contract - Monthly Billed 5G Network in selected areas with compatible devices
$75.00

Best Family Sharing Plan

Rogers Infinite +20 - $85 ($235/month for 3 users w/$10 discount)

Family data sharing is more common than ever because for some reasons even 11-year-olds need cell phones now. Rogers has the best Family Sharing plan due to it’s $10 monthly discount on each additional line. Rogers is also the only major carrier that lets you share the full-speed data allotment between all users. Three users can share 60GB of data for $235/month, along with unlimited talk/text. Until March 2021, Rogers is also including access to it’s developing 5G network for free, a $15/month value.

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  • Unlimited text/picture/video messages
  • Unlimited data at reduced speeds
  • No data overages

5G Network  

Messages: Unlimited

Specification: Rogers Wireless – Infinite +10 – Unlimited canada wide calling

Minutes Unlimited - Canada
Mobile Data Unlimited
Messaging Unlimited
Plan Type No Contract - Monthly Billed
Data Details Upto 512 MB speed after Limit, 10 GB at max speed
Mobile Data Speed 5G
No Contract - Monthly Billed 5G Network in selected areas with compatible devices
$75.00

Best Data-Only Plan

Lucky Mobile Canada Wide Data-Only Plan - $15

Lucky Mobile has introduced an extremely affordable entry-level data plan for Canadians with their Canada Wide Data-Only plan. At $15, customers can enjoy 500MB of data/month with an additional 250MB for customers that sign up for their automatic top-up service (prepayment). Being on Bell’s network also provides the best available nationwide coverage. Keep in mind that download speeds are throttled at 3MB/second and if you hit your limit you’re going into a time machine to 1997 with download speeds choked to 128Kbps.

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3G Network  

Messages: N/A

Specification: Lucky Mobile – Canada-Wide Data Only Plan – 500 MB

Minutes 0 Mins - Pay As You Go
Mobile Data 0.75 Gb (750 MB)
Network Bell
Messaging N/A
Mobile Data Speed 3G
Plan Type No Contract - Monthly Billed
Province AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, ON, PEI, QC, SK
No Contract - Monthly Billed
$15.00

Best Talk & Text Plan (No Data)

Freedom Mobile Prepaid Talk + Text - $19

For customers who only use data on their at-home Wifi, Freedom Mobile’s Talk & Text plan is the most affordable across the nation. They even offer a yearly option for $99/year, which works out to slightly over $8/month. This is an unlimited talk/text plan which compares favorably to other carriers whose plans include pay-as-you-go minutes. Keep in mind you need to live in a Freedom Zone (urban centres in Ontario, Alberta and BC) to sign up. This plan is geared towards young cost-conscious urban dwellers.

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Specification: Freedom Mobile – Nationwide Talk + Text

Minutes Unlimited - Canada
Mobile Data 0 Mb
Messaging Unlimited
Mobile Data Speed 4G LTE
Plan Type No Contract - Monthly Billed
Province AB, BC, ON

4G LTE Network

No Contract - Monthly Billed

$19.00

+ $30 Upfront

Best Prepaid Plan

Freedom Mobile Prepaid Nationwide Text + Call 1.5GB - $19

For many users, having control over their usage is priority one. Most carriers offer prepaid plans, but customers looking at options like this still need a usable amount of monthly data to go with unlimited talk/text where possible. Two plans caught our eye. Both are extremely similar, with the main differentiator being your physical location. Freedom Mobile’s plan is the most cost-effective in the country at $19 and 1.5GB/month, but similar to all Freedom plans, it only applies for customers in Freedom Zones.

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Specification: Freedom Mobile – Promo Freedom Nationwide Talk + Text + 1.5GB

Minutes Unlimited - Canada
Mobile Data 1.5 GB
Messaging Unlimited
Mobile Data Speed 4G LTE
Plan Type No Contract - Monthly Billed
Province AB, BC, ON

4G LTE Network

No Contract - Monthly Billed

$24.00

+ $30 Upfront

Bonus - Best Cell Phone Plan Editors Choice

Public Mobile’s 1GB plan (500MB + 500MB w/Autopay) - $23

Public Mobile’s 1GB plan (500MB + 500MB w/Autopay) is the best plan for everyone from Wawa, ON to Wakaw, SK. At $23/month ($25/month - $2 with Autopay), this plan includes unlimited talk/text, which compares favorably to other carriers who limit talk minutes on their prepaid plans. Public also runs on Telus’ network, which offers excellent coverage.

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Messages: Unlimited

Specification: Public Mobile – Unlimited Canada-wide talk – 1GB data

Minutes Unlimited - Canada
Mobile Data 1 GB
Messaging Unlimited
Data Details Bonus 500 MB with AutoPay
Province AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, ON, PEI, QC, SK
Mobile Data Speed 3G
Plan Type No Contract - Monthly Billed
No Contract - Monthly Billed
- 29%
$35.00 $25.00

Per 30 Days with AutoPay + $10 Upfront

Conclusion

So there you have it. Canadians have never had more options when it comes to finding a cell phone plan that suits their needs. From a features standpoint, who you choose to sign up with is a wash, and with ever-improving coverage maps, it’s becoming harder and harder to make a regrettable decision. Best of luck out there!

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