Best Fido Cell Phone Plans

Owned by Canada’s larger telecommunications company Rogers, Fido Mobile is a wireless services provider. The first to provide unlimited service in some Canadian cities, Fido was also the first wireless service provider to offer general packet radio service in North America. At just under 3.4 million customers, Fido is Canada’s fourth-largest wireless service provider.

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4G LTE Network  

Messages: 50 Nationwide

Specification: Fido – Prepaid – Talk & Text

Minutes 50 Mins
Mobile Data 1 GB
Additional Minutes $0.30/minute
Messaging 50 Nationwide
Mobile Data Speed 4G LTE
Plan Type Prepaid
Province AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, ON, PEI, QC, SK
Prepaid
$10.75
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4G LTE Network  

Messages: Unlimited Canada

Specification: Fido – Data Only – 250MB

Minutes 0 Mins - Pay As You Go
Mobile Data 0.25 Gb (250 MB)
Messaging Unlimited Canada
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
$15.00
0

4G LTE Network  

Messages: Unlimited Canada

Specification: Fido – Data Only – 500MB

Minutes 0 Mins - Pay As You Go
Mobile Data 0.50 Gb (500 MB)
Messaging Unlimited Canada
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
$25.00
0

4G LTE Network  

Messages: Unlimited Canada

Specification: Fido – Data Only – 1GB

Minutes 0 Mins - Pay As You Go
Mobile Data 1 GB
Messaging Unlimited Canada
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
$30.00
0

4G LTE Network  

Messages: Unlimited

Specification: Fido – Prepaid – Talk & Text – 250 Canada-wide minutes

Minutes 250 Mins
Mobile Data 0 Mb
Additional Minutes $0.30/minute
Messaging Unlimited
Mobile Data Speed 4G LTE
Plan Type Prepaid
Province AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, ON, PEI, QC, SK
Prepaid
$30.00
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4G LTE Network  

Messages: Unlimited

Specification: Fido – 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, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, ON, PEI, QC, SK
No Contract - Monthly Billed
$35.00
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4G LTE Network  

Messages: Unlimited

Specification: Fido – Talk, text & Data Plans – 2 GB

Minutes Unlimited - Canada
Mobile Data 2 GB
Messaging Unlimited
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
NEW! Data Overage Protection is included + 5 Hours of Bonus Data
$45.00
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4G LTE Network  

Messages: Unlimited

Specification: Fido – Talk, text & Data Plans – 4 GB

Minutes Unlimited - Canada
Mobile Data 4 GB
Messaging Unlimited
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
NEW! Data Overage Protection is included + 5 Hours of Bonus Data
$55.00
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4G LTE Network  

Messages: Unlimited

Specification: Fido – Talk, text & Data Plans – 6 GB

Minutes Unlimited - Canada
Mobile Data 6 GB
Messaging Unlimited
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
NEW! Data Overage Protection is included + 5 Hours of Bonus Data
$60.00
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4G LTE Network  

Messages: Unlimited

Specification: Fido – Prepaid – Talk, Text & Data

Minutes Unlimited - Canada
Mobile Data 1 GB
Messaging Unlimited
Mobile Data Speed 4G LTE
Plan Type Prepaid
Province AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, ON, PEI, QC, SK
Prepaid
$60.00
0

4G LTE Network  

Messages: Unlimited

Specification: Fido – Talk, text & Data Plans – 8 GB

Minutes Unlimited - Canada
Mobile Data 8 GB
Messaging Unlimited
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
NEW! Data Overage Protection is included + 5 Hours of Bonus Data
$65.00
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4G LTE Network  

Messages: Unlimited

Specification: Fido – Talk, text & Data Plans – 10 GB

Minutes Unlimited - Canada
Mobile Data 10 GB
Messaging Unlimited
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
NEW! Data Overage Protection is included + 5 Hours of Bonus Data
$75.00

About Fido

Launched initially by Microcell Solutions in 1996, Fido was started with the goal of revolutionizing Canada’s wireless industry. Fido went through several pricing models since its inception and today follows suit with most other carriers with few exceptions.

VoiceStream, now T-Mobile, partly funded Fido’s initial development, and Fido was the first Canadian provider to offer services on a GSM network.

In November 2004, Fido was acquired by Rogers Communications for an estimated $1.4 billion. Rogers Communications would go on to acquire Sprint Canada shortly after. Fido was repositioned as the mid-range option for all of Canada and, as of 2013, had well over three million customers. Currently, it employs over 2000.

Fido’s biggest selling point is its variety of plans offering bring-your-own-phone options. While Fido and Rogers Wireless share many features and price points, Rogers mostly offers plans that require the purchase of one of its devices.

However, that flexibility comes at a price. there’s often a delay before the latest models of phones are available at Fido.

The primary competitors are Virgin Mobile Canada and Koodo Mobile, both having similar price points and catering to a similar millennial demographic.

Following pressures from competitor Koodo Mobile, Fido was rebranded and relaunched in 2008 with more discount options. At that point, Fido added plans identically priced to Koodo’s and with the system access fees waived.

In 2013, Fido started offering home phone services, which has become a significant part of its business.

Fido, along with many other Canadian carriers, made a substantial shift to their pricing model in 2018. Before then, phones and plans were typically bundled under one price. To increase pricing transparency, Fido started pricing its plans separately from the phones.

Fido’s Network Coverage

Fido serves as the mid-range brand for Rogers. It shares Rogers’s towers and vice versa.

The network runs on the GSM, 4G HSPA+, and LTE technologies.

Rogers, and by extension, Fido, offers coast-to-coast coverage in Canada. Unfortunately, Fido doesn’t offer LTE coverage in all its markets.

Rural areas don’t have LTE coverage but by and large 3G coverage. Overall, 97% of Canadians are covered either through Fido’s own towers or Rogers towers. In addition, Fido offers data roaming in over 200 worldwide locations with 300+ roaming partners.

The network supports all modern phones, and Rogers’ network ranks highly on reliability and up-time. While 5G capabilities are currently not available to customers, it is being tested on Rogers networks. With plans to start 5G coverage in late 2020, Fido customers will have access to that technology as well.

Fido currently has LTE coverage:

  • Kentville
  • Halifax
  • London
  • Hamilton
  • Sudbury
  • Kelowna
  • Vancouver
  • John’s
  • Quebec City
  • Windsor
  • Timmins
  • Moncton
  • Calgary
  • Toronto
  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
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