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Old 08-30-2019, 11:02 AM   #41
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I agree with the BYOD setup as well. I've been doing it for a long time and have slowly gotten a really good plan for no cost increase.

As an example, the Pixel 3 is currently $600 from Google on a sale right now, and you can get a 4 GB phone plan from Fido for $50 a month. If you're to work out the price of the phone over two years, it's essentially $75 a month for a good phone and a plan.

Fido is offering a Pixel 3 for $0 on an XL plan. The only phone plan for an XL plan is 10 GB for $105 a month. So you're spending $30 a month more than the BYOD route for a "free" phone, which I can only see being appealing for those who can't afford to upfront $600+ at the start.

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Old 08-30-2019, 04:29 PM   #42
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I agree with the BYOD setup as well. I've been doing it for a long time and have slowly gotten a really good plan for no cost increase.

As an example, the Pixel 3 is currently $600 from Google on a sale right now, and you can get a 4 GB phone plan from Fido for $50 a month. If you're to work out the price of the phone over two years, it's essentially $75 a month for a good phone and a plan.

Fido is offering a Pixel 3 for $0 on an XL plan. The only phone plan for an XL plan is 10 GB for $105 a month. So you're spending $30 a month more than the BYOD route for a "free" phone, which I can only see being appealing for those who can't afford to upfront $600+ at the start.
Koodo is usually better than either of those options. For a Pixel 3, right now you can get it for $480 ($120 up front + $15 per month for 2 years) with a $50 4GB plan ($55 if you want unlimited minutes). And they'll throw in a "$100 bonus gift" which I believe is a prepaid Visa card.



So you're only out $120 up front and the end result is about $65-70 a month over 2 years including the phone.
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Old 08-30-2019, 04:44 PM   #43
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I took the geek route last time I was upgrading and made a spreadsheet with the cost of a phone over 2 years under various options. I found that if the phone was at full price it was generally a better deal to get it on a contract (which contract was best varied from phone to phone) but if I could get a reasonable sale on the phone BYOD would be better value and give more flexibility.
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Old 08-31-2019, 11:56 AM   #44
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I took the geek route last time I was upgrading and made a spreadsheet with the cost of a phone over 2 years under various options. I found that if the phone was at full price it was generally a better deal to get it on a contract (which contract was best varied from phone to phone) but if I could get a reasonable sale on the phone BYOD would be better value and give more flexibility.

Entirely subjective on the phone......
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Contracts can be competitive to fully purchased phones. However I see a few more advantages to BYOD.

Getting a device first. When the iPhone X came out I got mine in October, others upgrading on contract got theirs as late as February.

Power to switch providers when desired. I will admit this was not used by me too much until the last 18 months. When I got the iPhone X almost 2 years ago, the price was about $105 for 5GB data. Very reasonable at that time.

However I believe shortly after getting the phone promotions started to come in. I had a code for friends and family on Wind for 15gb/$35. I could not have used if I was on contract as it would have expired Oct 2019.

I used the code for a family member, but am currently on a BYOD with Bell $75/15GB Plan. All said I have better maximize value by using BYOD over contract. I just had to be willing to switch a few times.

I think that is the power of BYOD.
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Old 09-04-2019, 08:46 PM   #46
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Agreed! Thought I was missing something.

Think we'll go with Telus for her (she wants the Samsung Note 10 and they are exclusive dealer for that phone and seemingly only thru Best Buy, or a Samsung store, if we had one).

Anyone with any guidance on a plan to get on Telus. I'm admittedly at a loss coming from Freedom plans, to trying to even understand what is being offered.
Check the Telus EPP website to see if your employer or wife's employer qualify for corporate rates. They have the Note 10 available for pre order and I believe it includes a $300 device discount. I just transferred two Telus consumer lines to the Telus EPP and we now have 10gb shared plans (20gb total) and Galaxy S10+ phones for $71 per month. Looks like the Telus EPP has the Note 10 available for $102 per month with their 10gb plan.
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