When I migrated to Canada in 2015, one of the basic things I needed to get was a local cellphone line or number. A friend offered to help by adding me as a new line to his Bell account and so for the past 4 years, I had Bell as my carrier or cellphone service provider.
I never had any issues with Bell in terms of coverage, call quality, data speed, etc. However, after a few years, I realized that I was paying more than I should. Not only was my cellphone plan expensive but the monthly bill gradually increased while the plan benefits remained the same. I only had 2GB of data and limited call/talk minutes Canada-wide.
With that, I decided to look for a different carrier that offered a better deal. I was fortunate because when I decided to switch to a different carrier, it was almost Black Friday and all the providers were offering different deals and promotions. The following are my options: First are Canada’s major providers – Bell, Rogers and Telus. Then there’s Fido, Freedom Mobile, Koodo, Virgin, Chatr, Lucky and Public Mobile.
Aside from canvassing the web for the best cellphone deals and promotions, I also asked friends about their current cellphone service providers and their experience with them. I also asked about more specific details regarding the plans they have.
After talking to several people and doing my research online, the carrier that came out as the best option was Koodo. If you’re not familiar with Koodo, it is owned by Telus and mostly oriented toward younger customers. What makes it different from its parent company Telus, is that Koodo doesn’t require a fixed-term contract and their plans cost less.
I chose Koodo because they have very good coverage (they use their parent company Telus network) and they offered the best deal. On my Bell account, I was paying $75/month for 2GB of data, unlimited text messaging within Canada but limited calls within Canada (unlimited calls only from 6 PM to 6 AM). With Koodo, I was getting 5GB of data, unlimited calls, and text messaging within Canada for the same price. Because I was a new customer, I was getting an additional discount – Koodo was going to get $10 off my monthly bill for the first year so I only had to pay $65/month which converts to a savings of $120. Aside from that, I also got $50 in-store credits which I used to get a new cellphone case and a $50 prepaid Visa card.
I forgot to mention that I also got a new phone in the process – a Samsung Galaxy A50 which I’ll be sharing about in a different blog post so if you’re interested, watch out for it.
I’ve only been with Koodo for less than a month now but so far I haven’t had any issues with coverage, call quality, making or receiving calls, and text messages. If I come across any issues in the future, I will update this post or publish a new one to discuss it.
In case you’re in the process of looking for a new carrier and need help determining which provider – Bell, Koodo (Telus), Rogers or Freedom has the best coverage in your area, visit this link.
If you’re with Bell, Rogers, or even Telus and you’re stuck with an expensive monthly cellphone plan, I recommend you look for a cheaper alternative and my first option would be Koodo. Before you make the switch, make sure to do some research because coverage, call quality, data speeds, etc. can vary between carriers depending on your location.
By the way, I’m not in any way affiliated to or being compensated by Koodo or Telus. I’m just a regular customer and this blog post is just me sharing about my recent experience of switching cellphone service providers.
Anyone here who recently switched to Koodo from one of the major carriers? Feel free to share your experience and/or thoughts by leaving a comment below.