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Most Affordable Way to own a smartphone in BC (Canada).
« on: November 06, 2019, 05:47:01 PM »
I've been fortunate...or unfortunate at times....to have a company paid cell for the past 19 years.  Of course I have never been one to have a personal cell phone when I am given one for free.  What gives with people who carry two phones!??

Anyhow, this will all have to change when I RE.  So I am looking for ideas on the best options cost-wise. 

To begin the discussion, I'll start with some details of what I use a phone to do:

- take pictures
- text (I do this a lot)
- phone (not that much maybe a couple hours per month); I keep a landline because my children do not have phones
- navigate using google maps
- navigate using apps for hiking

I've had an iPhone for the past 5 years and while I do like it I'm not hell bent on having an iPhone for my personal cell. 

Questions:

Do you buy a phone outright and then sign up for a service?

or

Is it better to buy the phone through the service?

How's the coverage with the various providers?

Basically, I'm just looking for options.  I figure I will likely need to spend (gasp) at least $60/month for this luxury.
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2019, 08:39:52 AM »
Update, I found a great site for all of Canada:

https://www.planhub.ca/#/

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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2019, 09:30:04 AM »
I recommend Koodo Prepaid plan (15$/ month , and you buy some data and minutes.

I usually buy my phone separately, Through refurb or kijiji/facebook marketplace.

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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 10:11:40 AM »
I recommend Koodo Prepaid plan (15$/ month , and you buy some data and minutes.

I usually buy my phone separately, Through refurb or kijiji/facebook marketplace.

Is refurb a company that insures them.  I'm skeptical on buying some yahoos phone off of FB.

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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2019, 10:51:05 AM »
refurbished is a phone that had an issue, and was repaired by the company and then resold. By Yahoos, you mean every person who upgrades their phone? They have to do something with the old one.

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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2019, 11:09:40 AM »
refurbished is a phone that had an issue, and was repaired by the company and then resold. By Yahoos, you mean every person who upgrades their phone? They have to do something with the old one.

Touchť you are likely right because most people feel that the latest and greatest must be better.  Iíve had iPhones most recently.  I am coming up on 2 years with the X and as an upgrade it did not change my life at all.  They just changed how you do the same things.  Sure, the camera is great but thatís it.  I feel they were screwing with the battery life on my old iPhone and that was becoming a PITA!

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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2019, 01:13:58 AM »
Buy Amazon refurbished iPhone.

Get Public Mobile $25/mo prepaid plan (uses Telus network, as does Koodo).

https://www.publicmobile.ca/en/bc/plans/25for500MB-3Gspeed

Done.

... If you don't like the idea of refurbished, sometimes Costco has older model iPhones for cheap(er).
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2019, 07:33:03 AM »
Buy Amazon refurbished iPhone.

Get Public Mobile $25/mo prepaid plan (uses Telus network, as does Koodo).

https://www.publicmobile.ca/en/bc/plans/25for500MB-3Gspeed

Done.

... If you don't like the idea of refurbished, sometimes Costco has older model iPhones for cheap(er).

Thanks, I sense a common theme.  Buy a refurbished phone and go from there...I like this Public Plan...thanks!

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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2019, 05:57:13 PM »
Thanks, I sense a common theme.

Great mustaches think alike ;-)

Public Mobile is a very mustachian service. As a Telus subsidiary, the mothership allows them to give cheaper rates in exchange for slightly lower data speed and only giving online (forum) assistance. If you are the sort of person that needs support from a person on the phone, it is not so good.

I have a business number with a very basic plan that clocks in at $8/month, after an autopay bonus. Not enough for normal usage, but fine for what I needed.

Depending on your needs, you can also cobble together a decent Koodo plan.

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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2019, 10:53:36 PM »
Find a free broken screen phone and fix it yourself!  So easy to do.

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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2019, 03:50:35 PM »
PTF.  Fire_at_45, I'm in the same boat as you re. phone.  Also wondering whether to get rid of the landline at that point, or shortly after.

I looked at Planhub, and agree that Public looks like the best bet.  Regarding data, I have no clue how much, or how little, usage I can get out of 250 MB / month.

I have an old iPhone 6.  Is there an easy way to see how much I'm currently using?

Any tricks for minimizing data usage?  Like - sending photos to myself via email - is there a better way?

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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2019, 03:57:51 PM »
PTF.  Fire_at_45, I'm in the same boat as you re. phone.  Also wondering whether to get rid of the landline at that point, or shortly after.

I looked at Planhub, and agree that Public looks like the best bet.  Regarding data, I have no clue how much, or how little, usage I can get out of 250 MB / month.

I have an old iPhone 6.  Is there an easy way to see how much I'm currently using?

Any tricks for minimizing data usage?  Like - sending photos to myself via email - is there a better way?

@meghan88 yes there are ways to know your usage.  You can go into your settings and reset your data and then track your usage.  I know from my experience when I was not using Wifi effectively and surfing a lot I was using close to 2 GB.  And now that I use Wifi more effectively I use closer to 1 GB.  I personally don't think that 250 is enough.

I change the settings in my phone so that I cannot stream YT or anything over data.  If you make those simple changes you can reduce usage dramatically.  And I think the iPhone will also show you exactly where you are using data...and then you just have to change your behaviour. 

I won't get away from texting a lot so I need to find a plan where that's not limited.

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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2019, 04:11:39 PM »
Interesting - I will try that, thanks!

Re. sending yourself photos - is email the only option?

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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2019, 04:56:13 PM »
Interesting - I will try that, thanks!

Re. sending yourself photos - is email the only option?

No, send them over Wifi.  Also, google photos allows you to send links through email.  Iím still fiddling with that tool but I love google photos.

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Re: Most Affordable Way to own a smartphone in BC (Canada).
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2019, 07:51:29 PM »
I have a few friends on Public Mobile for a few years now and they have stated zero issues at all. Go their facebook page as they are always posting up deals only on the FB page. Additionally I believe they have 3 options, bring your own phone, buy a refurbished phone or buy a new phone.
Side note ~ Best bang for the buck used would be a 128gb Apple iPhone 7 plus in my opinion.

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« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2019, 10:44:42 PM »
Re. sending yourself photos - is email the only option?
That is not a good way to move photos around. There are multiple good options, but you should do them over Wifi, not mobile data. If you are in the apple world, airdrop works very well. Dropbox and other cloud services also do auto-photo sync, but you need to do some homework to figure out what will work best for you.
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« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2019, 05:10:51 AM »
I just buy a ~$200 android phone from a well known manufacturer off Amazon.

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« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2019, 08:48:23 AM »
I just buy a ~$200 android phone from a well known manufacturer off Amazon.

Are there the same problems of battery life with androids that there have been with Apple products?  I think that problem is mostly gone now.
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« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2019, 09:01:26 AM »
Moto has some good budget options.

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« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2019, 10:30:33 AM »
I just buy a ~$200 android phone from a well known manufacturer off Amazon.

Are there the same problems of battery life with androids that there have been with Apple products?  I think that problem is mostly gone now.
I'm not too sure, I do have to charge my phone daily.  I wouldn't be surprised if they had similar issues to Apple phones but a USB charger usually isn't too far away.

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« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2019, 10:47:23 AM »
I'm not too sure, I do have to charge my phone daily.  I wouldn't be surprised if they had similar issues to Apple phones but a USB charger usually isn't too far away.

I had an Apple that I would kill in 4 or 5 hours.  I have an Iphone X right now and it is nearly 2 years old and the battery is exceptional.  I can use it all day with heavy usage and it is fine.

I sometimes use my phone for navigation hiking so battery life is important for safety reasons.  Of course I could carry a spare battery as well.

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« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2019, 11:01:28 AM »
I'm not too sure, I do have to charge my phone daily.  I wouldn't be surprised if they had similar issues to Apple phones but a USB charger usually isn't too far away.

I had an Apple that I would kill in 4 or 5 hours.  I have an Iphone X right now and it is nearly 2 years old and the battery is exceptional.  I can use it all day with heavy usage and it is fine.

I sometimes use my phone for navigation hiking so battery life is important for safety reasons.  Of course I could carry a spare battery as well.

I have a newish, but older model, Samsung android phone. After 2 days the battery is usually down to about 50%. As the phone ages, the battery life will usually go down, but it may be possible to just replace the battery for $20. I did that with my 1st phone.

As for people who carry 2 phones, in my case it would be because of my company's ridiculous security requirements. I don't want their spyware sucking the life out of my phone, spying on me and I certainly don't want to permanently brick the phone if I manage to enter the wrong password 3 times.

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« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2019, 01:07:47 PM »
I'm not too sure, I do have to charge my phone daily.  I wouldn't be surprised if they had similar issues to Apple phones but a USB charger usually isn't too far away.

I had an Apple that I would kill in 4 or 5 hours.  I have an Iphone X right now and it is nearly 2 years old and the battery is exceptional.  I can use it all day with heavy usage and it is fine.

I sometimes use my phone for navigation hiking so battery life is important for safety reasons.  Of course I could carry a spare battery as well.
You could select a phone with a reputation for a great battery, or perhaps a compass would work for hiking, and you could turn your phone off or put it in airplane mode or battery saving mode.

It's just a question of how much you're willing to spend on a solution.

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« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2019, 03:05:52 PM »
I have a newish, but older model, Samsung android phone. After 2 days the battery is usually down to about 50%. As the phone ages, the battery life will usually go down, but it may be possible to just replace the battery for $20. I did that with my 1st phone.

As for people who carry 2 phones, in my case it would be because of my company's ridiculous security requirements. I don't want their spyware sucking the life out of my phone, spying on me and I certainly don't want to permanently brick the phone if I manage to enter the wrong password 3 times.

I guess this 2nd phone mustachian transgression is acceptable ;)

Good point on changing the battery.  Apple makes that impossible to my knowledge but I am here asking because I have not done much research.

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« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2019, 03:06:58 PM »
You could select a phone with a reputation for a great battery, or perhaps a compass would work for hiking, and you could turn your phone off or put it in airplane mode or battery saving mode.

It's just a question of how much you're willing to spend on a solution.

Very true.  I use an app that runs off the GPS in airplane mode so it probably uses very little battery. 

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« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2019, 01:16:47 AM »
extend your online buying search to the US, try ebay. I brought my verizon wireless 2013 motox, which are unlocked, to Vancouver last year. Bought a SIM card in 7-11, inserted it in, and voila! worked great

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« Reply #26 on: December 01, 2019, 02:54:09 PM »
I recommend Koodo Prepaid plan (15$/ month , and you buy some data and minutes.

I usually buy my phone separately, Through refurb or kijiji/facebook marketplace.

I am also on the Koodo $15/month prepaid plan (unlimited texting). I bought a cheap LG phone for around $100 that works fine for what I need. You can also get unlocked phones from Staples.ca that I think would work. I get my Koodo plan automatically billed to my credit card, and you get a 10% credit for doing that. Usually by the time I need to buy another block of talk minutes I have enough credit to pay for it, so it is free.

I am very happy with this plan, but I also don't use my phone for talk or data much.

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« Reply #27 on: December 01, 2019, 03:43:38 PM »
Good point on changing the battery.  Apple makes that impossible to my knowledge but I am here asking because I have not done much research.

Although the battery is sealed on Apple phones, there are lots of repair shops that can replace your battery for a nominal fee. Adventurous mustachians can do it themselves, but you have the weight the cost of mistakes.

For hardware, both Android and Apple phones have excellent models. I place a premium on long-term support since I keep my phone for as long as possible. Apple is really the only decent choice for security updates. Each person has to judge the trade-offs, but the modest price premium was worth it for me (Otherwise, I am generally agnostic about Android vs iOS).

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« Reply #28 on: December 01, 2019, 03:48:42 PM »
I use an app that runs off the GPS in airplane mode so it probably uses very little battery.

Although that seems like intuitive sense, it is often better to give your phone access to the phone network. Calculating GPS coordinates is a very heavy task for a phone CPU and being able to get a rough location from nearby cell towers speeds up the process. Unless you are really out of range of all cell towers, you would probably use less battery not being in airplane mode (or at least coming out of airplane mode when you are doing any map work). It may be worth experimenting.

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« Reply #29 on: December 04, 2019, 08:22:10 AM »
Just wanted to weigh in and throw my support behind Public Mobile. Great service and very Mustachian as 'Mighty Eyebrows' has already clearly stated. I made a list of reasons to switch over on my blog but I'll c/p the two most Mustachian points for using this service:

#12 Since you have brought your own phone, you are now effectively immune to the marketing of phones! This powerful scheme has kept Canadians paying high premiums for quite lackluster phone plans for decades now. Public Mobile doesn't sell phones, they don't care if you're using a fucking rock. Unlike Lucky Mobile and Chatr (competitors in this discounted space), Public Mobile won't push new phones onto you. Do you remember the difference between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S? Neither do I, but I foolishly upgraded for reasons I can't recall. Wear this new immunity like armour.

#13 By bringing your own phone, you will save money because you are going to take care of it. Phone ownership is the same thing as having no car loan, or not paying a mortgage anymore. It's ultimate freedom and once you own your phone on a cheap plan such as this one, you'll forget all about the newest phone crazes. You'll actually find that you're proud of your 3 year old phone. If and when that phone bites the dust, you can easily find 2 year old phones on Facebook Marketplace or Kijiji that will be selling for 50% or less of its original value.

If you want to read the whole thing and get a referral code, you can check it out: https://www.canadianfire.ca/2019/07/the-best-phone-plan-in-canada.html. Otherwise, hope this helped.

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« Reply #30 on: December 04, 2019, 11:09:02 AM »
Moto has some good budget options.
I"m happy with my Moto E4. Picked it up for ~$70 US about 6 months ago.

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« Reply #31 on: December 04, 2019, 03:43:51 PM »
Thanks everyone for weighing in on this topic.  I know so much more than when I started ;)

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« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2020, 09:26:38 AM »
Update:

I decided to stay with Apple products and specifically an iphone 8 plus.  I started to watch FB marketplace locally and found the pricing to be around $500.  Since I was not in a rush I held off on buying and continued to watch things.  Eventually one came on with a case for $420.  I contacted the seller and asked a few questions about the case, battery health etc.  He answered my questions and then I told him I was looking at a few more phones.  The next day he contacted me and said he would drop his price to $350 to sell it. 

We agreed to meet at a Tim`s to do the deal but I told him that normally I always purchase at someone`s house.  I asked if I could have his DL number and some other personal information when we met.  He agreed.

He ended up being late by 15 minutes but told me at least he was running late.  He shows up in a BMW and is a professional looking guy.  Phew!! 

I grabbed the Wifi at Tim`s and start setting up the phone.  It seems all good so I gave him the money, took down his licence plate and gathered his business card from a reputable and well known bank. 

I now have my Public Mobile SIM on the way and I will try the $25 plan.  Thanks everyone for helping a newbie through this process ;)
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« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2020, 09:38:10 AM »
Update, I found a great site for all of Canada:

https://www.planhub.ca/#/
excellent link....book-marked for when I have to start paying for my phone next year!

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« Reply #34 on: February 12, 2020, 12:52:59 PM »
@bluebell from all the research I did it appears that Public Mobile and Koodo are the 2 most affordable providers.  The information provided by @Canadian FIRE on Public Mobile is most excellent!  Also, on the Public Mobile site you can join their community and ask questions.  For me this was very helpful because I was given a link where I could post my address and local the cell towers for Telus in my area.  This sealed the deal for me because our area is covered very well.  I should actually see a marked improvement over my Rogers service through work.

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« Reply #35 on: February 12, 2020, 12:56:21 PM »
@bluebell from all the research I did it appears that Public Mobile and Koodo are the 2 most affordable providers.  The information provided by @Canadian FIRE on Public Mobile is most excellent!  Also, on the Public Mobile site you can join their community and ask questions.  For me this was very helpful because I was given a link where I could post my address and local the cell towers for Telus in my area.  This sealed the deal for me because our area is covered very well.  I should actually see a marked improvement over my Rogers service through work.
thanks.....we're moving rural this year....I'll check out the coverage.

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« Reply #36 on: February 12, 2020, 12:57:29 PM »
We agreed to meet at a Tim`s to do the deal but I told him that normally I always purchase at someone`s house.  I asked if I could have his DL number and some other personal information when we met.  He agreed.

I understand your concern and caution in doing this, but there's an easier way to CYA for next time. Just do an IMEI check on the used phone you're buying. If it's blacklisted, it's stolen. Simple as that. The following site should give you tools to check IMEI status on both Canadian and US networks: https://lookup.unlockr.ca/ Easy way to see if they're on the bead is asking for the IMEI before you even meet to check, and then verify the IMEI on purchase.

Beyond that, if they've done a factory reset and disassociated their account from the device, you should be fine. Best place to meet for used phone purchases outside of a police station is usually at an Apple Store/Dealer (for iPhones) or the carrier store the phone was purchased from/the person selling is using. Not a private residence.

If you don't want to deal with vetting private sellers (it is risky), definitely go refurb from a reputable shop that specializes in used phone refurbishing and is honest and transparent about device condition/grading next time. Plenty available through Ebay and Amazon that way, especially Ebay, and there's frequently at least some sort of no-lemon warranty. Try to find sellers that are selling multiples of the same device, and/or their account only sells refurb phones.

Lastly, Whistleout is a great source for looking for looking up what cellular plans are available now and in the future (going prepaid without contract theoretically allows you to port your number and switch at any time if there's a better deal around for your average usage): https://www.whistleout.ca/ They even have network coverage maps.
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« Reply #37 on: February 12, 2020, 01:09:49 PM »
Great tips @Daley.  I prepared myself to walk away if this deal felt shady but my spidey senses were relieved when I saw him.  I know anyone can fake a few things and he could have still potentially sold me a hot phone. 

I was able to check it with that link and it is clean....phew ;)

If I were to do this again I would do what you suggested and meet at a Tim`s or someplace with WIFI and go through the setup process with the seller present....and also ask for this number in advance.

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« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2020, 01:42:43 PM »
How to locate cell phone towers in your area

https://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/cancellsites.html

With this link you can find out what service you can expect in your area.  This was super helpful to me confirming that PB (owned by Telus) was a good choice for me.

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Re: Most Affordable Way to own a smartphone in BC (Canada).
« Reply #39 on: February 12, 2020, 05:22:43 PM »
I was able to check it with that link and it is clean....phew ;)

Good to hear!

How to locate cell phone towers in your area

https://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/cancellsites.html

Much like Whistleout being a far more thorough source (and independent) for aggregated plan information along with the inclusion of rough network coverage maps and a half dozen more providers over Planhub...

...if you really want to know where cell towers are specifically and how their location impacts overall reception, https://www.cellmapper.net/ is really where it's at, for nearly any country. It provides cell tower locations, antenna arrangement, frequency/bands of each tower, and overall reported real-world expected reception at street level from that carrier in the general vicinity for that service all aggregated down into a relatively easy to read map at any zoom level. the last is especially good to know, because signal propagation and antenna direction can get weird and isn't always just a case of "close-tower==good". The easiest rule of thumb, however, is to just stick with a provider that offers service on a network you already know gives you good coverage. :D

By the way, I hope I'm not overstepping with linking the better tools for you, @FIRE_at_45 I just want to make sure everyone reading has the absolute best resources available to them. It's a bit of a holdover from when I used to run the communications guide, and WhistleOut is one of the many reasons why I finally hung it up. The resource is better and more timely than I was able to provide. I've got some of these resources linked elsewhere in the forum, but it never hurts to re-post every once in a while, especially for non-US-based readers. Sorry I didn't get it to you back in December, though.

Lastly? Dang. Telus' tower coverage in Vancouver and the GTA is bonkers. Makes me wonder if they're reporting/deploying 5W metrocells with WiFi networks on those maps, especially since so many of them are tiny little omnidirectional LTE band 4 (1700/2100AWS) units placed every couple blocks. Too lazy to research and confirm, it just kinda looks like it.
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Re: Most Affordable Way to own a smartphone in BC (Canada).
« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2020, 07:12:17 PM »
Not at all.  The more information the better the decision making ;)

Iím going to check in at the Public Mobile community to see if we are entitled to use the Telus hot spots as well.  I know that when I was with Shaw for my home internet I could use them.  Now Iím with Telus for internet so I have an account and likely can use this to supplement my data plan if itís convenient.

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Re: Most Affordable Way to own a smartphone in BC (Canada).
« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2020, 07:31:28 PM »
Cool.

Iím going to check in at the Public Mobile community to see if we are entitled to use the Telus hot spots as well.  I know that when I was with Shaw for my home internet I could use them.  Now Iím with Telus for internet so I have an account and likely can use this to supplement my data plan if itís convenient.

If you've already got credentials for a semi-public WiFi network in your city with good coverage, it really doesn't matter who the wireless carrier is. So, if you've already got Telus WiFi credentials, and you're cool and comfortable with using their hotspots, just start using it. Cautiously.

Maybe consider a VPN if you do, don't do important money things on the data connection, or anything that you wouldn't want to ensure was encrypted first while out in public, and don't just indiscriminately connect to just any random WiFi hotspot.
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