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In 2004, Rogers bought mobile provider Fido, its sole GSM competitor. The two have remained separate services since.

Fido currently runs on an LTE network with a 700MHz signal.

If you want to save some cash and stay away from the bigger (read pricier) providers, Fido is a tried-and-true discount brand. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the better Fido plans!

Fido mobile rates

Bring your own phone plans

Fido offers a few plans if you already own your phone. For $35 a month, you get 500 minutes of calls in Canada and unlimited texting, but no data. You can bump up to unlimited calls in Canada for an extra $10 a month.

All the other plans under this section include some data, starting normally with 1GB a month for $45 a month (although some limited time promotions might bump that up). All of them come with 500 minutes of calls and unlimited text,  which you can bump up to unlimited calling for an extra $5 a month. They go up to 10GB of data for $115 a month. All plans include a one-time $35 transaction fee, but you can ditch that when you order them online

  • $35 a month – 500 minutes and unlimited texts. $10 more for unlimited calls
  • $45 a month – 1GB of data (2GB with current promotion), 500 minutes and unlimited texts. $5 more for unlimited calls
  • $50 a month – 1GB of data (3GB with current promotion), 500 minutes and unlimited texts. $5 more for unlimited calls
  • $60 a month – 3GB of data (5GB with current promotion), 500 minutes and unlimited texts. $5 more for unlimited calls
  • $70 a month – 5GB of data (7GB with current promotion), 500 minutes and unlimited texts. $5 more for unlimited calls
  • $85 a month – 8GB of data (10GB with current promotion), 500 minutes and unlimited texts. $5 more for unlimited calls
  • $115 a month – 10GB of data (12GB with current promotion), 500 minutes and unlimited texts. $5 more for unlimited calls

Fido Pulse

If you want to purchase your new phone with monthly payments through Fido, then you can choose from one of its many, many Pulse plans. Monthly prices depend on how much you have already paid on your device. If you pay off much of your phone’s cost already, you can start with the small plan, which begins at $45 a month with unlimited text, 500 minutes of calls, and a “pay per use” data plan, and goes all the way up to $125 a month with 12GB of data.

At the other end of the spectrum is the XXL plan, if you have paid nothing or almost nothing for your phone upfront. That plan starts high, at $115 a month, with 3GB of data, unlimited text, and 500 minutes of calls. You can find many different plans in between those prices, in the medium, large, and XL tiers.

Data-only Fido plans

If you just need data for a tablet or want to use Fido hotspots, get a Fido SIM card, put it into your device, and you’ll be all set to use one of these two data plans.

Fido plans - data only

Fido pre-paid plans

In addition, Fido has a ton of pre-paid plans for phones. They range from monthly plans that cost just $10.75 a month for 50 outgoing minutes in Canada and 50 texts to $70 a month for unlimited calls and texts, and 2GB of data. There are also daily plans, which cost just $1 per day, and charge 35 cents a minute for calls and 25 cents for outgoing texts.  Those plans also have add-ons for extra texts, long distance calls and data. 

 

 

Fido home internet

Fido home internet is currently only available in Ontario. (Canada’s favourite child always gets special treatment!)

If you’re the type to just check your email and read the news online (hi, dads of the world), Fido has a bare-bones plan for $35 per month. It’ll get you 50GB of data and download speeds up to 5Mbps. Not much, but enough for some.

Moving up the food chain, you can get download speeds up to 30Mbps, with unlimited data, all for $50 per month.

To jump up to 75Mbps, still with unlimited data, you’ll be looking at $65 per month. If you want speed without needing unlimited data, $60 can also get you 75Mbps, with a data cap of 200GB (still not exactly skimpy on the data).

Final thoughts

Fido certainly isn’t a one-stop shop. With home internet only available in Ontario and no sign of TV offerings, it’s pretty safe to call Fido a mobile provider above all else.

Still, depending on what you’re looking for, Fido could be a great way to save money, get a solid service, and even a free or cheap phone.

What do you think? Any Fido customers want to jump into the comments with their own first-hand experiences?

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