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Rogers Wireless buyer's guide: The best plans, perks, and phones

There's a reason that Rogers Wireless is leading the charge in Canada.
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April 26, 2022
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It’s tough to top Canada’s largest mobile provider, so you may as well see what it’s about. Rogers Wireless holds the title thanks to more than 11 million subscribers, and that many people can’t be wrong. If you’ve been looking for a chance to jump to a new network, then the time is now. Here are all of the best Rogers Wireless plans to get you connected.

See also: These are the best Canadian phone plans

Throughout this page, we’ll take you into all of the best features of Rogers Wireless. Whether you want a post-paid unlimited plan or you prefer prepaid service, we’ll keep you informed. We even have a few of the best phones to choose from. Of course, there’s always a chance that you’ll decide to go in a completely different direction with your service. With that in mind, we’ve also added information on a few top competitors and some MVNOs to consider too.

Rogers Wireless at a glance

We’ve already mentioned that Rogers Wireless is the largest mobile provider in Canada, but it didn’t get that way overnight. The Big Red carrier kicked off operations in February 1983, though it hasn’t always been called Rogers. It started as Cantel, named for Canadian Telecom, before Ted Rogers began to buy up shares of the network. He then cycled through names before landing on Rogers Wireless in 2003. Rogers Wireless is also the owner of the popular MVNO Fido Solutions.

Rogers Wireless is one of the most accessible networks in Canada, thanks to a blend of GSM, HSPA+, and LTE networks. You can also tap into Canada’s largest 5G network with Rogers, but it’s currently only in 19 cities nationwide. Check out the interactive map right here.

Post-paid Rogers Wireless plans

Rogers InfiniteBasic Phone Plan
Cost
Rogers Infinite
CA$80 to CA$175 per month
Basic Phone Plan
CA$25 to CA$35 per month
Talk and Text
Rogers Infinite
Unlimited
Basic Phone Plan
50 Canada-wide minutes up to unlimited minutes
Data
Rogers Infinite
Unlimited with between 30GB and 100GB at max speeds
Basic Phone Plan
Up to 100MB
International
Rogers Infinite
Roam Like Home and long-distance calling available
Basic Phone Plan
Roam Like Home and long-distance calling available
Extras
Rogers Infinite
Six months of Apple Music
Device protection available
Voicemail add-ons available
Basic Phone Plan
Device protection available
Voicemail add-ons available

Rogers Infinite

The best plan that Rogers Wireless has to offer is called Rogers Infinite. It’s your best shot at unlimited access to talk, text, and data that includes Rogers’ extensive 5G network. Unfortunately, it’s nowhere near cheap, even at the most affordable levels. Plans kick-off at CA$85 per month with 25GB of maximum speed data, and you can save CA$20 every time you add a line.

On the bright side, you can share your data, and each line you add comes with a CA$15 discount for up to nine lines. Rogers Infinite also offers access to the Roam Like Home feature in 185 countries, and you can use the MyRogers app to manage your account. Infinite is the only way to go if you’re hoping for bonus perks as well. It comes with six months of Apple Music and Disney Plus, and you can get a free tablet for the life of your plan.

Highlights:

  • Unlimited talk, text, and shareable data
  • Free tablet and Apple Music

Best for:

  • Users who want the most access at any cost

Basic Phone Plan

If Rogers Infinite is more than you need or simply costs too much, you’re probably looking at the Basic Phone Plan. There’s no middle ground on Rogers, you either get it all or very little. At least the Basic Phone Plan is exceptionally affordable in comparison — you’ll never pay more than CA$30 per month for service.

Rogers recently ditched its limited talk and text plan, so you’ll have as much access as you need when you sign up. However, you can no longer add even 100MB of data, so you’ll have to roam with a little bit of caution.

Highlights:

  • Affordable monthly rates
  • Up to unlimited talk and text

Best for:

  • Users who aren’t dependent on data caps

Tablet and connected device plans

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If you’re a Rogers Infinite customer, adding a tablet to your plan is easier than ever. You can already share data as much as you please, and the added line costs just CA$10 per month no matter what. Better yet, you can get the tablet itself entirely for free right now. Rogers offers the latest iPads and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A and a few other options when you sign up.

You can grab a new Apple Watch on Rogers Wireless as well, and plans cost just CA$10 per month. It works as an extension of your current service so that you can take calls and texts right from your wrist. You can share your data with Rogers Infinite or buy a specific data-only plan like the tablets. If you’re not an iOS user, Rogers also offers the Galaxy Watch 4, among others.

Prepaid Rogers Wireless plans

Talk and TextData, Talk, and Text
Cost
Talk and Text
CA$15 to CA$55 per month
Data, Talk, and Text
CA$50 to CA$65 per month
Talk and Text
Talk and Text
75 texts and 75 minutes
Up to unlimited texts and unlimited local calls
Data, Talk, and Text
Unlimited texts and up to 150 minutes of anytime minutes
Select unlimited calling on weekends and evenings
Data
Talk and Text
None
Data, Talk, and Text
Up to 1GB of included data
International
Talk and Text
International texts included
50 cents per minute long-distance calls
Roaming add-ons available
Data, Talk, and Text
International texts included
50 cents per minute long-distance calls
Roaming add-ons available
Extras
Talk and Text
Data, talk, and text add-ons available
Data, Talk, and Text
Data, talk, and text add-ons available

Talk and text plans

Rogers’ simple talk and text prepaid plans are hands-down the best way to get connected on a budget. They start at just CA$15 per month, and you’ll top out at just CA$25 per month for access. If you go low, you’ll only get 100 minutes and unlimited texts, so you may have to budget your usage carefully. The higher-priced plan can boost you to unlimited access pretty quickly, so it’s worth spending the extra money.

You may find that the minimal plans don’t offer enough value for your needs. If that’s the case, you may want to look into some of the talk, text, and data add-ons. You can put 1GB of data onto your plan for CA$20 per month. Overages are costly, though, so you’ll have to continue to budget your usage.

Highlights:

  • Extremely affordable access
  • Limited usage for talk and text

Talk, text, and data plans

Rogers’s talk, text, and data plans pick up just about where the talk and text options leave. They start at CA$30 per month with unlimited text and 500MB of data. You’ll get unlimited Canada-wide talk, but you can also add international access to different regions for CA$5 per month.

Included data is an excellent start for the talk, text, and unlimited plans, but you’ll have to be careful about usage. Each extra megabyte of data will cost you 5 cents once you pass your monthly threshold, or you can add a whole Gig for CA$20.

Highlights:

  • Includes up to 8GB of data
  • Unlimited text and weekend talk

Which Rogers Wireless plan is right for you?

The most important question on this page is which plan is the right one. Unfortunately, it’s also the one question we can’t answer for everyone. The best Rogers Wireless plan for you comes down to your personal needs. Most people will probably go for one of the Rogers Infinite plans, and the family discount with each added line makes it much easier to swallow. The Basic Phone Plan isn’t a bad alternative if you can keep your usage low, but there’s a chance you’ll run into problems with overages.

On the prepaid side, the talk, text, and data plan is the better buy just for your access. Unlimited texting is critical, and you get more data than the basic post-paid plan offers. If you can swing the talk and text plan, it should save you money, but the access is minimal.

Rogers Wireless vs the competition

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Telus

The best way to decide if Rogers Wireless is your best bet is to compare it to the top Canadian competitors. After all, it’s only one of the Big Three carriers. We’re setting it against both Telus and Bell to see which one is the best of the bunch. Check out the table below before we dig into each carrier in detail:

Bell MobilityRogers WirelessTelus Mobility
Cost
Bell Mobility
Unlimited starts at CA$75 per month
Up to CA$125 per month
Rogers Wireless
Unlimited starts at CA$75 per month
Up to CA$175 per month
Telus Mobility
Peace of Mind for CA$75 per month
Peace of Mind Connect for up to CA$125 per month
Talk and Text
Bell Mobility
Unlimited Canada-wide
Rogers Wireless
Unlimited Canada-wide
Telus Mobility
Unlimited Canada-wide
Data
Bell Mobility
Unlimited, up to 50GB at max speeds
Rogers Wireless
Unlimited, up to 100GB at max speeds
Telus Mobility
20GB with Peace of Mind
Up to 50GB with Peace of Mind Connect
International
Bell Mobility
Add US access with per-month fees
Rogers Wireless
Add-ons available
Telus Mobility
Travel and international add-ons available
Extras
Bell Mobility
Access to Canada's fastest 5G network
Rogers Wireless
Get a free tablet for 24 months
Access to Canada's largest 5G network
Telus Mobility
Save up to CA$15 per line, per month

Bell Mobility

If you’re searching for the freedom to choose, then Bell is the way to go. It simply offers a remarkable number of plans. You can go Unlimited and hoard your data or go for Connect Everything and share your access or choose a promotional plan on top of that. Depending on how you choose, you’ll get unlimited access to Canada’s fastest 5G network or a nice pool of data to share between your accounts. 

Telus Mobility

The last Big Three competitor to consider is Telus Mobility. It shares the same nationwide LTE network as Bell, so you know that you’re getting excellent service. All plans also include unlimited talk and text, so it comes down to how much you want to share your data. If you go for either Peace of Mind or Peace of Mind Connect, you’re pretty much able to keep your data to yourself and your own devices. However, if you head for the Simple Share plan, you can split a pool between your family and friends.

Want Rogers’ service on a budget?

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Fido

If Rogers’ high prices put you off, an MVNO might be the way to go. As the largest Canadian carrier, Rogers owns more than a few other networks, so you’re not starved for choice. Chief among them is Fido Solutions, but you can also try Chatr Mobile, Cityfone, and Zoomer Wireless. Here’s a table to break down all four options:

Fido SolutionsCityfoneChatr MobileZoomer Wireless
Cost
Fido Solutions
CA$45 to CA$75 per month
Cityfone
CA$30 to CA$50 per month
Chatr Mobile
CA$35 to CA$55 per month
Zoomer Wireless
CA$30 to CA$50 per month
Talk and Text
Fido Solutions
Unlimited
Cityfone
Unlimited texts and 800 minutes
Up to unlimited talk and text
Chatr Mobile
Unlimited
Zoomer Wireless
Unlimited texts and 800 minutes
Up to unlimited talk and text
Data
Fido Solutions
2GB to 10GB
Cityfone
1GB to 7GB
Chatr Mobile
2GB to 8GB
Zoomer Wireless
1GB to 7GB
International
Fido Solutions
International texts included, calling add-ons available
Cityfone
Travel packs available
Chatr Mobile
International texts included, calling available from one cent per minute
Zoomer Wireless
Travel packs available
Extras
Fido Solutions
5 hours of unlimited data
Fido XTRA perks
Cityfone
Talk, text, and data add-ons available
Chatr Mobile
Data Plus and Day Pass available to top up your data
Zoomer Wireless
Talk, text, and data add-ons available

Fido Solutions

Fido is the flagship subsidiary of Rogers, and it’s actually the carrier that leads the way on most decisions. It was the first to adopt the flexible plan structure that’s not been copied by many other MVNOs. You can choose from several data levels, and each plan features overage protections to keep you within your budget. However, Fido also knows that you have to let your hair down sometimes, and it allows you to tap into unlimited data for up to five hours per month.

Highlights:

  • Overage protections
  • Flexible plan structure

Cityfone and Zoomer Wireless

Fido Solutions is Rogers’ most unique MVNO, but your next option is one of a pair of identical twins. Cityfone and Zoomer Wireless are the same in terms of plans, prices, and even network coverage. Both carriers also offer the same selection of devices, and you could easily confuse Cityfone’s website for Zoomer’s. Either network makes a great pick for budget-conscious subscribers or senior citizens. You can also choose from various promotions if you want to save money.

Highlights:

  • Essentially one MVNO with two names
  • Budget-friendly coverage

Chatr Mobile

One more MVNO to consider on Rogers’ network is Chatr Mobile. It’s not a twin to the others, but it keeps budget-conscious consumers in mind. You can get more data on your plans, and most options include a bonus 2GB of access for a limited time. The nationwide plans don’t start as affordable as Cityfone or Zoomer, but you get preferred international rates to hundreds of worldwide countries. It’s easy to pause your subscription, and you’ll never have to worry about hidden fees or credit checks.

Highlights:

  • Solid data caps without breaking the bank
  • Preferred international rates

What phones can you use with Rogers Wireless?

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There are certain expectations when you go for one of the largest carriers in Canada. They include top-quality coverage, reliable customer service, and perhaps most importantly, a great list of phones. Rogers Wireless lives up to the lofty expectations as you would hope, and you can grab pretty much any of the latest flagships at a reasonable price. Whether you have your eye on an iPhone or you want to pick up a Pixel, Rogers has some decent bill credits to get you connected.

See also: The best phone deals

Of course, if you want to save money while you make the switch to Rogers, it might be easier to bring your phone. It shouldn’t be a problem since Rogers supports a very long list of bands and frequencies. You’ll want to double-check that your device makes the grade, and we have all of the most important bands in the table below:

FrequencyBandNetwork Supported
Frequency
850MHz
Band
5
Network Supported
GSM (2G)
UMTS/HSPA+ (3G)
LTE (4G)
Frequency
1900MHz
Band
2
Network Supported
GSM (2G)
UMTS/HSPA+ (3G)
LTE (4G)
Frequency
600MHz
Band
71
n71
Network Supported
LTE (4G)
5G
Frequency
700MHz
Band
12
13
17
Network Supported
LTE (4G)
Frequency
1700/2100MHz
Band
4
n66
Network Supported
LTE (4G)
5G
Frequency
2600MHz
Band
7
n38
Network Supported
LTE (4G)
5G