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Fido data only plan: 3 GB for $15

Posted by amcink December 19, 2016 0 Comment 280149 views

Fido has been doing some pretty interesting and innovative stuff recently. No, seriously. A commenter on our post comparing Canadian data-only plans from the “big three” mentioned a new Fido data only plan: $15 for up to 3 GB per month with additional data coming in 1 GB chunks (as in, each additional 1 GB […]

About that Public Mobile $40 plan…

Posted by amcink November 3, 2016 0 Comment 5165 views

UPDATE: The plan to which this post refers has expired. The post will remain for posterity. Check the homepage to see what’s new You’re here because you’ve heard about Public Mobile’s $40 plan and you want to know if it’s any good. It’s good. A bit weird (who among us isn’t) but definitely a net-positive […]

Prepaid talk and text SIM + data-only SIM = the ultimate hacked plan?

Posted by amcink June 15, 2016 3 Comments 30386 views

Some phones allow you to insert not one but two SIM cards. Typically targeted at the traveling set, these “dual-SIM” phones also come in very handy when you’re looking to hack your cell phone plan. We’ve talked at some length about data-only cell phone plans. Paired with Fongo (which we’ve talked about at length too) […]

Wait, no. Virgin + Fongo = the ultimate data only hacked phone plan

Posted by amcink December 2, 2015 4 Comments 10724 views

It was a classic carrier gotcha. Turns out, even data only “hack” plans aren’t immune. I recently discovered that the data only plan I’ve been using doesn’t allow tethering. Well, it allows tethering, but it comes at premium*. It’s not simply considered as using the data allotment that comes with the tablet plan. There’s a […]

Save your data: How to Take control of mobile data on Android and iPhone

Posted by amcink November 20, 2015 0 Comment 3236 views

App developers want you to have the best app experience possible. How nice! That means they typically want to run in the background and have unfettered access to your mobile data in order to ensure your newsfeed is always up to the second, that you’re the first to know when a friend has something funny […]

Restrict background data in Android or iOS to save money on your monthly mobile bill

Posted by amcink November 17, 2015 0 Comment 4231 views

Background data can be very handy. It gives your phone a sort of intelligence: It seems to know what you want before you even tap the icon to open the app. That’s the upside. There’s a downside too, and it maybe a big one, depending on your plan. The thing to bear in mind is […]

Canadian data only plans: Rogers, Bell and Telus data only plans compared

Posted by amcink November 13, 2015 8 Comments 28652 views

Whether you’re looking for a data only plan for your iPhone, a data only plan for your Android phone or a data only plan for a tablet (which, it should be pointed out, is the only way the carriers really, technically offer these plans) you have some options. We’re talking about mobile service here, and […]

The hacked cell phone plan

Posted by amcink November 9, 2015 17 Comments 27583 views

How does a $22/mo. cell phone plan sound? One with unlimited talk, texting and 1 GB of mobile data? How about if this fabled plan let you bump up to up to 5 GB of data, just on those months that you really needed it, for another $20 and without penalties? It’s not impossible. In […]

Keep track of your monthly mobile data use

Posted by amcink November 7, 2015 0 Comment 9550 views

Unlimited data plans are quickly becoming a thing of the past in North America. In Canada, they’re pretty well gone already. No carrier with a network that’s worth talking about offers unlimited data anymore. The big three are shifting people away from their grandfathered unlimited plans as soon as they possibly can. All that is […]

Make smartphone calls for free with Hangouts Dialer

Posted by amcink November 6, 2015 0 Comment 3912 views

When you go with a data-only plan on your smartphone, you may need to get a little creative in how you make calls. Especially long distance calls. Fortunately, you have a great many options at your disposal for making free calls on your smartphone. Even making free or very inexpensive international long distance calls on […]