Posts filed under "Hack the Plan"

Fido data only plan: 3 GB for $15

Posted by amcink December 19, 2016 0 Comment 376678 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 6060 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 49334 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 11588 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 […]

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

Posted by amcink November 17, 2015 0 Comment 4648 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 29931 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 28734 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 […]

Choose a data-only cell phone plan to save big on your mobile bill

Posted by amcink October 27, 2015 0 Comment 5561 views

When it comes to cell phone plans, Canadians have precious little choice. The plans that come out of the “big three” carriers (RoBelUs, as they’re sometimes known) are all variations on a theme. There’s no real innovation happening because the carriers don’t need to innovate. Because the big three have a cozy relationship with each […]

An impartial review of Fongo phone service

Posted by amcink October 22, 2015 26 Comments 50084 views

I’ve been using Fongo exclusively as my mobile phone service for coming up on two months. For the first few weeks, I treated Fongo like an experiment. I forwarded calls from my main mobile number over to the number Fongo assigned me. I also kept an old phone on and plugged in so that it […]

Hack your cell phone plan

Posted by amcink October 7, 2015 0 Comment 1708 views

Hack the Plan is a site devoted to helping people get more from their cell phone plans while paying less. We’ll talk about buying your phone outright vs. term contracts, “tabs,” or other names for what is effectively the same thing. We’ll talk about turning your cell phone service provider into a “dumb pipe” instead […]