Fido 2-Year iPhone 5 Pricing and Plans Revealed, Coming Aug. 9 [DETAILS]


Earlier today we learned about upcoming 2-year term pricing from Rogers, set to debut on August 9. Now, we have been informed of similar plans from Fido, which have been updated to 2-year term pricing. Their Max Plans, which were previously 3-year terms only (i.e. iPhone plans) are now 2-year terms. All plans will launch, like Rogers, on August 9. Read below:

Our customers love the value offered with Tab24 in our Standard and Smart categories. We’re pleased to announce that we are soon extending 2-year Tab24 advantages to the Max category.

As of August 9, 2013, Premium Smartphone customers can sign onto a Max plan with a 2-year Tab24 agreement and get Fido’s best available savings on the device they love. Customers can also enjoy the benefits of Tab24, without paying any extra monthly Tab fees.

Changes to Pricing:

Customers can continue to choose month-to-month or can choose a 2-year, Tab24 with the Standard, Smart or Max plan categories.
Our new plans continue to provide customers with great value including Canada-wide calling, unlimited messaging, call display & voice mail, unlimited evening and weekends, unlimited circle calling and other Fido advantages, all starting from $30 per month.

Below are the pricing details for Standard Plans, Smart Plans and Max Plans, which are now all available on 2-year terms. We’ve gone through and compared these upcoming plans with with what is currently available as of today on the Fido website. Changes are in bold.

Standard Plans:

  • the $25/month plan is now $30
  • the $35 plan gains 100 extra minutes (currently, this is at 400 minutes on promo)

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Smart Plans:

  • the $39 plan is now $40; minutes drop to 200 (currently at 450 on promo)
  • $40 plan: data is reduced to 200MB (currently at 600MB on promo; normally at 400MB)
  • the $50 plan loses 100 minutes (currently at 600 minutes)

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Max Plans: 

  • the $55 plan has been eliminated
  • the $65 plan increases to $75, gains unlimited minutes; loses 500MB (currently at 1GB).
  • the $80 plan increases to $85

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Here is sample hardware pricing which includes details for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, which again, are exactly in line with what we saw from Rogers earlier. Notice though, you will be required to go with a Max plan to be eligible for an iPhone. These plans have higher monthly charges compared to other plans.


The CRTC Wireless Code will be implemented this December, so carriers have quickly adjusted their plans to accommodate two year contracts, which Canadians have longed for–but they have come at a cost, which carriers warned us about previously.

Thoughts on these upcoming changes to Fido?

Thanks LC!


  • Jimmy Jongtae Hahm

    outrageous that Fido decided to limit iPhones with max plans. and that max plan starts at 75bucks with mere 500mb.

  • Ouch. Looking at these numbers, I’d much prefer to stick with my current plan and be locked in for three years instead of two.

    Does anyone know if we’ll be allowed to stick with our current Max plans on a three-year contract, or will we be forced to renew with one of these new plans to get a subsidized hardware upgrade?

  • puffy03

    this it their, “you see, we told you that 3 years plans are much better for you!!!!” plans.

  • FragilityG4

    It can only last as long as we pay … Vote with your wallet.

  • wuju

    The only way to solve its ridiculous plan price is to have real competition to drive the price down. Verizon hoepfully.

    Between CRTC and the big 3s, is like watching children fighting… so stupid and sad

  • Wufai

    Can you name a carrier that doesn’t do that?

  • Wufai

    If you get a subsidized phone in the future you will need to switch to whatever new offerings at that time. Otherwise your old plan remains unchanged

  • Benoît Proulx

    Incredible! There is a $25/month difference between smart and max plans for the same amounts of data. That’s $600 over 2 years. Much more than the subsidy of the iPhone 5 which has been reduced by $70 (meaning the subsidy is now $450 instead of $520 for that device)

    So, over 2 years you will end up paying $150 extra for that device.

    That’s not even counting the fact that the smart plans are subsidized plans as well. So in the end of 2 years you end up paying way over $600 to subsidize the phone (taking the iPhone as an example)

    I don’t understand why the new 2 years rule from the CRTC changes the plans’ costs. It should logically only have an impact on the subsidy amount of the phones.

    Complete rip-off.

  • ReGenesis

    I was hoping Fido would do what Virgin did with the iPhone – simply pay more for it upfront if I was on a Smart plan vs. a Max Plan. Very disappointing…

  • crosseyed_mofo

    unlocked phone for life i guess

  • Yep

  • hank

    +1 on that. plus, you get to keep grandfathered plan which is usually better than what current/future offerings are. in the grand schema of things, we are better off going this route … i think. i hope my common sense kicks in this time … lol 🙂

  • Matt

    Yep and exactly what I predicted. The CRTC should have mandated that plans are decoupled from phones. Plans would come with a transparent $ subsidy you could apply to the phone, or take a discount if you already have a phone.

    I suggest writing to the CRTC and asking for mandatory decoupling of phones and plans.

  • jojo

    cellphone plans are getting worse and worse!
    before you had the option to not pay for specific things like unlimited messages and caller ID and end up paying less for talk time and data. now they bundled all and make you pay shit load every month!!!

  • hub2

    What’s especially outrageous is that the iPhone is a DATA device, so you don’t care (as much) about minutes or messages… so of course the a-holes give you unlimited everything else *except* data, and 500 MB was already virtually nothing six years ago when the iPhone was first introduced.

    Give me 6 GB and you can shove the unlimited minutes and messages.

    I’ll bet neither $75 or $85 plan comes with *visual* voicemail, either, that’ll be extra.

  • Kamran

    So there will be no more 3 year contracts?

  • Dagger

    Time for Verizon don’t care if the networks paid for the towers we paid for the towers on our over priced plans with greedy telecom like Rogers Fido Bell Telus we the people of Canada paid for the towers and we should be ones who say who uses them not greedy ass like them.