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Fido Promo: $15/3GB Tablet Data + Free LG G III Tablet on Contract

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In late October we told you Fido had brought back their $15/3GB tablet data promo ($10/1GB overages), but now the ongoing sale appears to have gotten even sweeter.

On top of the tablet data plan promo, Fido is offering the LG G Pad III 8.0 FHD Android tablet for $0 on a two-year term for new activations, which is worth $240 retail. Customers can get this offer online and at Fido authorized dealers.

Others have been offered $200 of cellular iPad Air 2 models.

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Now here’s what makes this tablet promo so good and why it’s blowing up on RFD. People are signing up for this promo tablet data plan and using it with their iPhone or other smartphone for data only or to create a mobile hotspot.

The $15/3GB tablet data plan on an iPhone can be used in conjunction with apps like Fongo, which provide you with a real number to use for texting and calling. Also, users have the option to port over their Fido number to Fongo ($25 fee from Fongo).

You can also request Fido to disable incoming/outgoing calls and outgoing texts/SMS on your account, so you avoid any charges when using the tablet data plan on an iPhone, if you’re sticking to an app like Fongo.

The promo is only available for new activations and Fido will charge you $10 for a SIM card and a $15 activation fee. However, some dealers will waive the SIM card and activation charge, depending on where you go (i.e. Walmart, Best Buy, etc).

But the deal gets sweeter as Best Buy is offering customers a $50 store gift card (page 31 of their flyer) when they activate there (get reps to activate over the phone instead of their system), while others are noting Wireless Wave is also matching Best Buy’s gift card bonus offer. Other are noting Fido has offered $50 in bonus credit after 90 days.

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While Fido says referrals won’t work, users have been able to apply them (if you get referred from a friend you each get $25 in bill credits).

Anyways, even if you don’t want the LG G III tablet, you could sell it for around $200 on classifieds. If you then apply this to your two-year contract, it works out to $6.67/month or $2.22 per GB. This doesn’t even factor in your $25 referral credit yet.

With this promo plan, you could essentially setup your iPhone so you’re paying $15/month for a cellphone, using Fongo for your source of texting and calling, with 3GB of data each month. The system integration with iOS 10 obviously would not be the greatest, but if you’re into saving money then this is a possible way to go.

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  • Cornfed710

    I consider myself an rfd’er, but I’ll stick with Public Mobile. I’ve been with them over a year now. Love it 🙂

    Still a great deal though.

  • iverge

    I agree. Too many hurdles to jump to get in on this deal to make it worthwhile. I’ll also be sticking with PM as I’ve been with them for over a year as-well and have no complaints. Especially since I got-in on the $38 4/GB = 12GB plan 😉

  • GaDgEtMoN

    @Gary, your statement; “The system integration with iOS 10 obviously would not be the greatest”, would you mind explaining this a bit as this isn’t so obvious to some? Thanks!!

  • KonstantinRD

    I believe he meant that if you want to use this Data only plan and replace it fo your everyday use (eliminate cell phone plan), then iOS10 setup would not be the best as phone calls would have to be done through the Fongo app (or others), regular text message would be done through Fongo app as well. I guess iMessage would work like normal still for conversations between iOS devices.

  • Meaning any texts and calls would have to be handled through Fongo’s app. Incoming calls would have to be used via Fongo’s app until they integrate the CallKit API (haven’t checked)

  • Meaning any texts and calls would have to be handled through Fongo’s app. Incoming calls would have to be used via Fongo’s app until they integrate the CallKit API

  • GaDgEtMoN

    Makes sense. Thanks for responding! ????????

  • GaDgEtMoN

    Thanks!! Great community here.

  • gtasscarlo

    I got the Rogers $10 tablet promotion. It’s an additioinal 2GB for 12 months. It adds on your Share everything plan.

  • Matt Fraser

    I’m at Best Buy and they are saying it’s $25/mo for the tablet plan… (15+10 tab)

  • Try another store or dealer or get them to call in.

  • Matt Fraser

    I called FIDO right after and they said that promo ended yesterday 🙁
    Even though it says Jan 17.

  • MathieuM

    Hi Gary,

    I have been using Fongo for the past 3 months and I can first-hand confirm that it is already working with the CallKit API. My incoming calls are fullscreen and show up identically to receiving a call with the default Apple “phone” app (and incoming calls from WhatsApp are also fully integrated with the CallKit API).

    Cheers!

  • Thanks!

  • Matt Fraser

    I got it! Plus the gift card! Went back and they had figured out how to apply the discount 🙂 thank you iPhone in Canada!

  • BOOM! Nice work Matt 🙂 Cheers

  • Karine

    Sorry for my ignorance, but what is the CallKit API?
    I just signed up my 10 year old son with the tablet plan with Rogers for 10$/month with an extra 2 GB for 12 months.. but we want to use this plan for his iPhone using Fongo. How can I install/use this CallKit API?
    Thanks in advance!

  • MathieuM

    Hi Karine,

    You don’t need to do anything special or extra for Fongo to use the CallKit API, it’s completely “behind the scenes” and will automagically work right away when you install the Fongo app the same way you install any other app on the iPhone.

    To use Fongo, download the app from the app store, create an account and select one of the suggested free telephone numbers. (You can also port an existing number from any carrier to Fongo for $25).

    Then just use the Fongo app as normal, and any incoming phone calls to the number used in Fongo will show up on the iPhone fullscreen, same as incoming calls to a phone number associated with a SIM card in an iPhone.

    Note that if you want to buy an SMS package inside of the Fongo app (I suggest the 6 months for $9.99 total), then try to get the Costco deal on iTunes gift cards. It’ll save you 15-20%.

    Hope that helps clarify a bit!

    Cheers

  • Karine

    Many thanks for your detailed reply! That helps a lot.
    I am assuming that this is only on iOS 10… My son is currently on iOS 9.3.5 on his iPhone 4s…
    I’ll try it on my iPhone 7+ 🙂

  • MathieuM

    Pleasure! Yes, you are correct, only on iOS 10 and newer.

  • Kam

    If you have a dual sim card cell phone can you just stick the sim into that and effectively increase your data 3 gigs?

  • Phil

    Went and picked this up a best buy today, they indeed had to call in to get the $50 gift card add-on but all worked out and this tablet is pretty good.

  • Nice. Enjoy Phil!

  • Adrian Cupsa

    I called in to Fido (Ottawa, Ontario), and they said that a $10 + tax charge will be added to the account on top of the $15 for the 3Gb data. The tablet is not free, is given with a $10/month easy payment over the 2 year period…

  • That’s not true, as Fido will actually give a $10 credit to offset the easy payment. Check the RFD thread or call another Fido store.

  • Karine

    Hi! I did the same thing, but in “MyRogers”, I see the table line as “individual wireless” and not part of the “Share Everything” plan.. Is it the same for you?
    I would like to manage the data on that tablet line as it will be for my son.

  • Eskander Awada

    Has anyone tried TEXTNOW instead Fongo?

    Thanks

  • effbacon

    Just called a Surrey Fido store (Jan 10th 2017) and he said the $15 for 3GB would only work for a tablet … IE Fido does not initialize the sim card for either tablet or phone. How to get around this?

  • Vincent

    The sim card will work in a phone as well but you will lose the phone function if you replace your existing sim with the Fido data sim. If you have a dual sim phone then you can put the Fido data sim card on the second slot. I hope I understand your question correctly.

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