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Videotron Launches Unlimited Canada-Wide $46.95 Plan; 16GB iPhone 5S Now $0 on Contract

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Videotron has launched a new $46.95/month Plus Plan which matches the $54.95/month plan with unlimited local minutes and Canada-wide calling, but only has 500MB of data:

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Also, for those looking to sign an iPhone 5s contract, the entry 16GB model is $0 right now on a two-year term.

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Let us know if you’re going to jump on any of these new offers from Videotron. The carrier launched iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales in late September.

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  • Davey

    I presume that the subsidized iPhone 5S is not available with the $46.95 plan, right?

  • Jude Fawley

    According to Videotron’s site, you have to choose one of their three Premium packages, with a minimum monthly outlay of $64.95, to get a subsidized iPhone 5s. (I thought it would be tempting too…)

  • You got it.

  • Cyrus Wu

    Hi, bonjour, je déméngerai au Québec. bye

  • Sterling Archer

    “500mb if data”

    Are you kidding me? It’s ridiculous that those amounts are even offered. It’s like offering someone a 4gb iPhone, sure maybe a couple of people won’t use more space, but the majority would have that filled up in the blink of an eye.

  • Al

    I thought this company was supposed to be cheaper than the big 3. Based on this, they are pretty much the same.

  • alphs22

    I would say most people would have no problems with 500MB of data a month.

    I’m on Fido’s $39 plan w/ 600MB a month. I think I’ve gone over once in the last 1.5 years. Most of the time I’m in the 400-500MB range. If you have access to wifi at home and at work, half a gig of data goes a long way.

  • Salinger

    500MB plan: Videotron, $47 – Big 3, $80 = 70% higher priced

    1GB plan: Videotron, $55 – Big 3, $85 = 55% higher priced

    2GB plan: Videotron, $65 – Big 3, $90 = 38% higher priced

    4GB plan: Videotron, $75 – Big 3, $110 = 47% higher priced

    6GB plan: Videotron, $80 – Big 3, $125 = 56% higher priced

  • Roger m

    Can you get rid of the ad supplier that always has that gross fruit nipple thing?

  • Al

    Do all those Verizon prices include a phone? If so, I didn’t see it. As such, I’m comparing the BYOD prices from the Big 3 and they are very close, if not the same – especially when you bundle.

  • Salinger

    To be honest, I just assumed they did.

    Just checked the website, and yes, they do include a subsidized phone. It looks like the price of the phone adjusts depending on the plan you choose. At the $79.95 plan, pretty much every phone I saw was significantly cheaper than with the Big 3.

    If you BYOD, then they give you 10% off your tariff.

  • Al

    Thanks for the clarification.

    At 10% off for BYOD and a 2 member discount for a combined 4GB, that puts them at $140 with a 1GB tablet add-on (but you can’t share data). Same price as shareable 4GB rates from Telus and just $10 cheaper than Bell ($6 cheaper with a bundle discount).

  • OliChabot

    I’m sorry but I am with Virgin and I pay 55$/month for unlimited canada+1GB of data…. With Videotron, can they get an iPhone at 250$ with a 55$ plan ?

    Thanks

  • Sterling Archer

    You’re najing the assumption that people have access to wifi at work.

    That’s still not terribly common, and with higher definition video, pictures and streaming audio becoming more and more common, those numbers should be continually increasing, not staying at half a gig.

    Unless you have constant hotspot access, something that can prove to be problematic if the right security precautions aren’t taken, it can be very easy to eat through half a gig.

    My wife, who doesn’t have work wifi access, has very little difficulty going through a gig.

    Each person is different. Some months I use barely a gig, other times I’ve gone through 6.

    The simple fact is that these carriers put ridiculous limits on data and actively work to squeeze more and more money out of us.

    Wind isn’t perfect, and has mediocre coverage for many, but for a fraction of the cost you’ve got unlimited data (yes 3G only). The fact thst Canadian carriers have actively worked to make an environment that’s entirely anti customer… Well hell, it makes us feel American.

  • alphs22

    I agree, it’s going to depend on person-to-person. For those without wifi at work and in a good Wind reception area, they definitely can’t be beat (and their roaming rates are very reasonable). For those with access to wifi at work though, Wind’s proposition becomes a bit less attractive.

    I was with Wind for a year and a half. While the “not worrying about data usage” part was nice, I would get dropped calls / lose reception / get slow data speeds frequently compared to Fido. It got to a point where I had to buy out my tab early because I couldn’t take one more dropped call while on the DVP (major highway in Toronto if you’re not from the area).

    But yes I was making the assumption that most people would have wifi access at work. Now that I’m thinking about it, that’s probably not the case.

  • Salinger

    10% off 2 x 2GB plans plus the 2 customer discount is $107/month. 1GB data for a tablet is $20, so that’s $127 total. If you currently have 4 GB shared among three devices, you’re probably not using very much data on a tablet. Perhaps one of the lower-priced options would work.

    I think the fact that you need to have 2 people sharing PLUS bringing their own devices, PLUS a third device (tablet) to even approach Videotron’s regular prices, shows that they are indeed generally very much cheaper aside from some unique situations. Most people will want at least one subsidized phone in a 2 person share plan and then the savings are even greater.

    I gave up having data for my tablet ages ago, it was simply a waste for how much data I was using and how easy it is to share my phone data. Also saves me well over $100 on the purchase price of my iPad as I no longer buy the more expensive cellular one. And with iOS 8, you don’t even have to setup a hotspot, it just works. 🙂

    I’m okay for now, I have a great corporate plan with TELUS through my employer, but if I didn’t and Videotron (or a merged new company) became available in Ontario, I’d sign up in an instant.

  • Salinger

    Sorry I don’t know. I’m not a Videotron customer, nor even living in Quebec. I’m just checking their website to get some details after reading this story.

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