Back in March 2018, the CRTC called for Canada’s Big 3 wireless players to offer cheaper, data-only plans for Canadian consumers.
Rogers, Telus and Bell obliged and previewed their lower-cost data-only plans, which started at $25 for 400MB of data.
Eventually, these proposals were fine-tuned earlier this year to the likes of $15 for 500MB of 3G data (Bell’s Lucky Mobile) and $15 for 250MB 3G data with 100 Canada-wide minutes (Rogers’ chatr).
The revised proposed plans were to be implemented within 90 days and be available by April 2019. Critics recently slammed these prices as a “joke”, citing they are unreasonable offerings.
Now, it appears Rogers’ Chatr and Bell’s Lucky Mobile have posted their “lower-cost” plans online, now available for purchase. Check out these 3G data offerings below, which require auto-pay top-ups to receive data bonuses, in particularly Chatr’s case:
- $15/month for 250MB bonus + 100 Canada-wide minutes and unlimited international texts
- $25/month for 500MB + 500MB bonus (1GB), with Canada-wide data and international text; no voice
Chatr’s $15/month plan does not indicate unlimited incoming calls on its website, as originally noted in their proposal to the CRTC. Update: Rogers has confirmed with iPhone in Canada this $15 plan does include unlimited incoming calls.
- $15/month for 500MB
As of writing, Telus prepaid brand Public Mobile has not matched Chatr’s $15/250MB plan, but you can expect some sort of price-matching to happen soon.
Are you someone interested in these ‘light’ plans with sparse minutes and data?