Talk, Text & Data: How to Pick the Best Plan for You
Find a Provider
First, find out which providers are available in your area:
Find a Service Provider Near You
You can also search for local phone providers by registration list.
Compare and Pick a Plan
Next, you need to decide which provider offers the best plan that suits your budget and lifestyle.
Before you commit to a plan, consider these questions before you buy:
- What are the rates and charges for local phone service? What’s included in that rate?
- Are there any up-front, one-time or service charges?
- How much do call features (for example, call display, call waiting or voice mail) cost?
- Will my existing services - such as Internet access, long-distance, wireless or TV broadcast - change in any way?
- Can I change my features or package? If so, are there restrictions and/or charges associated with making a change?
- Do I have to subscribe for a certain amount of time to get the quoted rates?
- What cancellation fees do I need to pay?
- If you are a person with a disability, ask about accessible phone services.
Tips: How to use your data more efficiently
Canadians have traditionally relied on the voice and text-messaging services offered by wireless service providers. We want them to have more options. With a data-only plan, Canadians can use the applications of their choice to communicate through a combination of Wi-Fi access and cellular networks.
You can maximize your data usage by:
1. Using Wi-Fi access more often
Wireless devices will typically default to a Wi-Fi access point if you are in range and have enabled your device to use Wi-Fi. Some Wi-Fi hotspots are publicly available, while others require a password. Your device will generally remember which Wi-Fi hotspots you’ve used before.
2. Using applications that offer texting and voice services
Applications such as Skype, Google Voice, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangout, Discord and Whatsapp offers those services (the names of these applications are provided solely for convenience). These applications can be used to communicate as an alternative to traditional voice and text services offered by your wireless provider.
3. Turning off network access for applications
If there are applications you don’t expect to use when you are on the cellular network, turn off your network access. This can typically be done by adjusting the settings on your device.
4. Using data monitoring applications
You can keep track of your data usage and you can also subscribe to any notification service your wireless provider offers. This will help you know when you are approaching your monthly data limit.
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