How to choose the best wireless plan
(NC) The holiday season is a great time to take advantage of special offers on smartphones. Whether you're treating yourself or surprising a friend or family member, you'll need to choose a wireless plan that lets you get the most out of that new device.
Here's a great little guideline:
Choosing a carrier
First thing's first: Make sure you get coverage at home, work and anywhere else you plan to take your wireless device. Look for a carrier that offers fast and extensive LTE, or Long Term Evolution, network coverage. This fourth-generation wireless technology lets you surf, stream, download and share files and photos at lightning fast speeds with no buffering or delays.
To contract, or not to contract
Most carriers will cover part of the cost of your device if you sign an agreement with them. Taking advantage of the device subsidy will help you save money, especially if you want the highest-end model. Whether you sign an agreement or buy a device outright, look for carriers that let you change your wireless plan at any time for free, just in case your needs change down the road.
Getting the most for your money
Are you a smartphone power user or a chatty cathy?? If you already own a phone, check your last three bills to find your monthly average data, minutes, and text usage.
Minutes: These count for calls you make and receive. Look for plans with unlimited Canada-wide calling if you talk a lot or have family and friends across the country.
Textmessaging: Check the rates that apply to text vs. picture and video messages or add a messaging package to your plan if it's not already included.
Data: Wireless plans measure data in megabytes (MG) or gigabytes (GB). As a rough estimate, 500MB would equate to sending 500,000 emails without attachments or 1,000 emails with photos attached or visiting 5,000 mainly text sites or 1,500 rich content sites.
Features: You may need to add call display, voicemail or international minutes to your plan. An international calling package offers more value over pay-per-use so it's a good idea to add it to your plan from the start.
Bundling also saves you money
Chances are there is more than one wireless device in your home – whether it's a combination of your own smartphone and tablet or your family's collection of gadgets. Consider bundling everything on one plan for additional savings and the convenience of only having one bill to manage. While there are lots of options out there, the Rogers Share Everything plans are the only ones that let you add up to 10 wireless devices, including basic talk and text phones. This way, you can give your child a phone to make calls or send texts in case of emergencies without giving them access to data. Sharing can help you get the most out of your plan and maximize your usage.
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