Best Canadian Smartphones & Plan Recommendations for the Holidays

December 18, 2014 by
Looking to buy or upgrade to one of the best smartphones for the holidays with a plan to match? We've compared plans and pricing to save you both time and money.

Recommended Smartphones

We chose the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Sony Xperia Z3 as they are available from most carriers across Canada. All are considered the current "flagship" smartphones for their respective manufacturer. You can compare these phones on our site by clicking here.

Best Canadian Smartphones for the 2014 Holidays

Monthly Plan Requirements

A plan had to have the following to make our recommended list:
  • Unlimited Canadawide Minutes (made an exception for MTS & SaskTel)
  • At least 3 GB of data
  • Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging
  • Voicemail, Call Display

Average cost of the Monthly Plans we picked

If you live in Saskatchewan, Manitoba or Quebec you pay 25% - 30% less per month than the rest of Canada for your smartphone. Average cost of the monthly plans we picked by Province:
  • $62.22 in Saskatchewan
  • $62.77 in Manitoba
  • $67.77 in Quebec
  • $88.75!! in BC, Alberta, Ontario and the Maritimes

Smartphone & Plan Pricing for BC, Alberta, Ontario and the Maritimes

There is no regional competition for most of Canada so we pay the most per month for our smartphones.
Carrier Best High End Voice & Data Plans for these Phones Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 64GB
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Image
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Sony Xperia Z3 Smartphone Image
Sony Xperia Z3
Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone Image
Samsung Galaxy S5

Bell

Personal Shareable + Plus device - $110/month
  • 4 GB data
$374.95
on 2 year contract
$199.95
on 2 year contract
$99.95
on 2 year contract
$99.95
on 2 year contract

Rogers

Share Everything Talk, Text & Data - $110/month
  • 4 GB data
$374.99
on 2 year contract
$199.99
on 2 year contract
$99.99
on 2 year contract
$99.99
on 2 year contract

TELUS

TELUS Your Choice with Premium Smartphone - $105/month
  • 3 GB data
$375
on 2 year contract
$300
on 2 year contract
$100
on 2 year contract
$100
on 2 year contract

Virgin mobile

Platinum - $105/month
  • 3 GB data
$374.99
on 2 year contract
n/a n/a $99.99
on 2 year contract

Fido

Max - $105/month
  • 3 GB data
$355
on 2 year contract
n/a n/a $300
on 2 year contract

Koodo Mobile

Tab Large - $105/month
  • 3 GB data
$375
on 2 year contract
$650
on 2 year contract
n/a $225
on 2 year contract

WIND Mobile

$60 Plan + Premium data - $70/month ($60+$10)
  • Unlimited data (may be throttled after 10 GB)
  • Unlimited US calling
  • Unlimited US roaming
$859
through Apple
$299
on $400 WINDtab
$199
on $400 WINDtab
$179
on $400 WINDtab

All of the above plans come with Unlimited Canadawide Minutes, Unlimited Text and Picture Messaging plus Voicemail and Call Display.


Smartphone & Plan Pricing for Saskatchewan

With competition from SaskTel in Saskatchewan monthly plan pricing is significantly cheaper as well as the amount of data included.
Carrier Best High End Voice & Data Plans for these Phones Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 64GB
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Image
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Sony Xperia Z3 Smartphone Image
Sony Xperia Z3
Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone Image
Samsung Galaxy S5

SaskTel

Ultimate 70 plan - $70/month
  • 10 GB data
  • 150 long distance minutes
$374.99
on 2 year contract
$199.99
on 2 year contract
$0
on 2 year contract
$49.99
on 2 year contract

Bell

Personal Shareable + Plus device - $65/month
  • 5 GB data
$374.95
on 2 year contract
$199.95
on 2 year contract
$99.95
on 2 year contract
$99.95
on 2 year contract

Rogers

Share Everything Talk, Text & Data - $65/month
  • 5 GB data
$374.99
on 2 year contract
$199.99
on 2 year contract
$99.99
on 2 year contract
$99.99
on 2 year contract

TELUS

TELUS Share Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text 5GB - $65/month
  • 5 GB data
$375
on 2 year contract
$300
on 2 year contract
$100
on 2 year contract
$100
on 2 year contract

Virgin mobile

Platinum - $65/month
  • 5 GB data
$374.99
on 2 year contract
n/a n/a $99.99
on 2 year contract

Fido

Max - $105/month
  • 3 GB data
$355
on 2 year contract
n/a n/a $300
on 2 year contract

Koodo Mobile

"Heavyweight Canada-Wide with Tab Large - $55/month
  • 5 GB data
$375
on 2 year contract
$650
on 2 year contract
n/a $225
on 2 year contract

WIND Mobile

$60 Plan + Premium data - $70/month ($60+$10)
  • Unlimited data (may be throttled after 10 GB)
  • Unlimited US calling
  • Unlimited US roaming
$859
through Apple
$299
on $400 WINDtab
$199
on $400 WINDtab
$179
on $400 WINDtab

All of the above plans (except SaskTel) come with Unlimited Canadawide Minutes, Unlimited Text and Picture Messaging plus Voicemail and Call Display.


Smartphone & Plan Pricing for Manitoba

With competition from MTS in Manitoba monthly plan pricing is significantly cheaper as well as the amount of data included.
Carrier Best High End Voice & Data Plans for these Phones Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 64GB
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Image
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Sony Xperia Z3 Smartphone Image
Sony Xperia Z3
Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone Image
Samsung Galaxy S5

MTS

Talk & Surf Unlimited Voice & Data Plan - $75/month
  • Unlimited data
  • No long distance minutes
$294.99
on 2 year contract
$199.99
on 2 year contract
$99.99
on 2 year contract
$99.99
on 2 year contract

Bell

Personal Shareable + Plus device - $65/month
  • 5 GB data
$374.95
on 2 year contract
$199.95
on 2 year contract
$99.95
on 2 year contract
$99.95
on 2 year contract

Rogers

Share Everything Talk, Text & Data - $65/month
  • 5 GB data
$374.99
on 2 year contract
$199.99
on 2 year contract
$99.99
on 2 year contract
$99.99
on 2 year contract

TELUS

TELUS Share Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text 5GB - $65/month
  • 5 GB data
$375
on 2 year contract
$300
on 2 year contract
$100
on 2 year contract
$100
on 2 year contract

Virgin mobile

Platinum - $65/month
  • 5 GB data
$374.99
on 2 year contract
n/a n/a $99.99
on 2 year contract

Fido

Max - $105/month
  • 3 GB data
$355
on 2 year contract
n/a n/a $300
on 2 year contract

Koodo Mobile

"Heavyweight Canada-Wide with Tab Large - $55/month
  • 5 GB data
$375
on 2 year contract
$650
on 2 year contract
n/a $225
on 2 year contract

WIND Mobile

$60 Plan + Premium data - $70/month ($60+$10)
  • Unlimited data (may be throttled after 10 GB)
  • Unlimited US calling
  • Unlimited US roaming
$859
through Apple
$299
on $400 WINDtab
$199
on $400 WINDtab
$179
on $400 WINDtab

All of the above plans (except MTS) come with Unlimited Canadawide Minutes, Unlimited Text and Picture Messaging plus Voicemail and Call Display.


Smartphone & Plan Pricing for Quebec

With competition from Videotron in Quebec monthly plan pricing is significantly cheaper as well as the amount of data included.
Carrier Best High End Voice & Data Plans for these Phones Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 64GB
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Image
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Sony Xperia Z3 Smartphone Image
Sony Xperia Z3
Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone Image
Samsung Galaxy S5

Videotron

Premium - $79.95/month
  • 6 GB data
$349.95
on 2 year contract
$199.95
on 2 year contract
n/a $49.95
on 2 year contract

Bell

Personal Shareable + Plus device - $80/month
  • 4 GB data
$374.95
on 2 year contract
$199.95
on 2 year contract
$99.95
on 2 year contract
$99.95
on 2 year contract

Rogers

Share Everything Talk, Text & Data - $80/month
  • 4 GB data
$374.99
on 2 year contract
$199.99
on 2 year contract
$99.99
on 2 year contract
$99.99
on 2 year contract

TELUS

TELUS SharePlus 4GB - $80/month
  • 4 GB data
$375
on 2 year contract
$300
on 2 year contract
$100
on 2 year contract
$100
on 2 year contract

Virgin mobile

Platinum - $75/month
  • 4 GB data
$374.99
on 2 year contract
n/a n/a $99.99
on 2 year contract

Fido

Max - $75/month
  • 4 GB data
$355
on 2 year contract
n/a n/a $300
on 2 year contract

Koodo Mobile

Tab Large - $70/month
  • 4 GB data
$375
on 2 year contract
$650
on 2 year contract
n/a $225
on 2 year contract

WIND Mobile

$60 Plan + Premium data - $70/month ($60+$10)
  • Unlimited data (may be throttled after 10 GB)
  • Unlimited US calling
  • Unlimited US roaming
$859
through Apple
$299
on $400 WINDtab
$199
on $400 WINDtab
$179
on $400 WINDtab

All of the above plans come with Unlimited Canadawide Minutes, Unlimited Text and Picture Messaging plus Voicemail and Call Display.


All of the above is subject to change without notice. Information was assembled on December 18, 2014.

Posted in: Apple iPhone, Bell, Fido, Koodo Mobile, MTS, Rogers, Samsung, Sasktel, Sony, TELUS, Videotron, Virgin Mobile, WIND Mobile


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