Affordable Canadian Smartphones & Plan Recommendations for Back to School

August 23, 2013 by

Looking for an affordable smartphone & plan for back to school? We've compared plans and pricing to save you both time and money.

Best Affordable Smartphones for those on a Budget

We chose the Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Ace II x, BlackBerry Q5 and Apple iPhone 4 as they are available from most carriers across Canada.

Affordable Plan Requirements

A plan had to have the following to make our recommended list:
  • 200 anytime minutes
  • Unlimited Evenings & Weekends
  • Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging
  • 250 MB Data
  • Voicemail, Call Display

Our Recommended Affordable Smartphones & Plans

Carrier Affordable Voice & Data Plans Nexus 4 Phone Image
Nexus 4
Samsung Galaxy Ace II x Phone Image
Samsung Galaxy Ace II x
BlackBerry Q5 Phone Image
BlackBerry Q5
Apple iPhone 4 Phone Image
Apple iPhone 4

Bell

Voice & Data Lite Promo 45 - $45/month
  • 150 nationwide minutes
  • Evenings & weekends (6pm)
  • Unlimited text/picture/video
  • 200 MB data + 200 MB bonus
  • Call display, voicemail
$79.95
on 2 year contract
$19.95
on 2 year contract
$49.95
on 2 year contract
$0
on 2 year contract

Rogers

Smart Picks - $50/month
  • 150 nationwide minutes
  • Evenings & weekends (6pm)
  • Unlimited text/picture/video
  • 200 MB data + 200 MB bonus
  • Call display, voicemail
n/a $19.99
on 2 year contract
$49.99
on 2 year contract
n/a

TELUS

TELUS Lite 45 - $45/month
  • 150 nationwide minutes
  • Evenings & weekends (6pm)
  • Unlimited text/picture/video
  • 200 MB data
  • Call display, voicemail
$29
on 2 year contract
$0
on 2 year contract
$49
on 2 year contract
$0
on 2 year contract

Virgin mobile

Gold - $45/month
  • 200 nationwide minutes
  • Evenings & weekends (5pm)
  • Unlimited text/picture
  • 200 MB data
  • Call display, voicemail
$0
on 2 year contract
$0
on 2 year contract
$49.99
on 2 year contract
$0
on 2 year contract

Fido

Smart - $45/month
  • 200 nationwide minutes
  • Evenings & weekends (5pm)
  • Unlimited text/picture/video
  • 200 MB data
  • Call display, voicemail
$50
on 2 year contract
$0
on 2 year contract
$50
on 2 year contract
n/a

Koodo Mobile

Canada-wide Data Plan with Tab Medium - $40/month
  • 200 nationwide minutes
  • Evenings & weekends (5pm)
  • Unlimited text/picture
  • 200 MB data
  • Call display, voicemail
$0
on 2 year contract
$0
on 2 year contract
$50
on 2 year contract
$0
on 2 year contract

WIND mobile

With $300 WINDtab + voicemail add-on - $48/month ($40+$8)
  • Unlimited nationwide minutes
  • Unlimited text/picture/video
  • Unlimited data (6GB until throttled)
  • Call display, voicemail
$149 n/a n/a n/a

All of the above is subject to change without notice. Information was assembled on August 22, 2013.


Need to see a comparison of the phones listed?  Click here to compare the BlackBerry Q5, Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Ace II x and Apple iPhone 4.


Posted in: Bell, Fido, Freedom Mobile, Koodo Mobile, Rogers, TELUS, Virgin Mobile


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