First published on December 26, 2010
If you live in a major Canadian city, WIND Mobile has a deal until the end of 2010 that is worth considering, either as an alternative to your current plan or as a bargaining chip to get a good retention plan from your existing provider.
This deal is supposedly only available to new customers. It includes unlimited Canada-wide calling (from WIND’s network coverage areas), unlimited texting, and many standard calling features, such as caller ID and voicemail, for $20 a month plus tax.
To get this promotion, you have to download and/or print the PDF brochure and then either call WIND customer service or go to a kiosk in person. See the PDF embedded below:
Be aware of WIND’s unique requirements, though. You’ll probably have to purchase a phone from them, as they run on a new frequency band. Also, their WIND Zone and AWAY Zones are a bit unconventional: White Rock, BC is currently considered an area in which you are roaming, whereas you could travel from Vancouver to Calgary to Toronto and be in a local calling area the whole time. For more information on WIND’s coverage areas, unique phone requirements, and other unique attributes, see my previous review on WIND Mobile.
Why you might want to switch: quite simply, this includes your basic cell phone needs for a very good price (at least for a Canadian wireless plan). One of my main criticisms of monthly plans is that they always leave something out that is a common want; however, this plan includes caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, call conferencing, and voicemail. You also don’t get locked into a multi-year contract, nor is this a temporary rate that will later double. WIND’s network has some quirky negatives depending on your situation, but there are also many positives, such as much cheaper US roaming rates than the other standard Canadian carriers (Telus, Bell, Fido, Rogers, etc.).
For me, who has always had a prepaid / pay as you go plan, the main reason to NOT switch is that prepaid plans allow for the most flexibility for light to medium cell phone users. As an example, you can use $15 of airtime for most months, use $40 a month for a couple of busy months, and end up paying less overall. With the provider I currently use, Speak Out Wireless, airtime lasts 365 days, so I don’t have to worry about wasting unused minutes or losing my number if I’m out of the country for an extended period of time.
WIND Mobile currently has a few other special offers (including ones with data plans), as does another new cell phone service provider, Mobilicity. I’m sure there will also be other good offers at some point in 2011.
For more information on other people’s experiences and with similar WIND Mobile plans, check these other threads: