Freedom Mobile Home Internet review: Shaw Internet at a reasonable price

First published on October 27, 2020

Freedom Mobile Home Internet is essentially Shaw’s Fibre+ 150 plan but for $55 per month (plus the cost of a mobile phone plan) instead of $105. Compared to Shaw, if you aren’t interested in a cable TV plan and you’re already a Freedom Mobile customer (on a mobile plan) then it should be a no-brainer to use Freedom Mobile Home Internet.

How is it Shaw Internet?

Several years ago, Shaw purchased Wind Mobile and renamed it to Freedom Mobile. This gave it a mobile phone service to go along with its cable TV, internet, and landline services.

In July 2020, Shaw Mobile was launched with its lowest option being an eye-popping $0 cell phone plan, available to Shaw Internet customers. This showed off its bundle capabilities by making use of the Freedom Mobile network.

However, Freedom Mobile Home Internet was actually the original bundle from this partnership. It was launched in November 2019 and is arguably the better deal.

Freedom Mobile cellular plan requirement

In order to get the $55 per month Freedom Mobile Home Internet, you need a minimum $15 postpaid mobile plan. When it first launched, you needed a minimum postpaid $40 plan.

Therefore, if you are already happy with your existing mobile phone plan with another carrier, then Freedom Mobile Home Internet would cost you a minimum $70 per month ($55 for internet and $15 for mobile), as well as any costs for the phone itself and the SIM card activation. While it seems like a waste to pay for a monthly phone plan that you might not actually use, this is still cheaper than the equivalent Shaw Internet plan of $105 per month.

(Note: I already had a Freedom Mobile cell phone plan since 2010.)

Alternatives and sign-up promotions

To do a proper price comparison, you should note that there are often promotions at Shaw for its internet service, including no-contract sign-up promos, and promos for locking in for 2-year contracts. You can also call them when a promo expires to see whether they will offer you a retention deal. If they don’t offer you a retention deal, then you could continuously switch between Telus and Shaw to take advantage of continuous promotions.

Freedom Mobile Home Internet does not appear to offer sign-up promotions; its standard price is simply comparatively very low. Note that it only has one plan at up to 150Mbps download speed and 15Mbps upload speed.

If you’re shopping around, you should also consider resellers who piggyback on the Telus and/or Shaw networks, or some smaller networks such as Novus and the ISPs on New Westminster’s BridgeNet network.

Sign-up process

While you can order Shaw Internet completely online, I had to go into a Freedom Mobile store to sign up. As an existing Freedom Mobile customer, it was straightforward and easy, even though they did a hard credit check.

They then gave me a modem kit with instructions, and that’s when I knew that it really is Shaw Internet, because it was almost identical to Shaw’s “Self Connect Kit”.

Freedom Mobile Home Internet Self Connect Kit

In short, you plug in the modem’s power cable, connect the coaxial cable, and wait a few minutes.

Here are the installation instructions:

Freedom Mobile Home Internet setup instructions

The modem was the same as my Shaw modem:

Freedom Mobile Home Internet and Shaw Internet modems side-by-side

One thing that was different is that it didn’t instruct me to download the Shaw BlueCurve Home app as part of the setup process. I was happy about this, since I never used any of the Shaw BlueCurve features and with Freedom Mobile Home Internet I can have one fewer app on my phone.

The login interface for the modem is Shaw-branded:

Freedom Mobile's modem's web interface says 'Shaw'

I also ended up with the same IP address that I had with Shaw.

Their invoice template is the same as Shaw’s, although with the Freedom Mobile logo and fewer image ads. The credit card charge even shows as coming from Shaw, not Freedom Mobile.

If you are a Freedom Mobile cell phone service customer, then you should already have access to Shaw Go WiFi hotspots on your mobile phone, which is the same benefit you have with Shaw Internet.

Lastly, the internet speed is as advertised:

Freedom Mobile Home Internet speed is as advertised: 150Mbps down and 15Mbps up


7 Responses to “Freedom Mobile Home Internet review: Shaw Internet at a reasonable price”

  1. Alan Pattinson says:

    Good review, I had not heard of this new plan.

    I would like to see some reviews of the service that Freedom Mobile and Shaw Mobile offer. I signed up for Shaw Mobile in the Shaw-tower area of Comox Valley and found that the signals and service are unusable, terrible. I presume that the reviewer uses his cell phone in the Vancouver area?

    Reply from Peter: Yes, Vancouver area. I have no complaints, but I have heard bad experiences from people in less populated areas and in concrete buildings.

  2. Bob Devlin says:

    I’d like to see a review from anyone using freedom mobile and or freedom 55 internet in the Peachland area.

    Also I’d like to see a review of Shaw internet in the Peachland area.

    I’m presently with Telus internet and am not wowed by their service or ability to easily get hold of them if a problem develops.

  3. Debbie Hryniuk says:

    I’ve been a freedom customer for 3 years
    I use it in the U S as well for 5 months we have never
    had overage charges with our plan
    we also switched to freedom WiFi
    we are more.than.eased.with all our services
    with Freedom I think we save more than
    $100 a month for.our 2 phone packages
    and internet

  4. Don L says:

    I just had many hours discussion with Freedom and Shaw support trying to get port forwarding working on the modem.

    They finally admitted that a Freedom internet customer cannot use the Shaw Bluecurve Home app or website, which means that you cannot access certain router features, like port forwarding.

    So, I’m a second class customer. They didn’t like to hear me say that.

  5. Nadia says:

    Freedom internet customers can ONLY communicate with customer service agents via text message. There is NO escalation process and speaking to a person directly is NOT an option. They made several mistakes with setting up my initial account which led to countless hours of me trying to get it resolved. The customer service was so poor with lack of follow through, which left the burden on me to keep following up. The issue was never resolved. Feeling so frustrated and frankly worried that if this was the CS for a basic problem what would happen if I needed additional help for say a billing error. I finally just cancelled. If your goal is to save money on your internet plan I totally understand but I would be weary of what the actual cost to your dollar savings may be.

  6. Cathrine says:

    I have a similar story to Nadia. Got a self connect modem from a Freedom Mobile Retail outlet. After getting it home I found out I didn’t have an active coax line to Shaw. Set up appointment for connection got games from a phantom service call. ( meaning they left a card on door without seeing if I was home by ringing doorbell ) I don’t like having my time abused! After that I promptly returned the modem to the retail outlet & cancelled the service. I got a receipt from the staff member who cancelled my service. I keep getting ebills & wonder why they haven’t stopped. I contacted customer service through the web messenger & it keeps disconnecting & each time connection returns I am assigned a new agent & have to start all over again. This isn’t the way to run a business. If they can’t be bothered to communicate properly & appropriately, then I don’t need to bother to purchase their service. I don’t concent to their stealing from me via auto billing on a cc for a service not rendered.

  7. roderick says:

    hey peter, have you survived the pandemic? you still with us in ’24?

    Reply from Peter: Yes…

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