When I was waiting for my iPhone 4 to arrive two months ago, I spent a lot of time researching cell phone plans, trying to find the best deal for someone who doesn’t care about voice or texting, but only really cares about data.
All carriers offer some form of tiered data add-ons to voice plans, but none of them offer data-only plans. Or so I thought. planetbeing (of iPhone Dev Team fame) told me about a loophole on Rogers and Fido, and I’ve been using it for the past month.
Pay As You Go users can get data through something called a Data Week Pass. A Data Week Pass costs $7, and gives you 125MB to use over a week. Over a month, that’s $28 for 500MB, which is 54 cents more than the cheapest data add-on on Rogers.
So let’s say you get a $30 top-up card every month. You’re left with $2 on your balance.
On Rogers, signing up for the 1¢ Evenings and Weekends plan requires a minimum monthly top-up of $20. Given that most of my (rare) phone calls fit into the Evenings and Weekends timeslots, that gives me 200 voice minutes in the event that I really need to make a call. Weekday minutes are 39¢ a minute, however, so use them sparingly, as you can only afford about 5 minutes on a $30 top-up.
Still, if you make most of your calls during evenings and weekends, that is considerably cheaper than signing up for a 150-minute plan with the 500MB data add-on. You can understand why Rogers doesn’t mention the existence of Data Week Plans on their site (last I checked) and Fido makes it a major pain in the ass to find.