The Brits got first stab at the BlackBerry Z10, and now Canada is next up. Today the Z10 is available on Rogers, Bell, and TELUS, but what's the difference? Pretty slight at the end of the day, but here are the details on their plans in an easy-to-compare format. This is important stuff to know if you're going to be signing on to a three-year commitment, though there are always tab and off-contract options available.
If you really need convincing as to whether or not the BlackBerry Z10 is worth the investment, you'll probably want to check out our insanely long review. Keep in mind that while those three-year commitments may be daunting, the termination fees scale with how long you have left on your contract and are much better than they used to be. Without further ado, here's our breakdown of Canadian service plans for the BlackBerry Z10.
Rogers is shaving $10 off the device cost for a limited time, which might be a deciding factor if budget is your number one concern. Rogers is also heading up a SIM-based wireless payment program called sidetap, which could be interesting for those that want to ride that wave early. Data overage charges are still a little crazy ($20/GB on the basic plan), but reduce as you climb tiers.
Rogers is also tossing in a month of TechXpert service to Z10 buyers, which offers personalized, extended support. Rogers has an exclusive on Sportsnet and other Anyplace Live TV streams, which may be a deciding factor for sports fans. Off-contract, you can get the BlackBerry Z10 for $599.99. Kevin paid $650 in-store mind you, so it's possible the $600 price is online-only. One of our commenters also pointed out that if you go with Rogers subsidiary Fido, you can ultimately save a lot of money - $1765 over three years, versus $2280 and up elsewhere.
While Rogers is discounting devices, TELUS has promotional rates going right now. Unlike Rogers, TELUS also throws in Voice Mail and Call waiting into all of their plans, and also axe activation fees to sweeten the deal. Most TELUS plans also have flexible data plan scaling, so you'll automatically be bumped up to a higher data tier - a very nice safety net to have. TELUS is selling the BlackBerry Z10 $650 off-contract, while subsidiary Koodo has it for $550. Until February 28, TELUS is offering $50 credit for device trade-in which is pretty nice.
Bell has their finger in a bunch media pies, so you'll have access to all sorts of mobile TV options through them, including Bloomberg, TSN, CTV, CBC, and plenty of others (assuming you have a supporting plan). Bell also claims to have the country's largest LTE network, but your mileage may vary depending on location.
Bell and subsidiary Virgin Mobile are charging $649.99 off-contract, which is a solid fifty bucks more expensive than Rogers. Also, the sales will people tell you that you need either a BIS or BES plan in order to use a BlackBerry. Although not required by BlackBerry, Bell apparently doesn't care and is enfocing that rule. Yes, apparently this a thing they're trying to do. Retail shenannaginery aside, they have a very pretty product demo.
Gotta give a shoutout to Kevin's hometown, amirite? MTS Allstream won't be getting the BlackBerry Z10 until March, which is too bad, but at least they've got LTE coverage in Manitoba now. Given the timing, they haven't mentioned device pricing just yet, but it's probably safe to assume it will be in line with The Big Three.
Which carrier did you sign up with for your BlackBerry Z10? What are your priorities when picking a plan and service provider? Which of the Big Three has the best coverage in your area? Are you holding out for WIND, Mobilicity, Videotron, or another carrier?
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