Comparison of Canadian Wireless Data Options

Bell Canada has launched an upgraded wireless network in Toronto and Montreal that will let its customers download data and browse the Internet at faster speeds. Other cities are expected to be upgraded next year. Bell’s new EVDO (Evolution Data Optimized) service transmits data to wireless devices at more than five times the rate of its network before the upgrade.

It wasn’t clear whether existing wireless data rates will continue to apply or whether higher rates can be expected for the EVDO service. Bell’s existing rate plans are:

– $25/month for 4 megs + $12 per additional meg
– $40/month for 8 megs + $8 per additional meg
– $60/month for 20 megs + $6 per additional meg
– $100/month for unlimited usage

In comparison, Rogers currently offers the following EDGE data service plans:

– $15/month for 1.5 megs + $21 per additional meg
– $25/month for 3 megs + $10 per additional meg
– $40/month for 7 megs + $6 per additional meg
– $60/month for 15 megs + $5 per additional meg
– $100/month for 100 megs + $3 per additional meg

FIDO’s slower GPRS service plans are as follows:

– $5 per month for 0.5 megs
– $25/month for 5 megs
– $3/kb pay per use ($30 per meg)
– Hiphop device – $20 per month, unlimited data

Telus offers the following plans:

– $5 plus $15/mb pay per use
– $20 per month for 1.5 mb plus $10 per additional mb
– $30 per month for 5 mb plus $10 per additional mb
– $50 per month for 10 mb plus $6 per additional mb
– $75 per month for 40 mb plus $5 per additional mb
– $100 per month unlimited