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Since I'm on a school budget, I'm more then likely going to have my parents help me out on paying monthly for a phone bill. Therefore, more then likely it is going to be with Telus, as we've been with them for so long.

However, Telus doesn't offer the SGSII and HTCs and their other phones either offer tiny screens or poor audio performance. I'm looking for a phone that would triple as a phone, e-reader, and an MP3 player. So, I was thinking of Bell for the SGSII.

What is Bell like? How is their connection? And how is their billing on smart phones? The SGSII is 169.99 dulas (furturama, sorry), but if is tagged on with a forced $50 a month contract I might not get my parents financial support on such.

If not, I'm going to have to settle with the HTC Desire HD.
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My Bell iPhone 4 is alright, the business I work for all have iPhone 4 on Bell and anywhere in the building, even under earth, I have signal so do they ?

It's not bad, but there is some lacking in Montreal such as metros; There is 1 specific station where all the companies paid for the line but Bell so if you need to call someone to tell them you're at X minutes from there, you have to stop, get out, text them, walk back in, 10 minutes wasted.

I use it in bus on my way to college or at school while teachers are . I love my iPhone 4 on Bell.
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My Bell iPhone 4 is alright, the business I work for all have iPhone 4 on Bell and anywhere in the building, even under earth, I have signal so do they ?

It's not bad, but there is some lacking in Montreal such as metros; There is 1 specific station where all the companies paid for the line but Bell so if you need to call someone to tell them you're at X minutes from there, you have to stop, get out, text them, walk back in, 10 minutes wasted.

I use it in bus on my way to college or at school while teachers are . I love my iPhone 4 on Bell.
Telus worked pretty well underground at the highschool awhile ago. My older brother has an iPhone and I'll have to ask him if he gets reception on the underground transit.

Thanks for the info.


What's your billing like by the way? Looks like I'm looking at 65 a month.
Edited by Domino - 7/28/11 at 1:54pm
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Telus worked pretty well underground at the highschool awhile ago. My older brother has an iPhone and I'll have to ask him if he gets reception on the underground transit.

Thanks for the info.


What's your billing like by the way?
I use the iPhone contract, therefor, $50 a month and like two (2) extra bucks to receive the paper bill at home.

Underground college and work place work good but subway (or metro?) is kinda bad with Bell. I know Telus works well for subway (or metro?) but I think it lacks underground places (where I had friends using Telus). Although, back in the days, only Telus would work at my country house.

TL;DR; I would go with Bell for the Galaxy S II unless you want a phone that Telus can offer. Pick your phone and then pick your carrier.
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I use the iPhone contract, therefor, $50 a month and like two (2) extra bucks to receive the paper bill at home.

Underground college and work place work good but subway (or metro?) is kinda bad with Bell. I know Telus works well for subway (or metro?) but I think it lacks underground places (where I had friends using Telus). Although, back in the days, only Telus would work at my country house.
I think I'm all of 15 minutes from the uni where I'm going to be attending; walking distance that is. So I might not need to worry about underground any all that much. Phone is going to be off during class and probably only used while waiting in line, phoning home, and e-reading/music while doing work.

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TL;DR; I would go with Bell for the Galaxy S II unless you want a phone that Telus can offer. Pick your phone and then pick your carrier.
Haha, TL;DR wasn't long.

That's what I would like to do, but with my parents support, being as picky as they are, aiding in the phone bill will give them nearly the ultimate say in what carrier is going to be used.

Do you get caller ID/Text on the $50/month bill? It looked like I had to add $15/month for caller ID and 500 texts. Edit: might be doing the plan wrong. Looks like only $50/month still; just have to skimp on caller ID. No biggy.
Edited by Domino - 7/28/11 at 2:02pm
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Do you get caller ID/Text on the $50/month bill? It looked like I had to add $50/month for caller ID and 500 texts.
I don't have caller ID but I have unlimited texts, 500MB data, 200 minutes, unlimited nights from 6PM and unlimited weekends.

I paired it with my mom's bill (her, me, my bro, her boyfriend) so we all have 200 minutes "each". We have 800 minutes total so if my brother use 50 minutes, my mom 50 minutes and her boyfriend use 50 minutes too, I can use 650 minutes for my month(800-50-50-50=my limit=650) so I don't have to worry about it.
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I don't have caller ID but I have unlimited texts, 500MB data, 200 minutes, unlimited nights from 6PM and unlimited weekends.

I paired it with my mom's bill (her, me, my bro, her boyfriend) so we all have 200 minutes "each". We have 800 minutes total so if my brother use 50 minutes, my mom 50 minutes and her boyfriend use 50 minutes too, I can use 650 minutes for my month(800-50-50-50=my limit=650) so I don't have to worry about it.
Nice. I can't seem myself using 200 minutes as is. xD

I wonder if it would be cheaper to just purchase the phone and then a monthly deal. Can't seem to find anything on that? But I double it would be less then 20 bucks a month for the same plan?
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Nice. I can't seem myself using 200 minutes as is. xD

I wonder if it would be cheaper to just purchase the phone and then a monthly deal. Can't seem to find anything on that? But I double it would be less then 20 bucks a month for the same plan?
You won't get anything worth while for less than 20$ in Canada..

Canada is extremely expensive (Internet / TV / Phone / Cell). If you don't want to pay much, I recommend not getting data (expensive in Canada) and lower your text message (But watch them, I sometime do like 13000 texts in a month, that's a ton a half texts a day, I blame college teachers for being boring).

You could get a smartphone but get only minutes and some texts, that's it, and use the phone as an MP3 player and portable wifi browser ? I use mine for pretty much everything, mp3 player, wifi and 3G browsing, hardcore gaming (), reading, communications (USRS) and...Phone flipping!
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Where do you live? You should see if you can go with mobilicity instead, you buy the smartphone outright and you can get unlimited text and data (unlimited data) for around 35$ a month. Mobilicity is only in the major cities in Canada atm though, only reason I am not with them.

You can probably get a galaxy s 1 that is compatible with their service, or a sony experia phone.
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You won't get anything worth while for less than 20$ in Canada..

Canada is extremely expensive (Internet / TV / Phone / Cell). If you don't want to pay much, I recommend not getting data (expensive in Canada) and lower your text message (But watch them, I sometime do like 13000 texts in a month, that's a ton a half texts a day, I blame college teachers for being boring).

You could get a smartphone but get only minutes and some texts, that's it, and use the phone as an MP3 player and portable wifi browser ? I use mine for pretty much everything, mp3 player, wifi and 3G browsing, hardcore gaming (), reading, communications (USRS) and...Phone flipping!
Oh man.

Ya, I might just skimp on doing that. Looks like my parents are willing to pay the whole bill, I just need to buy the phone and activation. That's really awesome imo, +1 to my parents.

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Where do you live? You should see if you can go with mobilicity instead, you buy the smartphone outright and you can get unlimited text and data (unlimited data) for around 35$ a month. Mobilicity is only in the major cities in Canada atm though, only reason I am not with them.

You can probably get a galaxy s 1 that is compatible with their service, or a sony experia phone.
I'm going to be in Edmonton. As it stands now, it won't be too much of a problem but going that route will basically make it even either way, considering the phone cost. Do they offer limited coverage?

The problem I have with going with an older phone is that this needs to last a while (at least 3, maybe 4-5). Getting a powerful phone would be my best bet imo. The S1 is offered by Telus though.


Cheers on the input guys. Much appreciated. +rep in a few.
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