BlackBerry’s Wonderful Winter Deals and Some Plans to Go With Them


WhistleOut
31 January 2016

BlackBerry is running a couple of deals until February 24, just in time for Valentines Day, if that's the kind of thing your significant other finds romantic. You can pick up two different BlackBerry Passport bundles at a discount, or grab yourself a PRIV with two free accessories, worth up to a combined $99.

The good news is that buying a phone like this means you aren't tied to any carrier for a long-term contract. You can go with a BYO plan, which is generally a lot cheaper than a contract, and gives you the flexibility of moving between carriers if you decide your cell service isn't up to par.

BlackBerry PRIV deal

The PRIV deal is pretty simple. It's still the standard price of $699, but you get two free accessories that add up to around $99 under normal pricing.

  • PRIV Leather Smart Flip Case, Black
  • PRIV Sync Pod with 1.2m USB Cable

BlackBerry Passport deals

The Passport deals vary depending on whether you grab the standard Black or White model, or if you're feeling fancy and want the Silver.

BlackBerry Black/White bundles:

  • $479 down from $499
  • Sync Pod
  • Black leather flip case
  • Screen saver x2

BlackBerry Silver bundle:

  • $519 down from $549
  • Sync pod
  • Black leather Flex Shell

BYO Plans for your Shiny New BlackBerry

The BYO market changes pretty regularly. Only recently Rogers, Bell, and TELUS all significantly raised their BYO pricing. At the same time, Fido, Koodo and Virgin Mobile also all had a $5 per month bump.

That being said, the latter three are still good options if you want a strong cell service, but don't want to pay contract prices, as each is owned by one of the major three carriers and operates over their parent's network.

Note: These plans show results using Ontario is a base. If you were prefer tailored results from your region, follow the link at the bottom of each table and adjust your location once the new page loads. People in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Quebec will have very different pricing and plan results to what is displayed.

1GB plans

1GB is around the minimum you'll want to be looking for if you plan on using your phone even semi-ragularly while you're out and about. You can get some decent browsing and social media time, and even stream the occasional song or podcast.

Don't go crazy, though; streaming services burn through data quickly, and make sure you steer well clear of any video apps like YouTube or Vimeo. It's also wise to avoid updating any apps using your cellular data. For the big stuff make sure you're connected to a WiFi network.

Cell Phone Plans

With at least 1GB data | Filters
  Inclusions  
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $35 BYOP Plan
  • 1GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $35/mth
Fido
Fido
  • $45 Plan
  • 1GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $35/mth + $10 Upfront
Koodo Mobile
Koodo Mobile
  • $35 - Unlimited Minutes Plan
  • 1GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $35/mth + $15 Upfront
Videotron
Videotron
  • 1GB Basic Plan
  • 1GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $37.95/mth + $15 Upfront
Rogers
Rogers
  • Share Everything 1GB with Unlimited Local Calling
  • 1GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $40/mth + $9.99 Upfront
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Telus
Telus
  • Your Choice - Unlimited Local Calling
  • 1GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $40/mth + $15 Upfront
2/2.5 GB plans

The next tier up is usually either 2GB or 2.5GB, depending on where you go. With this much data you can go as crazy with browsing and social media as you like. It's still wise to restrict any large application updates, or video streaming, to WiFi networks, but you can get by with a small amount of daily music streaming. Just be sure to keep one eye on that usage meter.

Cell Phone Plans

With at least 2GB data | Filters
  Inclusions  
Koodo Mobile
Koodo Mobile
  • $44 - Tab Large Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $44/mth + $15 Upfront
Videotron
Videotron
  • 2GB Plus Plan
  • 2GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $44.95/mth + $15 Upfront
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $45 BYOP Plan
  • 2GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $45/mth
Rogers
Rogers
  • Share Everything 2.5GB with Unlimited Local Calling
  • 2.5GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $45/mth + $9.99 Upfront
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Fido
Fido
  • $55 Plan
  • 2GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $45/mth + $10 Upfront
Bell
Bell
  • Shareable Plan with Unlimited Local Calling
  • 2.5GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $45/mth + $25 Upfront
5GB plans

5GB is a huge amount of data. It's unlikely most users will ever hit this cap, unless you're specifically trying to. Application updates, music streaming, and just about anything else is totally fine

However, don't go crazy and do something like stream Netflix, or a lot of HD YouTube. Some video streaming is fine, but make sure they're short videos and try to avoid HD quality. A single Netflix movie is likely to burn through most of your cap, if not all of it.

Cell Phone Plans

With at least 5GB data | Filters
  Inclusions  
Freedom Mobile
Freedom Mobile
  • Everywhere Canada 50 plan
  • 5GB Full Speed Data
  • No Contract
  • $40/mth + $10 Upfront
Koodo Mobile
Koodo Mobile
  • $44 - Tab Large Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $44/mth + $15 Upfront
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $48 BYOP Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $48/mth
Fido
Fido
  • $55 Plan with Pulse
  • 7GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $48/mth + $10 Upfront
Rogers
Rogers
  • Share Everything 5GB with Unlimited Local Calling
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $50/mth
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Telus
Telus
  • Your Choice - Unlimited local Calling
  • 6GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $50/mth + $15 Upfront

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