If you’re into 3-year contracts, TELUS drops iPhone 4 to $99 and slew of Androids to $0

Kate O'Brien

August 18, 2011 8:12am


Back-to-school is around the corner which means the sales will start coming on strong now. TELUS is out first with a bunch of discounts on a 3-year term. We’ve already mentioned the iPhone 4 16GB dropped to $99, but cut down all the way to $0 are the following Android devices: INQ Cloud Touch, Nexus S (white version), LG Optimus Black, Motorola Defy and HTC Status.

These will be on sale until September 7th and you’ll have to get a monthly rate plan of $50 or more to get the deal. This September 7th expiry date probably has nothing to do with the rumoured iPhone 5 media event. Maybe the Hercules will be announced on the 8th??

Source: TELUS

  • KidCanada

    That’s just the catch, wait till u see the bill ;)

  • Joe

    Sweet deal.. maybe if I sign up for a 12 year contract, they’ll give me another $10 off the iphone.

  • Me Ted

    Our government needs to look into banning contracts over 3 years like they did in the UK. It’s ridiculous.

    • Preacher

      the government doesn’t need to do anything. They evil triplets made you an offer for a 3 year contract, you either take it or not. its a bad deal, but there is no secret scam.

      Consumers need to do something about it. We need to stop signing up for the 3 year contract. we need to get mad and yell at the person at the phone store when they even offer it like it is an insult.

      If the government forces them to do anything, they’ll use that as an excuse to raise the price some where else to make up for the extra profit. They need to make the choice to change based on consumer behavior.

    • Joe

      You’re absolutely right with that. With the frequency of how often new phones are introduced into the market, these companies know that hardly anyone will keep the same phone for the full 3 years. So what do they do? offer a hardware upgrade after 2 years but only if the lock in for another 3 years – and the cycle continues. It’s ridiculous and unethical.

    • Rio

      Well its not their fault, it is you who decides on signing or not like ^ Said.

      I personally love my 3 contract, Bell pays for most of my phone. Then again I have an awesome contract,

      – 54$ –
      250Mins
      Unlimited Texts
      Evening and weekends at 6
      Caller ID, Voicemail etc
      6GB Data

      And I get an upgrade every year if i extend my contract another 1.

      So the way I see it, if I am going to be staying on this plan anyways I might as well let them do something for me.

    • Rio

      Here is the Point :

      I personally am going to be paying 50$ a month either way if I am in a contract or month to month.

      The question is do I pay 50/month +750$ for a phone and have the option (which I am probably not going to use)

      or

      Do I pay 50/month + 150$ for a phone and not have that option.

      3 year contracts are not that bad if you know what your getting yourself into. At the end of the 3 Years you will also get a nice retention plan if your lucky.

    • Sunny

      Clients need to looks at paying full price for their phones.

    • Store employee

      @Preacher. You certainly shoudl not start yelling at the people at the phone stores. We are there to sell you a phone at the prices the company has provided. We can NOT do ANYTHING to change those prices. You have an issue with a 3 year term? DON’T SIGN ONE! You think our polocies are ridiculous? Write the people that set the prices. The store employees are not paid enough to put up with people like you that come in a yell at us over things we cannot control.

    • aka

      @Me Ted

      Can’t you make a decision without the government deciding for you? Here, I’ll make it simple for you.

      A) Pay full price for the phone

      or

      B) agree with Telus to cover a large portion of your initial phone purchase and spread that discount over the course of 36 months. If you get tired of your phone in 6-months or a year later, pay Telus back the unrecovered discount received, and sign another contract for discount off another new phone.

      Seeing how I’m going to have to pay the same monthly cost no matter which option I choose, it’s a no brainer. Now you decide.

  • Preacher

    i don’t mind getting a 1, maybe 2 year plan on a phone, but if i get 3 years, all it means is this one is free. my next one when i upgrade ill still have to pay full price for because ill still be trapped in this 3 year contract.

    • Me Ted

      I completely agree. I hate contracts period (mtm here) but I do understand why people get them. It’s just that when our neighbour to the south has better handset price reductions on 2-year contracts than we do on 3, I get really angry. Why? Because they’re taking advantage of an oligopolistic market that’s been artificially maintained by government protectionist policies.

  • ToniCipriani

    For the better of our future of the Canadian wireless telco market, say NO to 3-year contracts TODAY.

  • Me Ted

    @Preacher

    “the government doesn’t need to do anything. They evil triplets made you an offer for a 3 year contract, you either take it or not. its a bad deal, but there is no secret scam.”

    The government already has though. How do you think the big 3 have this wonderful market stalemate? They’re quite content with their share. Those seeds were planted very early too making it extremely difficult for others to compete without network infrastructure (Wind is well on its way though).

    “Consumers need to do something about it. We need to stop signing up for the 3 year contract. we need to get mad and yell at the person at the phone store when they even offer it like it is an insult.”

    We’re trying to but once again, when you close the borders to foreign competition you’re stuck with what we have until the smaller two can gain some traction. Look, it’s simple really. The big 3 have been given the opportunity to run their operations without the worry of foreign invasion for the most part. Instead of playing nicely with their customers though they’ve decided to take advantage of that opportunity and rake us over the coals. They should have met us half way.

    “If the government forces them to do anything, they’ll use that as an excuse to raise the price some where else to make up for the extra profit. They need to make the choice to change based on consumer behavior.”

    If that happens then the government should turn around and say, “You’re right. Disregard that last policy. Go ahead and reinstate 3-year contracts again. We won’t interfere. Oh…we almost forgot. We’ve opened the next spectrum auction to foreigners with some minor limitations. Don’t worry though; they won’t be allowed to buy any of you out. However, we do believe Verizon has mentioned something about having 92% coverage by 2015. At&T also expressed some interest in investing in their own 4G network. Again, something about 90% coverage by 2015 as well. Oh well. Carry on.”

  • Sean

    I personally like my 3 year contract, for the same reasons Rio stated. I’m not the kind of person that needs the latest and greatest phone every time one comes out so why wouldn’t I let one of the Big 3 give me the phone after 3 years (which I’ll probably keep using after that) and let them beg for my business just before my contract ends.

    I don’t understand why people are so hung-up on 3 year contracts. I just started my new contract:

    $60/month:
    400 mins
    unlimited text/pic/video msgs
    My10
    6Gb data
    Early eve/wknds @ 6
    Unlimited social networking.

    The only thing I don’t have is CallerID (don’t need it) and voicemail (also, don’t need it). If you call my phone and I don’t answer, I’m busy so call back later or send me a text which I’ll respond to when I’m NOT busy.

  • Matthew

    One thing I actually can praise one of the big 3 for is what Telus does for upgrades. To my understanding (I’m sure they did this recently as this wasn’t the case last time I upgraded) you just pay off the balance of your phone and you can upgrade… So if Telus gave me something like $500 off a phone on a 3yr, and I only do 1.5 years, its $250 to upgrade (which makes sense and sounds fair to me). So I actually don’t mind the contract part too much so long as they keep this policy. It’s kinda like a tab.

  • Me Ted

    @Rio

    “Well its not their fault, it is you who decides on signing or not like ^ Said.”

    It is their fault because they have free reign. Read my previous post in case you’re confused.

    “I personally love my 3 contract, Bell pays for most of my phone.”
    I’m mtm and Telus gave me $200 off of my handset. So that means I paid $400 for a $600 handset (better than a 2 year contract at the time) Wanna know how? N E G O T I A T I O N.

    “Then again I have an awesome contract

    – 54$ –
    250Mins
    Unlimited Texts
    Evening and weekends at 6
    Caller ID, Voicemail etc
    6GB Data”

    Actually, no you don’t. I pay $6 more/mth and I get everything you have plus 5pm evenings/weekends, 400 mins and 150 mins ld. I bet I could get your plan for less and mtm though. I’d say $45/mth easily.

    “And I get an upgrade every year if i extend my contract another 1.”
    So every year you get a 3 year contract handset reduction on a new device? I find that hard to believe. Yeah, not buying it.

    • Rio

      Ted, the Big 3 are not forcing you to sign the contract are they? Your consciously make the decision to sign it.

      In my case, I choose to sign it because I got a good deal. I was not ready to pay 750$ + 50$ a month for the next 3 years. Paying for your own phone is the same as adding 16$ more to your plan….600$ / 36 months is 16$/month.

      I found it hard to believe when I found out as well, I did not sign my contract knowing that. I will record my convo with the CSR and send it to you, I plan on useing it soon.

  • Harris

    I pay $40 For Unlimited Voice, Text & Data from Wind….

    Yet people paying $50+ for 1/16 of what I am getting still sign a 3 year contract to discount a couple hundred bucks?

    23+ million zombies in Canada.

    • Jeff

      There’s a reason why 23 million other people aren’t with Wind…the phone selection blows. You might be getting unlimited everything but the Nexus S is the only nice phone Wind has…not to mention bullshit like paying hundreds of dollars for the phone, “wind zones”, and stores few and far between. in my experience as a communications consultant, one out of ten clients actually buy the phone outright.

    • bob

      first, not everybody needs unlimited
      second, you get way less than 1/16 of the coverage, yet you pay 80% of the price

      I wouldn’t pay for wind even if it was $20 for unlimited everything, mainly because I live 500km from the nearest wind zone.

    • GMan

      You gotta be pretty self centered to think what works for you must work for everyone else too.
      Take a look at Wind’s coverage map. Notice all the areas that they don’t cover? People live in those areas too in case you didn’t know.

    • Sean

      I’m glad you recognized there are 23 million other Canadians. Now if you could figure out that those “23 million zombies” don’t actually LIVE within the confines of the extremely limited coverage areas for your provider, you’ll have a clue; one clue. Keep working on it.

  • Me Ted

    “Here is the Point :

    I personally am going to be paying 50$ a month either way if I am in a contract or month to month.”
    Actually no you’re not. I can’t help it if you don’t know how to negotiate. I guess some people have it while others don’t

    “The question is do I pay 50/month +750$ for a phone and have the option (which I am probably not going to use)

    or

    Do I pay 50/month + 150$ for a phone and not have that option.”

    The answer is neither. You pay $40/mth with no contract for the same service and you discuss handset subsidies under the same conditions.

    “3 year contracts are not that bad if you know what your getting yourself into.”
    I know exactly what I’m getting myself into: no contract with all the benefits of your 3-year contract; only I’m not a pushover and I have tenure.

    “At the end of the 3 Years you will also get a nice retention plan if your lucky.”
    Luck? WTF does luck have to do with anything? I don’t see any unicorns or leprechauns coming to my aid. Eff that. Grow a pair and go get it.

    • Rio

      Do you think you be able to negotiate with a Provider when you first join a company? I highly doubt it.

      Ted tell me what benefits do you get?
      You are paying from month to month with no guarantee you are going to be with the provider next month. How do you plan on getting a handset subsidiary ? Do enlighten me.

      Also calm down. I do plan to get a retention plan by the 2year mark.

    • Sean

      So let me get this straight Ted. You pay $10/month less than us ($50 vs $40) “for the same service”. I’ll just assume you have an iPhone so I’ll do the math for that. I’ll leave out taxes because those are different across the country but the phone price is not.

      No contract – $659.99
      3 year term – $159.99
      Difference = $500/36 months (the length of the contract)
      Monthly subsidy = $13.89
      Subtract your $10 plan difference and to me, it looks like you’re still paying $3/month more than those of us on a contract.

      Tell me again how you got a better deal?

  • Me Ted

    @Rio

    You’re completely missing the point. You can negotiate your way into better terms. You just refuse to. The difference between you and I is that I end up paying less over time with no ties. I can walk any time I want to and let me tell you something; having that option has gotten me what I want more times than not with the same provider.

    • Rio

      What Better Terms Ted? Have you seen my plan?

      This is my first time every signing a contract, I was on prepaid before with rogers. Do you think I could have gotten a better plan with Bell just joining the company?

      – 54$ –
      250Mins
      Unlimited Texts
      Evening and weekends at 6
      Caller ID, Voicemail etc
      6GB Data

      And I get an upgrade every year if i extend my contract another 1.

      Ted lets compare what we have and see who is really saving money?

    • Rio

      Sorry about that, I just read your earlier comment about your plan.

      I know I can get my plan for less, but if I am switching to Bell for the very first time do you really think I am in a position to haggle some more on that plan?

      maybe after a year but not from the very start, I am sure it took you some time to get your plan

  • Harris

    WOW! Rogers, Bell & Telus have really got their customers by the testicles… They actually truly believe they’re getting the ‘best’ deal out of the other 6-9 million other clients ! LOL

    The big 3 do not care about you AT ALL only when you threaten to cancel they offer you 100 ‘bonus’ minutes onto of your 150 minutes when you sign a 3 year contract… So the zombies sign away. Pathetic consumers.

  • happy

    I pay 39 dollors. With rogers
    300 minutes
    Unlimted after 5
    50 long distance minutes
    Unlimited rogers and fido
    unlimited picture video text messages
    unlimited text
    call display
    voicemail
    ringbacks
    Voicemail to text
    6GB DATA WITH TETHERING
    no roaming in canadtext messages r international
    why will I leave rogers I pay 39 dollorsand I get full bars 95 percent of the time
    I get to upgrade every 1.5 years

  • happy

    I forgot to say I also get unlimited incoming calls

  • Me Ted

    @Rio

    “Do you think you be able to negotiate with a Provider when you first join a company? I highly doubt it.”
    You’ve said repeatedly that you’ve been in successive 3-year contracts for quite some time now. Do something with that earned tenure.

    “Ted tell me what benefits do you get?”
    Ok. I can go to any provider I choose, whenever I choose AND still pay less it would seem. That sounds pretty good to me. But hey, if you like being tied to one carrier forever, by all means. Now I know you’re going to use the “But I’m happy with my carrier argument”. That’s fine and dandy but what happens when you aren’t? Then what?

    “You are paying from month to month with no guarantee you are going to be with the provider next month. How do you plan on getting a handset subsidiary? Do enlighten me.”
    Ready for this? Here it comes. It’s insane……

    Ask for it……..BOOOOOOOOOOMMMM!

    I know…pure genius isn’t it?

    “Also calm down. I do plan to get a retention plan by the 2year mark.”
    If I were any calmer I’d be dead. Woooooooooo!

    • Rio

      Nope if you read my posts, this is my first ever 3 Year Contract, I used to be with Rogers Pay as you go before.

      If i was in fact in a 3year contract prior to this one then I would deff have asked for more and a lower price, in a year I am sure the price will be a lot lower.

      I cant just sign up for a month to month with bell and ask them to give me an awesome plan the first day, it takes time.

      You have clearly been with them for awhile now. The plan I have right now is a LOT better than a lot of the other plans out there and I was asked to sign a 3yr contract if I wanted it. I choose to because this is my First time being with bell.

  • Me Ted

    @Rio

    “Ted lets compare what we have and see who is really saving money?”

    OK!

    $60

    400 mins
    150 ld mins
    vm 10, cid blah blah
    6gb
    e/w 5pm
    u/l text
    weekly massages at a Russian rub n tug

    Oh and they took $200 off my $600 Milestone at the time (better than a 2 year contract). So my phone cost me $400.

    Now let’s look at your plan. First of all you’re paying too much for what you have. You shouldn’t be paying more than $45 ESPECIALLY on a 3-year tie down.

    Comparing the two over 2 years (I won’t even do 3). We’ll use the SGSII for example. The 3 year contract price is $169.95. The difference over 2 years between what you pay monthly vs. what you SHOULD be paying monthly is $216. You add those two numbers together and you get $385.95. So I stand corrected. You pay $14.95 less than I do over the same span *rolls eyes* only my options are wide open.

    Keep in mind that I’m also going to be asking for a larger discount on my next handset for the additional 2 years of service I’ve given them. Maybe I’ll get $250 off…maybe $300. Who knows. It’s all in how you present it to them.

    • Rio

      How long have you been with your provider?

      It takes time, I have been with bell for Less than a year.

      I couldnt ask for a cheaper plan when going into this because anything under 50$ doesnt qualify for the subsidy for a new entry.

  • Milpool

    For most regular consumers, yes, the Big 3 have most people into some pretty poor plans that are disguised as “deals”.

    The best are corporate/EPP plans. Rogers has tons of those, as does Bell. Telus has a few, but not many. I have a pretty sweet $15 plan because my mother works for a Rogers wireless partner. Among other things, it has no SAF/GRRF/911 fee, Caller ID and VM are included, and it has perks such as per-second billing, $0.10 LD anywhere in North America, and a full call-by-call breakdown paper bill.

    From a regular Big 3 consumer-plan perspective, I am not asking for unlimited data — I don’t think thats a reasonable expectation. I am just asking for a plan with 500+ minutes, 10 favourite numbers, CLID, VM, unlimited text, and about 2 GB of data for $45 or so.

  • GMan

    To the two i****s:
    Yes, keep bragging about what a deal you got on your phone/plan. Out argue the other guy. That makes you the winner.

    • Rio

      We arent arguing which plan is better.

      We are discussing the benefits of a plan and month to month and what to end up where.
      I have already learned a bit from what he has said as I am new to the 3 year thing.

  • Andy

    the point of the matter is..we are one of the last countries to still have 3 year contracts. I would not mind this if every carrier had decent 2 year and 1 year contracts but the subsidy on the phone is nothing compared to the 3 year contract, I will pay 199 on a two year term but i refuse to pay for almost the whole phone on a 2 year.

  • GT

    You negotiate for what suits you best. i personally don’t have money to buy a phone outright so going into a contract was the only way to subsidize my phone especially when i wanted a high end phone. I ended up getting the same plan as RIO from Bell plus $100 credit on my GS2 for switching providers. Unlimited sounds nice on paper but i don’t even think i would make use of the 6Gbs I got.

  • Hauer

    Am I reading this correctly? People are enjoying their 3 year contracts?!?!? YOU People stOOpid?!?! That’s why the big 3 will never change since they can always rely on those suckers

    • Sean

      Can you enlighten those of us who aren’t as high and mighty as you and tell us what’s wrong with a 3 year contract? “ohhh, I’m locked in to a contract with features I need and I really enjoy the phone and I’ve had good customer service on the two occasions I’ve had to call them in the past 11 years”

      I guess I’m “stoopid”, as the genius put it.

  • Pigs Like Cheese

    Press LIKE if you think people are ranting too much on this thread.

  • Saffant

    Wtf ? I just signed up on a new 3 year contract and I’m getting a pretty mediocre plan…
    200 minutes
    Call conferencing, call forward no vm or cid :-/
    6gb data
    my10 and unlimited picture and video messages.
    Also free social and $50 credit. Free cid for a month.. all for $65… They wouldn’t budge when I tried to negotiate..

    • Rio

      Is this your first contract? Mid way through it try and call them up and ask for a better one or you will leave.

      I kinda got lucky with my contract, I believe its a Corporate plan.

  • Saffant

    How do u manage to get such lenient plans?

  • Saffant

    Hmm.. how about in a months time ?

  • Frank

    I pay $60 per month with Koodo mobile, and I get unlimited 24/7 calling, unlimited text and picture messaging, 6gb of data, caller Id and voicemail included, and no zones, I can take my phone anywhere in canada and not pay long distance. Now thats what you call a good cellphone plan, not this dumb day time minutes and you have to wait till 9pm to make a call, thats so dumb. Your paying for a cellphone plan which costs over $50 pr month you should be able to use it when ever and how long you want to use it, without restrictions.

  • Frank

    and oh better yet I got this awesome plan without a dumb 3 year contract.

  • Anon

    Guys, I never thought I’d support 3 year contracts, but here I am. Look, if you get a phone, such as an iPhone, the retail is $659. That’s the price you’d pay for it if you go no term. If you’re complaining.. Go pay that. Cancel whenever you want. On a 3 year term, you are saving $560 of the retail price you’d pay from Apple. That is $15.55/month of your monthly plan goes from the company to pay back the cost of the phone. There is no big discounts for mobile companies for phones. They pay pretty much identical (sometimes more) for the phones than the set retail. Say you are on the popular Smartphone Combo 55 on the iPhone with the 10 buddies. 15 of the 55 goes from the company to pay off the phone, each and every month. Is $40 unreasonable to pay? Absolutely not. Seriously, I’m sick and tired of people wanting $0 phones and complaining about contract terms. If you don’t want a contract, don’t sign them.

    There’s the solution.

    Let’s just do a comparison. If we went on a 2 year term on an iPhone, with a theoretical 15.50 off a month, it’d cost $287 to get on a 2 year. People are too cheap to pay this. I know. I work for a phone company. If you don’t want a 3 year contract.. Don’t get one.

  • mark

    contract bickering aside, i think its interesting telus has jumped the gun offering the iphone 4 for 99 until sept 7, everybody keeps saying its being announced october but i dunno kinda points towards the iphone 5 being at least announced after sept 7th….

  • Crazy

    Yuo guys are all douches don’t get a cell phone if you don’t want to sign up for a contract it is that easy the companies are not evil they are here to sell a service and if you don’t like it don’t buy it that simple