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Virgin shows Thunder Bay the love and offers up Unlimited talk, text and 6GB data for $50/month

Thuner Bay, of all places, is getting more love from the carriers. This time around it’s from Virgin Mobile with a plan that is worth considering. They’ve dreamed up an exclusive offer for the region that gives Unlimited Canada-wide calling, Unlimited Canada-US-International texting, voicemail, caller ID and 6GB data. The price is set at $50/month. No to shabby… but you’ll have to be in Thunder Bay to score this deal.

(Thanks tipster!)

  • lambdacore

    What’s so special about Thunder Bay, except the sligthly badass name?

    • bozo

      I believe Bell is very pissed at TbayTel for some reason.;)

  • Snafu

    This is what competition is starting to bring – love it. Lets spread this plan all over and start to bring down the big three plans too.

  • Dan

    So it’s HSPA only? Am I reading that right?

    • Dan

      (ie, no LTE access?)

    • anona

      HPSA = LTE. They just mean you can’t use a CDMA device.

    • anona

      Normally that’s what it means. HSPA to Bell is “Uses a SIM card”. But beside it says “HSPA Phones Only” in MB. So this makes me wonder. Still an awesome deal.

  • Arber

    Wind is HSPA only so its the same crap lol

  • Nima

    When they say hspa, do they mean standard hspa/7mbs? or Dc HSPA+/42mbs.

    Because the later would be great for a nexus 4… i would just need to get me a fake Thunder bay address (easier said than done).

    • anona

      You don’t need a Thunder Bay address to get it.

  • Milpool

    Despite it being Thunder Bay only, this is actually a decent offering from a Big 3 subsidiary. I pay $10 less than that with Wind for virtually the same thing. The data cap doesn’t bother me either. 6GB is a ton. Considering how much WiFi there is out there, I rarely hit 800MB over 3G.

    Not that it will ever EVER happen, but let’s hope something like this happens someday outside of these niche markets.

  • GENERALWONG

    But where the hell is “thuner bay”?!?

  • Mario Gaucher

    this is a deal to compet with TBayTel…
    they have a $50 plan similar to what Virgin is offering… but with only 200 daytime minutes.

    This is a very good deal… and I would switch right away!! ;-)

    Anyway, I got the $56 deal that is available to anyone today… and I rarely go over 1GB of data… so this is fine for now.

  • anona

    You don’t need to live in Thunder Bay to take advantage of this, just need to visit. They will still give you a 905/289/416/647 number still.

    So if you actually get out of the city (which it seems 90% of MobileSyrup users don’t do) you can take advantage of this deal.

    • Michael

      A 16 hour drive from Toronto to Thunder Bay not simply a walk out of town

    • XR999

      And the vast majority of MobileSyrup readers don’t live anywhere near Thunder Bay, so driving 16-17 hours (1,300-1,500 km) from the GTA – Ottawa (as an example) just to get a deal that should exist province-wide isn’t exactly what I would call worthwhile.

    • jack

      its called an airplane, who the hell is going to drive? LOL

  • David

    Looks like there’s a regional provider they are trying to eliminate then after that’s done it’ll be 50 local min daytime cd/vm/unlimited text extra and 100 mb of data

  • ry29

    Is this not predatory pricing?

  • Brian

    Wowza – great deal! Usually on Bell / Virgin, regional plans are hard-coded to require a phone # from that region (billing address is not relevant). E.G., MB and SK plans will not populate unless you select an MB or SK city for phone number. I wonder if they will do the same for Thunder Bay.

  • Crunk

    Just as a reminder to Virgin Mobile customers on the Choice plan, the 6 GB plan NEVER EXPIRED. Get yourself some 6 GB LTE for $30 bucks extra!

    Satisfied Virgin Mobile Customer, I don’t work for them!

  • Phone

    Has anyone tried calling in to Virgin trying to score this deal from a rep?

  • craigvan

    I signed up for 6 GB $30 on Virgin a few months ago during the promo. Used it for one month and then called to make a simple change to my Choice plan — asked they confirm that I would still retain the $30 6 GB. Rep said yes — then it fell off my plan. Calls to Solutions Dept and escalated to complaints dept who advised there was no way they could re-instate the plan to due a systems issue. Long story short they offered to provision my plan such that if I went over 3 GB on pay per use data I would only pay $30 up to 6 GB. The next month my bill was screwed up again and I’m not even sure I have this adjusted.

  • John Stewart

    Now this is a great monthly plan. I think we as consumers should boycott the big three until we get plans that reflect this.

  • Dan

    The Bell deal is even better, with 10 hours of Mobile TV for the same price. Everything else seems to be the same.

    bell.ca/thunderbay

  • EvanKr

    That’s actually a pretty damn good deal… It’s even approaching WIND territory.

  • DTO

    You’d NEED to get a local Thunder Bay number to have this plan, but you can live anywhere else in Canada. Think I might call TELUS retention and see what they can offer me to compete as I travel back and forth to Tbay for work.

  • jack

    there is no good reason why there are regional plans. this crap should be illegal

  • vn33

    If only the Big Three offers this as part of their national plan … wishful thinking on my part, I guess !

  • Adam

    It’s not that great of a deal when you consider the network you have to be on. Like the CEO of MTS said when Bell was offering the same sort of thing and a free iphone in Winnipeg. It’s not really that good of a deal. Their network is small, has gaps, the ONLY advantage is LTE, which sounds nice, but really such a small percentage of people use it.

    • jack

      this is virgin, not some crap carrier that’s only in 1 province.

    • jack

      and the majority of the ppl commenting here are probably from a major city

  • Mike

    All you’d have to do is switch your number to a Thunder Bay number, switch your plan, wait a few days and switch your number back. :)

  • Chris

    There are only 6 stores that can activate this plan in Thunder Bay. It exists on Bell (as well as Virgin). So if you have an unlocked phone you can get this deal for $45 on no contract.

    • Dan

      Since, you seem pretty knowledgeable, do you know if I can switch to the new Bell Tbay plan from the previous Bell Tbay plan (3GB, VM extra). I am on month-to-month, no contract.

    • noel

      Where is it shown for $45 without a phone?

  • coop3422

    This deal exists on Bell? Maybe when I go home for xmas (to Thunder Bay) I’ll switch my number and plan, then switch back to my Calgary number after my vacation :)

    • Brian

      Won’t work — system will force a price plan change when changing our # back to Calgary.

  • Money is everything

    This is predatory pricing. Should be available to all or none.

  • Phh

    Why aren’t the big cities getting these good deals

  • teal

    the reason its for bell is because they just came to thunder bay just this fall
    bell is trying to get thunderbaians over to thier side

    @GENERALWONG
    19 hrs away from toronto
    way up north,

  • Stephen

    Is there any loophole to get this plan in the gta without having to travel to thunder bay?

  • Dan

    I’m looking forward to seeing how Tbaytel counters this. Bell came in with their $50 3GB plan with unlimited nationwide calling, which was great at the time, then Tbaytel came in with $50 6GB plan, but no unlimited calling. Bell has now pulled ahead again with $50 6GB, unlimited nationwide calling and Mobile TV.

    This is how competition is supposed to work!

  • Daniel AJ

    Come on, Koodo!

  • AWSguy

    Bell is just trying to eliminate TBayTel with predatory pricing.

  • skullan

    I like how this happens AFTER the first round of the CRTC wireless code question.

  • errr

    What kinda crap is this. Great plan in limited market. Bell is a big bully in a small playground. Its time for them to grow up and offer this across the country. Oh no wait that would reduce their enormouse profits. Yellow tail @#%&*

  • terrible

    the reason why this is cheaper is because bells hspa coverage in thunder bay is TERRIBLE

  • Willing to fly into Thunder Bay

    Okay, can you port in a number from a different province like BC? Can you use an address outside of the area? I think I’d go for the $45 deal.

  • Vic Singh

    CAN WE GET THAT PLAN IN TORONTO?

  • Mr.Mobile

    Just to make everyone aware that I hope you all know Virgin in Canada is run and owned by Bell !! They dicate the plans and offers Virgin gets! So peole saying this plan is great ( which it is !) saying down with the Big 3( which I agree ) should know again that Bell=Virgin ( network and plan making !)

    Oh and BTW I don’t live in Thunder Bay!! and just now did the plan change over after reading this thread!! And it comes with free montly mobile TV as wel….besides losing local 911 sevices ( which I gain back still but no cost in Thunder Bay )10mins outside my calling area is long distance for me whom I call and those who call me so the number change is of now consaquence to me ..especially when I gain so much !! Thanx Agin Mobile Syrup for the heads up :)

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