Freedom Mobile overhauls rate plans, launches new LTE data offerings

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  • As more phones are capable of Band66, there are indeed higher demand for LTE. I would imagine if the iPhone 7S or 8 are also capable of Band66, there can be some real competitions later this year. I do notice that in the downtown Toronto area, their 3G network is a bit faster than before….Maybe traffic are moving to LTE.

    • Techguru86

      I have friends who work at Freedom and they said new IPHones won’t support band 66

    • Gurjot Mand

      how would they know if the new Iphones will or won’t have band 66?

    • TP

      wondering the same. How come a Freedom Mobile employee in Canada knows what the next iPhone will be like?

    • Techguru86

      maybe it does or will not who knows, we will find out when they say otherwise

    • Travis Pinky Mcdowell

      Nobody knows anything about the next iPhone till apple talks about it. Your friend lied to you to sound cool.

    • Techguru86

      I’m sure most if not all of their new devices will support band 66, makes sense to have all their devices be supported on their LTE network

    • dirtyKIMCHI

      With Canadian (Bell, Telus, Videotron, EastLink & Freedom) & US (AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon) carriers all having some Band 66 LTE spectrum, Apple should support it sooner than later.

      From these carriers, only Freedom & T-Mobile have actually deployed equipment to utilize it. AT&T has stated it will start to deploy FirstNet, the US’s wireless network dedicated to first responders, together with AWS-3 and WCS (2.3GHz) with 60% coverage within 2 years & 100% by year 4. Verizon will likely deploy by Q4 2017/Q1 2018, but have not stated anything publicly.

      Considering the timeframes for AT&T and Verizon, Band 66 LTE may not be supported in the upcoming iPhone in 2017.

    • somebody else

      It took apple almost eight years until they decided 2GB of RAM was acceptable for their devices. Now for the new LTE band… That might not be until iphone 9/9-s/plus/plus-s or 10/10-s/plus/plus-s. That is my hunch, but then again, we will wait and see.

    • somebody else

      You have to hand it to apple for staying behind. lol

    • iTeodoro

      Apple and Freedom are not friends when it comes to mobile freedom with iPhones.

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  • Omar

    In other news, as I predicted earlier, the G6 is already on sale, too. $110 off either outright or with MyTab. If you want the phone I think now’s the time to grab it.

  • I notice the unlimited plans are a thing in the past. Slowly Freedom will become just as expensive as the rest. They need the funds to get the network up to speed.

    • specialk2000

      They still have unlimited data with these plans, no change there.

    • Brandon Arneson

      Yep they just call it a full speed allotment instead of unlimited since customers whined they weren’t getting unlimited High speed data when it gets throttled after a certain full speed allotment is used with no extra charges. Their everywhere 59 plan works like that when roaming as well with the 1gb high speed allotment I’ve tested that many times

    • somebody else

      It’s an allotment of high speed data, then you are slowed down until the billing cycle reaches it’s lapse point.

  • heynow00

    The price gap is closing already with the main competitors. 4 people on Wind getting s8 at $260 pricing with 8gb is 94 per line x 4 equals 376/month.

    Rogers 30 gb sharing plan with 4 people getting s8 at same price is 485 or average of 121.25 per line.

    Still a big difference but not as big as it used to be. Prices will continue to rise as their lte expands and they will be way behind by next year when hybrid 5g networks come into play for the big 3.

    Still a good option for some and a great option for others though.

  • LarryD

    I still think that their “away network” for the USA and Canada should be more than 1 GB which is nothing if you’re traveling. The data should key off of your total data limit for the month, 2-6 GB whichever your plan is. Fido/ Rogers roam is like that and similar for Telus.

    • Lukeiphone

      There is a difference between “should be” and ” it is”

    • Brandon Arneson

      Its 1gb at High speed before speed throttling happens with no charges and unlimited use hence the name full speed allotment.

    • somebody else

      You could just grab a prepaid SIM for the US and enjoy what those carriers offer, if your device is unlocked.

    • William Cressman Sywyk

      1GB of data at rogers is like 90 dollars minimum, so getting 1 GB for 60 is a bargain.

  • Benjamin Lehto

    Is Freedom’s LTE still limited to a few major cities?

    • Hello Moto ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Yes

    • specialk2000

      It’s already starting to go live in Hamilton so I’m assuming all of the (by Spring 2017) areas will be live very soon!

  • Brandon Arneson

    Just got on the everywhere 59 plan myself from the Everywhere55 plan can’t wait to upgrade to the Galaxy A5 that I’m saving up for! And for LTE to launch in Edmonton Alberta and the 5 surrounding cities they cover. Til then their 3G is excellent.

    • marty prouse

      Yeah I did so today too in Ottawa I have a V20 any way so said for 4 extra a month I’m getting 8 gigs LTE for 59 a month

    • Techguru86

      Ottawa isn’t reliant on band 66 though

  • Hello Moto ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Meh….

  • somebody else

    Cool beans. Just not ready to jump in right away, the plan I have is pretty rad.

  • RosehipCaper

    With Freedom, you really do have to make a Deal with the Devil, I have a Grandfathered plan, $39 month for unlimited Can/US calling /Text and Best rate international Roaming. I have 4G Data Bonus to 6G per month. Problem is NO LTE. I have 3 LG G4’s on 3 different # on this plan.So…..
    Go with What they offer now Selection wise for LTE phones and take a HUGE hit in Plan options for Price.. Just for LTE Speed or Wait till more Economical Phones LTE Capable come out that Freedom will carry. I am choosing to Skip the LTE Band Wagon, Speed is Great,,But so is WIFI with VPN and I pay Nothing for better then 3G/4G speeds.
    Freedom does need the money, but I would rather they invest in More LTE phone options then Plan changes.
    Seems, I am of the FEW with a truly WIND Unlimited Plan.
    My Advice , WAIT to jump ship to LTE.

    • Tony Shi

      My plan is $35 every month with 5GBs of data, unlimited Canada-wide calling and texting. Been a happy customer for years but I don’t see the need to jump to LTE yet.

    • Jacky5311

      I’m in the same boat, still have the $29 5GBs of data and Canada wide calling and texting. I am happy too, don’t see the LTE incentive just yet, as their Network is still unreliable in quite a few parts.

  • Fearless OneSix

    Yeah I’m doing pretty good by WINDom price wise. $25 for province wide 5gb for one kid, $35 to Canada wide lte 6gb ($40 in Nov) for my college bound kid, and $55 Canada/us wide with 20gb for me. So cheap b/c 3 plans grandfathered with -$5bux per line with better together savings.

    Tried lte with a friends v20 and fast yeah but will let my kid shell out for a lte compatible iPhone if they want it. Maybe its just positive thinking but 3Gplus seems to be faster for me from WINDom nowadays? So I can wait until they axe 3Gplus before I make a switch to lte. Doesn’t lte drain battery faster anyway? Meh. I’m good for now.

  • Thanks WIND, but I’m still keeping my 20GB for $55+tax data plan.

    • iTeodoro

      Same here! I have the same plan…but $50+$10 add-ons 🙂

  • Stu T.R.

    I was planning to go with Freedom after my tab ended in 5 month. Now I’m not. Compared to other developed countries, Canada’s mobile service is pitiful.

    • Techguru86

      still unlimited data just not high speed after you hit your allotment

    • Stu T.R.

      Legit??
      I was eyeing the older $35 option. The new $30 plan (250MB) seemed too little for me and the new $40 plan is overkill. I care less about speed. I’d definitely do the $30 option if after I reached my limit, I just took a hit in speed.

    • Brandon Arneson

      I have their LTE ready everywhere 59 plan I switched on april4th since it has free roaming and it will be both 3G and LTE Roaming. It’s the best deal listed. I’m gonna be getting the Samsung Galaxy A5 to take advantage of LTE when it launches in the summer

  • Techguru86

    Everywhere plans are better than everyone else offers anyway, I have the old Everywhere 60 with 10gbs and unlimited can/us roaming for free

    • Brandon Arneson

      I had the everywhere 55 plan and I’m now on the LTE ready everywhere 59 plan. Can’t wait to get the Samsung Galaxy A5 and have LTE in the home zone by the summer when it launches and LTE roaming for free

  • Brandon Arneson

    I have their LTE ready everywhere 59 plan I switched on april4th from the everywhere 55 plan since it has free roaming and it will be both 3G and LTE Roaming. It’s the best deal listed. I’m gonna be getting the Samsung Galaxy A5 to take advantage of LTE when it launches in the summer I can’t wait for that to happen