It’s smartphone-release season again, but not everyone is looking to upgrade to the latest and greatest phone, even if a stovetop is included. Unfortunately, too few also take the next steps that can truly save money.
Let’s face it, the upfront discount on a new phone isn’t saving you money. For one, you’re still buying a new phone, thus spending money on it - duh. On top of what you spend now, you still end up paying for any advertised savings over the course of a two-year contract.
Plus, upgrading or buying a new phone from your carrier almost always means you need to change your plan. Even though unlimited might sound nice, it starts at $75 a month - and you can definitely find something more suited to your needs.
Shop around and get exactly what you need, without the new phone.
Getting a plan to go with your existing phone is called BYOD (or Bring Your Own Device), and you can do it when you buy your phone outright or when your current contract ends. When your contract is over you are a free agent - *canned applause* - and can BYOD, even with your existing carrier.
The biggest challenge with BYOD finding the plans that don't come with a new phone. Most wireless companies spend their advertising money on deals that come with a phone (and strings) attached. Searching their websites finds more of the same.
To make it easier to find the right BYOD plan you can use tools like planhub.ca - it finds all the plans and prices in Canada and puts them all in one place for you (just like Expedia for airline tickets or hotels).
They also have great guides for specific needs, like this post about finding the best plan for seniors.
Take a look on their website and see what’s out there today, there’s a good chance you’ll save $5, $10, or more each month and get a plan better suited to your needs.
What if you still can’t find a plan that’s right for you?
All around the world, everyone knows that the prices for wireless are high in Canada. The good news is that there are Canadians who want this to change, and there is a government hearing on January 13, 2020 that will decide on how it happens.
We are fighting for change, and building our own wireless service, dotmobile, for anyone who wants to BYOD, save money, and optimize their spending - for students, seniors, youth, small businesses, and families.
Our service will use an existing national network, just like Cricket in the US or Virgin Mobile in Europe.
To make it happen we need Canadians to support our cause; the government’s decision in 2020 will decide if companies like us will be able to sell different types of services with fair pricing for underserved Canadians.
Sign up on our website to show your support and share with friends. Oh, and don’t forget to check out planhub.ca to see what plans are out there today.
To upgrade, or not to upgrade?
1. Is it cheaper to fix your phone?
If your screen is cracked, there’s a good chance it’s been that way for a while (don’t worry, we’ve all been there). Studies show that even after cutting a finger on the glass of a broken screen, 23% of people will keep using it.
When you fix a broken screen you not only solve your own problems (sliced fingers, comments from friends and strangers), you increase the value of the phone for when you do decide to replace it. Fixing the screen costs anywhere from $100-$150 and often it comes with a one year warranty.
2. Do you just need a new case?
If you’re like me, it took just 6 months for your case to look like it had seen 6 years of hard living. True, it did the job it was made to do. The beautiful phone inside was protected from drops and scratches, but eventually, the case gets so beaten up that it’s impossible to even imagine the sleek and shiny smartphone inside of it.
A new case can breathe life into your phone, make it feel and look new again. Maybe even match your belt or shoes... or both.
3. What about the environment?
Smartphones are made up of all kinds of glass, plastics, exotic metals, and a big battery. It takes a lot of effort and resources to manufacture one, so it makes sense to hang onto it for as long as possible if you’ve got mother earth in mind.
If you decide to refresh with a new case, you can choose from eco-friendlier options made of biodegradable materials.
Just don’t toss it in the trash!
Whatever you decide to do is cool by us.
Tell us how you put real money back in your pocket!