September 2, 2014
September 2, 2014
I've temporarily switched my phone back to a prepaid Fido SIM which is using Fido's $10/100 Mbyte data add-on. Interestingly Fido's usage tracking is much closer to the higher number that the phone reports, although both Fido and Speakout are using the same Rogers HSPA+ data network. So Speakout is definitely better for reported data usage, not to mention that Fido charges 15 cents/Mbyte for overage instead of continuing at the same 10 cents/Mbyte rate.
Update: The pattern continues: Fido has detailed usage tracking down to the Kbyte, and it shows about 90% of what Android usage tracking shows on the phone. This is just for typical casual usage: walking around with with background data enabled on the phone, receiving and sending emails, browsing a few web pages. For the same pattern of use, Speakout shows about 30% of what Android usage tracking shows.
May 2, 2009
I'm a long-time Speakout user, who has never needed to buy more than a single $25 top-up each year. Their year-long expiry and pay-as-you-use terms suit my needs perfectly. I recently started using an unlocked Android phone, so I thought I would "splurge" and buy 30 days of data, just to see what it's like. I am close to my desktop PC and/or wi-fi most of the time, and so far I have had little need to consume any of the 100MBytes that I have access to. When the 30 days is up, I'm almost certain to cancel it. I might try to "burn off" some data in the last day or two, just because I can.
As other users earlier in this thread have lamented, a true "pay for data as you go" plan, at the same 10 cents per MB rate, would be great. Just incrementally charge for data used, as they do with texts and airtime, and deduct it from your balance. Unused funds carry over when you top up.
Do any Canadian providers offer anything close to this in a prepaid plan? Roger and Telus have monthly data at the same rate as Speakout (except Speakout overage cost is less), and nothing carries over to the next month.
April 23, 2011
For the past year I have been using Koodo's prepaid plan, which allows me to buy 1GB of data and use it until it is gone, with no expiration. They do the same with buying talk minutes. The downside is that they have a minimum monthly charge (about $13.50 when one factors in discounts for auto credit card payments and the like) that you need to pay (it does give you unlimited texts). This is in comparison to SpeakOut which only has a ~$2 911 fee each month.
For my useage, data and voice calls end up being cheaper by just a few bucks each month to go with Koodo compared to SpeakOut, but not amazingly so. We still have our "extra" family cell phone set up on SO.
March 12, 2009
I think that Speakout does offer an incremental data plan of sorts. True, you have to commit $10 per month for the first 100mb, whether you use them or not. But after that, I believe that 'overage' is billed by the mb at exactly the same rate ($.10/mb). So over 100 mb, you only pay for what you use. Use 140 mb and they ding you $4 more.
If your data use goes up, then Koodoo's plan is the way to go as their data charge is one third that of Speakout's.
October 25, 2009
I'm a seasonal worker. For 6 months my employer gives me a SIM with unlimited data, and a policy that allows for reasonable personal use. The other 6, I use my SO SIM and subscribe to the data.
With the latter, if I use Google Maps to help me get around when I go to the city, use the internet to look a few things up, and check my IP Cam's while I'm away, it seems like I can I can burn up my SO Data in an afternoon. $.10/MB
My employer, on the same network, pays $.01/MB to Rogers.
If you use a satellite, you pay $6.90/GB (Xplornet residential rates). On the SO network, I think that same data equates to $100.00/GB. One would think that it costs the provider a lot more to send data via a satellite than a cell tower, so why is does it cost almost 15 times more to use your phone for data than a satellite?
Of course not all Sat Data is so economical. I just acquired and InReach device. On that it costs about $.80 cents to send or receive a 160 character text message.
April 23, 2011