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Bell, Telus promise to have iPad 2 data plans in 'weeks'

updated 12:45 pm EST, Mon March 7, 2011

Carriers likely to bring over old plans

Canadian carriers Bell and Telus will announce iPad 2 data plans within "coming weeks," according to e-mails sent out by the two firms. The iPad 2 will officially come to Canada on March 25th, leaving relatively little time for the carriers to cement details. Rogers last week confirmed intentions to carry over existing iPad plans.

Bell and Telus will likely follow suit. The former is selling $15, $35 and $45 plans, the most expensive providing 5GB of regular data combined with a "tablet TV" package. Telus technically offers just a single 500MB plan for $20, but overage caps at 5GB and $30.


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  1. que_ball

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    Telus has 2 plans

    Not sure why they would need to do anything unless they plan to lower prices or increase the data usage (would be nice). Nothing different about the ipad 2 when it comes to data.

    Telus actually has 2 plans though. The first one you mentioned in the article which was the older version from when the first ipad launched and another that is more generically called the "Flex data plan for Tablets" plan.
    The Flex for Tablets plan costs $20/mo as it's base rate and moves up to $35/mo if you go over 500MB to a maximum of 5GB of usage. Telus plans at $20 are often a better deal than the smallest bucket of data from Rogers and Bell which only give you 250MB for $15 and are easy to exceed.

    The newer Flex plan is the better deal than the initial ipad plan and anyone on the older ipad plan should move over, the ipad plan costs $50 for 5GB of usage though it might be cheaper if you use between 500MB and 800MB. It becomes more expensive if you use more than 800MB. For 500MB and below the ipad and the tablet plans are exactly the same price. For the ipad plan the maximum fee you would pay is $50 ($20 base rate plus cap of $30 on overusage fees) The flex plan maximum fee is $35 ($20 for first 500MB and immediately bumps you to $35 for between 500MB and 5GB of usage)

    Both plans have a maximum usage limit of 5GB.

    The rate for 5GB on Bell is the same $35
    The rate for 5GB on Rogers is also $35

    Telus plans are monthly plans and charged in your existing bill. You cannot sign up for Telus right on the device you must visit a dealer. You cannot sign up for the ipad or tablet plans on the telus website either. If you have a SIM card you can call in to activate it but the SIM cards cost $10 if purchased alone. If you visit a Telus dealer they will give you a free SIM card if you are activating on the ipad or tablet plan in the store. Telus will credit the activation charge on your first bill. If the dealer charges a separate up front cash fee for activation Telus will not credit that amount but you are free to take your business to another dealer that doesn't charge the extra fee. You can cancel the Telus plan at any time by calling in but if you want to activate it again you would need to get another SIM card. Telus does not support reactivating a SIM card from a cancelled account.

    Bell and Rogers ipad plans can be activated on the ipad with a credit card. Not 100% sure on this but the last time I checked you cannot add those plans to an existing bill. So if you do not like paying for your plan on a credit card you may have to use Telus.

    Bell and Rogers are much better choices if you want to add data to your device on a casual basis as needed as the inconvenience of singing up for the Telus plan at a dealer and obtaining new SIM cards would be troublesome for a user who only wants to occasionally have a data plan active.

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