Today’s the Last Day for Freedom Mobile’s Fall Data Event

Just a friendly reminder that Freedom Mobile’s Fall Data Event ends today, with two promotional plans that you won’t find on any other Canadian carrier:

$40 per month LTE-Ready Plan
Triple the data!
6 GB of full-speed data (2 GB + 4 GB bonus)
Unlimited Canada-wide talk
Unlimited global text, picture and video messaging
World Saver: International calling from 1¢/min to over 200 countries
Call Control (caller ID, missed call alerts, conference calling, call forwarding, call waiting)
Voicemail+

$50 per month LTE-Ready Plan
Save $9/mo (Reg. $59)
8 GB of full-speed data (6 GB + 2 GB bonus)
Unlimited talk to Canada and the U.S.
Unlimited global text, picture and video messaging
World Saver: International calling from 1¢/min to over 200 countries
Away Network (in Canada and the U.S.)
1 GB of full-speed data
2400 minutes of talk to Canada and the U.S.
Unlimited global text
Call Control (caller ID, missed call alerts, conference calling, call forwarding, call waiting)
Voicemail+

Both plans are listed as available in-store for new activations only, but I have two friends who are existing Freedom customers and were able to get the $50 plan with upgrades to new Samsung phones (a Note 8 and S8+).

I spent the afternoon doing speed tests with them and came away surprised and impressed with Freedom’s LTE network. In an area of the GTA bounded by Woodbine Avenue, Highway 7, Kennedy and the 401 I saw ping times of less than 20 ms, download speeds of well over 60 Mbps and upload speeds in excess of 20 Mbps—numbers that bested Koodo’s LTE network on a OnePlus 5. As for call quality we only managed to get one test in and results were less impressive; the call was made in a crowded supermarket, though, which may have had an adverse effect.

Bringing your current device to Freedom’s LTE network is a bit tricky. You’ll need a phone that supports Band 66, but there’s a bit more to it than that. While the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus seem to work great, OnePlus 5 users are reporting issues with LTE/3G hand-offs. Your safest bet might be to buy your phone direct from Freedom. For the value and quality of data service it seems to be well worth it!

Links: Freedom Mobile Fall Data Event (1) (2)

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