i need to get a cell phone and have no idea where to start... i'm a student so the cheaper the better.. and i'm in school most days so free night time and weekends with a answering machine is what i really need.
There is a $30 plan from Bell with 60 day time minutes UNLIMITED nights and weekends. THe nihgts are from 8pm - 7am, and Friday form 8pm through Monday at 7am. FOr $5 you can make it start at 6pm
Well it depends which type of service you're interested in.
There are two main types:
a) Postpaid / Monthly - requires you to be 18+ years old & have decent credit.
You are billed in advance for a bucket of minutes. All of your local calls come out of this bucket of minutes. A 2 or 3 year contract is often required.
This type of plan starts at one of the following prices depending on the carrier:
a) Bell Mobility - $35 - 100 daytime minutes / unlimited evening (after 8pm) & weekend minutes. No SAF or 911 charges.
b) Rogers Wireless - $25 - 100 daytime minutes / 1000 evening (after 9pm) & weekend minutes. + $6.95 SAF + $0.50 911.
c) Telus Mobility - $25 - 100 daytime minutes / 1000 evening (after 8pm, IIRC) & weekend minutes. + $6.95 SAF + $0.50 911.
d) Fido - $25 - 100 minutes daytime / 1000 minutes evening (after 7pm) & weekend minutes. + $6.95 SAF + $0.50 911.
All of these plans have a $5 option to have 6pm (5pm for fido) evenings instead of the later time.
b) Prepaid / Pay As You Go / Pay & Talk
You pay in advance for a card or an electronic top-up that fills your account with a $ amount to use on minutes. Usually minutes are anywhere from 15c/min to 39c/min depending on the promotion and the card you buy.
See the carriers websites: http://fido.ca http://rogers.com http://bell.ca http://telusmobility.com for more information about pricing.
c) The phone.
Stick with something Nokia, Kyocera, or LG. These brands offer the best quality. Stay away from Motorola & Audiovox.