Fido and Koodo are two of the best mobile networks in Canada. They both are subsidiaries of parent companies Rogers and Telus. In this article let’s take a look at why you should probably consider switching to either of them, what the benefits are and how you can save money by this decision. Let’s get started.
 
First, let’s look at Fido and then compare it with Koodo. 

Fido 

Like I said before, Fido is a subsidiary of Rogers communication. Now, Rogers is one of the three best and top telecommunication companies in Canada in terms of signal quality, network coverage and latest phone availability.
 
With that said, what is Fido or why switch to Fido? Does it have the same network coverage as Rogers? How do you benefit by switching to Fido; from the big three telecom companies – Rogers, Bell, and Telus.
 

Fido Benefits

Let’s get this straight – Fido is an MVNO network of Rogers.

Now, what do I mean by MVNO?

MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator. In layman terms, Fido does not own any of the network towers but will share the signal quality and strength from Rogers towers. You will pretty much get the same network quality and internet speeds but for a much lesser price plan when compared to Rogers.
 
Now, what’s the catch here? Why not directly subscribe to Rogers?
 
Here’s the thing rite – Rogers will usually charge a premium fee as it usually has the better brand name and the latest premium phones available as soon launched.
 
Fido does that too. Also, with Fido, you don’t have to worry about the network. You can pretty much get at least 95%+ network coverage ( Canada wide) or where Rogers is available. 

Fido Plans And Benefits

These are the Fido plans right now in GTA Toronto and let’s compare it with Rogers.
 
Fido
 
Fido
As you can see, Fido plans to charge less, you’ll get more value for the buck, yet enjoy the same network coverage as Rogers.
 
 
Rogers

Fido Loyalty Program

If you are looking for a brand new phone or probably a hardware upgrade, Fido offers a very good loyalty program.
 
You can expect discounts on the device down payment costs and a much better monthly plan compared to what Rogers will offer for a similar device and LTE data. 
 
In case the device you are looking for doesn’t have a down payment, you can contact the Fido customer care loyalty team and get a much better price plan for being a new or loyal customer. In fact, even without the call, you’ll end up getting a good price plan at the Fido store. 
 
To get the best of the loyalty offers, all you have to do is be with Fido for 6 plus months as a postpaid customer. 
 
 
Now Rogers offers the same loyalty plans but it’s definitely not as appealing as Fido, they are the premium brand and not the discounted brand what Fido is. Also, Rogers is always trying to push Fido for better offerings and discounts. 
 
Also, another important point to discuss here is – the upcoming holiday season – Black Friday and Christmas.
 
Yeah, it’s November now and almost the end of 2019. Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner and what better can that get with the brand discounts and holiday offers.
 
Now is the time of the year when you see huge discounted monthly plan offers and brands wanting to up-sell you with amazing discounts.
 
Fido is no exception, for that matter any telecom company in Canada. You can for sure get good deals at shopping malls and elsewhere. Do look out for that.

Koodo 

Alright then, let’s talk about Koodo now.
 
First things first, Koodo is the discounted brand from Telus.  You might already know but still, Telus is amongst the top three big telecom companies in Canada. The other two are Rogers and Bell Canada. 
 
Now Telus too is a premium brand like Rogers and offers amazing discounts on its own. But, it can’t match it’s own discounted brand Koodo.
 
 
Koodo

Why Koodo And Why Not Telus?

Like Fido, Koodo too is an MVNO. We have already discussed what MVNO is. So no difference here as well. 
 
Koodo pretty much shares the network with Telus towers and Telus is often considered as the best mobile network in Canada for its wide coast to coast network coverage. 
 
Comparing the big three telecom companies, Telus is often regarded as the best in terms of network quality, cell phone reception along Bell. Rogers usually comes third in terms of network coverage.

Koodo Monthly Plans

Koodo and Fido usually go neck to neck in terms of monthly price plans.
 
Even if one of them launches a cheaper price plan for better data or unlimited nationwide minutes, the other immediately jumps into a price match. So there’s not a lot of difference here. 
 
But the interesting thing to note here that, Even though you end up going for either of the two Fido or Koodo you’ll end saving $100’s of dollars at the end of the year.
 

Koodo Loyalty Plans

I haven’t used Koodo as much I’ve been with Fido. With that said, I still know that Koodo has some excellent features and benefits associated with it.
 
I am not talking about virgin mobile or chat mobile here. Virgin is from Bell and Chatr is from Rogers. 

Fido Internet 

Another advantage you have with Fido is through Fido internet. If you are a first time user, signing up a new account with Fido, they have some amazing offers right now.
 
From what I remember it is $32.50 for unlimited 75 Mbps home internet with Fido. If you are looking for better and a faster internet package, Fido charges $5 more at $37.50 for the 150 Mbps speed. That’s double the speed for $5 more.
 
 
You can also get the Fido Internet without cellular connectivity too. But it’s always better to be associated with one brand at the end of the day. It’s easier maintaining one bill for cell phone connection and the Internet. Lesser the monthly bills are easier to maintain
 
Again, Fido Internet is from Rogers. So you rest assured of great, reliable, fast and good internet service from one of the premium brands in Canada. 
Koodo

Fido Pulse Plans

Fido offers the premium pulse plans, the advantage you get with the Fido pulse plans are, 5 hours of internet surfing hours, unlimited talk time minutes across Canada, Data Overage protection every month.
 
The 5-hour browsing count will reset every billing cycle for your account whether you use it or not.
 
How do you activate Fido pulse?
 
Once you signup with a Fido pulse plan, download the Fido mobile app and you’ll immediately see the 5 free hours of data available to browse and use the internet.
 
The only drawback here is that, once you enable one of the five free slot hours, you should use it for the full term, I mean for a one-hour complete cycle. In case you end up using the internet for 30 minutes, for example, you will lose the remaining 30 minutes of browsing time. So make sure that you really need the internet for one full hour before tapping the icon in the Fido app.
 

Fido Data Overage Protection

Another thing to note with Fido is the Data Overage Protector. 
 
Now, what does this mean to the end-user? 
 
Say you have the monthly postpaid $60, 6GB Fido plan. For whatever reason, you end up using all the 6GB of data by the 25th of the month. 
 
What happens next? 
 
Do you want to pay overages for the data you use? The data overage charges in Canada are pretty high. We all know that. 
 
Here’s where data overages come into play. With Fido, once you have consumed all of your monthly data, your internet speeds are reduced but, you can still browse the web and social media if not play youtube videos. 
 
Usually, the data speeds are reduced from LTE to 256 kbps. It’s much better than paying stupid for stupid overages or not have the internet at all.
 

Conclusion

Fido and Koodo are two of the best cellular networks, subsidiaries of the bigger brands Rogers and Telus.
 
With that said, you are free to pick one of the two, as both pretty much offers the same unlimited talk time Canada wide and match the mobile data offered. If you’re not interested in the unlimited plan, they offer the 500-minute plan too. 
 
I would personally go with Fido any day. It’s fast, reliable, amazing customer care call center support and you end up getting the extra 5 hours internet surfing every month with the Fido pulse plans.
 
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Pros

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Sagar Sridhar

Sagar Sridhar Is a Personal Finance Blogger from Toronto, Canada. He is a Computer Science Engineer by profession and works in IT Industry. What started as a hobby, quickly turned into serious blogging and income. In this blog, Sagar passionately writes articles about Personal Finance, DIY Investing, Retirement, Stocks & ETFs, Frugal Living and much more. Do visit about page to know more about him. If you would like to get in touch, you can do so by emailing him at [email protected] and he'll get back to you at the earliest.

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