CELL PHONE PLANS
Telecommunications companies in Canada offer many different plans and packages for students. When deciding on a plan, you are encouraged to explore different options and determine what is best for your individual needs.
Cell Phone Plans and SIM Cards
There are three major national telecommunications companies in Canada*, each of which offers a variety of mobile phone plan options, including prepaid (pay-as-you-go) plans:
To activate a phone plan with one of their Canadian networks, you will need a mobile device and a SIM card. SIM cards connect a mobile device to the company's network in Canada so users can call, text, and use data. You can purchase a mobile device or bring your device.
Other smaller mobile providers are also available in Canada:
Activating a SIM card and phone plan during self-isolation
Due to COVID-19, you must go directly to your place of quarantine without delay and stay there for 14 days from the date you arrived in Canada. Therefore, you won't be able to visit a mobile phone store in person until the quarantine period is over.
Consider adding an international plan before departing for Canada so you can use your cell phone upon arrival, or you have the following options to consider:
Bring Your Own Device*
Have a SIM card delivered; select and activate a phone plan online.
- Telus monthly plans
- Telus prepaid plans: buy a SIM card, then activate a prepaid plan
- Bell monthly and prepaid plans
- Rogers monthly plans
- Rogers prepaid plans
Purchase a Device*
Have a phone and SIM card delivered; select and activate a phone plan online.
- Telus monthly plans and phones
- Telus prepaid plans and phones
- Bell monthly plans and phones
- Bell prepaid plans and phones
- Rogers monthly plans and phones - some phones available for Pro On-The-Go service