iPad in Canada: Which data plan is best? Rogers vs Telus vs Bell

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

If you haven't already bought an iPad, you're probably thinking about it. But which data plan best suits your needs? TELUS, Rogers, and Bell all offer data plans for the Apple iPad, ranging from $15 and 250MB of data to $50 and 5GB of data.

The data plan with TELUS is $20 per month, which equips your iPad with 500MB of data. Excess data is charged at a rate of 5 cents per MB, up to a maximum of $30 or 5GB. So you can choose between staying below the threshold and paying the minimum, to exceed the basic data use and pay by the megabyte.


Rogers has a data plan starting at $15, which grants 250MB and Wi-Fi hotspots. Or, for $35, you get bumped up drastically to 5GB (and the hotspots). The latter plan will also exercise Rogers' 3.5G network more often, resulting in superior internet connectivity and speeds.


Bell's data plan is very similar to rogers: $15 nets you 250MB and Wi-Fi hotspots. Or, for $35, you get bumped up to 5GB (plus hotspots).


Between Bell and Rogers, you'll have to choose your network provider based on which company has served you better, or which offers superior hotspots in your local area or the area where your iPad will receive the most use. Telus offers a one-size-fits-all plan that is most efficient for those seeking 500MB or more but less than the walloping 5GB that the premium plans provide.


Once you've bought the device and selected your network, indulge in our exclusive array of tips, tricks, and news to get the most out of your trendy new tablet:

Telus Corp.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technology is a key enabler for TELUS and our customers, providing advantage and differentiation in the marketplace. By managing the life cycle of current technologies and the timely introduction of new technologies we deliver superior service value to our customers and long-term growth oriented investment performance to our shareholders. For investors, TELUS is succeeding in managing... more

Bell Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing the most comprehensive and innovative suite of communication services to residential and business customers in Canada. Operating under the Bell brand, the Company's services include Bell Home Phone local and long distance services, Bell Mobility and Solo Mobile wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite and... more

Rogers Communications
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We are a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's only national Global System for Mobile Communications ("GSM") based network. Through Cable we are one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more

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