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August 10

Telus Canada: Student Deals & Free $50 Pre-Paid Visa

Posted by on August 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Telus Canada: Student Deals & Free $50 Pre Paid Visa

Telus Canada is offering a free $50 pre-paid Visa card, free wi-fi and installation, and student internet starting at just $25 per month for a year.

I blogged about the Shaw deals for students on Thursday, so today I dug up what Telus is offering. Telus and Shaw dominate the Canadian internet market, thus their deals are the ones you will want to compare to get the best student deal on internet.

I assume that internet prices differ by province, as when I tested this deal out, there was no $25 per month plan. All plans for my area in BC started at $30. Here is what I found (prices subject to change depending on area):

Telus Internet 15

This package gives you 3 to 15Mbps download speeds and up to 1Mbps upload speed, with up to 150 GB monthly data. It costs $30 a month in BC, but I have no idea why this package is even offered as the next package up is the exact same price for more goodies. Is this a joke, Telus?

Telus Internet 25

As I mentioned above, this package is the same price as the useless package deal above: $30. The other package should not even be a consideration because Internet 25 is far superior. Receive 5 to 25Mbps download speeds, up to 2.5Mbps upload speed, with 250 GB of monthly data. This is essentially the same as the middle Shaw package except the $50 free Visa sweetens the pot substantially. The other major factor in Telus’s favour: this agreement is for an entire year instead of eight months. You enjoy an extra four months of savings over Shaw’s offer.

Telus Internet 50

Enjoy 20 to 50Mbps download speeds, up to 10Mbps upload speed, with 400 GB per month of data. This package trumps Shaw’s Broadband 50 by being $10 cheaper at only $40 per month. It also wins because it is a twelve-month agreement and the package includes a free Telus Wi-Fi Plus range booster ($100 value). You are seriously scoring with either this or the Internet 25 deal.

I have watched Telus and Shaw battle it out on the student internet front for the last few years. If you are on a really tight budget, I still suggest the Shaw 10 bundle at only $20 a month. However, if you want more bang for your buck, then I think Telus is the clear winner with their Internet 25 and Internet 50 packages. That free $50 pre-paid Visa card does not hurt either.

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September 4

Shaw vs. Telus

Posted by on September 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Shaw vs. Telus

The two main players in the market for high speed internet in western Canada are Shaw and Telus. They both offer different kinds of deals, but try to somewhat align with each other so they don’t compete. However, when you break down the numbers and take a closer look the competition couldn’t be any more fierce.

Telus like to structure their deals based on contracts. They like to persuade their customers to take 3-year deals by giving big discounts and “freebies” such as laptops and TVs. However, they are often prepared to offer 1 or 2 year deals, so do your research and be prepared to ignore the freebies. Unfortunately, the new wireless legislation doesn’t seem to have affected the internet service providers and they are still able to offer and make you stick to a 3-year contract.

Shaw’s strategy is to give the customer freedom and flexibility. They offer month-to-month contracts with the option to leave whenever you are dissatisfied. I always think this shows confidence in a company’s service, when they offer this kind of deal. I have signed many a contract and then been dissatisfied after a few months, only to be locked-in and have no bargaining power.

Always Negotiate!

With only two companies in the market, you can always play on this to get the best deal. Shaw knows if you don’t choose them you will be choosing their nearest rival instead and vice versa!

I recently called Shaw after Telus had offered me one of their packages. I was paying $55 with Shaw as my deal for three months at $30 had run out. Telus offered me their Internet 15 package (150 GB usage for $30 a month), which was pretty much the same usage allowance I was getting with Shaw. After six months, the price would move up to $50 a month, which was still cheaper than the $55 I currently had to pay at Shaw. I wasn’t sure that Shaw would make me an offer, as although my current offer had run out, I still hadn’t paid the latest bill of $55 + tax. He put me on hold for a few minutes, but came back offering me six months at $30. I was only expecting a three-month deal, so I snapped it up. A quick 10 minute conversation saved me $25 a month or $150 over the six months.

Comparison

Comparing the two providers over a three-year duration is the easiest way to show you how much you would be losing if you didn’t negotiate a better deal.

Shaw

Shaw 20, in my opinion, is the optimal internet package with Shaw. It has good download speeds and a good enough download limit for the majority. Although, this really depends on your usage as it offers 200 GB of data. If you opt for Shaw 10, it offers only 125 GB of data for $5 less per month (after any offers have expired), but with lower download speeds.

The cost of Shaw 20 is $55 a month with the first month being $30 + tax.

Total cost over 3 years (incl one discounted month) = $1,955 + tax

Telus

Telus 15 would be their optimal package. Offering a little less data at 150 GB, this should still be more than adequate for the average user. I tend to use around 130 GB a month and still watch a lot of movies and download quite a bit of data.

Not sure how much data you will use in a month? Use the Telus Data calculator (http://mobility.telus.com/en/AB/mobile_internet_guide/data_calculator.shtml).

Telus 15 costs $30 per month for the first 6 months and then moves up to $55 a month after that.

Total cost over 3 years (incl 6 months discounted) = $1,680 + tax

The Verdict

You can see from the standard pricing that on the standard contract over 3 years, Telus comes in considerably cheaper ($275 saved to be precise). However, with Telus you are locked into a 3-year deal meaning you can’t negotiate at any point once you have signed the contract. By the time my current deal runs out I will have had nine months with Shaw at $30, and I firmly believe I will be able to negotiate another deal at this point that could be cheaper than the $55 standard price.

This doesn’t mean you can’t negotiate a better deal with Telus. A 3-year contract may be scary, but at the right price, Telus can work out a great deal for you and you might even get a free TV thrown in there too (if that is your thing)!

The moral of this story is ALWAYS negotiate, and whether you prefer Telus or Shaw there’s always a better deal to be had than what’s on the website. These two companies are in a battle for your business and the right negotiating skills can save you a large amount of money and maybe even get you a couple of freebies along the way!

I always say that one day I will leave Shaw and go to Telus, but every time I try to leave, they offer me a better deal on a month-to-month contract, making it almost impossible to refuse! No freebies for me, but I must say I have been very happy with Shaw so far.

Photo Credit: CT State Library

 

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August 17

Shaw Canada: Back To School Internet & TV Offers

Posted by on August 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Shaw Canada: Back To School Internet & TV Offers

Shaw Canada has started their back to school offers for students. They are offering high-speed 25 internet for just $22.45 a month (reg $65) for eight months, which is the best deal I have found, as well as your choice of two TV offers.

Shaw is offering the lowest price per month for internet if you are a student. Enjoy Internet 25 for just $22.45 a month, which is $7.55 cheaper than Telus’ offer that I posted about yesterday. However, the comparison isn’t quite as cut and dried as that. Telus is offering a $50 Visa card which makes up part of the difference, for 6.6 months. Then, the Shaw offer becomes better. Over eight months you will save $10.40 with Shaw’s internet offer, not including taxes. The taxes matter though, because you are only getting taxed on $22.45 instead of $30, which is Telus’ price for the same package.

There is also something else to factor in. If you just need internet for eight months and no more (say you are renting near campus or something), then the Shaw offer overall is better. For us, we will be getting rid of our land line internet altogether once I graduate and I will just tether to my phone as 2GB of extra data only costs me $25 as opposed to a full internet package. However, if you need internet for longer than eight months, then you will want the Telus package because it lasts for twelve months and thus you will get extra savings from not having to pay for those extra months of a bigger internet package.

That is a comparison of the Telus vs. the Shaw internet offers. There is one more factor to consider of course: television. Telus does not offer a nice little student discount on cable, so that might play a huge factor in which provider you use. If you need cable as well, you should probably go Shaw. They have two deals:

  • Personal TV $29.95/month for eight months (reg. $39.90)
  • Premier TV $39.95/month for eight months (reg. $89.90)

There are few advantages to being a student, but lower internet and cable prices are one of them. Be sure to take advantage of these offers. Student offer is only valid to full-time students with a valid student ID for 2013/2014.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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August 16

Telus Canada: Student Internet Discounts & $50 Visa Card (BC & AB)

Posted by on August 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Telus Canada: Student Internet Discounts & $50 Visa Card (BC & AB)

If you are a student in British Columbia or Alberta, you can take advantage of special internet pricing for students and get a free $50 pre-paid Visa when you switch to Telus Canada (if you haven’t been with Telus in the past 90 days).

Click through the link at the top of the page that says ‘sign-up online’ to view the deals. You can also call in your order if you want. Here are the packages for students:

  • TELUS Internet 6 – $25/m (reg $50)
  • TELUS Internet 15 – $25/m (reg $55)
  • TELUS Internet 25 – $30/m (reg $65)
  • TELUS Internet 50 – $40/m (reg $80)

Those prices are for internet only. If you sign up for a second service, you can get another $5 off that price.

You get those prices for twelve months, contract-free. On your thirteenth month the price will go back to the regular price. At that time, I would consider looking for a new deal, or if you are still a student talk to Telus about renewing your student deal.

I am going to be getting the Internet 25 package – internet alone. Right now I am paying $60 at Shaw, including taxes, and they just let me know they are raising the rate by another $5 come the first of September. I signed up for this promotion last night online and am just waiting for Telus to call me back today to set up an installation date. Then I will give Shaw my 30 days notice. Suddenly, my internet cost will be cut in half, and I will have a $50 Visa card to spend. Yay!

(Expiry: 4th November 2013. Pre-paid Visa card only while supplies last).

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August 15

ZoneAlarm Canada: Save 50%+ Off Various Security Programs & Free PC Tune-Up Bundle

Posted by on August 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

ZoneAlarm Canada: Save 50%+ Off Various Security Programs & Free PC Tune Up Bundle

Get the knowledge and experience of the ZoneAlarm guys at a great discount.

I say ZoneAlarm has been around forever, but according to the book of knowledge, Wikipedia, it’s been about 13 years. I thought it was longer than that, but I guess not. Regardless, 13 years in technology is like 50 years in the real world. It’s kind of surreal, actually, to look back on how much stuff has happened since 2000.

One thing that has happened is that it’s gotten more dangerous on the internet. Now, I’m not an alarmist, so I don’t want to freak you out about being on the internet. The internet is awesome. The problem is that there are a lot of people who don’t understand it. Luckily for those people, companies like ZoneAlarm exist to help protect you. ZoneAlarm is best known as a firewall maker, but they have a lot more to offer.

  • ZoneAlarm PRO Antivirus + Firewall plus PC Tune-up – Was $69.95 – Save $50 – Now $19.95
  • ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite plus PC Tune-up – Was $79.95 – Save $45 – Now $34.95
  • ZoneAlarm Extreme Security plus PC Tune-up – Was $89.95 – Save $50 – Now $39.95

The prices above are not including the PC Tune-up, which you get for free. It retails for $19.95, so you can add another $19.95 on to the savings above!

This is for a digital download of the software, so there is no shipping.

(Expires: Unknown)

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May 2

Memory Express Canada: $20 Off DLink Xtreme N Gigabit Routers (Pay $50)

Posted by on May 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Memory Express Canada: $20 Off DLink Xtreme N Gigabit Routers (Pay $50)

Boost your network speed with this great deal on a D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router from Memory Express Canada.

This is a great router. I have a friend who bought it when it first came out and it was hundreds of dollars and this friend knows his stuff. He doesn’t just buy any random piece of gear, he analyzes the pros and cons and gets the equipment with the best price-to-quality ratio. He later lost his mind, went all Apple and got their router.

That being said, my friend is a little nuts and in reality most people aren’t going to notice the difference between one wireless router compared to another. The routers are also packed with features that you’ll likely never use. So what should matter to the average consumer is that this is a good piece of equipment for a good price. One techy thing the average consumer SHOULD be aware of is that this wont necessarily make your Internet faster but rather make your network faster. Noe there are caveats to that statement about perceived Internet speed based on network condition and blah, blah, blah. I’m basically just saying that so we don’t get angry emails saying “Shawn said my Internet would be faster if I got this.” Do your research, people!

Shipping is $4.99 for items under 100 pounds.

(Expires: 3rd May 2013, 10:59PM ET)

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August 16

Shaw Canada: Student Offer – $36/m For High Speed Internet + Personal TV

Posted by on August 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Shaw Canada: Student Offer   $36/m For High Speed Internet + Personal TV

Shaw Canada has a student offer on right now where you can get Shaw High Speed Internet and Personal TV for $36/m for 8 months. It becomes $89.90/m after, so I suggest changing your package when you hit that point, or calling in to get it renewed.

I have last year’s form of this, and am going to make a trip to Shaw probably Friday to get my student package renewed.

The high speed is:

  • Up to 20 Mbps download speed
  • 200 GB/month data included
  • Up to 512 Kbps upload speed

The Personal TV gives you:

  • Up to 19 HD channels and 40 SD channels
  • Up to 60 digital music channels
  • Access to the largest movie and TV show library with Shaw Exo On Demand

You can also add home phone for only $15 a month.

Fine print:

Offer subject to change without notice. The customer must present a valid student ID for 2012/2013. Prices shown do not include tax. Regular rates apply after promotional period.

They don’t say when this deal expires, but last year it expired near the beginning of September.

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August 16

Telus Canada: Student Offer – Internet starting at $25/m + $50 Visa Gift Card

Posted by on August 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Telus Canada: Student Offer   Internet starting at $25/m + $50 Visa Gift Card

Heading back to school as a student, or is a member of the family a student but still living at home? Take advantage of this sweet deal from Telus Canada. Get internet starting at $25 a month, and a $50 Visa Gift Card for signing up with Telus.

Fine print (very important on a deal like this):

Cannot be combined with other promo prices, and proof of student status with a valid student number is required. Minimum system requirements apply. Final eligibility will be determined by a TELUS representative. Price includes TELUS High Speed Internet and is guaranteed for 12 months with no term commitment. Regular price starts on month 13. Gift card offer available while quantities last to new TELUS clients who have not subscribed to TELUS Internet service in the past 90 days. Offer includes a $50 unrestricted VISA gift card.

Now I clicked through and put in my address and all, and the following deals were available for students:

  • $25/m – High Speed Turbo
  • $30/m – High Speed Turbo 25
  • $50/m High Speed Turbo add Home Phone + 1 Calling Feature
  • $55/m – High Speed Turbo 25 add Home Phone + 1 Calling Feature

Compare those prices to the prices listed here. You are seriously saving a bundle. For example, an unbundled High Speed Turbo 25 costs $30 for the first 6 months, then jumps up to $62 a month for regular folk.

  • Cost for a student: $360 for a year
  • Cost for a regular person: $552 for a year

It is worth getting, even if you don’t live in residence. I live with my husband in our own apartment and always get the student deals. The extra $50 Visa Gift Card is pretty nice too.

Expiry: 6th, November 2012

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November 13

GoDaddy: Best Offer Ever – 33 % Off

Posted by on November 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM

GoDaddy: Best Offer Ever   33 % Off

People are asking me all the time how to go about getting a domain and how much it costs, since I’ve had my own for years, and always talk about the sense of control and satisfaction it gives me. I’ll often point them in the direction of GoDaddy since it’s good at guiding people new to domain registration, as well as at consistently having low prices. Now, GoDaddy is offering 33% off, making this its biggest discount I’ve seen in a long while.

As an example, I could pick up “angelarocks.ca” for $13.22 per year, or “angelarocks.info” for a mere $2.03. Unfortunately, “angelarocks.com” is already taken, but I could get “angelarockson.com” for $12.20 per year.

This offer is:

Not applicable to ICANN fees, taxes, shipping and handling, sale priced domains and transfers, bulk domains and transfers, premium domains, Sunrise/Landrush domain registrations and pre-registrations, memberships or maintenance plans, additional disk space and bandwidth renewals, additional email addresses, additional AdSpace advertising funds, Managed Hosting, custom page layouts, brand identity services, Go Daddy branded merchandise or gift cards.

It looks like this offer expires Sunday, so don’t wait too long to take advantage of it.

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September 10

Shaw Canada: $36 Shaw Student Speed Bundle $36 (Value $84.90)

Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Shaw Canada: $36 Shaw Student Speed Bundle $36 (Value $84.90)

If you are a student in college or university – either full time or part time and have a student ID be sure to take advantage of Shaw’s Student Speed Bundle.

What you get:

  • Shaw Extreme Internet with 25 Mbps download speed and 500 GB of data
  • Shaw Personal TV with 40 popular channels, 13 HD channels† and one Digital Box

Which is a value of $84.90 if you were to get it without being a student. Being a student you will only pay $36!

The deal is for 12 months, so after that you will probably have to talk to Shaw again if you are still a student. I signed up for this (being a full time university student) and it is being installed tomorrow. It is going to save myself and my hubby a TON on our internet/TV bill!

You can also add Home Phone Basic to the Shaw Student Speed Bundle for an additional $15/month to complete the package.

Fine print:

Offer subject to change and is only available to those with a valid student ID for the 2011/2012 calendar year. After 12 months, standard Shaw Plan Personalizer rates take effect for double play Personal TV and Extreme Internet packages at $84.90/month. Prices shown do not include tax. All Shaw Services are provided under the Shaw Joint Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy located at www.shaw.ca. Not all Shaw services are available in all regions. Channels and programming may vary by region. Equipment not purchased by you must be returned to Shaw if your Shaw Services are cancelled. You may not resell any Shaw Services. Other conditions may apply.

I figure if Shaw won’t renew my Student Bundle next year I will just switch to Telus which also tends to have a student deal at the end of my 12 months. Then in a year after that switch back to Shaw. Good fun!

P.S. You don’t have to be on campus (in rez.)  to take advantage of this deal.

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March 13

Dell: Bell Grab and Go Internet $7.99 (was $29.99)

Posted by on March 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Dell: Bell Grab and Go Internet $7.99 (was $29.99)

One of Dell’s impressive daily deals today is the Bell Grab and Go Internet for $7.99 (you save $22)! This kit is suppose to be a great deal even at $29.99, as you get 4 months of internet with this kit! All for $8.

I know very little about internet kits, so here is the description on Dell Canada’s website:

Get 4 months of Bell Internet when you purchase a $29.99 Grab and Go Kit. No contract required. Take Advantage of this exclusive offer and get up to $230 in net savings. The Grab and go kit contains Internet activation instructions.

I suggest reading the reviews, they are quite helpful to figure out what you are getting. So again, I URGE you to read the reviews.

18 hours left!

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January 15

4 Months of Internet from Bell for $29.99 (ON, PQ)

Posted by on January 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM

4 Months of Internet from Bell for $29.99 (ON, PQ)

This is an interesting offer from Bell: Get 4 months of Bell Internet with the purchase of a $29.99 Bell Internet Activation Kit with no term required. That means you can get 4 months of internet, for the $29.99, with no obligation to continue with their service. This offering is available to residents of Quebec and Ontario.

There are many terms and conditions, like this offer is only available to new Bell customers, and some current dial-up customers. I really urge you to read the terms and conditions on the website so you are well educated for your hook-up. I am aware that one’s monthly internet bill can easily be $29.99 alone, so 4 months for that price is great if you are on a budget.

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