Bell Mobility is part of Bell Canada, a company that offers a number of communications services. It is Canada's largest telecommunications company.
Pros: Their pay-as-you-go plan is pretty straightforward. Though it offers two tiers of pricing per call, there aren't numerous plans to confuse people.
Cons: The 30 dollar activation fee is quite steep, as is the 6 dollar monthly charge for caller ID. Also, charging a 2 dollar fee for certain inquires to customer service isn't a consumer-friendly policy.
Bell Mobility offers three tiers of service. First is a pay per minute plan, where calls are 30 cents per minute. The pay per day plan has three options. Users can pay 50 cents per day for unlimited text messaging, 1 dollar per day for an unlimited calling window and unlimited text messaging, or 1 dollar per day for unlimited 6 p.m. nights and weekends. With the unlimited calling window, customers can choose to have unlimited minutes in one of three windows daily: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., 5 p.m. to 9 p.m, or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Customers can add unlimited text messaging to the nights and weekends plans for an additional 50 cents per day. All calls not covered by the unlimited provisions of the daily plan are 30 cents per minute. There is also a pay per month plan. Customers can pay 15 dollars per month for unlimited text messaging, 20 dollars per month for unlimited calling window, and 25 dollars per month for unlimited nights and weekends. All calls outside unlimited provisions are 30 cents per minute. Each new activation comes with 15 dollars of startup money.
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Customer Service: Customer service can be reached via a toll-free number. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday. A separate number is used for inquiries about account balance, prepaid vouchers, minute expiration dates, and to add minutes. If these calls are made to a general customer service line, a service fee of 2 dollars will apply. Additionally, beginning March 19 there will be a 3 dollar service charge for calling customer service to perform certain transactions.
Credit Check: None
Payment Options: You can refill your account from your Bell Mobility phone, from a refill card which can be purchased at any Bell Mobility store, or through an automatic top-up program. There are also payment options available at select CIBC Bank machines in Ontario and Quebec.
Text and Picture Messaging: Text messages are 15 cents to both send and receive. Some of the pay per day and pay per month plans include unlimited text messaging. Bundles of text messages are also available: 5 dollars for 250 messages, 10 dollars for 2,500, and 15 dollars for unlimited.
Data Plans: Unlimited mobile Web costs 10 dollars per month for unlimited 1X coverage and 100 minutes in digital coverage. Mobile Web plans also come with many of Bell's messaging packages.
Downloadables: Bell Mobility prepaid offers ringtones, screensavers, wallpaper, music, streaming video and more for varying download fees.
International Calling: International rates are available to many countries across the globe. Call customer service for specific countries.
Roaming Charges: When roaming with Bell Mobility, calls from the U.S. are $2.79 per minute (99 cent international rate plus local rate of $1.80 per minute).
Calling Features: Voicemail, call waiting, call forward, and conference calling are available at no extra cost. Caller ID is available for 6 dollars per month, or with a Prepaid Fun pack.
Activation Fee: There is a 35 dollar fee to activate your Bell Mobility prepaid phone.
Long Distance: Long distance calls within Canada and to the U.S. are 40 cents per minute plus normal airtime charges.
411 Calls: Directory assistance is available for an additional fee of $1.99 per call.
Earliest Minute Expiration: A $15 dollar Bell Mobility prepaid top-up card expires in 30 days. A 25 dollar top-up card expires in 60 days. Accounts with a $0 balance for 120 days will be terminated.
911 Calls: A one dollar e9-1-1 fee is deducted from your account monthly.
Phones: Bell Mobility has a number of high-end phones available. With a prepaid plan, though, the phones are not subsidized. The cheapest phone is $69.95, and they range up to $399.99.
Some Available Cell Models: Samsung Vice (shown)
Sanyo Katana LX