MTS Allstream is a subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. They are one of Canada's leading telecommunications providers.
Pros: There are a number of plans that fit most calling frequencies. The rates are competitive with most other Canadian carriers.
Cons: The plans can get confusing, especially since rates change once you leave Manitoba.
MTS Evolve Prepaid divides their services into two tiers: using your phone within Manitoba, and using it across Canada. Their Manitoba tier contains four plans. The Anytime 15/30 plan offers a rate of 36 cents per minute, all the time, including Canadian long distance. The Anytime 60 plan offers an anytime rate of 25 cents. To get the Anytime 60 plan, customers must purchase a 60 dollar airtime card. The Evenings and Weekends plan offers a rate of 2 cents per minute on evenings and weekends, starting at 8 p.m., and 38 cents per minute during peak hours. Canadian long distance calls are also 38 cents per minute. The Daytime plan offers a rate of 25 cents per minute from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 35 cents per minute from 3 p.m. to 10 a.m. Long distance calls are the same rate. The Canada tier offers almost the same rates. The Evenings and Weekends plan costs 15 cents per minute, instead of 2 cents, and all Canadian long distance calls are 25 cents each. All calls to the U.S. from Manitoba cost 50 cents per minute.
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Customer Service: MTS Mobility can be reached through a toll-free number during normal business hours, as well as e-mail and through Connect Stores.
Credit Check: None
Payment Options: You can pay for your MTS Evolve prepaid vouchers with cash at select 7-11 stores, and Shell and Petro Canada gas station. You can also refill with a credit card via a toll free number.
Text and Picture Messaging: Incoming text messages are free. Outgoing text messages to Canada and the U.S. are 20 cents each.
Data Plans: MTS Evolve prepaid offers mobile web access for 25 cents per day. There is a 2 dollar fee the first time you activate your mobile browser.
Downloadables: Screen savers, ringtones, and games are available at varying rates.
International Calling: International calling is available at 3 dollars per minute.
Roaming Charges: MTS Evolve prepaid offers free roaming throughout Canada.
Calling Features: Caller ID, call waiting, conference calling, and voicemail are available for no additional charge.
Activation Fee: There is no fee to activate your MTS Evolve prepaid account.
Long Distance: Long distance rates depend on the plan you subscribe to. See Plans for more information.
411 Calls: Directory assistance is not available through MTS Evolve prepaid.
Earliest Minute Expiration: A MTS Evolve 15 dollar voucher card will expire in 30 days. A 30 dollar voucher will expires in 60 days. A 60 dollar voucher will expire in 90 days.
911 Calls: A monthly fee of 50 cents will be deducted from your account for 911 services.
Phones: A small number of phones are available for MTS Evolve prepaid service. These range from $29.99 to $149.99, and all come with an airtime credit. Most are Bluetooth enabled, and there are other features available like a camera and multimedia player.
Some Available Cell Models: Kyovera Mako S4000
Kyocera Melo S1300
Kyocera Neo E1100