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NorthernTel Prepaid Cell Phone Plans


Established in 1905, NorthernTel is one of Canada's oldest telecommunications companies. They have an 83,000 kilometer service area.

Pros: Unlimited long distance within Canada is not common with prepaid. Their other rates are competitive with most other prepaid plans.

Cons: Voicemail costs an additional 5 dollars a month. Roaming charges can get very costly.

Plans: NorthernTel Mobility's pay by the month plan offers the first two minutes of each call for 30 cents each, with five cents for each additional minute. The pay by the day plan offers the same rate, but charges 75 cents per day for unlimited nights and weekends starting at 9 p.m, and early nights and weekends, starting at 6 p.m. for a dollar a day.  Read more about NorthernTel plans

Customer Service: You can reach NorthernTel Mobility at the toll free number from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

Credit Check: None  

Contract: None  

Payment Options: You can pay for your NorthernTel prepaid minutes with a top-up card, through their automatic top-up program with your credit card, or at any participating CIBC bank machine.  

Text and Picture Messaging: All incoming messages are free. A batch of 250 text messages can be purchased for $5 per month. A batch of 2,500 text messages can be purchased for 10 dollars a month. Additional messages are 15 cents each. Unlimited text messages are available for 15 dollars per month.  

Data Plans: Unlimited mobile web with NorthernTel prepaid is available for 10 dollars per month.  

Downloadables: Ringtones, screen savers, and games are available for additional fees.  

International Calling: International rates are available. Call customer service to get rates to specific countries.  

Roaming Charges: Charges for roaming to the U.S. with NorthernTel are $2.79 per minute.  

Calling Features: Caller ID, call forwarding, conference calling, and call waiting are included for no additional charge with the pay by the month plan. Voicemail is available for 6 dollars per month. With the pay by the day plan, call forwarding, conference calling, call waiting, and voicemail are included for no extra cost.  

Activation Fee: There is no fee to activate your NorthernTel prepaid phone.  

Long Distance: Long distance within Canada from NorthernTel prepaid comes at no extra charge. Long distance calls to the U.S. are 40 cents plus normal airtime rates.  

411 Calls: Directory assistance is available for $1.50 per call.  

Earliest Minute Expiration: Your NorthernTel minutes expire according to the denomination of your last airtime card. The 15 dollar card expires in 30 days. The 25 dollar card expires in 60 days.  

911 Calls: 911 calls can be made for no additional charge.  

Phones: NorthernTel Mobility offers a number of high- and low-end phones at their retail outlets. Unfortunately, a subsidy is only available with a 36-month contract. The full retail of these phones can get up over 400 dollars.  

Some Available Cell Models: Samsung u740 Samsung m620 Sanyo Katana Nokia 6275i Motorola M800  

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NorthernTel Reviews
Average Rating by Users:

3 stars of 5 based on 2 reviews

Andre Novosolov 4/10/2013
It looks like all of those costs would add up too quickly for me. Thanks, but I think I will stick with my cell plan at bell (

Janice 6/8/2008
Would like to use this service but it appears to not be available in Manitoba.

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