Alright, I'm sure many of you are in the same position as me, so I'm looking for some feedback and experience with Fido in particular.
I have a landline at home so that I can have reasonable long distance rates as my family's all in Kelowna and Vernon. There's also just plenty of "convenience" in having a landline generally (I live in a two bedroom apartment by myself and have 3 cordless phones and two corded phones...there's always something nearby!). My Telus bill is approximately $60'ish/month (30 or so + tax for local service and 911 and all that jazz plus another 30 or so for long distance).
Then, as a young semi-professional urbanite, I have the ever-present cell phone. Yes, I am attached to it, and no, I do not want to forego having one. My Telus Mobility phone bill is usually in the vicinity of $65 (good old Clearnet plan for $25 + unlimited evenings and weekends for $25 more).
I'm averaging somewhere close to $120 - $150 a month on phone service. Why? Because there was no better option.
I think there is a better option now. This is where you guys come in.
I'm seriously considering the new CityFido plan to replace both of my current phones. For $40 + probably about $10 in long distance, I'll have a landline that's a cell phone. How cool is that? I even get to keep my home phone number (only bummer is that I'll lose my cell phone number that I've had for over 5 years).
If you don't know what it is, check out www.cityfido.ca for some info, but the long and short is as above...Unlimited Local Calling for $40/month with Fido, plus they have some pretty good long distance rates.
My qualms are these:
Fido's reception is (so I've heard) sketchy at times. Can anyone allay that fear? Aparently their Motorola V60 is their best reception. I like flip phones, so this intrigues me.
Battery dead or poor reception = no phone. This is a 'problem' in name only. It's the same as being out and having your cell phone die...it happens, that's why there's voicemail. However, this COULD be a major problem if Fido's reception is as shitty as I've heard, which I'm skeptical of because my girlfriend has the old ghetto 5000 (6000?) series Nokia and it seems to be average. This could also present a problem at home if my phone was acting up, I could no longer just turn to my landline.
No phone service outside of the Lower Mainland. Right now, I can drive to Kelowna and have phone service ALMOST the whole way. That's pretty cool in my books. I have reception in Kelowna and Vernon as well, which is good because if I'm trying to hook up with friends, that's definitely the way to do it. How could I get around this? Keep my Telus cell phone and switch it to "Pay and Talk" and just keep some minutes on standby for when I go to Kelowna.
Fido's phone selection is currently shitty, imo. I'm really not very impressed by any of the phones. I currently have a Samsung A-540 and I think it's a pretty good phone all round. Fido doesn't really have anything to compare to it, the closest in value would probably be the Motorola V60 but for some reason, there's something about that phone that just seems cheap to me.
With all that said, I could drop my phone bill down to approximately 50-60$/month, which is pretty significant.
Anyone have any thoughts? CityFido a good option? Stick with where I am?
I can't really decide, as I'm resistant to change that I know I might not be happy with, so any feedback would be great.