You will probably want to get a cell phone when you arrive in Canada. There are many service providers available, all offering different options. Cell phone plans in Canada are relatively expensive in comparison to other parts of the world. Some plans require you to sign a 2-year contract. Leaving a contract early can result in a financial penalty. Other plans allow you to pay-as-you-go or offer 1-year contracts.
Some questions to consider when choosing a cell phone provider are: Will you be making a lot of long-distance calls? Do you need a data plan? How many minutes a month do you talk on your phone? Most cell phone providers have storefronts or kiosks at the local shopping mall.
Cell phone providers in Canada include Bell, Rogers, Telus, Fido, Koodo, Freedom, and chatr. Each provider has different options and different prices. With so much choice, we recommend visiting an electronics retailer like Best Buy. They offer multiple cell phone provider packages which means you have more choice. Their knowledgeable staff can advise you of various plans offered by the different Canadian providers and assist you in finding the plan that works best for your needs.