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Lucky Mobile is a new entry-level mobile carrier and is owned by the same parent company as Bell Mobility.
They’re a pre-paid service which means there are no credit checks in addition to their other key selling point of not having any long term commitments.
Bell Mobility originally used to run Solo Mobile and Lucky is the successor to that.
Solo Mobile stopped taking new activation’s towards the end of 2012 so there definitely has been a gap in their offering. Lucky Mobile launched in December of 2017.
Lucky Mobile Coverage
Lucky Mobile will be using Bell’s 4G network which means you can expect excellent reception.
However, speed will be throttled to work more like 3G, more on this below.
Plans are based on coverage:
- Zone Plans:
As of April 2018, these are available in 19 of the most metropolitan cities, full list is belowLucky Mobile along with Chatr Mobile have removed zone plans from their offering towards the end of 2018
- Province & Canada Plans: These plans cover pretty much anywhere in Canada that you would probably go
So What’s This Thing With Throttled Speeds?
Although the Bell Mobility network currently runs on a 4G LTE, to keep the cost’s inline they will be throttling or limiting the speeds for Lucky Mobile to 3G like speeds.
So depending on how you use your data, this may or may not bother you.
If you use your data lightly – checking and replying to messages and emails, going on social network apps time to time, 3G may serve your needs.
However, if you are a heavy data user and you are watching videos or downloading music and other things often you may start to get irritated with 3G speeds if you’ve already used 4G – so it all comes down to how you use the data on your phone.
And…if you go over the amount of data included in your plan, you will be further reduced to a speed of 128 Kbps which is almost as if you had no data, so don’t go over 🙂
We’ll be doing some speed tests soon to see how the network is performing, check back for updates!
We conducted a number of speed tests around the City of Toronto and can confirm the data is capped at 3G.
In the below speedtests you will notice the download speed is roughly 3 Mbps in all instances.
So although the network shows 4G, that’s because Lucky Mobile is leveraging the strong Bell network and unfortunately Lucky Mobile customers will only get data speeds upto 3 Mbps.
Lucky Mobile Coverage Map
Here is a coverage map of Canada from the Lucky Mobile website.
Note that Zone Plans no longer exist.
Yellow: Zone Plans | Green & Yellow: Province & Canada Plans
Image source: https://www.luckymobile.ca/coverage
Lucky Mobile Plans
Lucky Mobile offers these very budget friendly plans:
Voicemail, Call Display, Call Waiting & 3-Way Calling are included with all plans.
|Price||Talk||Text||Data||Auto Top-Up Bonus|
|$15 per month||100 Minutes Canada Wide||Unlimited Canada Wide & International Text||None||250 MB per month|
|$25 per month||Unlimited Canada Wide||Unlimited Canada Wide & International||500 MB at 3G speed||500 MB per month|
|$35 per month||Unlimited Canada Wide||Unlimited Canada Wide & International||1 GB at 3G speed||500 MB per month|
|$40 per month||Unlimited Canada Wide||Unlimited Canada Wide & International||4.5 GB at 3G speed||500 MB per month|
|$50 per month||Unlimited Canada Wide & US||Unlimited Canada Wide & International||8 GB at 3G speed||500 MB per month|
Keep in mind that when Lucky Mobile promises No Data Overages, that means that if you use the data you have in a month your data will no longer work and you will need to purchase a Data Service Pass for additional data in that month.
International Calling Add-Ons
Lucky Mobile looks to be differentiating themselves by offering very competitively priced add-ons for international calling, making it simple for you to use your cellphone to dial directly back home.
For $5 per month, you can choose calling options to any one of these:
- China & Hong Kong – 300 minutes
- India & Pakistan – 200 minutes
- Philippines – 40 minutes
- International Region 1 – 200 minutes
Includes calling to any of: Australia, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Romania, South Korea, Sweden and U.S. Virgin Islands
- International Region 2 – 75 minutes
Includes calling to any of: American Samoa, Belgium, Bhutan, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, French Guiana, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mariana Islands, Martinique, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and Vietnam
- International Region 3 – 40 minutes
Includes calling to any of: Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Cayman Islands, Egypt, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau, Mauritius Island, Mayotte, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, Panama, Philippines, Reunion Island, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Venezuela
- International Region 4 – 20 minutes
Includes calling to any of: Angola, Antigua Barbuda, Armenia, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Dem. Rep. Of Congo, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Montserrat, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palestine, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Trinidad Tobago, Uganda and Ukraine
- International Region 5 – 10 minutes
Includes calling to any of: Albania, Algeria, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, Comoros, Gabon, Greenland, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Morocco, Portugal, St. Pierre Miquelon, Switzerland, Tanzania and Tunisia
Lucky Mobile Phones
Since Lucky Mobile is a discount pre-paid carrier, they do not offer any of the newer, high-end phones which makes sense.
Their current phone options are outlined below or you can also BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone).
A sim card costs $10 at retail partners or can be ordered over the phone.
Pay attention to the language on the website which says you can get a sim card delivered free of charge in 1 – 2 business days by calling them at 1-833-885-8259 – The delivery fee part of it is free, you still have to pay the $10 for the sim card for new activations.
eSim: Lucky Mobile now supports eSIM for iPhones which is the ability to have a second digital sim card allowing you to use your iPhone as if it is a dual SIM phone.
Details and FAQs on the eSIM feature can be viewed here.
If you’re looking to use a smartphone, something like an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy phone, you can also purchase a used phone to use with Lucky Mobile.
You can check out Kijiji and the other online marketplaces.
- Plans are reasonably priced, particularly the plans at $40 or $45 per month offer good value
- If you call and text Internationally and want the convenience of doing so directly from your cellphone, Lucky Mobile offers very reasonable International Talk Add-Ons – For $5 per month you’ll get 300 minutes to call China & Hong Kong – That’s 1.6 cent per minute or call India & Pakistan, you’ll get 200 minutes so 2 cents per minute – There are many International Add-Ons described above – And not to mention, majority of their plans include Unlimited International texting 🙂
- Strong Bell network and coverage across Canada
- No contracts, no credit checks
MUST DO: Set up pre-authorized payments to top-up your account as this will give you $5 per month towards any extra or additional data on most plans – This means on a $40 plan, you’re getting 12.5% more value
- 3G Data – If you use data for anything more than messaging or email, 3G is going to be painful for you, keep this in mind, streaming videos is pretty much out of the question, you might get by streaming some music, so just think about how you would use your data – To add perspective, 4G LTE is been found to be about 10X faster, so if you’ve used 4G LTE this should help you compare and decide on what’s best
Frequently Asked Questions About Lucky Mobile
Can I Use Lucky Mobile in Quebec?
- Yes, you can both use your Lucky Mobile plan in Quebec and they also offer ‘Zone Plan Coverage’ in Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Montreal, Terrebonne and Ottawa so if you live in one of those areas and are in that area majority of time, there are reasonably priced Lucky Mobile plans that will work for you.