Fizz is a new mobile operator that is particularly interesting for travelers… and it has a loyalty program!
Fizz, what is it?
Fizz is a new mobile operator available to people living in Quebec and the Ottawa area. The main difference with other operators: everything is done online and you decide exactly what services you really want!
Fizz does not offer plans with devices: it is therefore aimed at those who come with their own device(BYOD: Bring Your Own Device). And most importantly: there is no long-term contract.
In fact, it is Videotron that is behind this new operator.
The mobile network
Fizz relies on Videotron’s mobile network in Quebec and the Ottawa region.
Everywhere else, this will rely on national (e.g. Rogers) and international (e.g. Bell / T-Mobile in the US) mobile roaming partners.
You can check the coverage in your area here.
A launch period
After a “beta testing” period, Fizz is currently in a launch period until December 19, 2018. This is an opportunity to embark with very competitive rates that will be maintained afterwards!
We have compiled the available rates as of November 23, 2018. The big advantage of Fizz: everything is “à la carte”! You can tailor the package to your lifestyle!
The “nerve of the war”: data. Here you have the choice to get between 0 GB and 20 GB per month. Here are the rates per tier:
As you can see, the difference between each level is … different.
For our use, the most interesting was 8 Gb: going from 6 to 8 Gb added only 2$ / month while going from 8 Gb to 10 Gb would cost 4$ / month more.
Especially since it is possible:
- transfer data from one account to another! It’s perfect in a family!
- to transfer unused data from one month to the next: a great novelty!
Then, it is possible to activate or not all these options.
|Outgoing text messages
(incoming = free)
| Area of use
|Area of use
|Area of use
Canada – USA
|International long distance calls
by selected country
The area of use
Basically, you can use your package in Quebec.
If you want to use it everywhere in Canada, you will have to add 2$ / month. And if you want to use it also in the United States, it will cost 6$ / month!
And this is what completely convinced us about Fizz: 6$ per month to have a package that can be used anywhere in Canada and the United States! While currently, most “Everywhere at home” offers of the competition start at 5 – 7$ / day!
Snowbirds should be delighted… and so should frequent travelers to our southern neighbors!
International long distance calls
For people who regularly call family abroad, it can be interesting to subscribe to this option. You can only choose one country, and the minutes granted will depend on the country.
For France, it is for example 250 minutes while for China it is 1,000 minutes per month.
It is also possible to occasionally purchase data for use abroad.
The rates will depend on the area of use, here are some examples:
- In Europe (here in France):
- In Asia (here in Japan):
- In Latin America (here in Mexico)
This perfectly meets the needs of travelers: $5 for 1 GB of data in Europe is very reasonable compared to the competition!
Fizz, our experience
Before you can choose a package, you need to order a SIM card.
We ordered 2 SIM cards at the same time. The cost is 5$ / card. Delivery is free within 2 days… but you can have it delivered the same day to your home for $5!
Due to the Canada Post strike, we chose this option and received our SIM cards by carrier in 1 hour (we live in downtown Montreal).
Ordering a SIM card
When ordering the SIM card, you have the possibility to add a reference / sponsorship code:
- You will get a $25 credit on your account on your 2nd bill
- The sponsor will also get a $25 credit on their account on your 2nd bill
Our referral code is OHQDI!
Activation of the SIM card
Once you have received your SIM card, you will need to activate it.
If you wish to transfer your current phone number to Fizz, you will need to provide various information:
The easiest way is to indicate the IMEI number which you can obtain directly from your current phone by dialing *#06#.
The choice of the package
Then, you can build your package so that it fits you perfectly!
If you did not enter a referral code when ordering your SIM card, there is still time to do so!
Our referral code is OHQDI! It will give you a $25 credit on your second bill.
Remember to click on the green arrow to validate the code (a green banner will be displayed at the top of the screen to confirm the correct entry of the code).
Since we travel frequently to the United States, Jean-Maximilien and I have each chosen the CANADA + USA option: we will both be able to use our package anywhere in Canada and the United States.
This is my package:
- 8 GB / month of data
- Unlimited texting
- Unlimited calls
- Canada + USA coverage
- Voice box
Cost: 46$ per month (53.41$ with taxes + 911). Unbeatable!
Payment is possible by credit card Visa / Mastercard. Not American Express though 🙁
The loyalty program
Fizz integrates a loyalty program.
You can unlock badges and rewards based on your activity.
It is always interesting to receive mobile data as a gift… data that you can give to one of your contacts!
Fizz allows you to add contacts to your account: this will allow you to send them gifts like… data! It is very practical for a family or friends for example!
So there is a very interesting sponsorship system:
- 25 credit for the referral (obtained on the 2nd invoice)
- 25 credit for the sponsor (obtained when the sponsored child has paid his/her 2nd bill)
To obtain a referral code, you must be a Fizz customer. The sponsorship will be available 24 hours after the transfer of the line to Fizz.
Fizz is “refreshing” in this world of mobile operators who keep raising their rates and forcing us into options we don’t necessarily want.
We took the step for 4 reasons:
- The low cost of the Canada – USA option: $6 per month, a bargain compared to the $7 per day charged by our former operator, Fido.
- The ability to purchase data blocks by travel zone: particularly useful when traveling in several countries like Europe!
- The transfer of data to whoever you want: Jean-Maximilien is a bigger user of data than I am, so I could regularly transfer it to him if needed!
- Data transfer from one month to the next: to my knowledge, no other operator does this. After all, you pay each month to have a certain amount of data: you paid for it, so why not have access to it the next month!
We look forward to testing our package on our next trip to the UAE and future travels to the US!Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!