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Your options are incredibly limited! You don't want to give up your grandfathered plan but also don't want to spend $1000+ on a phone. What type of phone do you actually want to get? You could purchase your phone through BestBuy, Amazon, or another retailer on a credit card and pay it off monthly. You can check Kijiji, Ebay, Craig's List, and many other sites out there to buy used devices. If you buy a previous model, you can usually find them less than half of their original price at launch, which should bring your cost down to around $500.
Freedom Mobile offers more of the American way of doing things is you can sacrifice coverage, reliability, and network data speed. Your phone payment is a subsidy that isn't factored into the cost of your phone plan. You can keep a plan but get locked into a contract for a device payment. That can range around $30 and up per month in addition to your plan. This is actually very similar to how T-Mobile USA/MetroPCS has done things for more than a decade now.
Long time telus subscriber (10 yrs) and have been off contract for a long time. The problem is that my rate plan is quite good; $50/mth 5G data with calling/texting and all the bells and whistles. I currently have an S6 that I bought second hand after my S3 crapped out. I am looking at a new phone but to get a deal I have to sign up for a current rate plan that are over twice the cost for what I have. I don't want to give up my plan and don't want to spend $1000 on a new phone. Is there anything for someone in my position?
Of course! You don’t have to get a $1000 phone. They offer devices for all budgets!