I have to laugh because back in the late 1900s people actually referred to the Internet as “cyberspace”. In fact, you could stick “cyber” in front of pretty much any word and instantly make it cooler, more terrifying or both — cyber-sex, cyber-bullying, cyber-fries, etc.
Anyway, Cyber Monday is upon us — even in Canada, despite the fact that our Thanksgiving was back in October. It always seemed a more sensible shopping holiday than Black Friday; why risk getting trampled when you can browse deals in your pajamas from the comfort of your home, hot coffee in hand? And that’s exactly what I’m doing this fine December morning.
The following are some notable mobile-related deals that have piqued my interest. It’s not in any way meant to be an exhaustive list, only a few examples to kick off a wider discussion. Feel free to add your own via a reply, whether you live in Canada or otherwise!
Koodo Moto G – $150.00
This isn’t even a Cyber Monday sale, technically — Mobile Syrup reported Friday that Koodo had discounted their one and only 8GB model from $200 to $150, with a free as-yet-unnamed gift worth an extra fifty bucks on new activations only.
I was fortunate enough to trial a pre-release unit for a week or so last month. Even with the meager on-board memory the G still punches well above its weight.
Nexus 7 32GB – $249.99
I paid $250 for the 16GB Nexus 7 back in September — now BestBuy.ca has the 32GB model at the same price. If you want to save even more money you can get the 16GB for a hair over $200 CAD from a grey market seller on eBay.
The Nexus 7 is, in my opinion, the best small tablet on the market right now. Plus it’s a Nexus, so it’s win-win.
Kindle Fire HD 16GB – $129.00
The Kindle Fire HD runs Amazon’s own fork of Android, so you won’t find the Google Play Store on there. But if you’re in the market for a media consumption tablet — Kindle ebooks, Netflix, etc. — you can get the Fire HD for $129 CAD, today only on Amazon.ca
And hey, if you don’t like what you get software-wise you can always hack it…
Beware of hidden costs here.
At the very least you might have to buy a SIM-unlock code if you want to use either of the handsets below on a different carrier. You might also be on the hook for an airtime top-up with any new activation.
If you’re still interested…
I’m even more reluctant to recommend subsidized handsets — “$0 on a 2-year term” is an oxymoron at best, misleading at worst. But if you were going to sign up anyway, you can save $100 on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, locked to Rogers or TELUS. The locked-to-TELUS LG G2 and Lumia 1020 are similarly $100 less than their usual price.
What Else is Out There?
Like I said at the outset, I’m listing only a few items to get us started — do your fellow forum members a favour and add any deals that you found below!