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Every year, I like to look at the services I pay for and determine if they are worth the money. One of the things that is crucial to my work is internet. Having the best internet in Ontario enables me to do my job better. That said, different providers offer different services, support, and prices. For the tech non-savvy, deciding which one is best can be difficult. This post aims to make the choice a little bit easier. When I went through the process just a week ago, I ended up deciding on a new provider! I’ll share who at the end, but if you have any questions feel free to ask!

Internet Options: DSL vs Cable

In Ontario, we have two main options in DSL (phone line) and Cable (cable line) internet. Determining which one is best for you depends on where you live. In this case, I’m not discussing cable because in my area, it is shockingly unreliable. As such, the best DSL Internet is what we’ll be discussing.

Ontario DSL Internet Providers

According to CanadianISP.ca, there are 92 DSL internet providers in Ontario. We’re not going to look at all 92 because most of them offer limited services. The internet some providers offer is too slow, low bandwidth or expensive. To get the best, we’re going to set some guidelines. In 2017, you need at least 25Mbps Download, 5Mbps Upload, and no less than 300GB of Bandwidth per month. You also don’t want to be paying any more than $75/month for the service. Finally, the internet provider NEEDS to have a good looking/easy to use website. With this in mind, I’ve narrowed it down to 5 providers:

  • Teksavvy
  • VMedia
  • Start
  • Ebox
  • Bell

What do Ontario DSL Providers Offer?

Best DSL Internet Ontario

With our list of 6, let’s now figure out which one is best. To do that, we’ll compare prices, service, bandwidth and other fees that may come on set up. In Ontario, there are TWO speed packages available 25Mbps – 10Mbps AND 50Mbps – 10Mbps. Also of note, if you have NO home phone service you may need to pay for a dryloop.

25/10 Plans

  • Teksavvy offers 25Mbps download, 10GBMbps upload with Unlimted bandwidth for $45 per month. You’ll also need to pay $5/month for a dryloop and an activation fee of $50. They sell WiFi modems for $110. In total, for a years service with modem, you will pay $760 ($63.33/month) before tax.
  • Vmedia offers 25Mbps download, 10GBMbps upload with Unlimted bandwidth for $53 per month. A dryloop is free but there is a $65 activation fee. They sell WiFi modems for $110. In total, for a years service with modem, you will pay $810 ($67.58/month) before tax.
  • Start offers 25Mbps download, 10GBMbps upload with Unlimted bandwidth for $50 per month. A dryloop is free but there is a $25 activation fee. They sell WiFi modems for $110. In total, for a years service with modem, you will pay $735 ($61.25/month) before tax.
  • Ebox offers 25Mbps download, 10GBMbps upload with 1000GB bandwidth for $56 per month. A dryloop is free but there is a $50 activation fee. They sell WiFi modems for $135. In total, for a years service with modem, you will pay $857 ($71.42/month) before tax.
  • Bell offers 25Mbps download, 10GBMbps upload… but it is not worth it. Low bandwidth, high cost. Just don’t even bother. They have a 50/10 plan (detailed below) that is on promo for 2 years that is worth considering.

50/10 Plans

  • Teksavvy offers 50Mbps download, 10GBMbps upload with Unlimted bandwidth for $52 per month. You’ll also need to pay $5/month for a dryloop and an activation fee of $50. They sell WiFi modems for $110. In total, for a years service with modem, you will pay $844 ($70.33/month) before tax.
  • Vmedia offers 50Mbps download, 10GBMbps upload with Unlimted bandwidth for $60 per month. A dryloop is free but there is a $65 activation fee. They sell WiFi modems for $110. In total, for a years service with modem, you will pay $895 ($74.58/month) before tax.
  • Start offers 50Mbps download, 10GBMbps upload with Unlimted bandwidth for $60 per month. A dryloop is free but there is a $25 activation fee. They sell WiFi modems for $110. In total, for a years service with modem, you will pay $855 ($71.25/month) before tax.
  • Ebox offers 50Mbps download, 10GBMbps upload with 1000GB bandwidth for $68 per month. A dryloop is free but there is a $50 activation fee. They sell WiFi modems for $135. In total, for a years service with modem, you will pay $1001 ($83.42/month) before tax.
  • Bell offers 50Mbps download, 10GBMbps upload with unlimited bandwidth for $65 per month. A dryloop is free but there is a $50 activation fee. A WiFi modem is rented to you for a refundable $200. In total, for a years service with modem, you will pay $1030 ($85.83/month) before tax.

The Ontario DSL Best Provider?

When you compare what’s offered, the best 25/10 plan is with Start. The best 50/10 plan is with Teksavvy. Both plans offer unlimited data, comparable speed and have great customer service. Two years ago I was with Teksavvy, and was happy with their service.

This year, I opted to buy the 50/10 plan with Start. While it is $11 more than Teksavvy, their website impressed. Unlike Teksavvy, which employs tactics to hide some of their pricing, Start lists ONE upfront price. I also loved how easy their website was to use. Their support called me immediately after I ordered their service with details. Together, this is why I picked them. Teksavvy (and Ebox) were also my three finalists in deciding. I will have a full review of their service, akin to my review of Fido Internet in the coming months!

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