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Once again, I walked the streets of Toronto trying to figure out if visiting physical Carrier stores would get me a better internet deal than shopping online—and again, it did.

I didn’t expect that almost every provider would offer the same upload speed, leaving me with only one real upgrade option.

Here is a summary of my journey.

Every adventurous shopping spree starts online

First, I had to find the best deals in my area, any limitations the sellers might be throwing at me, and determine what my current plan was offering.

I started with a $79/month Teksavvy plan with 150Mbps down and 30Mbps up. This isn’t a bad plan, but I wanted to find something that would lower my monthly price or give me significantly more speed for the same price. At the time, Teksavvy was not running any deals, but the next day, when I sat down to write this story, it launched several great deals.

Overall, the best deal I could find online in my area was a $74 plan from a reseller called Primus, which gets me 1.5 Gbps download but only 30 Mbps upload.

I also searched the Red Flag Deals tech deal forums to see if there were any deals I could try to sneak into by calling an airline’s sales department or chatting with them online. I noticed that some users got a wonderful 1.5Gbps deal with basic TV from Bell for $60, but the company refused to offer that deal in my house. Based on what I’ve uncovered, it appears to be a condo exclusive plan.

After further searching, I left the house and went to the mall.

Offers in the real world

On my way to the mall I stopped at Rogers and Bell frontline stores and spotted a few deals to start with. One thing to note here is that these sales are highly dependent on where I live. While I can’t promise the same deals will be available across Canada, I suggest going to some of your local stores and looking around.

The Bell Store offered me 500Mbps Up/Down for $85 per month with no contract. The Rogers store on the other hand had a much better deal but not as good internet. The carrier offered 1Gbps down and 30Mbps up for $65 per month for a year with a $100 credit.

When flanker brands Virgin Plus and Fido eventually moved into the mall, they scaled back their plans by about 50 percent. You can probably get a 100Mbps plan for $45 a month or a 50Mbps plan for $40. These are ridiculously good deals for most people’s internet purposes. However, as I mentioned, I’m looking for a decent upload speed upgrade, and both carriers top out at 10Mbps, which is a downgrade from my current 30Mbps.

“Online, this bundle still gets you the $200 gift card and six months of Crave, but the internet speeds aren’t as fast and the prices are significantly higher.”

The fact that these carriers limit uploads feels very anti-consumer. Oddly enough, Virgin Plus (owned by Bell) doesn’t offer faster upload speeds since it’s such a big selling feature that Bell uses to draw people away from Rogers and the other prominent players in the internet space.

After finding out that the flanker brands and Rogers wouldn’t work for me as the best upload I could get from them would be 30Mbps or less, I regretfully went to another Bell store.

That was a pretty great move. I’m not very happy with the price I’m paying, but the seller at this store was helpful and got me a package that matched the $85 price of the previous site, but 1.5 Gbps upload instead. and download speeds, six months of Crave included ($20 tier), a $200 Visa gift card, and a basic no-contract TV package. I tried as hard as I could to hit the 500Mbps speeds instead, since that’s all I need to give myself a small upgrade, but the way the bundle discounts worked, the offer couldn’t go any lower . At least I got more bang for my buck with this deal, but who knows if I’ll ever actually check out the TV package.

A side note on the TV portion of the package is that it was originally a standard cable TV package with a receiver that had to be installed in my house on a two year contract. The seller told me that the contract could be canceled if I do a self-installation or just watch TV over the internet via the Bell app. This was huge for me as ideally next Black Friday I will try to bring that price back down.

Online, this bundle still gets you the $200 gift card and six months of Crave, but the internet speeds aren’t as fast and the prices are significantly higher.

What does that mean for you?

Overall, I hope everyone can take advantage of the deals I’ve found, but with the web service and deals being so dependent on your home address, it’s hard to say what people can actually get for Black Friday this year.

That said, if I’ve learned anything, it’s that going into stores and calling sales reps seems to get the best deals on the web. If, like me, you’re lucky enough to switch providers, shopping always helps too.

Follow this link for a summary of all our Black Friday offers. Find all the top deals at Canadian retailers here.

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