Fido is pushing some Mother’s Day deals with a bold claim of $810 in savings over the course of 24 months.
Listed on the carrier’s promotions tab, the deal involves an LG Velvet and a ZTE tablet. To start, Fido says customers can get $390 in savings when they activate an LG Velvet on a ‘Data, Talk and Text’ plan. That $390 comes from a discount on the device financing cost of the LG Velvet, which Fido currently offers for $15 per month financing instead of the usual $31.25 (that $16.25 difference works out to $390 over 24 months).
It’s also worth pausing here for a moment to note that if you get the Velvet, you’re paying $15 per month financing for it. Over 24 months, that works out to $360 for the Velvet. Fido says the full cost of the phone is $750, so not a bad deal there. However, it’s also not really a new deal, just one rebranded as a Mother’s Day special.
The other part of this deal is $180 in savings coming from the addition of a ZTE tablet. Fido doesn’t explain which ZTE tablet, only noting that it would normally cost $7.50 per month, but it gets knocked down to $0 after a bill credit. After some digging around Fido’s website, it appears the tablet in question is the ZTE Grand X View 4.
The final piece of this Mother’s Day offer is a $5 per month bill credit applied to Data, Talk and Text plans $55 and up. However, that bill credit only applies to new activations and requires both an LG Velvet, an eligible plan and the ZTE tablet on a tablet plan. The $5 credit appears to be available to anyone who gets the Grand X View 4, however.
So, just to recap, there’s the LG Velvet for $0 down and $15 per month device financing ($390 in savings), ZTE tablet for $0 per month on a tablet plan ($180 in savings) and a $5 monthly bill credit for 24 months when you activate both of those things on a $55+ monthly plan ($120 in savings).
By my count, that’s $690 in savings. While still a welcome discount, it’s not the $810 advertised by Fido.
However, there is one other discount unaccounted for in all this: Fido currently offers a $200 bill credit to anyone that activates the LG Velvet on a $45+ plan with device financing, and the carrier offers an additional $100 bill credit to new customers only for a total $300 discount.
The bill credits appear to be a separate ongoing offer not connected to the above Fido promotion and, in my test, they applied on top of the $16.25 monthly reduction in Velvet device financing. It remains unclear if the $300 bill credit can be combined with the ZTE tablet offer — if it can, that’s up to $990 in savings, far more than Fido advertised. If not, I’d say just get the LG Velvet with your $300 bill credit and forget the ZTE tablet entirely.
On that note, if you’re only interested in the bill credits, other carriers are offering similar deals with the Velvet.