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Continuing to Get Wirelessly Hosed in Canada...


By smithdm3 - Posted on 08 July 2008

Well, it continues... as others have ranted, the new iPhone plans from Rogers are still horrendously overpriced for mobile data and features. But to top it off, I got my Bell Mobility bill last night and they're doing two things to screw me more...

1.) Increasing the price of call display from $5 a month to $7 a month...

2.) Instituting charging for incoming SMS/text messages at $0.15 a message unless you have a plan...

My reaction to 1. is simply numbing... I mean, they're going to charge me more for a feature that they've offered since day 1, that is provided by software and that they don't actually have to put any effort into. Well, that's just a cash grab... and it shows just how happy they are to continue to reward my seven years of loyalty. More money, no additions in service... awesome.

My reaction to 2. is to be simply perplexed. I mean, okay, I could pay $5/mth to get a bucket of text messages that could help me... again, rewarding my loyalty by charging me more... [oh yah, when I originally signed up as a Bell subscriber so long ago I'm pretty sure SMS was $0.10 a piece... funny that it too, with no additional overhead (SMS is handled again by software in the network that requires little in terms of operation cost) went up in price. Argh!] Anyway, as Kev pointed out to me in a conversation, Bell must have a way of blocking incoming text messages now, since I can't control who sends me messages - maybe I'll try that.

Anyway, my reaction to all of this, and the whole Rogers mess is that I simply can't wait for whomever the fourth player in the Canadian wireless market will be after the CRTC spectrum auctions end. When there were four or more players before (and ones that weren't big telecom/cable providers in Fido and Clearnet) there was some competition, hopefully the same will be true in the future.

I've got about a year to go on my contract and can't see ever signing onto a three year deal again.


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