The Growing Wireless Access Divide

‪Canada’s Big 3 (Telus, Rogers, Bell) telecommunications companies (telcos) recently shifted to “unlimited” plans which push consumers to pay higher prices, regardless of their actual needs. From my vantage point, this reduces access to wireless services by creating a more expensive entry point for all consumers (as an aside, I’m curious about the CRTC’s view on this and their perception on the impact to consumers). (more…)
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Canadian Wireless Providers…

...Are a fucking joke. Evenings and weekends used to start at 5pm or 6pm depending on the carrier. Now they start at 9pm and you have to pay $7/month to start at 6pm or $9/month to start at 5pm. Extra minutes used to cost 10¢ but now cost 45¢. Not to mention that the cost of things like voicemail, call display, and text/multimedia messaging (or bundles thereof) have all steadily increased in price. Yet there are no offsets to the number of daytime minutes or included options in light of these price increases. So, based on this alone, I accuse the Canadian Telecommunications industry of collusion and price-fixing and the Government of Canada of turning a blind eye to the plight of Canadians. (more…)
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