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Today Bell announced a handful of new unlimited talk and text plans for Canadians. Surprise! They're pretty much identical to the ones we've seen from Rogers, which have coincidentally also gone public today. Here's what you get on Bell starting November 9.

  • $55/month: 1000 minutes, unlimited text and MMS, 200 MB broadband data
  • $65/month: unlimited local talk, unlimited text and MMS, 1 GB broadband data and 10 hours of Bell MobileTV
  • $75/month: unlimited local talk, unlimited text and MMS, 3 GB broadband data and 10 hours of Bell MobileTV
  • $95/month: unlimited Canada-wide talk, unlimited text and MMS, 5 GB broadband data and 10 hours of Bell MobileTV

Rogers, starting today?

  • $55/month: 1000 minutes, unlimited text and MMS, 200 MB data
  • $65/month: unlimited local talk, unlimited text and MMS, 1 GB data
  • $75/month: unlimited local talk, unlimited text and MMS, 3 GB data
  • $95/month: unlimited Canada-wide talk, unlimited text and MMS, 5 GB data

Is it just me, or is there a shocking lack of honest competition between the big carriers in Canada? Now we just have to wait to see if TELUS will follow suit. Update: Aaaaand there it is. Slightly different mix. Includes caller ID, voicemail, and unlimited family calling on all three, but you pay five bucks more.

  • $70/month: unlimited local talk, unlimited text and MMS, 1 GB data
  • $80/month: unlimited local talk, unlimited text and MMS, 3 GB data
  • $100/month: unlimited Canada-wide talk, unlimited text and MMS, 5 GB data

Anyone interested in the new plans can hit up Bell and Rogers, though Bell's plans aren't live yet. Or you can just hold out for another 6 GB/$30 promo, or better yet, switch to WIND or Mobilicity.  

Source: Rogers, Bell

 

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Rogers, TELUS, and Bell announce nearly identical unlimited talk and text plans

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"Is it just me, or is there a shocking lack of honest competition between the big carriers in Canada?"

Well, there's a rhetorical question...

Your system up there is small enough that this might work: government mandated de-regulation of wireless into one open market, meaning voice minutes, SMS, and data must be (individually) priced according to a market that anyone selling the service participates in (like the way the de-regulated electricity or natrual gas market works). The carriers would become just generic sellers of these services, and consumers could come along and buy them direct or buy them from some service reseller. Only then will you have competition. Until then, cartel pricing rules are in effect and you really have no hope of changing that (same problem we have in the US).

I'm waiting for a 6GB for $30 offer, but, the "competition" in Canada is a joke! How is it "competition" when your offering the same services and fees as every other company? I'd gladly join Wind or Mobilicity but their networks don't cover the areas I need. Oh, and still charging an extra fee for voicemail and call display is a joke.

Well, just for arguments sake... Voicemail is extra, but Call Display is standard on all Wind packages. And if you're looking for Voicemail, it comes standard on their current upcoming holiday pricing packages.

Simon can you please edit your article. The word you are looking for is not "coincidentally". The word you are looking for is "collusion".

Those plans are pretty nasty! I was lucky to get one of the 6GB Robbers deals, but, yes, Canadian plans are a complete joke.

And roaming ... only do it if you like burning money - especially on data use. I refuse to buy anything but a phone I can unlock & use with other SIMs for that reason.

"or better yet, switch to WIND or Mobilicity." -- If only it was that easy. WIND / Mobilicity simply don't have the coverage.

I see that the Wind site specifically mentions a $0.20/min rate for "away" talk coverage in Canada, anyone know if there is a data or text charge as well?

I'm on Virgin but I'm very tempted to move over if costs are lower overall.

Yes, there is extra pricing in effect for data and texts when in a "Wind Away" zone. I don't know them offhand, but they do exist, and you should be able to find it rather easily with google.

Right you are, easy to miss it on their page:

Canada/U.S. Rates (WIND Away) - Talk 20¢/min , Text 15¢/text & Data $1/MB

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???
/rant

Sometimes I wish Canada's government tried to protect the consumer from needing KY everytime a large company decides on something new.

None of these plans can compare to my student 55 with telus. 1gb data, my faves 10, unlimited text and 200 minutes of talk time.