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darlicious
Mayor / Maire

Re: [Price Change]: $70 for 15GB, now $60/mo.

@gpixel4 

They want to keep their customers paying a premium for all that glitters..cheap, thrifty, cost conscience, on a budget customers won't pay for the bling so you keep them with the minimum service to meet their basic needs.

 

Then you offer more for those customers who want the frills but by circumstance don't qualify for them at the top end shop so you give them almost what they want for the same price but poorer quality 3G calling vs voLTE or throttled vs unthrottled 4G LTE data.

 

This is why I highly doubt we will ever see the return of the $60 US/Canada plan and for 2019 that was one heck of a deal! The average 8 to 10gb plan at that time w/o unlimited calling was $66. At $60 w/unlimited US/Canada calling/texting and 2gb of US roaming data this was groundbreaking in the mobile industry for Canada. You would be lucky to have that plan at Telus and then they would charge you $10 a day to use it in the US (currently capped at $180.)

 

https://www.whistleout.ca/CellPhones/Guides/canada-phone-plan-pricing

 

The Big Three could literally see the cash flow going out the door as their customers started to learn that they could be on the same network with the same coverage as they migrated south for winter or travelled for business losing $120 to $180 per month per customer that found the greener grass was still in their wallets at the end of the day. 8 hours notice on Rememberance Day 2 years ago and that plan was dead in the water.

 

When I go grocery shopping and a striploin steak is $1 more per pound than hot dogs I'm having steak for dinner. But if all I am offered is hot dogs because the steak is twice the price then I am forced into having hot dogs.....or I spend the money on the steak and use points and coupons and price matching and ride my bike to the store to get the baked potato, sour cream, mushrooms and onions and salad for practically free so I'm not eating hot dogs for dinner. But most people aren't as resourceful as I am so they settle for a dogs dinner.😃

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Re: [Price Change]: $70 for 15GB, now $60/mo.

Korth
Mayor / Maire

Re: [Price Change]: $70 for 15GB, now $60/mo.


@computergeek541 wrote:

I think that whar.customers really want to see is the elimination of the "3g" plans.


@will13am wrote:

This is definitely a step in the right direction.  Upping the speed cap should be the next priority.  It is not a big deal for customers with 1GB plans.  If big gig plans such as this one is in focus, then it pretty rough trying to use this much data at snails pace.


Subscribers who are willing to pay more for more data are also willing to pay more for faster data.

The build-your-own-plan calculator used to offer this sort of versatility. It seems clear that PM didn't really want it around and will not want to bring it back. But I do think it's time for PM to seriously consider offering some "LTE Speed" options for those who want to buy them.

I also think PM should fully support VoLTE calling before they lose more customers to the inevitable network upgrades which are gradually eliminating 3G call compatibility.

 

But then ... suddenly PM plans would be comparable to Koodo plans and Telus plans. So I doubt these things will happen until they are prompted by Lucky.

ameliorate
Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

Re: [Price Change]: $70 for 15GB, now $60/mo.

seems a good deal wait for black friday

softech
Mayor / Maire

Re: [Price Change]: $70 for 15GB, now $60/mo.

agree with @Korth .. PM has been followers within the tier 3.  When both Lucky and Chatr offer better deal, then PM will move on the same day.

 

On the other hand, Lucky and Chatr also have big brothers to follow so they won't easily move as well.. Given that mobile price did not move up since pandemic,  in fact it is moving down, there is really not much room for the Tier 3 little brothers. I guess we won't see significant changes, both prices and features, until they finally turn off the 3G network

Korth
Mayor / Maire

Re: [Price Change]: $70 for 15GB, now $60/mo.


@softech wrote:

agree with @Korth .. PM has been followers within the tier 3.  When both Lucky and Chatr offer better deal, then PM will move on the same day.

 

On the other hand, Lucky and Chatr also have big brothers to follow so they won't easily move as well.. Given that mobile price did not move up since pandemic,  in fact it is moving down, there is really not much room for the Tier 3 little brothers. I guess we won't see significant changes, both prices and features, until they finally turn off the 3G network


Lucky's big brother is Bell. Telus and Bell each dominate certain parts of Canada but lack any presence elsewhere; their network sharing agreement gives their customers access to "the nation's largest network". Many Telus/Koodo/Public subscribers actually rely almost exclusively on Bell's equipment, with nary a Telus tower in their province. Bell's network upgrades have recently begun discarding legacy (3G) support in some areas - this is problematic for Telus because they can't control what Bell does in Bell's turf but they also can't continue providing 3G calling for Telus/Koodo/Public subscribers in the "upgraded" areas.

 

Bell probably doesn't care much about third-tier Telus customers. Not their problem.

But they certainly don't want to lose their own third-tier customers. So if they continue upgrading away from 3G they'll have to give Lucky subscribers access to VoLTE - at no extra charge - at least within the affected calling areas. If/when they do this, Public (and Chatr) will quickly do the same. Maybe the "network sharing" agreement will be expanded to include a "VoLTE sharing" agreement.

Pawprints1986
Town Hero / Héro de la Ville

Re: [Price Change]: $70 for 15GB, now $60/mo.

Nice to see for those who need alot of data. Koodo has post paid 15gb for 70 and faster speed. I guess depending how fast you need it to be, koodo could still be the better option for some.

 

In my case,  reception at home (ground floor of building, next to another building) maybe combined with weather, kills my speed at times more than the actual 3g speed itself. It'd be silly to even ask for lte speed or volte, when I need to keep my phone in wcdma only in order to have a more reliable signal. It'd be nice to see more towers installed, or even strengthened towers for people like my area, especially for when they kill wcdma in a few years 😕

 

Sorry, bit of a tangent lol

dicecube
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: [Price Change]: $70 for 15GB, now $60/mo.

Virgin Mobile is offering $45 for 17gb of 4g LTE for 2 years and it will be $55 after that.

Lehaha
Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: [Price Change]: $70 for 15GB, now $60/mo.

That’s right 

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