I wouldn't be surprised if bell is still charging a $30 equipment rental fee for the telephone itself.
Telephone rental was a part of phone bills for a very long time. And of course you can rent more than one phone. Here in BC I seem to recall about $10 a month being about the highest rental charge per telephone with $3 or so being about the lowest. It depended on what you wanted to rent of course. From the early 90’s on these Heritage Telephones (BC Tel worked with Northern Telecom to design these in a historical sort of look) were the basic rental set in BC at around $3 a month. Below the Heritage is the Signature, Solo and Harmony premium rental phones that I think were in the $5 - $7 a month range and then came the most deluxe for the 1990’s, the Vista phones with Call Display that I think were around $10 a month.
I had all of those phones except the steel blue one. Telus was a bargain then because I remember renting the fancy black one at the bottom during my first year at OCA with bell and the rental charge was about $22 a month because my bill was about $40.
one thing Telco never change during these years..they like to rent us stuff..
old days: renting phones.
now: renting modems.
other than monthly service fees.. they like to knock couple more dollars from us monthly..
My parents have an older plan, they still tagging couple dollars on..
I used to have that too.. upgraded to a newer plan and they finally "include" it in the plan.
The fine art of negotiation. I don't pay anything for any rental equipment.
Optik TV Pick six combo $55
Internet 25 (for good) $4.95
Total $59.95+tax Total discounts $160.05+tax
Previous bill before qualifying for the internet for good program $123.46 including taxes.