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kav2001c
Mayor / Maire
Status: Brand new

This idea has been posted before (even by myself once) but really needs another look

 

It seems silly that a call originating in Ottawa & terminates in Gatineau is a LOCAL call, yet those on provincial calling plans are unable to do so

 

A provincial long distance plan SHOULD cover a LOCAL call, regardless of what area code is

 

Whether Public makes an exception for those living there or lets anyone in ON dial it (after all with a Province wide long distance plan we can then call Gatineau from ANYWHERE in ON)

 

This issue needs to be resolved; many people make this daily commute and it sounds really weird repeatedly explaining that on a Province wide plan they can dial a city hundreds of kilometres away but can not place a LOCAL call

 

 

63 Comments
stonechucker
Mayor / Maire

Really, the first thing that should be covered in any plan, is the Local calling area.  Ottawa and Gatineau is a great example of two cities side-by-side in different provinces.

 

But what about Lloydminster SK and Lloydminster AB?  I don't live there, but I understand that this town is bisected by the provincal border.  One side of the border is taxed differently than the other, but it's all the same community.

 

The local calling area in this community should most definately be included as the base calling area in any voice package.

 

Lloydminster - Wikipedia

 

kav2001c
Mayor / Maire

@stonechucker although Ottawa - Gatineau will obviously be the most noticeable area there are a couple others (one over in Newfoundland as well as the SK-AB)

 

My issue is a provincial wide calling plan SHOULD support the LOCAL CALLING AREA

And even if they need to whitelist one or two subscribers then so be it

 

srlawren
Retired Oracle / Oracle Retraité

@kav2001c should it, though?  Sorry I'm not trying to be difficult or a jerk, but it's a province-wide calling plan.  The places you mention are not in the same province.  It may not meet your expectations, but I think it does meet the definition of the plan, no?  I have no idea if an exceptions/white list is even possible, that was just speculation.  Sorry I understand the thought process behind the request and the intent is great!  But to me it's a bit like saying "can you completely change the way your defined plans work"?  No offense is intended.

Mark2016
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Yes this is something everyone in border areas needs. Please make this happen and more people will port over on the amazing promotion.

canmike
Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

Since there are so many people in the Ottawa-Gatineau area who commute back and forth every day or at least quite regularly, such an exception would be of great potential benefit for Public Mobile. The traffic between the two cities is much like the traffic between Toronto and Mississauga.

pakmode
Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Agreed.

 

These jurisdicational areas are major pain points for promotions like this....not sure if there's a workaround for PM, but hopefully they can add on Canada Wide calling for a little bit more. 

zmawani
Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

The thing is, I don't really care for Canada-wide calling, I just want to make local calls.

Esq
New in Town / Nouveau en Ville
I just received my SIM cards arrived today and I will be transferring both of the phones in my house over shortly, but this Ottawa-Gatineau thing is going to be very problematic for me. I am a courier by profession and am regularly hopping back and forth across the border.

I totally understand the rationale behind keeping 'Province-wide' true to its name. I would just like a third option (or a much more cost effective add-on) to include local calling.
NDesai
Oracle
Oracle

May be they offer an add-on to cover calls in those 2 provinces. 

pop78
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

I live and work in Ottawa with frequent jaunts across the river. I would love an alternative to the current LD options.

 

However, I don't see how we can ask for what comes down to extended services for free. That just doesn't make good business sence. 

 

What if they provided an add-on that would allow for the addition of an out-of-province city to be excluded from long-distance. So in this case (or the Lloydminster example) something small like $1 a month. Something more extreme, say Ottawa-Edmonton, would be $4 a month.

 

This would then solve the "local" problem, but also give those with out-of-province friends and family another option. And PM would still get something for it.