Dear Public Mobile,
Like many others on here, I got the text message today informing me that my bill would be going up by $10 per month. You offered a similar deal if I were to switch to Koodo by March 15. But I just auto-renewed for three months a couple days ago, and I have a significant amount of prepaid long-distance minutes in my account. Also, the Koodo plan does not meet my needs, as the data does not roll over from month to month.
I recommended a number of friends to your service and now I am embarassed for having done so. I switched to Public Mobile for the promo plan because, and I quote, you said:
"If you have signed up for the promotional plan, you will be able to keep it after the promo period, as long as you are an active customer. This means that, as long as you are an active customer on this plan, your plan price will remain at $120, even after your initial 90 days. No surprises."
It seems clear that you lied to your customers from the outset. Please consider this message a formal complaint against you and your practices. If you do not contact me with a proposed resolution within a reasonable time (given the switch deadline that you imposed, I consider 48 hours to be reasonable), I will escalate my complaint to the CCTS. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Someone please PDF print this thread before Public Mobile deletes it:
This contains the official message saying the plan will be grandfathered with "no surprises".
This is actually a pretty big deal. The wording which you cited -- which I received too -- is pretty solid. They can weasel, I'm sure -- e.g. argue that the contract is reset with every payment and modified. But it's pretty dishonest if they say "no surprises" which I too remember.
I printed all 11 pages of that post. I will scan and PDF it for everyone to download.
See the link I posted though, the wording there clearly states it is honoured past the intial 90 days, and no exceptions were mentioned. This is false advertising.
Oh wow that is pretty explicit.
A Public Mobile representative clearly stated that publicly - that is going to be hard for Telus to argue in court or before the CCTS.
To add to the case, I would classify this as a bait and switch (due to the specifics that were laid out in the contract and as you specified above).
See here for how this is illegal: http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/03798.html
The “switch” occurs when a salesperson pressures the customer into purchasing a higher‑priced product as a replacement
I would PM a mod with the same wording, screen cap that, then print and snail mail a copy to Telus.
CCTS requires you to attempt a formal resolution before accepting a complaint. IMO a forum post is not sufficient to identify you, without account numbers and particulars.
Can I copy and paste your letter to send to a moderator? To make the complaint formalized. I think everyone should take your letter and send it to PM and Telus!