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Smart phone carriers raise contract rates

Canada's three largest wireless providers have raised rates on cell phone contracts

Canada's three largest wireless providers have raised rates on cell phone contracts.

Rogers, Bell, and Telus have all added $5 to monthly prices on new voice and data plans.

The moves happened over the past few weeks and also apply to discount brands like Virgin, Fido, and Koodo.

Existing contracts are not affected.

The change means the so-called 'Big 3' Canadian telecoms now charge at least $80 per month on a new smartphone contract.

Plans with more included data usage can cost up to $165 per month.

E-Commerce lawyer and technology law columnist Michael Geist says while communications companies might attribute the rate increase to "changing market conditions" and new federal wireless regulations, he blames a lack of competition.

"In one sense, they're [raising prices] just because they can get away with it," he says, "until we get more competition in the marketplace, I don't think there's any doubt we'll see fees continue to increase in the future."

Recent additions to the Canadian wireless marketplace, like independent providers Wind Mobile and Mobilicity are facing financial challenges.

Public Mobile recent sold to Telus.

Geist says the government should step in to level the playing field, adding that the established competitors have an unfair advantage in that they can bundle wireless services with other products, like TV and Internet.

Disclosure: Bell Canada is the parent company of NEWSTALK 1010.

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  1. Herry posted on 03/18/2014 08:08 AM
    harper and the corruption party know very well that the three PIGS are corrupt and ARE ripping us off ! harper and the corruption party are doing the same thing; screwing Canadians as much as they can ! In Canada, it appears that corruption is legal, it appears collusion is legal, that stealing is legal, that fraud is legal, etc., etc., etc. The government is doing nothing about it. The crtc is doing nothing about it. The rcmp are doing nothing about it. Canada needs to be vapourized with the biggest nuke the world has ever seen ! I HATE THIS COUNTRY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. John Higgins posted on 03/18/2014 08:25 AM
      @Herry You, Sir, are an idiot!!!
    2. Mark7 posted on 03/18/2014 10:22 AM
      @Herry The corruption party is the FIBERALS.

      I second John Higgins motion, you are an idiot!!!
  2. Starchild posted on 03/18/2014 09:31 AM
    @Herry
    You are absolutely right except for the nuke. There is no doubt that we have the worst goverments ever. These cellphone companies are out of touch. Nobody pays in the world so much for so little they give. The other thing we have to keep in mind that the reason everything is so expensive because the goverments are to costly to keep up. Only communist dictatorships have a government like this. The people in canada being hypnotised by the stupid tv, internet and other gadgets and they are so lasy that even a little thinking is a huge effort.
    P.S. To the censorship comittee of this website: your captha does not make any sense. It is very hard to read it and if this is how you want to keep people off from commenting then might as well just close this website. You are not the only one who can't handle comments....
    1. Mark7 posted on 03/18/2014 10:29 AM
      @Starchild You say we are hyponotized by electronic media. There is an easy solution I have no cell phone, tablet, iphone, blackberry...

      All of this toys are a complete waste of money. Don't be brainwashed into getting one of these silly toys. Dont even mention about the further brainwashed ones who feel compelled to line up to yearly for the latest new phone, etc.
  3. john posted on 03/18/2014 10:52 AM
    lets be clear here .

    first of all the reason why thay got a it this way . is because when that a usa company try ed to walk into the Canadian market was scared off by froudgers ( rogers ) and smell ( bell ) . the cons want competition thay why thay give them shit when bell and rogers tried to use there eatchters bandwidth to make a monopoly .
  4. HP posted on 03/18/2014 11:03 AM
    Canadians need to rebel...in the U.S. they can get a package including premium cable, cell phone, and WiFi for $69.99/month...

    What's wrong with us?
    1. Starchild posted on 03/18/2014 11:13 AM
      @HP There are lots of things wrong with us. We are one of the dumbest nation on the whole world along with US. We should do the same thing what people did in Island back few years ago. Check on youtube because the mainstream media CNN(constant nonsense news) and BBC(bogus broad cast) didn't breg about it.
    2. john posted on 03/25/2014 01:07 PM
      @HP i agree with the rebel part but there is one problum . Canadians have no backbone . if we did we would have to put up with the crap we are being force fed now .
  5. john posted on 03/18/2014 02:27 PM
    i have a rogers prepaid cell . i only put $10 a month it . thay want aneymore thay can go fu%^&%$%$ck themselves take the money out of my account and kiss my ass i am not putting more in untill next month . that how u handle these money sucking leaches .
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