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Cost of basic cellphone service up 16% in a year, full-feature packages down 15%

A 2014 study by Ottawa-based Wall Communications says the average price for the most basic cellphone service with low usage was $35.70 per month.

The price of basic wireless phone service has gone up 16 per cent since last year but other packages with more features have held steady or gone down, according to an annual study commissioned by Industry Canada and the CRTC.

The 2014 study by Ottawa-based Wall Communications says the average price for the most basic cellphone service with low usage was $35.70 per month.

Prices for mid-level packages with average call volumes and more features than the basic packages were unchanged, at about $45.26 per month.

Meanwhile, a third level of service with high call volumes, a full set of features and up to one gigabyte of data usage declined in price by 15 per cent, to about $80 per month from about $94 a month last year.

The pricing of Canadian wireless communications has become a political issue, with the Harper government bringing in a number of policies that it says will increase competition and reduce costs for consumers.

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  1. mary posted on 07/14/2014 07:18 PM
    What is gov. spending on phones? $35? Unlikely, but this should be the limit.
  2. john posted on 07/15/2014 12:49 PM
    yea this is a trick !! i got rogers pay as u go and thay keep trying to con me into a contract but i never bite .
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