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#1 jdobbin

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 10:40 AM

http://www.ottawacit...1516/story.html

Canadians are being charged some of the highest cellphone rates among industrialized countries, according to a report released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Tuesday.


The study analyzed data from mobile-phone use in August 2008, breaking down how much the service cost for low, medium and high users.


Canadian users who were classified as mid-range users paid on average a total of $500.63 a year for 780 calls, sending or receiving 600 text messages and eight video messages per year.


I think one of the most common complaints I hear are from people about the cell phone charges.

I am always curious about how some other countries have such reasonable rates.

The auction of bandwidth was said to be something that will drop rates. It doesn't look like it so far.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 05:24 PM

One of the best things I have ever done was get rid of my Blackberry and other cell........bugger to being "available" all the time.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 05:26 PM

One of the best things I have ever done was get rid of my Blackberry and other cell........bugger to being "available" all the time.


I have avoided using them. I know some careers make them essential such a real estate agents, etc.

However, I consider them to be a big timesuck among people who do use them.

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 09:52 AM

I agree on the rates and people become addicted to using them and I only use the "pay as you go" plan. I buy a $100.00 which is good for a year IF you don't use it alot, which I don't, just have it for distance travelling. You kinda wonder what all these people did before cell phones.

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 12:15 PM

For the non-addicited cell phone users out there the Pay as You Go cards are fantastic.

Bell and Rogers offer the card and its good for 1 year, if you run out of minutes you just buy more. I just bought one from Bell and it comes with Call Display and Messaging Services, some cell phone plans charge $6 month just for that!
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Posted 25 November 2010 - 12:24 PM

I hate these things and have avoided them until recently when my work gave me a free phone.

Previously, we used a 'pay as you go' plan at about $10/month. That's plenty of airtime if you avoid calling, which is easy to do. The phones are good for small emergencies and major emergencies. ( I witnessed a fire last week, and - realizing that I actually HAD a phone - was able to call 911 right away.)

For everything else:

- plan ahead
- wait until you get there and use a land line
- if you forgot to ask for something, ask later
- don't sweat it

As an aside - what do people pay for their cells on here ? One friend of mine claimed his family plan cost hundreds !

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 12:37 PM

I hate these things and have avoided them until recently when my work gave me a free phone.



As an aside - what do people pay for their cells on here ? One friend of mine claimed his family plan cost hundreds !


Have to have one.

Probably costs $300-$350 a month. I spend a lot of time on it, especially on weekends and nights answering emails, questions from clients and a whole bunch of other things.

Im actually pretty good at poker now thanks to BB.

BBM is a great tool too !

Very surprised to see the Yanks pay more. Always heard it to be the reverse.

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 07:12 AM

I have a pay as you go, don't use it, I'm phone-a-phobic, I hate talking on phones. The only time I will use one is when I have to for work and it's provided by my employer.

If you believed the advertising they are the ultimate device. For instance, the new ad on tv claims that after using it to watch a movie you'll decide that its the ultimate way to watch a movie. I don't think so. I'd rather watch my 47" high def running through my Klipsch/Denon/Rotel system personally.
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Posted 26 November 2010 - 11:09 AM

Those that have vested interest in cellphones are the same people who had vested interest in the booze trade - in pharma products - in creating laws that enrich only the rich.. so..........................................the reason cell phones bills are so high is because THOSE people controling the industry are old school and treat electronic communication as an enterprise based in addiction - just like alcohol..


Young people and even older folks are now ADDICTED - to out going and incoming electronic communications...seeing we are now mutated in the respect of having artifical devices all but implanted into our heads..Those that control the cell phone market treat us like junkies - all great fortunes usually originate though human weakness and addiction - opium - shelter - food - well....you get my drift - The rate of billing for personal communication is governed by greed based in the manipulation of the poor stupid lonely masses...IN OTHER WORDS - SPEECH IS NO LONGER FREE...IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK...IT'S GOING TO COST YOU YOUR FREEDOM...electronic communications have enslaved not freed mankind.

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 11:39 AM

I pay $70 per month, unlimited everything: data, calls anywhere in US & Canada, texts, etc. It's awesome because, among other things, I can connect my cell phone to my laptop and have full access internet anywhere where there is cell reception. I never thought I really needed a smart phone before either, but it is just so useful once you have one. Figuring out your route to drive somewhere, as you go, with its built in (cell-tower) gps and directions, playing music over Pandora, checking your email at any time, posting on forums while on the bus (haha), etc.

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 03:44 PM

I bought an Iphone from rogers a while back and Iv taken an absolute PRISON RAPING.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 04:31 AM

I was in the US on saturday, and for shits and giggles I went to the Verizon store in the mall to see what their cadillac plan for a blackberry is. For all intents and purposes it is very comparable to MTS and there isn't much difference if any at all. It was 65$ in the brochere for 450 mins +unlimited text and internet. MTS is about 50$ for 300 weekday mins + unlimited text and internet, but its "bundled". To me that's a pretty negligible difference and not worth pissing around.

Looks like I'm eating crow on complaining about Cdn. cell phone rates, the americans get soaked too!
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 05:19 AM

I dunno, to me, $70 per month for complete access to almost all types of electronic communication/information while located anywhere within range of cell towers on the entire continent does not seem unreasonable. I mean, people pay comparable rates for cable TV, just to get a bunch of dumbass programming and ads, or for home internet, which is faster but restricted to being used in one location. Sure it would be nice if prices came down, and they will over time, as price/performance for all information technology progress rapidly, but it's already quite affordable and not out of line with the value you receive for a given price from other subscription services.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 08:51 PM

I dunno, to me, $70 per month for complete access to almost all types of electronic communication/information while located anywhere within range of cell towers on the entire continent does not seem unreasonable.


It is compared to Europe... that's the point. We pay the most in the world.

I only have a cell for work use, and I don't have to pay for it. I don't have one for personal use.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:38 PM

It is compared to Europe... that's the point. We pay the most in the world.

I only have a cell for work use, and I don't have to pay for it. I don't have one for personal use.


Prices of many things differ between North America and Europe, for many different reasons. Gasoline for example is much more expensive in Europe. The cost of living varies greatly between various European countries and the US and Canada. Salaries for different types of jobs are different. Minimum wage is different. Taxation schemes are different.

Why would you expect cell phone rates to be precisely equivalent?

Then there is of course the physical reality of Canadian geography and population, which makes it so that a much greater infrastructure cost to cover vast areas must be recouped from a relatively small number of customers.