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Re: Promos are designed for an 8 mos school year
One of the problems is that Bell does not give you an opportunity to pay a higher price to keep the bandwidth. There is no fee you can pay to get 250GB added to your account, that maxes out at 125GB, if memory serves. Your only option is to pay the maxmium overage fee, and hope that Bell never removes it. They've done so in the past; the cap is currently $80, it used to be $50, and before that $30, and they've said during regulatory hearings that they intend to remove it entirely.
So, if your 8 months expires, or you're just a normal schmuck who wants more bandwidth, your bill goes from $34 per month up to $116 per month. That's insane, particularly when other companies will sell you the same speed of DSL service anywhere in Bell's territory for $40 or less.
It's also much less common for university students in Canada to "go away" to university. Six of the ten largest cities in Canada are in the two provinces that are Bell's serving area, and as a result the majority of Bell's customers are near a major university. Some of them in the larger cities, like McGill, are what you'd call an "Ivy League" school if such a thing existed here, despite what The Simpsons might say about it. It's certainly not unheard of for students to move away from home to go to university, but it's uncommon. Most of the students living in residence at Canadian universities (for those schools that even have residences) are from abroad.
As a result, it seems unlikely that Bell would be offering this sale targeting students living away from home for the school year; that's not the norm, certainly not in Quebec, unless you live in a rural area.
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