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InvalidError

join:2008-02-03
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reply to HeadSpinning

Re: Bell 12% POTS Line Increase June 1st

said by HeadSpinning:

Close, but not the same. They knew what they were getting in to when they signed the contract.

You may know what you got into when you signed the original contract but you never know what will happen when you attempt to re-negotiate it with someone who has no obligation to make your life any easier.

I'm guessing part of the reason TSI does not want to increase their transfer limit could be one of Bell's conditions being a $2-3/month (10-15%) rate hike across both new and existing subscribers to mirror this hike. If it originally wasn't, it might be now.


sm5w2
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join:2004-10-13
St Thomas, ON
reply to elitefx
Where / when did Bell announce this increase? I get a paper bill for one of my phone lines, and there is nothing printed on the bill (bill for mid-april to mid-may) that indicates a price increase.

I have two pots lines. One line has call-answer on it. Monthly charges are:

Residence line $26.22
911 emergency service access $0.16
Touch-Tone service $2.80
Call Answer service $10.95

The other line:

Residence line $24.28
911 emergency service access $0.16
Touch-Tone service $2.80

No other services listed for either line, and I've never had / ordered any other services for either line in the past.

Judging by those costs, are those lines still covered by tarrif as far as costs go? I note that I'm paying $2 more for "Residential line" for the first line vs the second - is this because it is not a tarrif'd product?

Is *anyone* in Ontario paying less than $27 from Bell for a basic POTS line at this point (including touch-tone and 911) ?


JCohen
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said by sm5w2:

Is *anyone* in Ontario paying less than $27 from Bell for a basic POTS line at this point (including touch-tone and 911) ?

It's possible that people are but they likely have a contract.

yyzlhr

join:2012-09-03
Scarborough, ON
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said by JCohen:

said by sm5w2:

Is *anyone* in Ontario paying less than $27 from Bell for a basic POTS line at this point (including touch-tone and 911) ?

It's possible that people are but they likely have a contract.

I'm paying about $13 for a basic line with no features. Pricing is good for a year without contract.


zong
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join:2005-07-21
Scarborough, ON
How many other services do you have with them? TV / Internet?

yyzlhr

join:2012-09-03
Scarborough, ON
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said by zong:

How many other services do you have with them? TV / Internet?

Nothing, just POTS.


zong
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join:2005-07-21
Scarborough, ON
Can you post a screen cap of your bill like we did? You're in the scarbz and as am I, yet mine is double.

yyzlhr

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Scarborough, ON
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said by zong:

Can you post a screen cap of your bill like we did? You're in the scarbz and as am I, yet mine is double.

Here is the order summary I received. Don't have access to the online billing portal as I'm not the account holder.

Obviously, what I'm paying is not the regular price. I received an offer from Rogers for a basic landline for $10 a month price locked for 2 years. I called Bell asking what their 30 day notice policy was in regards to porting and they asked me why and I told them about the Rogers offer and this is what they offered me. Even though it was slightly more expensive than Rogers, this gave me the flexibility of not having a contract, but allowed me to buy some time while I evaluate different VoIP options.


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reply to elitefx
Ahhh, got it.

So essentially it's the same price, but on a one year promo. I'm tempted to pull the same thing, but based on what I have seen Bell do in the past - they hit the "home phone" packages first and more frequently with increases.

But, it does annoy me that they can take what should have been or was at one time, a foreborn / regulated service such as "residence line" and just increase it at will as well.


elitefx

join:2011-02-14
London, ON
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reply to sm5w2
said by sm5w2:

Where / when did Bell announce this increase? I get a paper bill for one of my phone lines, and there is nothing printed on the bill (bill for mid-april to mid-may) that indicates a price increase......Is *anyone* in Ontario paying less than $27 from Bell for a basic POTS line at this point (including touch-tone and 911) ?

Just posted price increase link in first post......Apparently Bell is picking and choosing which POTS customers get a $3.05 increase and who gets less of an increase and who gets a zero increase.


sm5w2
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join:2004-10-13
St Thomas, ON
> Just posted price increase link in first post......Apparently Bell
> is picking and choosing which POTS customers get a $3.05
> increase and who gets less of an increase and who gets a zero increase.

Can someone explain these increases?

»www.bell.ca/Residential_services···_updates

Who is paying these $18.xx, $19.xx, $20.xx, $22.xx prices? Are those Promo/contracts prices?

Why am I paying $27.28 and not $27.07? Looks like I'm going to be hit with the $3.05 increase (which pizzes me off).

Who would I have to be, or where would I have to be living, to be paying $27.07?

What is "rate band D2B" ???

What is so special about $27.33 ? Why are so many different rates being increased to that specific new rate?


Jackorama

join:2008-05-23
Kingston, ON
reply to elitefx
I just got my e-bill today and got hit with the price increase. Still no notice that this was going to happen. I checked all my bills and emails, as they usually notify me this way. I also check all the important notices on the online account manager, this is the only notice from April:

Telephone Services
Before doing any work on your property this summer, whether installing a pool, fence, deck or other, it's
important to keep in mind that there may be essential phone, power or gas lines buried. Before you begin
any work, please contact: - In Ontario, visit www.on1call.com or call 1 800 400-2255 - In Québec, visit
www.info-ex.com or call 1 800 663-9228

And I got a notice on the online account manger about how you can do more online. Other than that, there was nothing. I only knew there was going to be an increase because of this topic.

Or I'm psychic, because I cancelled all my Bell services yesterday. They tried to offer me internet for $36 for a year with no contract and free phone for 6 months. I told them it didn't matter because they all go back to full price + increases during that time and the whole point is they are too expensive in the first place. $31.18 + Tax for a basic phone (no extras) that doesn't get used much is ridiculous.

So, as of July 24 I will be Bell free. Instead of paying $106.31 (Tax included) a month for Bell basic phone and internet, I will be paying $69.94 (Tax included) a month for a basic phone and faster with a higher cap internet.
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