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noclue6

join:2012-09-12

[BC] Did anyone else get an extra $3 hike this month?

On extreme I... Really annoying that they do this every 6 months or so. I used to pay $50 for the internet now I pay 70 for the exact same thing. Base rate has been adjusted from $57 to $60. No explanation, not even a token "tis the cost of doing business sir"

Lack of competition!!!


AJ102

join:2005-03-22
Vancouver, BC
Reviews:
·TELUS

3 edits

Yes, my bill has also gone up by $3. As you say, we don't even get the courtesy of a notice of rate increase any more. I'm on the old 7.5 mbps plan, which now shows as $55/month base rate (wow!!). They won't switch me to the newer 10 mbps plan without taking away my discount, and that faster plan is listed as only $50/month, so this is clearly an attempt to force existing customers to give up discounts.

I prefer Shaw to Telus, but maybe it's time to do the switch this year and get these ridiculous rates back under control. I feel like an idiot paying $50/month for the slowest service as an existing customer while Shaw is spraying $10/month offers all over the place for new customers. Time to be a new customer for somebody!

Hmmm. There was a Telus door-to-door salesman here last week and he left me a proposal:
- 15 mbps internet
- Optik TV basic
- no contract (month-to-month)
- free install, free WiFi router
- 3 PVRs
- free HP laptop as a gift

$40/month for the first 6 months, $78/month after

I'm paying Shaw over $100/month (albeit with more TV channels), and they aren't offering me any gifts to stay. And I can't help noticing that I could leave the Telus month-to-month plan and come back to Shaw in 6 months, and I'd be magically transformed into a privileged new customer.


kevinds
Premium
join:2003-05-01
Calgary, AB
kudos:3

Just be sure you are aware,

The no-contract month-to-month, is excluded/waved if you get a free HP laptop.

-Posted from my phone.


tlhIngan

join:2002-07-08
Richmond, BC
kudos:1
reply to noclue6

Yeah, don't sign the contract.

It's not like it's going to be a very GOOD laptop (it's an HP, after all), and given how expensive they are, if you really wanted it, the savings alone would probably pay for it.

Heck, Telus gives you a 500GB limit. On BB50 you get 400GB, and while Telus is slower, if you need the bandwidth and not the speed, it's probably a worthwhile tradeoff. (I don't need 50Mbps - 25Mbps is more than fast enough. However, having 500GB would be much better).



guest 2dew

@shawcable.net
reply to noclue6

yes it looks like we just got rolled into High Speed 25. Bye bye Extreme.



rustydusty

join:2009-09-29
Red Deer, AB
reply to noclue6

High speed 25 and Xtreme is the same plan, just different wording.

25x2.5 and the cap has been adjusted a bit with this plan over the years, as well as the name, but that's it.


crazyshiza

join:2004-08-05
s3d2x3
reply to noclue6

Yes, I also got $3 hike on BB50


spectrum

join:2011-01-14
reply to noclue6

Well, it seems that a number of internet plans just got bumped up by $5.


InfernoSB

join:2005-08-17
New Westminster, BC

1 edit
reply to noclue6

Just went to pay my bill and noticed the hike as well as usual from Shaw. Annoyed they didn't notify me of the rise in charge until I went to manually input the bill payment. From 2008-2012 BB25/X-Treme (which was the current top at the time) has only gone up about $16-18. If you view your payment history, they should've charged the extra $3 in Sept. as well but they didn't cause it shows $60 instead of $57. So yeah... price keeps rising, quality for me is above average with minor disconnects but to what end I wonder? How long will this increment keep going up till? I mean its not like we're getting any faster speeds.



Ah S.Korea... so want to be there... My friend in Sweden only pays around $20 euros for his 100MBit.

*Interesting from Nov-Dec 2011 it was a $3 raise but from May-Jun 2012 it was a $5 raise. Now it's back down to the $3 raise from Oct-Nov 2012.


ravenchilde

join:2011-04-01
kudos:2

said by InfernoSB:

My friend in Sweden only pays around $20 euros for his 100MBit.

Talk to your MP. The Swedish government used heavy subsidies to spur broadband, and they have a lot more people per square kilometer on average since they are a smaller country.

Sweden: 21 people per square KM.
Canada: 3.45 people per square KM.

»internetinnovation.org/factbook/···ssively/

InfernoSB

join:2005-08-17
New Westminster, BC

Nice info there ravenchilde. Thanks for the insight.


ravenchilde

join:2011-04-01
kudos:2

said by InfernoSB:

Nice info there ravenchilde. Thanks for the insight.

It helps to understand why some countries are leading in broadband. Apples and oranges.

zod5000

join:2003-10-21
Victoria, BC
Reviews:
·Shaw

The population per square km isn't always a good comparison. Most of Canada is wide open space with 0 population. 80% of the Canadian population live in the cities. The cities are much denser than 3.45/square km. I don't think including uninhabited lands provides a proper comparison when explaining our population densities.


ravenchilde

join:2011-04-01
kudos:2

said by zod5000:

The population per square km isn't always a good comparison. Most of Canada is wide open space with 0 population. 80% of the Canadian population live in the cities. The cities are much denser than 3.45/square km. I don't think including uninhabited lands provides a proper comparison when explaining our population densities.

That is why there is also a reference to the lack of large government subsidies for broadband in Canada. There is an "AND" statement there.

If you can get the government to subsidize higher speed broadband rollouts, then you're gold. Then again, you'll have to pay for it one way or another: taxes, deficit spending, tariffs, etc.

kevinds
Premium
join:2003-05-01
Calgary, AB
kudos:3
Reviews:
·Shaw

There is/was a large broadband subsidy in Canada.

One of the companies I used to work for in Manitoba got some of it, Xplornet got a lot of it as well.
--
Yes, I am not employed and looking for IT work. Have passport, will travel.


WhosTheBosch

join:2009-12-02
reply to ravenchilde

said by ravenchilde:

said by InfernoSB:

My friend in Sweden only pays around $20 euros for his 100MBit.

Talk to your MP. The Swedish government used heavy subsidies to spur broadband, and they have a lot more people per square kilometer on average since they are a smaller country.

Sweden: 21 people per square KM.
Canada: 3.45 people per square KM.

»internetinnovation.org/factbook/···ssively/

Don't try to pull this bullshit please! I'm sure Sweden's northern most part doesn't have a 21 person per square KM ratio. So why the hell are you counting Baffin Island in the reason why Vancouver and Toronto can't have quality Internet with low prices? I would even make a wager that Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal probably have a similar population than Stockholm.

Also, it doesn't matter that there are distances between major cities in Canada, all that means is they have to have some more fibre between cities. Sweden still has to have fibre between cities, ours is just a bit longer. In addition, it's not like communities with less than 5000 people are going to be served the same level Internet as people in a major centre. Oh, and no one's going to ensure they have the same service as the ISP's are actively trying to ditch any rules ensuring they even give them basic service. There were subsidies in the past but they are no more and shouldn't be involved in any discussion here.

Finally, the majority of Canadian population lives within 300 miles of the US border so please stop using stupid statistics like counting Baffin Island's population and geographic size.

As an FYI if you look back in the late 90's and early 2000's Canada was one of the leading nations with high speed Internet. Once the Telco's and Cable companies got the initial lines laid though they've just been sitting back and drinking up the cash profits.


spock

join:2012-07-08
Reviews:
·TekSavvy DSL
reply to noclue6

said by noclue6:

On extreme I... Really annoying that they do this every 6 months or so. I used to pay $50 for the internet now I pay 70 for the exact same thing. Base rate has been adjusted from $57 to $60. No explanation, not even a token "tis the cost of doing business sir"

Lack of competition!!!

Yes it was a Christmas Present from the Shaw to your family. Merry Christmas.

Check out teksavvy

kevinds
Premium
join:2003-05-01
Calgary, AB
kudos:3

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