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Come out with an unlimited everything plan for $40-$50 a month like Wind and I'll sign up in a second.
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Chad Burr, Mobile Master

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Did you know that there's a throttle on winds unlimited data speeds after I think 5gb?

Or that you'll pay roaming fees if you wander out of their "Zones"?

I think you'll find Koodo is a better value.
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Better value? For me, definitely as I have a $56 plan with 2 GB data and unlimited nationwide calling and international messaging. For anyone signing up now, not so much.

I have switched to Koodo from Wind. I lost unlimited US calling and unlimited data (who cares about a throttle - it's still useable and you can bump your data to 10 GB for $10, which is how much Koodo charges PER GB on $60+ plans now), but I got to use my 2 GB of data (enough for my needs) everywhere, as opposed to Wind zones. I like to listen to internet radio and frequently travel between London and Kitchener (no Wind zone along route, yet). Could I live without internet radio? Of course, if need be.

Koodo needs to be more competitive with Wind. Wind is more than good enough for most people. Even with my roaming fees, my bill was always $10 less/month on my line than it is with my Koodo (plus I also saved $5 because I had another line). I chose to pay more for a bit less with Koodo for a better network. But I think that Koodo will find that the current prices are well above the premium that most people were willing to pay for a better network.

Interestingly enough, my parents are almost out of their Rogers contract and are fed up with them. They've asked me for my recommendation. I'll make them a short presentation of pros and cons of each new prospective carrier and let them make their own decision.

The truth is, Koodo needs better plans and soon.
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It'll be even better if "better plans" and "soon" come along with "SIM-only" so we can save even more!
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While I agree the plans are in need of a reality check, Koodo's network and lack of roaming fees coupled with Canada Wide calling make it a much better offering.

If you're not a frequent traveler and wind is available then yes I see the value. But the network is just as important.

I'd rather see some mvno initiative up here.
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I'm afraid to ask for anything nowadays... Last time people asked for shorter contracts and larger subsidies (I was not one of them), we got served, and then some more. Maybe the carriers' FUD campaign worked well, I dunno. One thing is sure though: I don't want to see $120-$140/month plans, so I'm not asking for 6GB anymore.
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Subsidies will never go away for the same reason that credit won't. People want things now, not later. Should phones be more expensive on a 2 year contract than on a 3 year contract? Of course. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

There's NO reason for unsubsidized pricing to go up.

There's NO reason for monthly prices to go up (unless it's an added financing fee for a subsidy, but why then did the base prices increase PLUS a financing fee included?).

Don't get me wrong. I love Koodo. I don't plan on leaving. I'm sure that most customers don't, because they have great promo plans. But what about evolving needs? What if my wife decides she wants mobile data? I have no choice but to switch her line to Wind. We'd be paying only $5 more per month for her to be on Wind and me to stay on Koodo and we'd still be able to talk/text without limit to one another due to our particular plans. The original poster expressed a willingness to come to Koodo and pay ~$10 more per month for a superior network, not for Koodo to match Wind's pricing.
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Again, I'll post the idea that Topper had that I agree with. Remove the tab, put the price of the phone on the bill, spread over 2 years.
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I mean, it really can't get much simpler than that! No more confusion for noobs, no more ripping off for BYOD. Perfect world, right? :D
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I would totally embrace the Topper Effect :P.
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My time to rise has finally come!!!!!

(much silence later)...

Oh well... maybe not! lol
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Wind is the perfect example of what NOT to do.
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I can tell you only from my experience with AT&T. Their throttle took unlimited to a place so slow it wasn't even gprs. It was unusable. I have service now with TMOBILE which doesn't have the greatest network BUT their EDGE AND GSM networks are full speed. Their TOS are str8 forward. I get what I'm paying for.
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Not to mention, it'll be a long while before a nation-wide carrier considers Wind a direct competitor:

Population of Canada - approx. 35,000,000

Wind coverage areas total population - approx. 9,900,000

Those other 25,100,000 Canadians don't have Wind as an option.
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"We provide unlimited data" /throttles data

Marcus, their data truly is unlimited. Unlimited speed is not advertised. If you need more than 5 GB per month of un-throttled, you can double that for $10, which still offers a better value. I prefer a throttle after my limit to overage fees, and 5 GB is more than I (and most consumers) need.

"We provided unlimited air time" /roaming fees outside of calling area

What are they exactly misleading about here? No network will give you free, unlimited roaming. The fact that it's cheaper to roam in the US than Canada also speaks volumes about Rogers' pricing. But, they cannot be more clear on their site about roaming costs. In any case, unless you NEED a line for business AND frequent areas outside their zones, they really do offer value. The inferior network/zone argument can only last so long if the incumbents keep raising prices (and perhaps even if they keep them at this level). Just judging by my own friends/acquaintances, I can see Wind gaining popularity (and yes, I acknowledge that my convenience sample is not the gold standard).

Curtules, I estimate Wind covers ~13.8 million Canadians so far (~9.5 ON, ~ 2 AB, ~2.3 BC).

And now it seems like I'm promoting Wind, which I really am not. I want Koodo to get competitive in time. Customers do hold grudges (I certainly hold a grudge against Rogers).
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" they cannot be more clear on their site about roaming costs."
That's debatable. One could argue that if the front page of their website said, in big bold print: "UNLIMITED MINUTES UNLESS YOU LEAVE OUR COVERAGE AREA IN WHICH CASE IT WILL COST YOU $0.20/MINUTE", it would indeed be more clear.
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I think Wind offer fantastic value, the problem is it's not for everyone unfortunately. If you're not in a 'wind' zone, or travel outside of wind zones frequently, Wind isn't an option unfortunately. However, if you are fortune enough to be inside a zone and very rarely travel outside of it, you can't beat the value imo.

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