Data stash, make it happen!

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I was just reading the wireless industry news and I've put my hands on this article : http://9to5mac.com/2014/12/16/tmobile...

“Can you imagine your gas station siphoning unused gas from your car each month? The US (<< read CANADA, it's worse then US IMO) wireless industry is even worse,” said John Legere, president and CEO for T-Mobile. “Americans have been gamed by the carriers into buying huge data plans – all to avoid getting screwed with overage penalties. Only to find out they bought more than they need which is then confiscated by the carrier. For the consumer it’s lose, lose.

The best thing, T-Mobile offers it for FREE! What about some revolution Koodo? Seems like it's the good time, X-mas is coming!

We pay for 1Gb per month right? Then why should we loose it the next month. It doesn't make sense that prepaid users get this, but postpaid don't. What if I leave in vacation for one month and still pay for my phone? I've paid for nothing even if I didn't use it!!!
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Since there are going to be some overages no matter how you juggle the plans, I at least have a suggestion that would keep everyone smiling a little more:

Since we are in a monthly billing cycle, make the overages expire 30 days after you trigger them. If you are forced to spend $10 to buy 10x the data you really need because of a slight overage near the end of the month, whatever's left over should stay in your kitty for at least 30 days after triggering it.

Same thing for the international texting, which dings you $5 for the first one, the next 99 are free unless your billling date makes them expire, and we start the whole thing all over again.
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There are a few prepaid carriers in the US, such as Tracfone, that will sell you minutes/texts and data separately. Buy additional days of service so your stash carries over. Your phone never does a vanishing act as long as you keep your balances up. Any purchase usually gets 30-90 days service tacked on, or you can add 365 days of service for $50. Makes for a good cheap emergency phone.

If something DOES expire, you will get text messages and emails warning to renew within a 7-day grace period without losing the rest of your balances. Everything is prepaid so they need less accounting & billing staff.

Of course, nothing is free. You don't get some call features, such as forwarding, you have to dial an access number for long distance. Data is slow with no roaming possible. Not for the more demanding user. Customer service is located on some non-English speaking planet, but the phones and system are very reliable otherwise.
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Consumer Cellular in the US will allow you to self-serve your plan up or down up to your billing day. So if you've had a data spike, you can move up a notch for the current month, or reduce your requirements in a slow month. Talk time adjustable separately from text/data.

This sounds very consumer friendly, but bumping up a notch is effectively like paying an overage because everything expires on your billing date.

I do like the ability to go down a plan and pay that rate for the whole month, not some pro-rated formula.
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We should carry this idea to many other things. :-) Car insurance (2 months out of the year I don't drive yet I pay full price on insurance), internet use (there are months we are under our limit but pay full price), my metro pass (depends on the month I might not use it every day but can't carry forward) etc. the list goes on.
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Sure, I pay "full price" with my internet for 300 GB per month at 25 Mbps. But they don't count uploads toward that limit. Or off-peak (12am-8am) downloads. And they don't charge me any overage for the first month if I go under my allowance by the same amount the following month. And give me unlimited bandwidth anytime I voluntarily throttle my own speed by 50% (12.5 Mbps is still quite usable).

I don't get into collisions and my insurance goes down. When my wife got into one as an occasional driver, it was forgiven due to my driving record.

You should maybe look for a different ISP or insurance provider :)
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Yeah but :

Insurance : they calculate the exact amount of km you drive and you pay a price annually which is then divided by 12. Therefore you pay monthly, but your "value" has been precalculated.

As for internet use and metro passes, we could apply this but it has nothing to do with cell companies. Same for the insurance. My idea is for carriers and not governments or wtv else you mentionned. Tho, I understand your opinion. Let's just let the US have better deals then us, right? Bring some popcorn and we'll watch!!

We, canadians are going to be the worst country for people who use cellphone

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