Why does a 5Gig data plan cost $55 in Manitoba, but $94 in Ontario?

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Title says it all.

Ok, because I need to add more info, why does it cost so much for a phone plan for residents of Ontario compared to plans in Manitoba and Saskatchewan?

Why do the flat provinces get the better rates?
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The only answer we get is "just because". Apparently MTS and Sasktel have better rates there. I think it's a huge discrepancy and it shows how marked up the plans are but there's nothing we can do.
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Hey Jonathan just thought of something, since the CRTC has made it so all carriers in Canada have to allow no charge roaming on each others networks now isn't this a null and void excuse from them now? I must be missing something aren't I?
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Paul, do you have a link to that? And does it apply to data as well as to phone service?
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That's not what the CRTC did. They required that the carriers sell roaming minutes to other carriers at the same price as they charge their own customers (likely pay per use rates).

From the Globe and Mail: "The federal government set temporary rates in this year’s budget implementation act, capping wholesale costs at no more than what carriers charge their retail customers."
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Yeap....you are right, it's not a "free for all" as Paul D suggested it.
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Because Manitoba and Saskatchewan have provincial carriers (MTS AND SASKTEL) that the big 3 company's and their flanker brands have to compete with, so more competition mean lower prices. The same situation exists in Quebec with Videotron and in Thunder Bay with TBTel.
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Except that, if you look around Videotron's website, you'll see they're just as greedy as the Big3..... :(
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We could all move to the Prairies too. :-) ....on second thought.....no thanks...don't need -40 in the winter and +40 in the summer. :-)
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I knew there were SaskTel and MB Tel competing in those two provinces. My question was more about how Koodo (or anyone else) thinks it's ok to treat non SK and non MB residents as second class customers. I mean come on, you can have me as a customer at $55, or not at all. Which is the better choice?

And even the overages are higher in the other provinces. $10/GB in MB, $5/250MB (or double the rates in MB) for the rest of the province.
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I disagree. The customer has the last word, through choice of plan. I voted with my wallet.
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Ivan, who is your provider?
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Public Mobile. Still a part of the Telus family. But you don't necessarily have to switch providers to vote with your wallet. You just have to settle for a cheaper plan and use your phone less.
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I'm with Ivan. Wallet speaks first. And I have a cellphone because I like it, not because I "need" it. I have a price threshold set in my mind. On one side is "good value", on the other is "lol, screw that". That threshold line ain't movin'. Once they cross over to the lol zone, phone's gone, simple as that.
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SaskTel and MTS have a large percentage of the customers in their region. Hence competition and Robelus having to have real competitive prices.

In the other areas where Robelus has the large percentage of the customers in their region, it is the other competitors like Wind who need to create competitive prices. However since Wind is not the same quality, Robelus ignores Wind as a Competive threat and leaves their prices high
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All the YADA-YADA-YADA goes into the blender and comes out as C-O-M-P-E-T-I-T-I-O-N. Utilities will charge as much as they can, barring market forces and govt constraints. Cost has nothing to do with it. Make the rules. Customers can take it or leave it.

Thanks to PKP and Videotron in QC. For once, we not being hosed for more than anyone else.
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I'd normally agree. However, in Videotron's case, their pricing says otherwise :/ Not THAT much better than the Big3 (except, maybe, for their roaming options which are better (while still a far cry compared to using a local US sim).
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Might have to look at getting a po box there. ..
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Customer addresses cannot be a PO Box.
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Totally agree. Living in Ontario we get screwed! I still say if a cell company (and don't give me the old line different Areas have different costs etc. As we are not talking about milk. Or groceries. Etc. Things that it cost to transport to us) operates on Canadian land then they should be forced to offer all Canadians the same deal. So end result if you live in Ontario. Basically people like me / us may as well just bend over and take it is more less what I say is happening to us.
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Guys. The cause is competition. WIth out MTS and SaskTel with the Lion's share of the customers in MB and SK, the price would be the same as ON

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