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The return of the 25$ plan


A lot of people can live without data plans (that are way too expensive)...

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The current (and only) non-data plan is $29, Julien, not far off your idea 🙂
Sophia wrote:

The current (and only) non-data plan is $29, Julien, not far off your idea :)

4$ on the short term... but after 2 years it makes quite a difference: 4$/month * 12 months * 2 years *1,15 (taxes) = 110,40$ The cheapest plan was 20$ a couple of years ago... I can't believe the cheapest one is 29$ today
Nowadays, WIFI is accessible from a lot of places...
The cheapest plan was 20$ a couple of years ago... I can't believe the cheapest one is 29$ today
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Juliano wrote:

The cheapest plan was 20$ a couple of years ago... I can't believe the cheapest one is 29$ today

Houses, condos were a lot cheaper. too. 🙂 So, was gas. And if you have to actually send a real letter you gonna be paying through the nose this year. Wi-fi is good except it requires you to stay in one place. There is a reason why thy call phones "mobile. All I'm saying that prices for everything tend to go up. I do use data and all of my acquaintances do too. I can tell you that data is cheaper today than it was two years ago.
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Juliano wrote:

The cheapest plan was 20$ a couple of years ago... I can't believe the cheapest one is 29$ today

The difference being that the cost of providing voice services has decreased, so I don't buy the house/gas analogy.
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Juliano wrote:

The cheapest plan was 20$ a couple of years ago... I can't believe the cheapest one is 29$ today

Why would any business be forced to give up increased profits? We live in a free market society let that determine what things should cost. And anyone is free to vote with their wallet.
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Juliano wrote:

The cheapest plan was 20$ a couple of years ago... I can't believe the cheapest one is 29$ today

The issue that isn't really the case as Fido and Virgin offered a near identical plan for the same price. The only other option would be a regional carrier like Wind, Videotron (Quebec only), MTS for Manitoba, Sasktel for Saskatchewan, etc.
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Juliano wrote:

The cheapest plan was 20$ a couple of years ago... I can't believe the cheapest one is 29$ today

As a fellow Quebecer myself, I'd like to say that Videotron is very much as greedy as any of the Big3. Once in a while they have good promos, but don't count on them to make people think twice [i]à la Wind or Mobilicity.
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Juliano wrote:

The cheapest plan was 20$ a couple of years ago... I can't believe the cheapest one is 29$ today

Indeed there is a $20 plan last year, and I'm keeping it now
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Koodo has since introduced prepaid, Julien, for light users. The base plan is $13.50 (if you auto top up) and calls can be as cheap as $0.05 per minute... it could possibly turn out much more affordable than the $29 plan. Check out this spreadsheet http://goo.gl/88DFC and see if you agree, since you seem to like doing some math (and so do I!)
Sophia wrote:

Koodo has since introduced prepaid, Julien, for light users. The base plan is $13.50 (if you auto...

Will I have access to a tab if I use a prepaid plan?
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Sophia wrote:

Koodo has since introduced prepaid, Julien, for light users. The base plan is $13.50 (if you auto...

No, that is only available for regular plans.
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Sophia wrote:

Koodo has since introduced prepaid, Julien, for light users. The base plan is $13.50 (if you auto...

And therein lies the reason plan prices have gone up. Under the old system, after 2 years on a $25 plan you would still owe Koodo $90 for the phone. Under the new CRTC regulations the entire tab must be paid off after no more than 2 years, which means that Koodo's profits drop by $90 over that 2 year period. 25 * 24 = 600 29 * 24 = 696 Net difference: $6 in profit over 2 years, or $0.25/month. I agree, this is based on customers with subsidized phones, but despite what those in the BYOD crowd would like to believe, that still describes the lion's share of Koodo's customers. And you do get twice as many minutes under the $29 plan compared to the old $25 plan, as well as E&W starting at 5 pm instead of 7.
Sophia wrote:

Koodo has since introduced prepaid, Julien, for light users. The base plan is $13.50 (if you auto...

That's a good answer, tks. The best would have been to get that 25$ plan in promotion for Xmast, with as much minutes as the 29$ plan... Ohh well lol
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Sophia wrote:

Koodo has since introduced prepaid, Julien, for light users. The base plan is $13.50 (if you auto...

That was Xmas 2012, not last Xmas since the cheapest plan has actually gone DOWN from $30 minimum to $29. Have you tried doing the math of buying a phone outright, say the Moto G or Nexus 5 directly from Google (both affordable options)? As I said before, on prepaid you could end up cheaper than the $25 plan INCLUDING the phone... depending on your usage. However, if your life depends on unlimited 5pm for example, I'd say just get the $29 plan and buy one Tim Hortons/Starbucks coffee less each month 🙂
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I can personally root for what Sophia says Julien. Many peeps use prepaid now for the sole fact that it makes sense for them, who don't spend an obscene amount of time on their phones. You said it yourself: WiFi is widely available and you can live without a data plan. Which only leaves MMS and voice. Prepaid could potentially be your perfect match!
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

I can personally root for what Sophia says Julien. Many peeps use prepaid now for the sole fact ...

Prepaid gives you no Tab access.
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Some random Mobile Master wrote:

I can personally root for what Sophia says Julien. Many peeps use prepaid now for the sole fact ...

For some people, the prepaid/no_tab combo is desirable, especially for those who would BYOD anyway! It's all in the savings :oP

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