Archive: August, 2009
Customers share their experiences about the Canadian Wireless Industry. Their faces have been blurred to protect their identities. Lets make a change in the wireless industry together.
You are not alone.
Canadians pay more than Americans for wireless services. Only 65% of Canadians have a cell phone compared to the G8 average of 107%. (USA, France, Japan, UK) In fact, a quick scan of the world’s wireless landscape at the end of 2008 indicates that there are only two countries in the world (Ireland and Norway) that pay more than Canadians for cell phone usage. Canadians pay $60 per month on average while the G8 average is $40 and the world average sits around $25 dollars. Read the rest of this entry »
Understanding contract cancellation fees in Canada
In Canada, many people sign contracts without being fully aware of the fees associated with breaking that contract. These fees can be staggering, in some instances more than $50o if you have a smartphone contract and you cancel within the first year.
So, to shed some light on early cancellation fees or TLCs (Termination Liability Charges) here is the low down on these fees:
For Rogers here are the key items you need to know if you are going to cancel your contract early:
- There is a $20 per month fee for each month remaining on your contract to a max of $400, with a minimum of $100 if you break your contract with less than 5 months. This is called the ECF or Early Cancellation Fee.
- If you purchased a Smartphone, however, you would be required to commit to a data term as well, and the data early cancellation fee (DECF) is $5 for every month remaining to a maximum of $100 or a minimum of $25.
- And to top it off 30 days’ notice is required for every cancellation, so be prepared for another 30 days of charges on your phone bill.
Palm Pre Coming to Canada
You read it right, The Palm Pre is finally set to launch in Canada. Our sources tell us that the Pre will be in stores by September 1st, 2009. The Pre was voted best mobile phone at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show and is perhaps the first real competition for Apple’s iPhone. It comes with a host of features that make it truly worth owning. As a quick recap, it comes with a full slide out Qwerty keyboard, connected calendars and contacts and universal search to name just a few. To learn more about the features of the Palm Pre read my previous blog – The Palm Pre – Is this your next cellphone – Canada?