Your cell phone bill is too high

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Paov,

When the government asked The Big Three to come up with affordable data plans for Canadians — because of the desperate need to do something about our highest-in-the-world mobile bills1 — they came back with data-only plans of 500MB for $30 a month.2

Meanwhile, just this weekend Rogers quietly announced a flash-in-the-pan deal only for new customers in Manitoba for 30GB for $80 (plus Canada-wide calling).3, 4

WHAT IS A FAIR PRICE FOR DATA?

Let’s... do the math: The so-called “affordable plan” is $60 per gigabyte, yet Rogers has just shown they are able to go as low as $2.60 per gigabyte? That’s 23 times less.

This shows us telecoms have the room to move when they want to compete. And, it’s great timing: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is asking Canadians for input on low cost data plans.5

Take two minutes now: Weigh in and write a short comment about what you think a fair option for a lower-cost data plan would be.

We all deserve access to fair Internet prices.

Thanks for acting now,
Katy

Paov,

How much data do you use on your cell phone per month?

I’m going to go out on a limb here, and guess it’s more than 500MB? (That’s not a shot in the dark: The latest stats on Canada’s mobile data habits suggest we use an average of 1.2GB of data a month — up 25 per cent from the year before.1)

Yet, when the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) asked Rogers, Bell, and Telus to suggest affordable data plans, 500MB — for $30 a month (!) with no talk or text included (!) — is what they came back with.2

Now the CRTC wants to know: What do you think about that?

So, let’s tell them. Use our easy tool to submit a comment to the CRTC now. Tell them how high your cell phone bill is now, and how much data you use.

DEMAND A FAIR PRICE FOR DATA

You know that Canadians pay some of the highest cell phone prices in the world,3 and you know if they have it their way, Big Telecom will keep it that way.

The CRTC should be here to protect us all from being gouged every month, but they need to hear from you.

What do you pay for data each month? Do you have enough data, or are you forced to pay high data overage fees? Let’s get your lived experiences on the record.

Share your personal story now and tell the CRTC what an affordable data plan actually looks like.

—Katy, for your OpenMedia team

P.S. We will continue fighting for lower cell phone bills, including continuing to lobby Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains to step in and take action to ensure affordability in our markets. Please consider donating to OpenMedia today to keep up the fight for a free and open Internet.

Footnotes
[1, 8] Why Canadian cell phone bills are among the most expensive on the planet: National Post
[2, 7] Here are Rogers, Telus and Bell’s low-cost data-only plan proposals: r32 If you no longer wish to receive our r46 to unsubscribe.

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