Showing posts with label rogers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rogers. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

As the Wind blows-Abandoning Wind as a carrier

As noted in earlier posts, finding a carrier in Canada is difficult given the plans change constantly. In reaction the explosion of smartphone use, carriers have moved away from a UBB like model for calls and texts to a similar model around data use. Calls and texts are now flat rate plans with unlimited use, and data rates are predatory and capped both in use and expense.

I have been using Wind in Alberta for year and it has been at best a mixed experience. Coverage and network speed (3G) are abysmal and embarrassing. Value and price are exceptional with unlimited data, calls and texts. I was betting on Wind being purchased by a bigger player (Videotron) or a new entrant that would immediately expand infrastructure investment and expansion. 

I bet wrong.

Now I am searching for the least exploitative LTE plan I can Bring My Own Device and not pay and arm and a leg.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tales from Telus: The Competition - Wind

Wind Mobile is the real unknown in this comparison. There are some massive caveats that are unavoidable with this service, the largest being that there is literally no coverage outside of major cities. Uncertainty with the financial stability of the company combined with spotty customer service make this a more complicated choice given unlimited data plans and low prices.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Tales from Telus: The Competition - Fido and Koodo

Given that Rogers owns Fido and Telus owns Koodo I don't have high hopes. I do have friends happy with their services though so let's break it down.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tales from Telus: The Competition - Rogers

I hate Rogers. When I used them as a wireless customer and as a cable customer service was uniformly terrible, but that was a long time ago.

However, they might be worth a look.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Tales From Telus: The Competition-Bell

I have not been a Bell customer in decades. As a third party ISP customer Bell has been a thorn in my side for years as they conspire to not provide the legally mandated service levels that is required of them. 

However, they might be worth a look.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tales from Telus: The home team

Given the disgusting current state of price gouging in Canada's wireless market I needed to make a plan and do some research. I knew what I wanted from a provider:

  • Value for money: Call time minutes and texting is meaningless in a world of smartphones. Data would be the only thing that mattered.
  • Network reliability
  • Customer service
  • Ease of use to self manage accounts
I also knew that I would have to eventually buy out of my existing contracts to move my already unlocked phones.

Tales from Telus: a descent into madness

I have been a Telus customer since 1997. I even recently found a rate plan brochure outlining their offerings at a time when the dollar was worth (adjusted for inflation) 36% more than it is today.