Only Compete When Forced

13 Jan

So as a follow up to my post about the state of the wireless industry in Canada, I thought I would share my experience as a Koodo customer in Ontario.

My Koodo Rate Plan

As you can see from the image above, my rate plan includes the following:

  • Unlimited Canada Wide Calling
  • 3GB of Data
  • Call DIsplay / Voicemail
  • Unlimited Messaging (Picture / Text)
  • Data Overage Rate of $20 per GB

This plan was on sale for $69 back around Black Friday. This plan is now $75 per month.

I’ve seen various ads on Kijiji and the like that offer to get you a $48 plan on several different carriers that includes much more for much less. Here’s what the $48 plan will get you in Manitoba and Saskatchewan:

  • Unlimited Canada Wide Calling
  • 5GB of Data
  • Call Display and Voice Mail
  • Unlimited Messaging (Picture / Text)
  • Data Overage Rate of $10 / GB

Not only are the rate plans lower, but so are the overage charges.

When I approached Koodo about this plan on Twitter, I was told that this plan is only for residents of Manitoba and Saskatchewan because they actually have to compete with Sasktel in those provinces.

Koodo Twitter DM

In other words the only reason rates are so jacked up in other provinces, is because there isn’t a Sasktel forcing them to compete. So they rob everyone else blind unless they actually have to be a real business and compete for your money.

These companies know that the OWN the market in Ontario and other provinces so they don’t do jack for customers because they know damn well no matter which carrier you defect to, you will be paying the same thing for the same services.

This is something our country needs to look at seriously and do something about. We need a real competitor. We need to get rid of these fake competitors and get something real going on in our wireless market!