I followed the saga of forums member TelecomZombie
as best I could over this past summer, and I'm happy to report that his story has a happy ending -- just like the poor Canada Goose
he uses as his avatar here.
Some quick background for non-Canadian readers... If you didn't already know, rate plans for mobile service in this country generally suck. But in some parts of the country they suck considerably less than in others. Case in point, the lucky residents of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Thanks to tbaytel
, a small but feisty service provider there, locals get rates that we in other parts of the country can only dream of.
How do our Big Three carriers respond to this threat? Well, Bell Mobility actually comes pretty close to matching tbaytel's rates, but only in Thunder Bay
. Ditto for Virgin Mobile
So if there was a way for us, the poor unfortunate souls who don't
reside on the western shores of Lake Superior to get 6 GB of data for $60/month instead of, say... double that
, would we be interested? I sure would.
There exists among these forums of way to "game" either Bell or Virgin into giving you service at Thunder Bay rates, even if you don't live there. I won't spell it out for you -- "online account" and "offshore call centre" will be my only hints.
TelecomZombie has a strong connection to Thunder Bay via a blood relative who lives there. He took advantage of Virgin's predatory pricing in the region and suffered because of it. With his help, I've reconstructed this timeline of his plight.