I have always been a month to month kinda guy. Can not stand contract. My storm packed in 2 days ago and it was exactly 2 weeks after warranty expired. By the way, I brought my own device. I currently pay $57 for unlimited internet and 200minutes of before 5PM talk time. Also, I have nationwide MY5 and all the other free goodies like VM and CID.
Now, out of a phone I called Telus to see what they could do for me. Their hardware prices are way higher than what I have been purchasing on Craigslist. Anyway, for the first time in my life I had actually considered a contract. I asked them if they could throw in a free 8g iphone 3GS on a 3 year contract, considering they are selling it for $49 on that same 3 year contract. Retentions flatly refused to give me either an iphone or blackberry for free. Was asking them to drop the $49 an unreasonable request when I have never needed a hardware subsidy from them? Also, they told me that by moving to a new phone (HSPA) my plan would be changing and I could be losing some of my freebies. The rep made it clear that it was a take it or leave scenario.
One lesson I learned early in life is that money talks and I should never let anybody **** me around when I am the one spending money. i called the agent's bluff and went to my nearest Windmobile store and got the promo they have whereby unlimited data (and other data plans as well) is half price for the next 12 months. So I am basically paying $17/month for my data. My voice plan is now $45 nationwide for everything.