I've tried to get a plan that fits my needs without paying for things I don't use. I've been with Fido for nearly seven years. I am stuck using the "rogers" network because the "Bellus" one is so weak at my house it either doesn't connect or drops calls right away. I also live just outside the Vancouver "city" zone by about 5 miles but am in the local calling area.
I need unlimited calling for work and I talk to different people all the time so a buddy plan is out. I use between 400 and 1500 minutes a month depending on what project I'm on. I use 500 to 750 texts and under 100mb of data usually. Long distance is 5-10 minutes if that and all my texts are Canada. Fairly basic needs I think. I use a smartphone (Experia ray) for the apps, games and maps, not steaming video/music etc. If I want to load videos/music/pictures I pop the SD card in the computer.
Fido has offered me: $35 unlimited local calling no zone, $10 unlimited text and flex data, and $10 CID/VM with a $4 credit. Total $51. Still a little steep I think. The thing that burns me is the $10 CID/VM such a ripoff. I'm tempted to dump it. They will subsidize a dumbphone or smartphone "lite" which I don't need and would resell on CL retail value $150.
My current package is the same but with 500mb data fro $65. MTM Comparing to other providers in the discount group I feel it's about $5 high. It's the CID/VM that irks me the most.
$50/- Unlim Talk n Txt CAN/US (Unzoned)
$6/- Caller ID
$5/- International txt
$30/- 6GB BB Data
+ HST = $102.83/- Total
Why does it feel like I'm being ripped off still ?
Miss my call forwarding (Used to be on CityFido - Larger GTA Coverage). No VM
Don't want to be paying more than my Home phone and Internet combined on just one cell line
No one willing to offer me something. . . . anything . . . . .
Should I be expecting any further deals (i.e. discounts/credits on add-on parts) ?
Thanks in advance
p.s. been thinking of jumping ship over to Wind, any pros ? or is it still all cons ?
(Save me, I dont wanna switch)
For example, from Koodo, at straight retail pricing, you would get:
$35 City Koodo, unzoned, unlimited local calling and unlimited international MMS and SMS
$10 CID/VM (assuming they give you this VP, since it also includes unlimited messaging and may be incompatible with the voice plan)
$10 data saver flex data, assuming you are under 100MB ($5 in any months you use less than 25MB)
So, it comes out to $55, which is the same as Fido's retentions offer, before adding the $4 credit to make it $51. The koodo offer is regular retail and includes MMS, so it has more features for the same list price. If you hadn't said Bell coverage was bad in your area, I would have suggested calling koodo to see if they could beat Fido's offer with a take-away offer.
As it is, the offer you received is the best the rep is allowed to give. The $35 unlimited voice plan is not allowed any credits, the VP is only allowed a $4 credit and I assume the flex data is not allowed any data, so they maxed it out for you even if it doesn't seem that way. There was a time you might have been able to get it down further, but current rules prohibit that.
Unlocked iPhone 5, unlocked iPhone 4
Unlimited airtime, Unlimited CAN/US long distance, Unlimited SMS to CAN/US wireless numbers
2500 Call Forwarding minutes to CAN/US numbers
Google Voice for visual voice mail with message transcription, conditional greetings, unlimited messages (vs 35 message cap), remote retrieval from any PC or phone, no auto-purge after 10 days and most importantly no $7-$8 charge.
For VM, with your plan, if you added $3/month conditional call forwarding, you would be able to set up a Google Voice account and use that for your voice mail. It can be configured to send you emails when you get new voice mail, or if you have a smart phone it can notify you immediately through various Google Voice apps. Again, if they have a feature credit, you might be able to get the $3 credited. If not, depending on how many minutes of voicemail you might get in a month, you might consider not adding the CCF option and just paying the pay per use rate of $0.20/minute. If you only get 5 or 10 minutes of VM in a month, then you would only pay $1-$2 for the call forwarding that month.
Wind has lots of pros, most importantly the price. The biggest con would be very limited coverage in most areas, especially outside of larger urban areas resulting in 'zones' (not really zones, since you have access to their entire network, but their network is currentlu segmented into zones physically). But, having said that, if you are in an area where they have decent coverage, a close equivalent to your plan would cost $29 for their Oh Canada plan with unlimited talk, text and data, CID, Call Forwarding + $10 for unlimited US and unlimited international texting ($5 each) + $10 for unlimited US calling, so $49 compared to $91/$94. (and could use Google Voice for unlimited US calling, eliminating the need for the $10 add-on, so as low as $39 really)
Last edited by ceredon; 12-02-2011 at 09:16 PM.
I actually went to Virgin who gave me the same features w/flex data starting at $5 and threw in CID/VM for a year for a base price of $40, $50 after the first year. This is to Joe off the street no retentions. I thought the 7 years I was with Fido the Bellus network would have improved but it was the same as when I was with Telus 7 years ago if not worse and the Virgin phone wouldn't even ring at my house. I know reps are bound by rules but Fido isn't really being competitive. I'll take the deal because I really don't have a choice and hope price fall and I can renegotiate later.
It's like once Wind and Mobi came along they decided, "if we can't be the best value carrier, let's be the worst and see how that goes".
The $30.00/6GB is available only through strict conditions (Someone who add or change a Data Option recently are excluded...by example)
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^ Sorry I meant to say you are a Fido Employee.