Searching the competition for good comparables to use as leverage in your negotiations:
Only you know will know what constitutes a good deal for YOU, as everyone has different needs. You have to be clear on what you really need and want. Only when you are clear on this, will you be able to find good plans to use for comparison and leverage.
Check your records by looking at your last few invoices to know what your actual usage is and verify your needs (day/night/in/outbound/texts/data/LD/etc.). If you have a plan that includes special options like F2F or F2F/R how much do you need it?
Usually the best offer you can find in the market that will meet your needs will be similar to what Fido will offer you. Do not lie about the price another provider can give you; the agents have access to all the plans on the market, they will call your bluff and your deal will be gone. If you use a corporate plan, Fido has no way to confirm them, and if it sounds too good to be true, they won't try very hard to retain you.
New carriers have brought renewed competition to the market with some smaller, generous, and unlimited plan offerings; which may include features that have traditionally cost additional money with established carriers. That's not to say that you will necessarily find YOUR best comparable plan with them. All companies periodically change their offerings, specials come and go, and the market is ever-changing. With newcomers having now entered the market, there's a wider choice of plans than ever.
Yes, there are some great plans out there, with seemingly unlimited everything, -which might seem appealing. Be realistic and ask yourself: ‘could I get by on a smaller cheaper plan?’ Having an unlimited plan might be comforting; but excessive and a waste of money if you don't really need it. You can always present a competitors plan as a comparable to begin negotiations; mentioning you like many of the features included with that plan, then make it clear that this plan is actually excessive to your needs; that you are hoping to get something of SIMILAR VALUE; though, perhaps a bit smaller and cheaper; but with many of those features, if that is the case. Or, if you find something that suits your needs near perfectly at a great price, then use that.
Here is a list of some of the competing carriers’ websites, to help you in your search. Happy Hunting!
http://mobilicity.ca/plans/ (Currently: Toronto; Coming soon: Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver)
http://www.publicmobile.ca/portal/co...lan/plan.xhtml (Currently Toronto, Montreal; Coming soon: the Windsor to Quebec City Corridor)
http://shop.windmobile.ca/ProductCatalog/VoicePlans/ (Currently: Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto/GTA, & Vancouver)
http://www.videotron.com/service/mob...o?lang=ENGLISH (Quebec Only)
Big 3 discount brands:
http://www.chatrwireless.com/web/cha...bel=PlanBrowse (Rogers) If you are considering switching to Chatr or Wind and you see them as equal, go with Wind to support true competition!
http://www.solomobile.ca/Home.aspx (Bell) If you are considering switching to Solo or Wind and you see them as equal, go with Wind to support true competition!
These sites are supposed to compare plans between some of the different carriers; though personally, I didn’t find them very useful. Maybe you’ll have better luck!:
PS: if you have suggestions for other resources that I might add to this list, private message me and I'll update this list. Cheers!