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    2015 Wall Report: Canadian wireless prices 'increased significantly'

    The 2015 Wall Report was released by the CRTC today.

    Price Comparisons of Wireline, Wireless and Internet Services in Canada and with Foreign Jurisdictions
    CRTC, June 18

    Mobile Wireless Service

    Highlights*

    • New entrant (WIND, Mobilicity, Videotron and Eastlink) prices are roughly 25% to 50% lower than the incumbents' Bell, Rogers and TELUS) comparable service plan prices, with the largest prices differences applying in the case of unlimited talk & text and high-usage data plans (i.e., including 2GB or 5GB of data usage per month).
    • As well, incumbent flanker brand (Rogers Fido, Bell Virgin and TELUS Koodo) prices are roughly 10% to 25% lower than the incumbents' primary brand prices, with the smallest differences applying in the case of unlimited talk & text and high-usage data plans.
    • Mobile prices are lowest in the Provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, especially in the case of higher volume talk & text and data service plans.
    • Consistent with findings in recent years, Canada's mobile wireless prices once again rank on the high side of the international group of countries included in the study.
    • Pay-as-you-go and monthly add-on roaming charges for Canadians traveling in the U.S. versus those for Americans traveling in Canada are similar when comparing rates charged by the incumbents in both countries (including AT&T and Verizon in the US), whereas Canadian new entrant and incumbent flanker brand US roaming rates are far lower than those of the incumbents in both countries.

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    2015 Wall Report (PDF)

    Eighth annual price comparison study by Wall Communications dated March 30, released June 18.
    Canadian 2015 price data collected last week of January to last week of February.
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    from the Overview:

    Five service basket levels are considered in the case of mobile wireless services:
    • Level 1 includes low local and long distance call volumes;
    • Level 2 includes average call volumes plus 2 features and 300 texts per month;
    • Level 3 includes high call volumes (but not unlimited) plus a full set of features, 300 texts and 1 GB of data usage per month;
    • Level 4 includes unlimited nationwide talk and text along with 2 GB of data; and
    • Level 5 includes unlimited nationwide talk and text along with 5 GB of data. [new this year]

    Domestic Trends: Canadian Level 1, 2 and 3 mobile wireless service basket prices all increased significantly this year relative to last – i.e., by 4%, 8% and 7%, respectively. In marked contrast, the Level 4 basket price declined, dropping by 11% from roughly $93 to $83. The average price of the Level 5 basket is roughly $107 in Canada; however, since it is new to the study this year, its price cannot be compared to previous years. Average mobile wireless prices were generally found to be lowest in the cities of Winnipeg and Regina.

    4.2 Canadian Mobile Wireless Prices

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    4.3 International Mobile Wireless Service Prices

    In sum, Canada's Level 1 (low usage) mobile wireless service basket price is the highest of the group of foreign jurisdictions included in this study. In the case of the Level 2 to Level 5 service baskets, average Canadian prices are consistently at the upper-end of the group of surveyed countries.

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    take out Japan in level 3, and only the US surpasses Canadian pricing (in 3 of 5 baskets)
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    Comparison of Incumbent and New Entrant Prices

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    Again this year, in Montreal the gap is much smaller than in other cities.
    In Montreal, incumbent pricing is substantially lower than elsewhere on the larger baskets.
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