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    Freedom recalibrates

    With the new LTE plans, Freedom makes value a priority.

    ..it would be reasonable for subscribers to worry that prices will also become premium, but vice-president of brand and communications Karen Harbin says that won’t be the case.

    "We’re a value brand, I think that’s our niche in the market. I don’t think we have aspirations to go upscale", said Harbin.

    She pointed to the new LTE plan selection as proof — if they had meant to increase their pricing, they could have instituted a two-tier pricing system for 3G versus LTE, but instead they gave all data plans LTE service.
    Freedom Mobile expands its LTE network, adds new LTE roaming partner
    MobileSyrup, April 6
    Last edited by pjw918; 04-11-2017 at 05:49 PM.

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    E&OE
    Last edited by pjw918; 04-12-2017 at 10:38 AM. Reason: Rogers 7GB; formatting; Telus overage

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjw918 View Post

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    the data overages are insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacMan156 View Post
    the data overages are insane.
    Perhaps add another column to indicate what one would pay when roaming within Canada.

    Freedom's customers could incur significant roaming data costs if one left their limited network on anything but their most expensive plan.
    Nexus 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skifan View Post
    Perhaps add another column to indicate what one would pay when roaming within Canada.

    Freedom's customers could incur significant roaming data costs if one left their limited network on anything but their most expensive plan.
    If people roam often, then the $59 Freedom plan that includes roaming fits the bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacMan156 View Post
    the data overages are insane.
    They are also wrong. Telus charges $50/GB for the FIRST 1 GB and then $100/GB thereafter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjw918 View Post

    E&OE

    At the moment I see two options to reasonable pricing without Freedom:

    1) Koodo workaround; and
    2) Get a virtual number from Fongo or the equivalent (and if you have an iphone - sudoapp) and then get a Sask plan.

    The rates for Ontario are a rip off - people just need to work around them

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwandar View Post
    At the moment I see two options to reasonable pricing without Freedom:

    2) Get a virtual number from Fongo or the equivalent (and if you have an iphone - sudoapp) and then get a Sask plan.
    If you go with Fongo, wouldn't you be better off with a cheaper data only tablet plan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtachx View Post
    They are also wrong. Telus charges $50/GB for the FIRST 1 GB and then $100/GB thereafter.
    Well good thing we have that Wireless Code of Conduct...

    E. Bill management
    3. Cap on data overage charges
    A service provider must suspend data overage charges once they reach $50 within a single monthly billing cycle, unless the customer expressly consents to pay additional charges.
    A service provider must provide this cap at no charge. (http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/phone/mobile/codesimpl.htm)
    I don't like their pricing practices and it's clearly being used in conjunction with the WCC to manipulate and extort more money from their customers. I feel like it even kind of go against the WCC as at the time of the introduction of the rule, Data overages were priced a lot lower.

    Consumers should be outrages and raise concern with the CRTC. Media outlets could also focus on this more if they weren't owned by the very companies doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoneseeker101 View Post
    If people roam often, then the $59 Freedom plan that includes roaming fits the bill.
    Yes, as noted on my earlier response...."their most expensive plan".

    Since the other carriers, noted in the table, have superior coverage with no need to roam, one of their less expensive plans might be a more cost efficient option.

    One should consider also, the number of comments from Freedom users in fringe areas where the shift to roaming is problematic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoneseeker101 View Post
    If you go with Fongo, wouldn't you be better off with a cheaper data only tablet plan?
    Good point! So stuck in the trees, I missed the forest

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjw918 View Post

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    Thanks for the table, but you really should fix the Public Mobile numbers. You've used the 30-day costs but the 90-day plans are much cheaper (and more accurate in demonstrating the PM cost structure). Public should be as follows:

    1 GB - $42 ($40 with auto-pay)
    2 GB - $45 ($43 with auto-pay)
    4 GB - $67 ($65 with auto-pay)

    Freedom's entry should also indicate that the minutes and data are only in home zones.

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    Hmmm, so am on Canada $44 plan with 5gb, $10 service credit for stuff like roaming minus $5 for 5 plans. Do I add 3gb data add on for $10 per month giving me 8gb data, us calling, for $49 per month? #nobrainer?
    Lucky Albertan who has five $59 lte plans = $33 each with discounts. And am not moving to new plans without my 1GB data roaming Canada and USA. Love for the Blackberry KEYone

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    I appreciate the table as well pjw918

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