October 29, 2012
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The Globe and Mail: How to cut your Internet-phone bill
The big Internet service providers have also cut back on the level of service they provide: A decade ago, Internet plans were unlimited and often included extra features such as music subscriptions and free photo storage. For example, a new Rogers Ultra-Lite customer in 2006 was given an unlimited bandwidth cap. In 2008, that was reduced to a cap of 60GB and in 2010 that cap was reduced to 2GB. The Ultra-Lite package has since been cancelled with new users being forced to buy a more expensive package.
Meanwhile, prices for POTS (plain old telephone service) have continued to increase significantly despite declining usage. In Alberta, Telus will charges $43 a month for home-phone service with three calling features and 300 minutes of North American long distance. In Ontario, Bell charges $58 for a similar plan with five calling features and 500 minutes of long distance.
For consumers in Western Canada, basic high speed Internet and telephone service now costs around $100 a month while households in Ontario pay closer to $130. Up your bandwidth allowance and add some additional calling features and you could be paying close to $200 a month for Internet and landline telephone service. Read more »
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