I have had the same cell phone number and have been with the same cell phone company Rogers since I was 14. I’ve never had any issues with them and have always been treated very well. I guess my 18 year relationship with them made me feel like I didn’t need to read the fine print, which is so unlike me because I usually read everything.
I have two cell phones, one which my company pays for and my personal cell phone. My work cell phone is what I use during the day for work and some personal calls. The company allows us to use the cell phone for personal reasons as long as we don’t abuse it. Since my personal cell is most often used in the evening and on weekends, I began looking for plans that would suit my needs. For years I had a plan that had unlimited weekends and evenings and 150 free minutes during the day. I also had free text messages and voice mail. I have a cheap phone that probably couldn’t handle data, so there was no need for a plan with data. Besides my work cell is a blackberry and I bring my iPad everywhere.
My plan cost $45 including taxes every month. I thought that was a bit much for what I was getting so I checked out their pay as you go plans. They have a $25 per month plan with free evening and weekends and 35 cents a minute for weekday calls. It sounded good, so I got it. What I didn’t realize, because I neglected to read the fine print was that they don’t sell $25 pay as you go minutes you have to buy $30. (What a way to make an extra 5 bucks off of customers) Also, voicemail and text messages are 25 cents each. If my phone is off and someone leaves a message, I am still charged regardless if I check my messages or not. Of course I didn’t realize this until my minutes were finished within a couple of weeks of topping up my phone.
I was honestly better off with my $45 plan. I didn’t have to worry about topping up my phone every month, or about how many people left me messages. I am trying to keep my cell phone budget under $40 including taxes, so I decided to check out the competition to see what else is out there.
Here are a few companies I’ve checked out.
- Unlimited incoming and outgoing calls Canada wide
- Unlimited incoming and outgoing text messages Canada wide (incoming picture messages are free, outgoing are 20 cents/MMS)
- Outgoing U.S text messages are 10 cents/per text
- International text messages are 25 cents/per text
- 100 MB free, overage $5/100MB
- $8 for voice mail
This plan would cost me $37.29 including tax. I do have a few friends with Wind Mobile and they complain about their phone not working in some remote locations which would be a problem for me.
- Unlimited province wide calling
- Unlimited Canadian, U.S, and International text messages(not all countries are included)
- $3 call display
- $5 calling features(call waiting/forwarding and 3 way calling)
- $7 voicemail
- Unlimited email $5
- Unlimited 2G data $10
- Unlimited Canadian long distance $8
- Unlimited U.S long distance $10
- Unlimited local weekend calling, plus unlimited text, picture and video messaging
- 20 cents/minute local anytime rate
- 50 cents per picture attachment
- 50 cents per video attachment
- $2 per MB
- Voicemail $7