Randy McLean of Brampton, Ont., says he struggles to afford his cellphone bills and worries that plans are only going to get more expensive in the wake of Mobilicity's sale to Rogers. Almost two years ago, Ottawa launched a glitzy $9-million ad campaign to let Canadians know it was fighting for their right to cheaper cellphone prices and more choice. This week, telecom giant Rogers struck a deal to buy cash-strapped Mobilicity, with Industry Canada's approval. Industry Minister James Moore says the deal "is a win for Canadian consumers" because a chunk of freed-up wireless spectrum will go to another struggling competitor, Wind Mobile, to expand its network.
He believes that wireless phone packages should be more affordable, especially for low income Canadians because it's now a necessity of life. Just last week, a new government-commissioned report showed that Canadians are still paying among the highest prices in the industrialized world for cellular service.
Industry Canada spokesperson Jake Enwright says the report "gave very positive news to Canadians" because it confirmed wireless prices are still down about 20 per cent since 2008.

But Bader has hope that the Rogers deal to buy Mobilicity will actually lead to lower prices. Because the deal stipulates that Wind gets a significant new share of the wireless spectrum, he says the carrier can build a better network to compete with the Big Three.
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But he says sometimes his monthly bills have been higher because of extra unplanned charges.
He says a few times he's had to live without a phone for up to two weeks because he ran out of cash to continue his plan. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.

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