A new online survey commissioned by Angus Reid last month says the majority of Canadians believe their cellphone plans are too expensive, something we’ve known for a while now. From March 28-31, 2016, a random sample of 1,522 Canadian adults from the Angus Reid Forum answered questions online regarding cellphone prices and a recent decision by the CRTC to essentially block competition by making it harder for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) to operate.
Over 60 percent (61%) of respondents said their cellphone plan was “too expensive”, while only 8 percent said their plan was “a good deal”. As for the recent CRTC decision regarding MVNOs, 61 percent said they “haven’t really hard anything about” it, while 46% believed the CRTC made the wrong decision in stifling MVNO creation. MVNOs would allow companies to buy wholesale wireless rates from incumbents and re-sell to customers for profit, adding competition. The ones that answered good deal probably live in Saskatchewan or Manitoba where they have good deals compared to the rest of Canada. I think the public should insist the CRTC is dissolved and replaced by people who don’t lean on the side of the telecos. LOL, there were actually respondents that said there is too much competition and they have a good deal and people that think there is too much competition, yet they are getting ripped off!


So it looks like it was very dependent on who was answering and what level of outside plan knowledge. It is interesting that the majority in those provinces still considered their plans to be too expensive. Statistics Canada has released their 2013 Residential Telephone Survey which has revealed 21 percent of all Canadian households now use cellphones as their only telephone service.
Young households where all of the members are under 35 years of age have the highest percent of exclusive cellphone use, at 60 percent in 2013—up from 39 percent in 2010 and 26 percent in 2008. Compare this to households composed of those 55 and older, where exclusive cellphone was at 6 percent in 2013—up slightly from 2 percent in 2008.
More than one in five households in Canada have cell phones as their only form of telephone service. VoIP use from internet providers remains rare, with 3% of households reporting use in 2013. However, companies wanting to start their own networks are unable to offer this, as the CRTC concluded “it would not be appropriate to mandate wholesale mobile virtual network operator access services,” but rather rely on “market forces” to drive a competitive market.


Sure I’d like cheaper, but it sure beats the current offerings that seem to spiral upwards of $120 to get even 5gb! Traditional landline continues to decline, with the share of households using them dropping from 66% in 2010 to 56% in 2013. Coupled with a $10 cellphone package for times we are mobile and need a second cellphone we feel we are still ahead financially. Just because this plan is no longer available and the other data plans are even more expensive doesn’t mean their plan is a good deal.




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