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Bell?
Posted by Palmer on Apr 20, 2006
I'm sure everyone will have their horror stories about every provider someone suggests, but I had Bell Mobility for three years and I didn't have a problem with it.

I especially wanted it because it was the only provider who provided cell phone service up in Northern Ontario along the highways. Rogers did not at the time and there was no way the smaller companies (like Telus) did.

However, that was three years ago so the coverage map may have changed.

My big issue was coverage, so I would pick a provider, and check out the coverage map for every possible place you may go in a year - like a friend's remote cottage for example.

As for why I left it...I found it was getting too expensive for some reason...I believe it was because I got a girlfriend and was using up way too many minutes talking to her (keep in mind my cellphone was my only phone).

Hope that helps!

Fast Fact: I didn't realize this until 2 weeks ago, but you may dial 911 from any cellphone and be connected, regardless of whether or not you have a plan attached to it. So I just carry my old phone in my car in case of an emergency.

not Fido
Posted by Katie on Apr 20, 2006
I have Fido, pay as you go, and it sucks for coverage. I didn't know there was such a thing as a coverage map.

However, they have been bought out by Rogers now, so the coverage may have improved.....I haven't had to test it out in a while.

The reason? I didn't want to get into a plan because I knew I wouldn't use all my minutes. And I was right.....I have yet to use the full $20 that I put on my phone in a month. I really only use it as an evening weekend thing, because otherwise I'm sitting at my desk at work and you can just call me there. Blegh.

I also have a home phone, so I didn't want to be paying exorbitant costs on both.

Rogers
Posted by kristian on Apr 20, 2006
I have had the couples plan with Rogers for 3 years now...I suppose it's OK. We initially signed up with them for the V.I.P. discount (when you have 3 or more Rogers services, you get a 10% discount on all of them). We now have all Bell stuff (cable, internet, long distance) but I don't think I want to change providers because I don't want to change numbers. I heard a rumor that in the near future we will be able to take our numbers with us when changing companies, but as of yet I will stick with Rogers.

My biggest complaints are with the actual phones...I've had two Motorola phones (little guys, non-flip phones) and the reception sucks and the batteries are TERRIBLE!!! But my hubby has a Motorola V60, an older flip phone, and up until now he has had no troubles. Recently it has been staticy from being dropped one too many times, but really, what can you expect?

Also, in my opinion it's OK to sign up for the contract (esp. to get the cheap phone) because if you're anything like me, you'll want to keep your number anyway.

We pay roughly $75 per month for the two phones (we are signed up for the $35/month plan, but with service fees, extras, etc, that's what you end up with...and we rarely go over our minutes). But we pretty much only talk to each other (we have free weekends and 100 anytime minutes to share). Oh, one thing that is ridiculous is that voice mail is $5/month...reasonable. However, that is the minimal voice mail service that DOESN'T TELL YOU WHEN YOU HAVE A MESSAGE!!!! The next one up, which is $8/month has an indicator so you don't have to randomly guess and/or use up your minutes calling your voice mail to find out if you have a message. In my opinion that is an example of Rogers fucking you, so I have caller ID instead which tells me when I have missed a call.

If I had to do it all over again I might chose Bell because I think there $6.95 service fee is included in the cost of the plan, and maybe more things like voice mail are included?

One note...call waiting is always free with all providers because they are more than happy to charge you for two calls at once.

My experience
Posted by pudding on Apr 23, 2006
Three key suggestions;

1) Never pay for long distance through one of the carriers. You can sign up with a third party (ie. Yak ... www.yak.ca) and pay very low rates - ie $0.035/min compared to $0.25/min with Rogers. I have been with Yak for 2 or 3 years with no problems.

2) Do some research on the phone. Kristian is right. It happened to me too when I had a piece of crap (Motorola C333 or something?) that had to be plugged in to use - so much for mobility.

3) Find out when your evenings start and remember. I still don't know and end up paying a lot when I go over my weekday minute amount.

If you don't want to sign up with a plan you can always buy a phone online and just get a plan with no contract.


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Posted by phduffy on Apr 23, 2006
Are you planning on having a cell phone and a landline, or using it instead of a landline?

I've got a corporate deal with Rogers, and this is the one part of their operation (unlike internet and cable) that has actually been pretty much hassle free. The first phone I got, the Motorola c333 was crap, but the Samsung I have now is fine. I don't have call display, and I think I must have the advanced voicemail, because it tells me when I have a message. And I text message a bit too. And I'm now going to check out pudding's like to that Yak site.

Motorola C333
Posted by kristian on Apr 24, 2006
I had that same bloddy phone and it sucked (battery died daily)...so I called Rogers and told them so. They said that there was a problem with that model of phone and they would be happy to give me a replacement model for free...as long as I extended my contract with them for another 3 years. What the hell option did I have, stick out my contract and have a phone I couldn't use? So I took the C370 (pretty much the same as the first one) and it now sucks as well...I've had it maybe 2 years and I have to charge it every other day, when I only talk on it about 5 minutes per day.

Maybe the lesson here is to actually pay for a phone and don't take the free/cheap one with your contract.

thanks
Posted by cosmicfish on Apr 25, 2006
I think we will just have cell phones, my sister already has one so I don't think we need a land line as well.

You were all very helpful, thanks.