Rogers cell phone contract almost over

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    May 05, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    Yay my Rogers cell phone contract is almost over. It will be 3 years of fairly reliable service but it is fairly expensive.

    I am wondering if there are any fellow Canadians with any suggestion for another cell phone company who doesn't charge as much and is still fairly reliable?

    I decided to buy my iPhone 4S at the Apple store so I don't need to sign another contract.

    Or... perhaps I could find a way to lower the price with Rogers by threatening them lol.

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    May 05, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    Have you looked at Virgin Mobile? I hear their rates are decent.
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    May 05, 2012 8:16 PM GMT
    Good luck with not signing a contract. I tried to buy an iPhone to avoid a contract, but was told I'd have to sign a contract even if the phone is paid for.

    That's when I said "fuck it" and went with a Droid on Straight Talk from Wal-Mart. No contract. Yay! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 06, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    Rogers has to be the worst carrier, period. Pick any other carrier, you're likely to get a good deal.

    As Dave says above, Mobilicity has some great plans, and works well if you're sticking to the big cities.

    As it's not their "home turf", Telus offers some competitive plans in Ontario.

    If you feign a connection to an academic institution, 3rd-party sellers of contracts will often enroll you in the very nice "student" plans. These are usually the most competitive plans offered by the carriers that have them.
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    May 06, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    I'm considering going back to Sprint and updating my iPhone to a 4S or a 5 (if one is available be Dec 2012) ... if Sprint still offers unlimited data.

    I'm constantly going into data overages with my AT&T plan.
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    May 06, 2012 1:24 PM GMT
    I do not believe you can use your iphone on mobilicity (or public mobile), correct me if I am wrong but they don't offer the phone because the network runs on an older technology called AWS which is not supported by any of the iphones.

    Im with fido and have been dying to leave as well. My dad recently went with telus and it seemed like they were really flexible, he got a iphone 4S on one contract (vs 2 that fido has me on) the bill just has to be $50 or more. The new ETF's are based on the "economic inducement" (they phone subsidy) so he can quit or get a new phone at anytime by paying them back for the phone. It declines at $10 a month or something. (this is now for all carriers as per new legislation)

    hope this helps
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    May 06, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    Thanks for the input!!

    Moblicity does not support iPhones. I just checked out their FAQ.

    So I guess I'll have to give Telus a try.
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    May 07, 2012 12:46 AM GMT
    I use Sprint Boost, a non contract cell phone service. I'm really happy with it, but I'm not sure about the iPhone. Worth checking out though.....
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    May 07, 2012 2:19 AM GMT
    I've had an iPhone for years and never paid AT&T a cent! I've always had an unlocked iPhone with T-Mobile. I pay 79.95 a month and that includes unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited internet. And they don't charge an extra fee for having an iPhone. Can't beat that.
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    May 07, 2012 2:23 AM GMT
    i've been with rogers for over 10 years and they have been nothing but great to me...i just re-did my contract for a 4s and from what i've told my friends who also have iphones it sounds like i got a good deal
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    May 07, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    I use Chat-r.. CAlling and texting are usually fine.. I heard sometimes people get my texts hours later though... also, I have some internet issues, but that could be because I'm using a rogers-phone for chat-r.. (they own chat-r)
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    May 07, 2012 2:54 AM GMT
    canuckguy74 saidi've been with rogers for over 10 years and they have been nothing but great to me...i just re-did my contract for a 4s and from what i've told my friends who also have iphones it sounds like i got a good deal


    I have been with Rogers for 6 years. Does Rogers give you a special pricing? What do you pay per month? I heard from several people that you can "bargain" your cell phone price down but you have to be aggressive over the phone and that's something that I am not very comfortable doing I have to admit.

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    May 07, 2012 2:58 AM GMT
    xrichx saidHave you looked at Virgin Mobile? I hear their rates are decent.


    Seems like the Virgin Mobile rates are quite decent.
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    May 08, 2012 12:16 AM GMT
    I guess it depends on what you're looking for in a plan. What do you use most? Data? Voice? Texts?

    People can try bargaining the deals down usually through what's called the "Retentions" department, or the area that's supposed to keep customers if they threaten to cancel their contract. I've heard of various stories about extreme discounts and offers given, but I've also heard of people who have abused the system and have had the discounts and offers cancelled. Being with a company may make a difference, but other factors like how much you spend (say, $50/month versus $500/month) and payment frequency (i.e. on-time or late) also play into whether you can swing a deal with any carrier.

    My experience has been that you really need to see what carriers (Rogers, Bell, Wind, etc.) offer. The rate that you pay might be lower than before, but you might actually end up losing because, say, a package that you previously had won't be compatible with what you're getting and you end up paying more. Sometimes, what you're paying now might actually be cheaper in the end versus a perceived deal.

    If you're part of a large company or institution or association (professional, union, etc.), see if there are special rates because of it.

    I've had Rogers now for several years, and I have no issues. Same with Bell before...no issues. Some folks have had bad experiences. It can be the luck of the draw at times.

    paulflexesGood luck with not signing a contract. I tried to buy an iPhone to avoid a contract, but was told I'd have to sign a contract even if the phone is paid for.


    Was that at a carrier's store or an Apple store? I had no issue with buying an iPhone at my local Apple store unlocked and purchased outright.
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    May 08, 2012 12:53 AM GMT


    "I have been with Rogers for 6 years. Does Rogers give you a special pricing? What do you pay per month? I heard from several people that you can "bargain" your cell phone price down but you have to be aggressive over the phone and that's something that I am not very comfortable doing I have to admit."

    I'm paying $50 a month, but thats a low data plan which I'll probably be changing, I also get a discount for being a teacher. I have bargained with them before when I got my blackberry 3 years ago, you have to ask for customer loyalty or appreciation something like that, not customer service loyalty will treat you better and offer you something more =)
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    May 08, 2012 12:58 AM GMT
    I'm with Telus and I pretty much hate them
    Butttt most people with the big three in Canada seem to say that (whether it's Rogers, Bell or Telus)... I've usually heard great things about Wind, Mobilicity, Chatr and Virgin though...
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    May 08, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    I was also with Rogers and found the service just satisfactory. I was paying $55/month and often messages would take 1.5 hrs to reach my inbox in certain areas. This was not acceptable for business when I relied on the service for appointments.

    Telus is overpriced and hated their arrogant customer service with my phone/internet. They will NEVER get my business again.

    I have switched to Kudo and Virgin also offers the same plan. I now pay $45/month for unlimited features and pay as you go data. No contract either and so far I'm very pleased.

    Mobilicity and Wind have terrible reception and you must buy their phones because they are not compatible frequencies with other companies. Great enticing plans but if you don't like the crappy reception you've shelled out a few hundred for a phone that is useless elsewhere.

    Search it, many options are slowly becoming available in Canada. I think the day of the contract is soon ending.
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    May 08, 2012 4:24 AM GMT
    Talk to rogers and tell them you're shopping around - I have a 200 daytime, eve/weekends @ 6, 2500 txts and a 6 gig data plan for $40/month.

    It was a "retention" plan, so you have to "threaten" to leave but you don't have to be aggressive about it - be honest. They know their service is expensive but they like retaining clients.