So is there absolutely no unlimited service where you live?
It's just not imaginable here in the UK that kind of situation. Even those in the sticks can get an unlimited BT service. Might be slow but hey it's unlimited & not TOO expensive.
I can see massive issues on your allowance with children. My family members very often leave the torrent programs etc on overnight without thinking which could rack up a bomb of a bill without even thinking.
Not in Canada. There aren't even any true nationwide providers of mobile or fixed line internet. Some providers operate in several provinces. Some operate in just one province or territory. Yes, most provinces of Canada are many times larger than the UK just in terms of area but it has the effect of limiting competition and seems to be a popular excuse for the high prices. "We had to cover all this area so it costs more!". Probably true to an extent...but it's not like any canadian provider gets anywhere close to covering most of the country.
Bell Canada is probably the closest thing to a "BT" you'd get here but even they only really operate the fixed line services to half of the country.
From what I can tell no major provider in Canada offers any sort of unlimited service. Bell's premier fibre offering is splendid indeed...175Mbit/s symmetrical but you get 300GB usage and, after taxes are added and you do the currency conversion, it'll set you back about 135 quid a month. For something similar to the standard UK pricing...for 30 quid a month you'll get a 15Mbit/s service and 75GB usage.
Go to www.bell.ca
and take a look around. They list all their services and have coverage maps. Note that any price you see, you'll need to add taxes to it. In Ontario, where I live, for example it's an extra 13% on top of the list figure.
I mentioned earlier that I get 6GB data on my phone but that's actually a time limited promo offer. You were given about 3 weeks to sign up for this offer. If you miss the boat you only get the standard options which top out at 3GB of data for $83+tax. I got 6GB for $60+tax
For this 60 dollars note that I don't get the privilege of knowing the number of the person calling me (no caller ID unless you pay), no voicemail and that Canada still operates a rather quaint long distance charging model. So if I call people in the next city over I get charged for it.
Oh...and I also get charged if I answer a call (from the number I don't know) and they happen to be in a different area code.
My fiance and I both have mobile phones with a few hundred minutes, unlimited texting and the 6GB data. Our "turbo hub" 3G internet with 3GB allowance and we also have satellite TV too with a fancy HD PVR which is quite a new and exciting idea here. Seems a bit 2006 to me but they're all loving the advances of technology. All our services are on the same bill. Comes to a shade over $300/month which is about 180 in real money
Thankfully most other things in life tend to work out a little cheaper here to make up for it
House prices are lower, marginal tax rates are lower (as mentioned the version of VAT here is 13% in Ontario) and things like new cars and eating out are less too. I find it hilarious that most Canadians are apoplectic at paying $1.28 for a litre of fuel. (less than 80p)
Edited by orly (Tue 07-Aug-12 03:58:25)