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post #1 of 24
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http://www.canada.com/topics/news/na...b-e04667d34623

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OTTAWA - Cellphone users are about to be hit with new fees as two of Canada's telecommunications giants plan to bring in a levy on incoming text messages.

Bell Mobility will begin charging customers 15 cents per incoming text message on Aug. 8. Telus Mobility is moving to the same billing practice effective Aug. 24. Until now, their pay-per-use customers who send text messages have been charged a 15-cent fee per message, but it hasn't cost anything to receive them.

The pending new charge has sparked outrage on blogs, with customers saying they can't control who sends them messages, especially when spammers obtain their cell number or retailers send them unsolicited messages.
post #2 of 24
There would be uproar here if that started happening. Do you have a good choice of network providers like we do in the UK?
post #3 of 24
I already pay for incoming text messages.
post #4 of 24
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I already pay for incoming text messages.
So would I if I ever got any. Which is why I have all texting blocked. I never use it anyway.
post #5 of 24
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I already pay for incoming text messages.
Really!. How much does it cost you when i send you one?.
post #6 of 24
20 cents, not a big deal.

With everything that has been going on with me the past few months, I went well over on my minutes last month and sent over 100 texts and received over 100 texts. My cell phone bill was over $200.
post #7 of 24
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20 cents, not a big deal.
That's not bad, but still it's not right. Mobile phone networks would go out of business here if that happend

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My cell phone bill was over $200.
* Those aren't all from me everyone!
post #8 of 24
Susan, Canada has the worst cell plans in the world. Our cell phone costs far outstrip any other country. There is a lot of complaining going on but it won't do us a heck of a lot of good until we get some competition here in Canada. Bell and Rogers have the market pretty much sewn up and "dictate" what we will pay.

Personally, I think we should all just shut our phones off, cancel all text messaging plans and let them feel the brunt of losing so much money every month.
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Bell and Rogers have the market pretty much sewn up and "dictate" what we will pay.
This country used to be like that Linda, the gas, electric and phone companies especially but not anymore, theres a lot more competition now with them.
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Personally, I think we should all just shut our phones off, cancel all text messaging plans and let them feel the brunt of losing so much money every month.
I would agree. If people could dig their heels in they would have to change their ideas.
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This country used to be like that Linda, the gas, electric and phone companies especially but not anymore, theres a lot more competition now with them.

I would agree. If people could dig their heels in they would have to change their ideas.
Well, I've made a start - I've cancelled text messaging on both my cell and John's. We both have the cheapest plan since we really only use our cells for emergencies or if we want to ask one or the other to stop somewhere on the way home. Neither of us even get close to the minutes we pay for each month but there is no lesser/cheaper plan we can get. We've bundled them with our home phone and satellite so we pay $20 per month for mine and $15 for John's with the minimum of everything. I can only imagine what some folks pay per month and it just seems such a waste to me.
post #11 of 24
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There would be uproar here if that started happening. Do you have a good choice of network providers like we do in the UK?
I think there is only 3 right now. Two are charging for incoming text messages. According to the article if people don't want to pay for incoming text messages, they can switch to Rogers. But also according to that article, Rogers has an exclusive iPhone contract with Apple and is charging people for monthly plans between $60 and $155.00 per month.

Now that they are the only ones to not charge for incoming text messages, their position to dictate an inflated monthly plan fee has just gotten stronger.
post #12 of 24
I pay 10$ a month for unlimited texting and picture messaging. Looking at my bill, last month I only used about 350 minutes but sent/recieved more than 700 texts. The way people my age communicate is just different I guess.

I know prior to that, it cost 5 cents for incoming and 15 for outgoing, but that's been a while.

FYI! You can turn off all the spamming crap very easily with most providers. You just have to block web-based texts. The spammers use web programs to send mass texts to phone lists. With Verizon all I had to do was change my preferences on a little radio button online. I have never recieved a spam text since, and I was getting a lot before that. It does make it so friends can't send you texts from the free web-based programs either, but meh.
post #13 of 24
We can buy text packages which would keep costs down if one didn't go over the limit, but I just resent being pressured to buy one plan after the other with these bandits.
post #14 of 24
I think what's so disgusting about things like this is that it costs the companies next to NOTHING to provide text messaging to people. They only charge because they CAN.
post #15 of 24
We've never gotten into text messaging, so changes in pricing will have no impact on us. Our cell phone plan is an ancient one (pre- text messaging), long grandfathered, that Telus would love to talk us out of, and have tried several times -- when we bought new phones on two separate occasions in 2005, and a couple of "how are we doing?" calls. But it serves us well, so we'll hang onto it until something better comes along, or we get ticked off at Telus and decide to go to another provider.
post #16 of 24
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I think what's so disgusting about things like this is that it costs the companies next to NOTHING to provide text messaging to people. They only charge because they CAN.
They're charging because it's become popular and they see a way to increase their bottom line. The article pretty much said as much when it talked about how popular texting has gotten.
post #17 of 24
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They're charging because it's become popular and they see a way to increase their bottom line. The article pretty much said as much when it talked about how popular texting has gotten.
Right... but if you do text a whole lot, and buy a package, it isn't that expensive. For example, I paid a cent and a half for each text last month, and if I text more, even less. The lower package is 5$ for 250, so 2 cents each.

The real concern is not that they are charging for texts, but rather charging for texts that people don't want. But like I said before, there's an easy way to prevent that.
post #18 of 24
I hope not...because I text alot also since i hate talking on the phone. In fact, about the only person I talk to on the phone with is my mom.....about everyone else I text.
post #19 of 24
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Well, I've made a start - I've cancelled text messaging on both my cell and John's. We both have the cheapest plan since we really only use our cells for emergencies or if we want to ask one or the other to stop somewhere on the way home. Neither of us even get close to the minutes we pay for each month but there is no lesser/cheaper plan we can get. We've bundled them with our home phone and satellite so we pay $20 per month for mine and $15 for John's with the minimum of everything. I can only imagine what some folks pay per month and it just seems such a waste to me.
Would you be better off with pre-paid cell phones? Or do you have to top them off quarterly/every six months, or risk losing your credit?

Laws have changed in the EU, and now any credit to pre-paid phones doesn't elapse. I try to have at least €30 credit on mine when I'm abroad, and sometimes that means I can go a year or more without topping it off. Calls and text messages are a little bit more expensive than with a monthly plan, but since I use mine so seldom I still save a lot with the pre-paid, and have service all over Europe and North America. An outgoing text message is 19 cents, and there's no charge for incoming ones.

I do have a monthly plan for my "pocket PC"/PDA, which is a €10 (CAD 15.94) flat rate for up to 5 email accounts (including push service) and Internet use, but that's limited to Germany. Calls, IMs and text messages are extra, and more expensive than with my prepaid cell phone, so I just carry both. I'm spending so much less on newspapers, books and magazines for my daily train commute that it's been more than worthwhile.
post #20 of 24
i pay 5 bucks a month for unlimited messages.
minus the ones i do to over seas people which cost me .50
post #21 of 24
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Would you be better off with pre-paid cell phones? Or do you have to top them off quarterly/every six months, or risk losing your credit?

Laws have changed in the EU, and now any credit to pre-paid phones doesn't elapse. I try to have at least €30 credit on mine when I'm abroad, and sometimes that means I can go a year or more without topping it off. Calls and text messages are a little bit more expensive than with a monthly plan, but since I use mine so seldom I still save a lot with the pre-paid, and have service all over Europe and North America. An outgoing text message is 19 cents, and there's no charge for incoming ones.

I do have a monthly plan for my "pocket PC"/PDA, which is a €10 (CAD 15.94) flat rate for up to 5 email accounts (including push service) and Internet use, but that's limited to Germany. Calls, IMs and text messages are extra, and more expensive than with my prepaid cell phone, so I just carry both. I'm spending so much less on newspapers, books and magazines for my daily train commute that it's been more than worthwhile.
I have no idea - I've never looked into it and don't know if it's even available. I think they would probably still charge us a flat monthly fee for using their air waves, plus the cost of the phone alone would probably pay my current plan for a year. Like you, I still have an old phone - a Nokia that you cannot even buy parts for anymore. It still works and I actually prefer it to the really small ones. My hubby got a new one when Bell offered us one for free because he wanted a slimmer one. Well, he hates it and wishes he had the old one back. He's always turning the mute button on by accident and honestly it's just too small for his big fingers.
post #22 of 24
Hubby and I both sit in front of our computers at work a lot, kids are out of the house, so email is the way to go for us - especially since we can't get any cell connection at our house up in the woods.

Our plan is $20 / month for basic cell (60 whenever minutes + 500 weekend minutes) plus $6 / month for T-mobileweb. International roaming charges are $2 / minute, message charges are 15 cents in the US and 35 cents international.

I think service up here stinks and is expensive because we have almost no choice of providers, especially ones that can offer international roaming.
post #23 of 24
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I already pay for incoming text messages.
Same here. I think I only pay for them if I open them though. DH and I have 250 txt messages a month on our plan.

When I had a pay-as-you-go phone, if I didn't open the incoming text, I didn't have to pay. Either way, I pay for them now, so I'm already used to it.
post #24 of 24
I used to pay for incoming text messages on all the previous cell phones I have had. This one I finally really started texting a lot and I added the unlimited texting for like $9.99 or so.
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