Originally Posted by NJBlackBerry
Which right is that? The Right To An Unlocked BlackBerry. I missed that Right when I was in school.
That's not a right.
And you are not being raped. Stop with the melodrama. You are paying too much for service. And you don't have many alternatives. Boo hoo. But it is NOT rape. Another poor choice of words.
Ok you must not have ever had the misfortune of seeing the turn of events here in Canada.
let me break it down for you ...
1. Fido for many many years since 1996 offered unlimited data for $50 CAN/mthly. This meant on GPRS at that time ... on your phone or a data card you can connect as LONG as you want for as many MB/GB per month WITHOUT fear of perceived abuse or being capped. Their WERE the ONLY ones offering this and they were the SMALLEST provider of the four throughout Canada (or BIG 4, MVNO as Canadian based outsellers of wireless services come & go very quickly. To be honest only 5 ever existed).
2. Up until testing in early 2001 and Nov. 1/2(1st was official and major network failures stopped phone reps from selling GSM phones) Fido was the ONLY GSM provider in Canada. Rogers AT&T Wireless were TDMA based until November 2001. Then it was back boned on TDMA until full transition of GSM-core network occured in mid-2002 (I believe).
3. for a BRIEF and I meant only 3mths did Telus Mobility & BELL Mobility offer unlimited data, and quickly removed this offering.
4. historically Rogers NEVER offered large data packages for consumers OR business' until recently. And if a petition of 10000+ strong is what it takes for Rogers to up the 100MB limit for $100 add-on to a voice plan EVEN for BB users ($1/Mbyte? Insane for the information age), and almost 1 yr later to bump up to 200MB for the SAME price, thats NOT a convenience or a bone to chalk up to end users.
5. Rogers gets a windfall approval for buying Fido's GSM network, business and best of all Roaming contracts. This after 4mths of TELUS trying to get approval to purchase Fido and finally gave up ... Rogers got approved in no less than 1mth without a hitch. Full details of the agreement are STILL unknown to the public.
6. After Rogers purchase of Fido, less than 3mths, towers where killed off - due to redundancy - some kept, but that nice unlimited data option ....GONE! Rogers has more users than Fido. You should SEE the asking price for a grandfathered plan on a Fido account that still has the option with the ability to use Rogers EDGE network when that began back in 2005, and now HSDPA for the SAME loot on grandfathered. I saw asking $1000 for a simple $79/mth before taxes account with NO contract. A freaking PRICE PLAN! :O.
7. Fido had the BEST roaming rates, not just in Canada but in the INDUSTRY. Roaming minute billing for ANYWHERE in the USA (not including Hawaii/Alaska) was $0.67CAN yes. Rogers ranged from $0.97/!.97 avg up to over $2.97 depending on the state. Some so bad that if you traveled through State 1 you'd be at 97cents, then into state 2 you'd be at over $2, then third state at .97cents. Worse if you're call began in the second state and continued over into the 3rd state you're STILL at over $2/min. Lets not think about going to Europe. BTW those from the US/Europe on Rogers get much better roaming rates of voice & data usuage. Did those rates drop to near Fido's rates? No! Flat out NO! Their roaming agreements for coverage approved thanks to Fido's established lasting/ongoing contracts.
And like many other providers following a mold, they advertise Happy Meal packages of music, video streaming, channels, bundles. But nothing for A La Cart of just raw data to use as you wish. These days are gone ... looks like that way is starting even on Cingular but there are enough economies of scale (subscribers vs providers wanting a piece of the cheddar)
Now tell me if being RAPED is not the appropriate word? Go take a look at pages & threads at Hofo to see the substantiating of my claims? I even worked at Rogers AT&T as a grunt & got to test the GSM network for free 3mths before launch. I've seen a lot to know what is an inconvenience as apposed to having your dollar raped. Sure its not forcing you, but this is a want that equates to a need in this day and age of ready & obtainable data/information.
Can those of us here go cold Turkey without a blackberry thats been on a BES for 4mths plus? Heck even NO cellphone for 1mth straight?! NJBlackBerry, many ppl such as yourself - most likely - have the luxury of paying a fair market price for uncapped unlimited data. Residents of Canada don't have this luxury and our market climate so to speak doesn't warrant it just yet.