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Condo Internet & TV deal from Bell too good to be true?

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Condo Internet & TV deal from Bell too good to be true?

I live in an older condo that currently has cable tv from Rogers included in the maintenance fee. It's the VIP channel package and they also give us a non-pvr cable box.

Internet has never been included. Recently I received a memo from my building saying they have struck a deal with Bell to give us TV AND fibre internet for lower then what Rogers was offering for just cable.
Basically it will work out to $40 per unit for fibre internet and tv (included in my maintenance fee) with that amount frozen for 10 years.

Does this seem too good to be true, or am I missing something?

I don't watch a lot of regular tv so I don't really care what channels are included. Has anyone else gone through something similar at their condo with Bell? Thoughts?

Below is a partial snip of the memo I received:

The long term contract that our building has with Rogers, will be expiring in August of 2021. Your board is pleased to announce that after long and arduous deliberation with Bell Canada, our building has procured an amazing agreement with Bell where the package for each unit includes:
  • BOTH Internet and Cable services as part of your Maintenance fees with no increase for 10 years at $40 per unit (The Rogers contract had an increase every year. Current price for cable is $45.67 per unit)
  • FREE internet services will be available for each Resident as of May 2021, as soon as the equipment is installed in each unit in the Spring of 2021.
  • FREE TV services for each Resident as of August 2021
  • Our Building will not be billed until December 2021
  • Pure Fibre to the Suite Network Upgrade at NO COST to the residents.

Once the upgrade is installed, access to the fastest broadband speeds on the market and the “Best in class” TV experience available.
The upgrade in your suite takes approximately 15 – 20 mins per Suite and will be completed within the next few weeks. Management will give notice to each unit accordingly.
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Looks like a sweet deal to me - Bell and Rogers make agreements with Condos all the time. I’m not sure about the particulars in this case and how it compares to other deals they’ve set up, but $40/month and free upgrades?

Seems like a no-brainer to me. Congrats OP and enjoy your new services.
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devilsadvocate wrote: Does this seem too good to be true, or am I missing something?
Condos with decent/semi-decent directors and/or management will negotiate bulk tv/internet deals.
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Warlock wrote: Condos with decent/semi-decent directors and/or management will negotiate bulk tv/internet deals.
And usually get their own service for free as part of those deals for signing the building on, so ask about that one at the next AGM or open meeting. Often that's why these things happen.
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The Canterbury Tail wrote: And usually get their own service for free as part of those deals for signing the building on, so ask about that one at the next AGM or open meeting. Often that's why these things happen.
In this case, it will be incorporated into the monthly maintenance fee so I can't see how the board of directors would benefit individually.
The price just seems to be very low for fibre internet and TV at $40 a month with no increase for 10 yrs.

Supposedly Bell will be providing detailed packages for each resident in the months to come so I will probably have to wait to find out more, but was just wondering if anyone has gone through the same type of thing recently.
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The Canterbury Tail wrote: And usually get their own service for free as part of those deals for signing the building on, so ask about that one at the next AGM or open meeting. Often that's why these things happen.
In our building, the gym got a free TV subscription and the office got a free internet subscription.
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devilsadvocate wrote: In this case, it will be incorporated into the monthly maintenance fee so I can't see how the board of directors would benefit individually.
The price just seems to be very low for fibre internet and TV at $40 a month with no increase for 10 yrs.

Supposedly Bell will be providing detailed packages for each resident in the months to come so I will probably have to wait to find out more, but was just wondering if anyone has gone through the same type of thing recently.
Yeah that's a fair point. For Bell getting a 100% signed in for X hundred units guaranteed for 10 years is worth lowering the price. Even more so if they can get exclusive rights so no one can get something other than Bell.
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I doubt the contract will be for 10 years but 5 is possible.
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I think the whole thing is fishy. $40 for internet and TV is too low IMO, and the 10 yrs without an increase promise makes it even more unbelievable.

I left Bell last year because they are sneaky and always find ways to rip people off through price increases and false promises.

I have a feeling my building is getting snowed some how, but I guess I will have to wait and see what the real deal is.

So far I haven't found anyone else getting a deal even remotely close as this.
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devilsadvocate wrote: I think the whole thing is fishy. $40 for internet and TV is too low IMO, and the 10 yrs without an increase promise makes it even more unbelievable.
I don’t think you have a choice, How I read it, your building is moving to this and ditching Rogers. It is included as part of your maintenance fee.

First, Fibe is amazing. I don’t know what speed you will be getting, but I suspect it will not be too fast. Probably 100 MBps

Second, I suspect you will be getting ALT TV, this is a 15$ TV Package that offers no equipment, you watch TV through a browser or the Fibe TV app. Your account can only be used on two devices at any given time.

As for the 10 year no price increase, well, that is a wait and see. But consider how many units in your building. A guarantee sale for 120 months at 40$ seems pretty good to me. I can take that to the bank every month without worrying about losing a customer.
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Sounds like a great deal, it will most likely be Fibe 10 internet service at half price + Alt TV (which includes Crave). You should advise people in your building to buy FireTV sticks from amazon Oct 13-14 during Prime days sale for watching Alt TV.
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Warlock wrote: Condos with decent/semi-decent directors and/or management will negotiate bulk tv/internet deals.
Not really. To get these bulk deals, everyone will have to agree to it or at min a certain% of people signup

Condo boards shouldn't be advertising any particular vendor. Moreover, lots of providers will approach a Board for access and there's only limited space in the conduits and electrical closets for providers

So by agreeing to say Bell, they may have cut off access to day Beanfield in the future

We got same offer as OP from Bell for one of the condos I'm on Board of but it required everyone to sign on and they wanted the $40/unit guaranteed. Only way to do that will be adding it to condo fees but to add a new amenity/expense to be covered under condo fees required an amendment to the bylaw

It's one thing allowing access to say Bell to install and market in the building (was offered $15/unit), but quite another to sign everyone up and tack it into condo fees and add Internet as common elements
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Ah yes, I completely forgot about Alt TV, that is probably what they will give us. I'm not sure which internet speed package it will be but I've just sent an email to management to see if they can share more details of the agreement.

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