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Koodo Mobile drop Canada-wide calling, separate BYOD and Tab plan pricing Feb 23rd

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Koodo Mobile drop Canada-wide calling, separate BYOD and Tab plan pricing Feb 23rd

“Beginning February 23, Koodo is making changes to its rate plan pricing to provide customers more choice, flexibility, and opportunities to save. For example, new customers choosing a Tab rate plan will get 3GB of data, unlimited Province-wide calling and Canada-wide text starting at $50/month. Customers who bring their own device can save $5 off Tab rate plans, such as 3GB of data for $45/month, which includes unlimited Province-wide calling and Canada-wide text.

“We heard from customers that they wanted more choice and flexibility when selecting specific features, and that Canada-wide calling was not a service everyone needs built into their plans. As a result, we have decided to introduce optional add-on features like unlimited Canada-wide calling and International text for $5 for customers who need it. Nothing will change for existing or renewing customers as long as they keep their current plan.”

from https://mobilesyrup.com/2021/02/18/kood ... -byod-tab/
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Gotta hand it to the carriers on being creative to lower plans as per government direction.

Less is more babyyyyyy!!

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Dhanushan wrote: “Koodo is making changes to its rate plan pricing to provide customers more choice, flexibility, and opportunities to save...
“We heard from customers that they wanted more choice... and that Canada-wide calling was not a service everyone needs built into their plans.
More choice! opportunities to save! Just giving customers what they want..
Wonder what the PPU will be for out-of-province calls... $0.60/min as on the $30 plan?
US/International text on Koodo will also likely be $0.60 per, unless you pay $5/mo for the add-on.
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Dang, my MIL & sis have the best Koodo plans.

$35 / month for 5gb + 5gb addon. This was the PM migration plan + free 5gb addon.

I regret moving off my Koodo Pm plan to a Telus EPP plan.

My main focus is now to lower my monthly rate as much as possible. Only need a bit of data since I have the Walmart AT&T plan....

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Feb 16, 2013
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I wonder if this affects current customers, or if we'll be able to keep our existing plans as-is.
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Ah yes, Canadian telecom offering us "choice". Wouldn't it make more sense to remove the Canada wide calling and drop the plan price if it's really to help us save money. God I hate Telcom in this country.
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Covid has hurt the top and bottom line at all the telecoms. It has strained their ability to keep the annual dividend increase intact. This is the solution.
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Logged in to my wife's Koodo account to maybe change to a cheaper plan before this change takes effect. Some plans now show "unlimited Canada wide calling" while others just show "unlimited calling". So has the change already taken effect?
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Dec 4, 2013
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Next stop will be
in zone unlimited plans,
$5 extra for provincial plans,
$10 extra for Canada wide plan.

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!
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50$. Wow. That's expensive.
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Wait, they heard from their customers that they didn't need Canada wide calling and international text but they didn't hear that people wanted more data for less?

What a load of bull.

It's like we are back in 2010. I guess fido and virgin will follow suit soon.
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alishan9258 wrote: I wonder if this affects current customers, or if we'll be able to keep our existing plans as-is.
+1
This is really all I care about.
Just don't want my plan to go up for no real reason.
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How soon until they go back to 100 minute plans?
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Nothing will change for existing or renewing customers as long as they keep their current plan.”

Yes, a great way to lock in existing customers who need Canadian Wide calling so that they cannot jump ship to another telco.
Like other posters, I believe the other telcos (not competitors) will likely follow.
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So, if Canada-wide calling goes away, that's going to start to be a problem with the 'modern' things and clueless millennials that pretend a phone number is a meaningless 10-digit number.

e.g. DoorDash has a funky system for communication between their clients and their dashers, and I've seen that system use 581 and 587 area codes, along with 226 (which, for Ontario, wouldn't be an issue if you still have provide province-wide calling). Video conferencing services like Zoom will give you, say, 8 dial-in numbers in random order and there's no way to tell it to specify certain locations in Canada higher than others.

Also, if your friends subscribe to the modern 'I don't change my phone number when I move' ideology and have a phone number from half way around the country where their parents lived when they were 14, and you have a province-wide plan, you're now going to have to pay to call them. (Then again, maybe such clueless people only communicate by text in which case it's moot)

That being said, as a grumpy curmudgeon, I kind of approve of this. I'd like to see DoorDash, for example, fix their system so that I get calls from 647 numbers instead of random rate centers in SW Ontario or Alberta or Eastern Quebec, and maybe if Koodo clients start being billed for these calls, it'll force these people to design their systems based on proper PSTN numbering principles?
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Devhux wrote: How soon until they go back to 100 minute plans?
To be closely followed by the return of the system access fee.
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Jul 31, 2008
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Canada-wide calling costs them nothing. It also saves them nothing. In the age of WhatsApp and Zoom, this price gouging is an embarrassment for a company like Telus!
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will888 wrote: Covid has hurt the top and bottom line at all the telecoms. It has strained their ability to keep the annual dividend increase intact. This is the solution.
what? with person meeting less in person you would think telecommunication has expanded, not contracted.
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Feb 16, 2021
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With Public Mobile I get 5GB for $38 / month with Canada wide calling. The deals are out there.

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