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Reasonable Internet Package in GTA?

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Reasonable Internet Package in GTA?

I'm currently with Fido, sign-up with them last year on Sept 30, 2020 for their 150 MBPS Internet package at $45/month + one time $150 gift card as a sign-up bonus.

The discount is ending after 12 month (this Sept) and the price would be $85 - 35 discount (after chatting with the rep) = $50/month for the 150 MBPS package.

Is there any better deal?
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Nope. Take it for another 12 months. You may look into Virgin internet.
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I see that Rogers is offering the 500M package + IP Phone for $60/month with 3 years commitment. That's actually not bad.
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HenryC422053 wrote: I see that Rogers is offering the 500M package + IP Phone for $60/month with 3 years commitment. That's actually not bad.
What's the price of the 500 Mbps package?
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audit13 wrote: What's the price of the 500 Mbps package?
$60, it includes a free IP phone service which I don't need
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HenryC422053 wrote: $60, it includes a free IP phone service which I don't need
$60 is a good price in my opinion.
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HenryC422053 wrote: $60, it includes a free IP phone service which I don't need
I think the package might be user address specific. Can you provide the exact link?
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HenryC422053 wrote: I see that Rogers is offering the 500M package + IP Phone for $60/month with 3 years commitment. That's actually not bad.
I was also offered this (responding to a Kijiji ad) though I was told the phone is copper (POTS) and not an IP phone -- not sure if that is actually the case. Also $60 for a three year commitment. I was told it is a "home business" package.

If there wasn't that three-year contract I would jump on it. As it is, I'm wary. I'm also coming from the Fido 150 Mbps $45/mo. package, though I haven't been offered as deep a discount post-September as you have.
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JHW wrote: I was also offered this (responding to a Kijiji ad) though I was told the phone is copper (POTS) and not an IP phone -- not sure if that is actually the case. Also $60 for a three year commitment. I was told it is a "home business" package.

If there wasn't that three-year contract I would jump on it. As it is, I'm wary. I'm also coming from the Fido 150 Mbps $45/mo. package, though I haven't been offered as deep a discount post-September as you have.
Maybe try chatting with the Fido rep and see if they can offer you the $85 - $35 = $50/month discount for the 150 MBPS package. Honestly, I think for most users, the difference between 150 MBPS and 500 MBPS is pretty small.
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HenryC422053 wrote: Maybe try chatting with the Fido rep and see if they can offer you the $85 - $35 = $50/month discount for the 150 MBPS package. Honestly, I think for most users, the difference between 150 MBPS and 500 MBPS is pretty small.
I'll do that. I currently routinely get speeds higher than 150 Mbps with Fido anyway (often close to 275 Mbps). Service is a bit unstable, though -- so I am actually considering Bell as an alternative.
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JHW wrote: I'll do that. I currently routinely get speeds higher than 150 Mbps with Fido anyway (often close to 275 Mbps). Service is a bit unstable, though -- so I am actually considering Bell as an alternative.
what you're seeing is speedboost (whatever marketing term it uses), and it lasts under 1 min. Try downloading MS windows 10 ISOs and you'll see the speed drop back to below 150 after a minute and stay there.
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evilYoda wrote: what you're seeing is speedboost (whatever marketing term it uses), and it lasts under 1 min. Try downloading MS windows 10 ISOs and you'll see the speed drop back to below 150 after a minute and stay there.
That's interesting as I never saw these speed boosts with Carrytel. Guess it's a Fido / Rogers thing.
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HenryC422053 wrote: I see that Rogers is offering the 500M package + IP Phone for $60/month with 3 years commitment. That's actually not bad.
Even without the IP phone that's pretty good. I'm paying $55 for 500Mbps and have to do the renegotiation dance every 12 months which for the past 3 years has taken 2-3 hours of my time each interaction with Rogers chat. In reality Rogers usually gives much higher unadvertised home internet speeds to customers. On wired ethernet I actually get 900Mbps. Years ago I started with 150Mbps but Rogers was actually giving me 320Mbps.
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Mulder and Scully wrote: On wired ethernet I actually get 900Mbps. Years ago I started with 150Mbps but Rogers was actually giving me 320Mbps.
Does Rogers use speed boost on their internet?
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teoconca wrote: Does Rogers use speed boost on their internet?
Rogers advertised they did this with Youtube this several years back. I get faster than my 500MBps on Playstation and Steam game downloads. I don't really do anything else that would saturate my bandwidth.
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Looks like chances of getting anything decent under 50$ is slim. I started a new plan with Rogers couple of years back for 35$/150mbps. Which then changed to 45$/300mbps next year. Right now I am on 60$/300mbps. Lets see if we get better deals around black Friday.
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Also looking for home internet deals in the GTA, anyone has any suggestions? Coming off of a 50/10 service plan so anything with at least those speeds would be acceptable.
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On browsing Kijiji, there are resellers offering the Rogers Ignite 500 Mbps plan with home phone (not sure if IP or copper -- likely the former) for $60 plus tax on a three year contract, and others offering the Bell FTTH 150 Mbps plan with no contract (12 month promotional price) also for $60.

I have had issues with Fido (repackaged Rogers) service fairly regularly for the last year -- short network drops during the day, 15-30 sec each, due to loss of the uplink. It's not a modem issue (has happened with several modems).

For this reason, I'm thinking of trying the Bell package -- the speed is sufficient for me, and anecdotally, people in my neighbourhood seem to have better consistency with Bell.
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$50 + tax is the best Fido will give me, after like 40 mins waiting and being passed between Customer Service then to retentions, I am also on the 150 MBPS Internet package at $45/month + one time $150 gift card as a sign-up bonus plan.

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