Bell Price Hikes Coming to Legacy 6GB Data Plans by $10/Month [u]

Bell has announced to customers on its Billing and Accounts website (which is kind of hard to find) new price increases coming in November 2016, which includes grandfathered 6GB data plans and add-ons.

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The following plans with 6GB of data will be jumping by $10 per month:

  • 6GB of data
  • Add 6GB of shareable data
  • 6GB of data – BlackBerry/Smartphone
  • 6GB of data share for iPad – BlackBerry
  • 6GB of data share for iPad – Smartphone

If you have any of the following data add-ons, you’ll see a $2 per month increase:

  • Data Block
  • Test BB10 Data Block
  • Data blocking in Canada
  • Data block in Canada-Antispam
  • Data Block & Anti-spam

Also, there are price changes coming to the “No Canada to U.S. Long Distance charges” add-on, set to increase by $5 per month.

Bell reiterates to customers it “invests over $3 billion every year to bring you the very best network technology available in the world. In addition to having the largest network in the country, a recent study showed that our network is twice as fast last he leading U.S. service providers and 20 times faster than one of our Canadian competitors.”

As for why prices are increasing? Bell explains “unfortunately the weak Canadian dollar has significantly increased the costs of maintaining our world class network technology.” You buying that explanation?

If there’s one way to get customers to move over to modern day share everything type plans, that’s to increase the price of legacy plans and add-ons. We saw Rogers announce similar price hikes earlier this summer for its legacy plans and iPhone value packs.

Are you going to be affected by these price increases?

Update: According to Virgin on Twitter, looks like these increase could be coming to Members as well:

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  • Parksy

    Still a decent deal, even at $10 more per month. I have a reasonable plan through Rogers and my overage is $15/GB. We’ve been seeing about $60 in overage charges each month but I’m still FAR better to pay the overages than upgrade to a new plan.

  • Lakh Jhajj

    Disgusting.

  • Lakh Jhajj

    Greedy Corps

  • Joe

    Bell is by far the greediest carrier. This is their MO, just like when they invented the System Access Fee. Let’s also not forget when they charged customers a 911 fee even though they didn’t get the service!

    Bell is Canadian for fraud + greed

  • KS

    Damn! Bell is brutal. And with telling their sales team to not promote cheap packages to hiding their Billing and Accounts website, they are deceptive to the core. I’m never going to Bell for any service in the future after hearing all this.

  • Rewarding loyalty to those that have been with them the longest
    /sarc

  • Hey Fido/Rogers – if you do this, even as a decade long (plus) customer, I’m outa here – I’m already generally paying $10/mo for overages on my 6 gig plan as it is (for a total of over $100/month) and another $10 is my breaking point beyond which I WILL switch to Wind with my wife who’s already been there for 2 years after ditching you as well. Even with some roaming when I’m outside their network it’ll still be cheaper.

    Last straw, your move.

  • Michal

    same boat :/

  • Jason

    what’s lost in all this is how we continue to pay more for our plans compared to other countries. they shouldn’t continue to offer us loyalty plans only to take them away later.

  • Matt

    Currently paying $50 a month for unlimited voice and text and 6GB of data with Virgin. I hope the increase doesn’t affect us but even at $60 it’s probably still a decent deal.

  • Jay

    Rogers and Telus won’t be far behind with their Grandfather price increase just FYI Price increase is unavoidable and all providers do it. It’ll be OK life will go on…..

  • rftcrusher

    “but even at $60 it’s probably still a decent deal.”
    You should hang your head in shame for excepting anything Bell has to offer. Sounds more like you surrender easy because you think you have no choice.

  • rftcrusher

    Whats taken you so long, don’t you listen to your wife.

  • rftcrusher

    “they shouldn’t continue to offer us loyalty plans only to take them away later.”
    Class action might help.

  • rftcrusher

    I pay 49.99 for 1Terabyte cap per month, using copper wire. Doesn’t anyone question how they can charge so much when all they do is put up some towers. Look how cheap it is for consumers to hook up over 200 devices on the new wifi routers.

  • Jason

    I remember when I asked a manager about this they responded with “its in our terms and condition that they signed saying we (Bell) have the right to make changes to a plan (Cant remember if it was just month to month postpaid account) with 30days notice.

  • Matt

    Well there is not exactly a whole lot I can do about it. I could switch plans and either pay more and get the same, or pay the same and get less. It wouldn’t help to switch providers since they all collude together and offers basically the same packages. I’d be in the same boat no matter who I’m with. That’s just how it is in the Canadian telecom market.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    This is just a blatant attempt to get rid of all the grandfathered plans.

  • mcfilmmakers

    What do you mean if? Did you even read the artcile? Rogers already has done it!