Cellphone Plans Got More Expensive This Year: 2015 Wall Report


Canadian mobile wireless prices increased significantly compared to last year — up 8% — according to the latest 2015 Wall Report, commissioned by the CRTC and Industry Canada. Since 2008, when the first study was released, the Canadian basic package cost has increased by 14%. The good news is that other packages — those including average and high call volumes plus a full set of features — dropped by 24%.

In marked contrast, the Level 4 basket price declined, dropping by 11% from roughly $93 to $83. The average price of the Level 5 basket is roughly $107 in Canada; however, since it is new to the study this year, its price cannot be compared to previous years. Average mobile wireless prices were generally found to be lowest in the cities of Winnipeg and Regina.

While the spike in cellphone bills is something Canadians are experiencing on their own, official reports visualize those numbers and put them into perspective by comparing them to cellphone bills issued in other countries. As with such reports, they take different baskets.

For wireless services, for example, Level 1 includes low local and long-distance call volumes; Level 2 comes with average call volumes, two features, and 300 texts per month; Level 3 includes high call volumes plus a full set of features, 1 GB of data, and 300 texts; Level 4 includes unlimited nationwide talk and text, plus 2 GB of data; and Level 5 is the top tier, including 5 GB of data beyond unlimited calls.

The newly released report compares these baskets in six Canadian cities to those in France, Italy, Germany, Japan, the UK, the US, and Australia. The conclusion: Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for wireless services.

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As an example, the basic packages are the most expensive ones, as Canadians pay an average of $37.29, compared to the $22 measured in other countries. Although prices have dropped in the Levels 2 to 5 baskets, Canadians are still paying up to 20% higher bills for the same services compared to other countries.

As you may have already experienced, prices differ in Canadian regions as well: if you happen to live in Regina, you pay lower bills for the same services compared to those living in Vancouver, for example.

New entrants such as Wind Mobile continue to provide affordable plans: the report found a 26% to 50% difference in pricing compared to incumbent players. Maybe it’s time to switch?


  • 1His_Nibs1

    No surprises here.

  • mackman6151

    So you pay 26-50% less for wind, but you get 75% more dead spots (in north York that number is probably closer to 90% lol)…..why pay for a service when you rarely get service.

  • Riddlemethis

    István, István, István. Your credibility and sensibility just dropped many degrees in my eyes for even suggesting or asking that one might want to switch to Wind. Your initial spin, that there is positive news in the plans is outrageous. Maybe it’s time you started working in an entry level position at Robelus instead of writing for iPhone in Canada since you rarely have anything negative to say about Robelus.

  • Are you having a bad day?

    The numbers don’t lie though, for those in good WIND coverage areas, the price is right vs the Big 3.