CRTC Action Required for Unlimited Data Plans in Canada: OpenMedia

US-based wireless subscribers now have the option for getting unlimited everything for roughly CAD$90 per month, thanks to T-Mobile’s latest uncarrier offering. Customers will pay $50 for the second and $20 for up to eight additional lines starting September 6, the carrier announced yesterday. By comparison, customers get roughly 2GB of data if they bring their own smartphones to any of the Big 3.

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As you may already know, none of the incumbent players offer unlimited data plans. MTS is the only service provider offering unlimited plans starting at $86.50 per month. That’s likely to end as soon as Bell receives federal approval to acquire the carrier for $3.9 billion.

Of course you may think that what is possible in the US could be possible in Canada as well, and it this case for the incumbents to offer unlimited data plans. However, OpenMedia’s spokesman David Christopher isn’t confident about that, unless the carriers are “helped” by the federal regulator in some way.

“If they can do it down there, then we can surely do this up here,” said OpenMedia spokesman David Christopher. “I do think it will take the CRTC to step in… I don’t think the big telecoms out of the goodness of their heart are going to reveal unlimited data plans,” he told the Financial Post.

There is a catch in T-Mobile’s offering as well, though: the carrier slows down internet speeds from 4G to 2G when customers exceed 26GB of tether their phones. Still, you have a lot to download or to stream until you reach 26GB of data usage per month.

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  • 1His_Nibs1

    The only way this will ever happen in Canada is when pigs fly, Bigfoot is discovered & extraterrestrials finally reveal themselves to the human race. All on the same day.

  • Michal

    you will be able to tell the beginning of this glorious event when hell freezes over

  • It’s Me

    There is a catch in T-Mobile’s offering as well, though: the carrier slows down internet speeds from 4G to 2G when customers exceed 26GB of tether their phones. Still, you have a lot to download or to stream until you reach 26GB of data usage per month.

    Doesn’t sound like much of a catch to me.

  • Tim

    If carriers in Canada were forced to offer truly unlimited data plans (not unlimited and then throttled to 2G speeds when the user hits an invisible cap), they would never make it affordable.

  • johnnygoodface

    Ok for the CRTC to step in, but at reasonnable prices too, not something like 150$/Month

  • Shaun Conway

    About 6 months ago I switched to T-Mobile and I live in Canada. My gf is American so we had the option. It’s been incredible, I pay $120 (USD) and get 10gb of data for each line, and unlimited everything else including free roaming in Canada and 139 other countries if I wished but will most likely never use. This includes T-Mobile “binge-on”. Over the last 20 years I’ve been with every Canadian carrier and so far, this is what I was waiting years for.

  • LadeeDa

    The promise of false hope….why even publish this fantasy?

  • aRhyno

    Meh. We are far away from unlimited. If everyone was streaming over wireless it would suck. All I want is 30-40$ a month for 3-6 gb. I’ll stream at home.

  • Phil French

    I think this plan suites me. It says features must be used “in zone” but when you look at the Pay Per Use charges it looks like only data costs money out-of-zone. From what it looks like I think that means I can go to the United States with this plan and send texts or make phone-calls without incurring any additional fees.

  • chickeee

    doesn’t WIND have “unlimited” data plan in Canada for less $ than this ?

  • You never know, that could happen…

    …now excuse me, back to catching Pokemon

    NOT

  • Joe

    That’s why I ditched my Canadian number and ended up getting att gophone pay as you go, not that it just gives me unlimited talk text and 6 gigs of LTE data with rollover in Canada, us and Mexico.

  • Steve

    How much do you pay per month, and do you get LTE speeds in Canada?

  • Joe

    About 57 American and yes I get LTE using Rogers.

  • Stefan

    Dude. You are overpaying. At the end of the day they still got their 80 bucks from you. Try asking 3gb for $40 and you will see that you will never get it because they want 80 dollars per customer.

    Paying over $50 for a phone is not justified. Even $50 is a lot.

  • Brad Fortin

    This could work out for both customers and the carriers: Keep existing data tiers for limited amounts of unthrottled data (“up to” 300 Mbps) and replace overage rates with unlimited throttled data (“up to” 1 Mbps?).

    If they really want to milk it, send customers a message when they reach their unthrottled data limit which offers the option to buy more unthrottled data or allows them to switch to throttled data.