Chatr Launches $40 Unlimited Talk, Text, Data Plan for Select Zones

Rogers’ Chatr Mobile has launched a new unlimited voice, text and data plan for select zones only, priced at $40 per month.

The plan is limited to Edmonton, Calgary and the Greater Toronto Area, and offers 1GB of data at 3G speeds. More 3G data speeds can be purchased at the price of $5/2GB and $10/4GB per month.

Do note 3G data is only up to 3Mbps, and once you’ve reached your limit, you’re hit with the fair use policy which caps your speeds…

This plan includes 1GB of 3G Data with download and upload speeds of up to 3Mbps. Usage is subject to our Fair Use Policy. Once you have reached your 3G speed allotment, your data speed will be reduced until your next anniversary date.

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If your in-zone data usage in a month exceeds your 3G data allotment in accordance with your plan, your data usage remains unlimited but data speeds will be reduced from up to 3 Mbps to up to 64 kilobits per second (for both download and upload) until your Anniversary Date.

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If you’re within your zone, you can unlimited local, province-wide and Canada-wide talk, along with outgoing texts to Canada, the U.S. and international. Plans also include voicemail, call display, call waiting, call forwarding and group calling.

Once you leave your zone, however, users are bill at Chatr’s pay-per-use rates. The company’s fine print says “The auto-pay bonus is a great way to cover occasional out-of-zone usage.” Auto-pay is essentially signing up for pre-authorized credit card billing, which will grant you $10 per month for up to eight months, or $80.

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  • pjw

    64 kbps? Is that even useable?

    There may not be overages, but “UNLIMITED DATA!” is a stretch.

  • Michal

    unlimited 1gb of data? nice

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  • KS

    5 GB of 3G data at $50/month is a fair deal for those on budget. We get Rogers’ network.

  • Eluder

    Not really, you get Rogers 3G network which is pretty weak, their LTE network is solid though.

  • RastaMonk

    Chatr = Rogers = Crook.
    Rogers is a scam. 15 Years ago, they tricked me into signing up their package Cable and landline phone (they were reselling Bell then). And then simply charged me all kind of extras … Refusing to deal with unethical company like Rogers, I said goodbye to them and went back to Bell. They tried to extort penalty fees from me. I ignored them. 10 years later I found out they actually used a cheap collection agency to slam a record on my credit profile. I didn’t know that because all the credit card company ignored the record – cos that’s the only negative record and an insignificant amount. I have excellent credit all along.
    Recently, they bought Mobilicity and I was forced to move to Chatr as a result. Legally, they are obliged to maintain the contract I have with Mobilicity. What they did? They disabled MMS service on my phone to try to milk more money from me (they wanted me to subscribe to their exorbitant Data Plan). MMS is part of text messaging, never a part of Data Internet Plan. They agreed I am entitled to it. They admitted the service was deliberately disabled … Basically: “I robbed the feature from you, so what?” Does anyone know what to do with this unethical giant called Rogers (and their associated companies such as Chatr)? I have no clue … Perhaps boycotting them is the only way. Spread the words. People’s Power is the only way.

    Someone suggest Class Action. Forget it. Talk to a lawyer, you will know why? Class action does not work in Canada. Our legal system is originated from the dinosaur English system that does not support Class Action. Why so? In US, anyone can start a class action without worry of costs. In canada, the court will make you pay the costs. And Rogers is a resourceful giant, they will bankrupt you before you even know what is happening? Our governmental system is outdated and corrupted … It basically favours the rich and politically well connected. Rogers is one such entity.

    The existing system is very tolerant & forgiving to those with money. This is another reason why Canada is a paradise for rich white collar criminals.

    Enough said. I think the only solution left is to boycott Rogers and Chatr in this case … People’s Power. Spread the words.