Rogers and Fido Giving Select Customers Free 1-2 GB Data Per Month

On June 3, customers that signed three year contracts before the CRTC’s Wireless Code of Conduct will be allowed to walk away from their agreements without paying cancellation fees (although repaying hardware subsidies will be required).

Why? The Code notes “you can cancel your contract after 2 years with no cancellation fees—even if you have agreed to a longer term.” These eligible customers, coupled with those with expiring contracts this year as well, has the wireless industry deeming them the “double cohort”.

For Rogers and Fido, their plan to make you stick around looks to be in the form of an extra 1GB data or two per month for free, for a maximum of 12 months, according to RedFlagDeals forum members receiving the following text notifications:

Rogers info: Fantastic News! We’ve added 1GB/mo. of extra data on your wireless ***-***-**** at no extra cost. Thank you for being our loyal customer. Enjoy this gift effective May 7,2015, valid only on your current plan until your next device upgrade for a maximum of 12 months. (non-transferrable)

“Hi, it’s Fido: Thanks for being with us! Here’s an extra 1GB of data per month just for you at no extra cost for <xxx-xxx-xxxx>. It’ll start on <end of billing cycle date?>, so enjoy it as long as you have your current plan or until you upgrade your phone, for up to 12 months. Reach us at <fido bitly link going to contacts page>.”

Those receiving these texts are ‘premium’ customers, such as some on the legacy 6GB data plan, paying around $60 or higher per month on wireless services with contracts set to expire or have already expired. Customers that accept the 1GB free gift will most likely stay with the company to use it, versus actively researching a move to a rival carrier.

Last month, a Scotia Capital analyst estimated 2.2 million to 4 million wireless customers will be shopping for new deals come June 3, roughly 10-18% of incumbent postpaid subscribers.

A Rogers spokesperson said at the time “As part of our volume to value shift we’ve proactively focused on migrating customers whose contracts are expiring onto our higher [revenue] Share Everything plans,” part of the company’s revised strategy to attract higher-paying customers while accepting some wireless subscriber losses.

Let us know if you’ve received this promo text from Rogers and Fido, and whether you plan to stay or leave the company once your option to cancel comes up in June.

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  • Nafizur

    i received it as well, but i got offered 2gb.

  • MGSayah

    What plan are you on and how much do you pay per month? I didn’t receive anything.

  • Nafizur

    my current plan:
    Megatime 30$ 500 minutes and evenings and weekend after 6pm
    6gb for 30$
    Enhanced Value package $14 (unlimited texts, visual VM, caller id..)
    50% discount on value package
    $15 monthly discount for life

    Total $58.76 including taxes now with 8GB data

  • Mike

    Nothing here. I’m on the 6GB Superplan (6GB for $60, voice+text incl). My contract expires in January. I find 6GB more than enough for my needs, so I don’t care. I haven’t seen anything on the market that beats this plan for me, certainly not Rogers way-too-expensive share-everything plans, so I’ll just keep it until something better does come along.

  • Jelly

    I Got one but unlimited nation wide Talk and text has been added to my 6 GB plan.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Yep, got a text offering me the extra 1GB as well. Since I never even come close to my 6GB it’s like they’re offering me nothing. Don’t kid yourselves people I’m sure they know who uses how much data their plan allows for and offered this promo to the customers who hardly make a dent in what they’re paying for. What I’d like to see is being allowed to rollover the GB’s you don’t use. I’ve come to realize that 6GB is way too much for me but I kept it because it’s no longer offered. Probably going to go with WIND once my contract expires. I’m done paying 84.00/month. I think about all the $$$ I’ve wasted on this plan & I get nauseous. Oh well, live & learn.

  • MGSayah

    Damn! I want that plan, I’m paying 62$ tax in for 3gb and everything unlimited internationally. But I want more data!! 🙁
    Do you know if there’s a way to get one of the grandfathered 6gb plans?

  • Nate

    I got 2GB text offer from Fido. Not a bad surprise!

  • Nafizur

    it’s not possible to get the 6gb plan anymore. those days are long gone.

  • kd7iwp

    I hear you, though I hope you end up liking Wind. I was going to switch to them from Fido but then realized my wife likes her Visual Voicemail too much and the Wind store told me that if I drive off of the Wind zone (which I live near the edge of one) my call will be disconnected rather than simply transitioning to a partner network. Those were dealbreakers for me.

  • With carriers like wind offering 5-10 gigs (and unlimited, albeit throttled beyond that) people who are heavy consumers (and as a result are regularly paying the big 3 data overage fees) are looking at them seriously as better options as a result…

    So, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 6 gig plans make a sudden return at the incumbents sooner or later.

  • Anon

    I’m off my 3 year contract since last Nov. But Rogers recently sent me a text stating they are giving me free Canada Wide Talk and Text for 12 months, even though I already have free Canada wide LD and text included in my plan. Lol

  • Mike

    May 14, they’re still sending these out. I just received a text saying that they’ve added 1GB to my data plan, for a total of 7GB/mth, for the next 12mths.

  • Ary May Elay

    I got a text today, June 3rd offering either unlimited talk and text (I don’t text much *doh*) or 1G data. I don’t even use what I have – 1G!! Not sure what to do : I pay $87.01 all in (1G shared + my10 $63, value pkg. $14 + taxes) I think I’m paying too much for what I have…What do you think?

  • Are you on contract or going month-to-month?

  • Got the text just now for another 1gb of data for the next 12 months; on the standard $60/mth plan (2gb, unlimited domestic/international SMS, unlimited domestic voice, voicemail).. Not too bad I guess.

  • Ary May Elay

    had the 3 year contract…. up this coming Sept.

  • honkers

    Got this text yesterday just as the new rules were coming into effect. I have 1GB and was going over the last couple of months but now I have 2GB so I should be fine. I was a month to month customer on a $50 plan so kind of surprised I got this. I can say this is the first time in my life where I felt appreciated by a phone company. Never thought I’d say that.