Bell Increasing Data Overage Rates to $137/GB, Long Distance Going Up 15%

Bell data overage rates increasing

Bell has notified customers it is increasing wireless data rates and long distance calling, starting in November 2021.

According to data shared by Peter Nowak from TekSavvy yesterday, a notice from Bell details upcoming changes to data rates and long distance calling.

Current data overage rates for those not on ‘unlimited’ data plans cost $10/100MB (up to 800MB), then $0.15/MB thereafter.

Starting in November, the rate to 800MB is increasing 30% to $13/100MB. This works out to an eye-popping $137.60 for 1GB of data overages (1024MB in 1GB: 200MB for $30; 20MB for $3; $0.60 for 4MB).

If you were to keep agreeing to data overages beyond your first 1GB, the next price per gigabyte works out to $153.60 (someone double-check our math).

Consumer internet advocate and non-profit OpenMedia highlighted Nowak’s tweet on Friday morning. “Through our #CRTCscandal campaign, 32,000 members of the OM community spoke out against the CRTC’s 2021 wholesale rates — a ruling that led directly to expensive Internet price hikes like these. We just submitted them to Cabinet.”

As for long distance calling within Canada or to the USA, rates are jumping 15%, up from $0.65 per minute to $0.75 per minute.

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