MEI claims the study is “simplistic and misleading” because it ignores factors that can inflate prices, such as Canada’s geographical barriers and the investments that Canadian telcos have made to provide superior wireless services.
“We have some of the best networks in the world,” said MEI report author Martin Masse. “We’re paying for a Lexus, but it’s worth a Lexus.”
This must be the most ridiculous metaphor I have ever heard but if they want to use it, a Corolla or Yarus at BMW prices might be more apt.
As for the argument that Canada’s wireless services are comparable to driving a luxury car, like a Lexus, not every Canadian can afford — or even wants — Lexus-like services, says Laura Tribe, executive director of consumer advocacy group Open Media.
“Not everyone needs an elite product,” said Tribe. “We have expensive; we don’t have affordable.”
She even gets it wrong.
Months ago, when I created a spreadsheet to budget our monthly expenses in Canada, the biggest percentage change in the budget month over month was wireless and home internet charges. Our current usage habits here were not going to be sustainable in Canada.
As a point of contrast:
Currently we have the kids plans which cost the equivalent of $4.00 CAN a month with 1 gig each of data. They both came with free Android devices which failed and were replaced with older iPhones we had on hand. The plan my wife I have is $43 CAN each for unlimited data – the price was originally marginally higher as it subsidized our iPhones. We don’t care about talk minutes or sms, as everything uses data.
Currently Chunghua Telecom, the national carrier has a Mothers day special available from today until the 15th, detailed below:
- 30 Months contract
- ~$31 CAN/Month
- Unlimited Internet
- Free calls within CHT
- 90min/month free calls to other mobile providers and landline.
Alternatively, limited to 12GB/month and less free calls: ~$13 CAN/Month. If you want an iPhone, the price goes up to ~ $25 CAN / Month.
Phone quality and speed is excellent, and even when you find yourself at the top of some remote mountain you can still stream video.
I’m surprised more Canadian aren’t up in arms over the price gouging they endure at the hands of telecoms.