Hugh blogs about how the Canadian mobile industry is stiffing us. Check the graph below.
My comment about this: The mobile industry in Canada is closer to a monopoly than almost any other first-world country, and they like it that way. I just bought a Virgin phone to get an Austin, TX number– it cost me 50 bucks and I can call every state with no long distance charges. Meanwhile, Fido (i.e.: the Rogers conglomerate) is charging clients 25c/minute for long-distance, and I’m paying over $2 a minute to make calls here.
Man, I could blog forever about this.
I’d developed a certain loyalty after working for Fido for three years. They used to be a big force in the market, with plans that disrupted the profit margins of the other carriers. I have to say though– I’m considering just holding onto this Virgin phone, and buying a Canadian one too. It’s gotta be better than the $375 I paid last month.
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