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TELUS’ new SharePlus plans go into effect today, bumps upfront price of devices in the process

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TELUS has put into motion its gambit for the future business of the Canadian wireless consumer today, diverging from its previous three-year promotional model to focus on predictably-priced talk and text plans onto which customers add just a certain allotment of shareable data.

As we explained in our piece last week, most individual customers signing a new contract with TELUS today will be paying more than if they signed up yesterday, but in return will have a fully-paid phone in two years and will not be charged a cancellation fee when leaving the company.

Smartphones are broken up into two categories, Regular and Lite, with a monthly upfront cost of $55 and $45 respectively for unlimited nationwide talk, text, voicemail and call display. Shareable data is then accessible for between $15 and $100 per month depending on your bucket requirements, and up to four additional TELUS devices, such as contracted smartphones, un-contracted smartphones, your own device, an internet stick or a tablet, can be added to the account for a charge between $10 and $55.

Update: The prices for the largest data buckets — 3, 6 and 10GB — have actually dropped since these plans were announced two weeks ago. Initially, the price was $60, $100 and $150 respectively, but have dropped to $50, $75 and $100. This brings the monthly cost of an iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4 user on a 6GB plan down from $155 to $130.

At its core, TELUS’ SharePlus plans are extremely accessible — they’re just pricey. Additional data usage is charged at $5c/MB, which works out to a ridiculous $50/GB. Overage limits are set to 10GB monthly, but by then you’d have paid $500 for the privilege.

As for the phones themselves, most devices have received slight bumps in price, but not nearly as much as we first feared. TELUS understands that Canadians love their device subsidies, and are not planning to mess with a good thing. The Galaxy S4, for example, remains steady at $229 on a 2-year plan, while the iPhone 5 sits at $199 for the 16GB model and $399 for the 64GB version. The HTC One costs $179, the same as the Galaxy Note II, while the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 cost $129 and $229 respectively. No term prices for the phones have not risen at all.

In the Smartphone Lite category, which costs $10 less per month than the Smartphone category, we have the Nexus 4 at $29 on a 2-year plan, while the iPhone 4, Nokia Lumia 620, Samsung Galaxy Ace II X, and Samsung ATIV S (!!) are free on a 2-year term.

Update #2: TELUS has also tweaked its entry-level plans, adding a TELUS Lite tier (not to be confused with its SharePlus Lite phone tier, which gives users to option to eschew unlimited nationwide calling for more reasonably-priced data options. For example, with the TELUS Lite 55 plan, users get 300 daytime minutes, unlimited text, voicemail, call display and 500MB of data for $55. Adding another 500MB (for a total of 1GB) brings you to $80, while hitting 4GB of data ups the total to $135. So, clearly these plans don’t scale too well, but the cost to entry is indeed lower than before.

Check out all the details at TELUS.

  • Granny is ALIVE!!!!

    I’ve never understood this – why is data so much more expensive when you’re using a cell phone versus when you’re using a tablet plan? What’s the difference? For example, 1GB under the tablet data plan costs $20 (+$5 for the plan) while for the phone it costs $30 (+$35-55 for the plan)….

    • skullan

      Convenience…

      You want to have both data AND voice under the same device at a reasonable cost? Heretic.

    • icyhotonmynuts

      Don’t you know that it’s harder for the cellular company to guide the traffic of cellular data to a teenie tiny phone than it is for a tablet? The extra cost is for the specialized triangulation technology to make sure the data you’re using gets to where it’s going in a timely fashion.

    • skullan

      I heard the reason why it is so difficult is because they have to get the gerbils up to 88mph.

  • Sean-Paul

    this is what the consumers wanted….this is what you all get. go check out the prices for plans in the states and you’ll see its now on par (actually its a little better, but not by much)

    • BT

      You know where else the prices are better? With Bell (across the board) and Rogers (on the mid and high range plans).

      It’s a bad sign about the Telus pricing when you can find cheaper without even looking at the new entrants.

    • Sean-Paul

      actually not really Bell prices at this current time is giving local airtime only. where as Rogers and Telus is giving nationwide. Not really any better but its horrible all around.

    • BT

      $10 add-on for nationwide (IF you need it) with Bell, and is still the same price or less than Telus.

      I agree the prices are still horrible all around, but the Telus prices are the worst of the 3.

    • Eric Yuen

      I have no idea if anyone here is even comparing the plans correctly. Seriously what is every bitching about. The plans are all the same really, the difference with Bell is they give you the option of having nationwide for $10 (may be good for some). Rogers and Telus have virtually the same plan. However Bell still charges a $35 connection fee and Rogers charges a $15 connection fee. Telus dropped phone prices by $50 today so effectively they are the cheaper carrier of the 3 both in the short term and the long term. You also for get that if you BYOD for telus you get a $20 discount, and if you keep your device past the 2 year term it drops the $20 as well, so far bell does not have that and no word from Rogers on that key feature as well.

    • Eric Yuen

      please prove how bell is better? aside from the fact you can choose to add nationwide calling at $10 ($240 after 2 years) you still pay 35 to activate and no discount if you BYOD or finish the 2 year. And honestly I would need the nationwide. Also the upfront cost is more expensive as of 07/31/2013 since Telus dropped phone prices by $50

    • BT

      -Bell does have a BYOD discount of 10% (but yes, the Telus BYOD discount is better)
      -Telus didn’t drop the phone prices by $50, it’s a temporary deal
      -No activation? Oh, look, $10 added to the bill for a sim card…

      -You might need the nationwide, that’s fine. Many people don’t.
      -Full subsidy plans are still the same price or cheaper with Bell, even with nationwide calling

    • Eric Yuen

      $10 is in store paid, not the bill, check the prices of the phones again iphone 5 is priced at 149 (i am sitting in a telus store looking at it right now as I type, website prices may not have changed but store prices have) even if it’s temporary it still is better for now. the $10 sim card is also cheaper then all the other companies to boot as bell charges $35 and rogers charges $15. You also forget that if you have your own simcard or your old sim is compatible with your new phone you do not need to buy a new one. Finally only Telus is offering trade in credit for phones, so all phones are worth a minium of $25 or more dependant on your device. I’m arguing that you claim Telus is the worst and bell is better when I fail to see that. Not arguing that the prices are fair (because they aren’t) so far you have yet to prove that Bell is better of the three when at best they are all the same. So to sum it up your arguement is invalid. Your only grounds to stand on is the $10 for nationwide while cost of phone, activation and lack of trade in is more.

    • Sean-Paul

      rogers does not charge $15 for simcards. get your information straight before you start spewing false data.

    • Raion

      It’s a bit of a fallacy to say that this is exactly what we wanted.

      Arguably, they could’ve simply decreased their rebate on the phones by a third and kept the exact same plan pricing. Either that or decrease the plan price once the two years are up and the phone is paid off (even though they claim they are not “subsidizing” the phone).

    • Sean-Paul

      sorry but you cannot have your cake and eat it too. consumers wanted 2 years with the same pricing and no price increase on hardware subsidy? not impossible but improbable with how the structure was for 3 year subsidy. im sorry to say but i preferred the 3 year over these horrible 2 year plan pricing. going to keep my grandfathered plan as LONG as possible.

    • Martini

      I keep readings these responses about how this is what consumers wanted. No, it wasn’t. Stop saying that it was, please.

    • Chris Johnston

      Sean-Paul clearly forgot – consumers wanted pink elephants and leprechauns. This is exactly what consumers asked for. They wanted 2 year contracts like in the US. They got 2 year contracts like the US with US pricing. Consumers don’t understand that they can’t get everything they want for free. This is just the initial pricing though. The prices will slowly start to fall. If we ever have this spectrum auction, hopefully we can get some better data pricing.

    • Josh Brown

      Do the math people they are ripping us off. So by going to a 2 year contract from a 3 year contract magically made a smartphone twice the price?

      S4 costs $649

      Used to cost $199 on 3 year contract $450 subsidy.

      Now it cots $249 on a 2 year contract $400 subsidy.

      So $450 /36 months = $12.5 a month

      $400 /24 months = $16.50 a month

      So raise the prices $4 a month and were even. not $50 or $60.

      $50 a month increase for 2 years = $1200

    • Chris Johnston

      Yes – except that they only have 2 years of customers – it costs to compete for business. Lets say acquisition costs $300 – they now have to make up that in 2 not 3 years.

      Still not going to make it up. By the time you look at promo to promo in a couple of months it will be closer yet again. They are going high at the start because they can’t go up later, only down.

    • Josh Brown

      a)Where are people going to go? Are you going to not have a cell phone after 2 years, most likely you will stay with telus and just get a new phone.

      b) They could just try and keep customers by having reasonable rates? Starting off high just ticks people off, not a smart move on their part.

    • Raion

      My thoughts exactly. Since the customers basically cycle between the three main carriers, there really shouldn’t be much of an impact on the customer base no matter how long the contracts are. If I leave Bell to go to Telus or Rogers, surely someone is leaving those companies to go with Bell.

    • kroms

      AND THAT is why people that say , this is what you wanted are completely out too lunch and have No Understanding of what they are talking about. There is NO Choice for Canadians as long as the BIG 3 control it all.

    • Sam Kennedy

      Yes they are so worries about losing customers after 2 years that they raise the prices so much on data that no one will want to stay with them. That makes sense lol

    • icyhotonmynuts

      Who, besides you said anything about free?

      Besides, the USA isn’t the *only* country on globe who has 2 contracts. Take a look at anywhere in Asia (except North Korea, heh), Africa (yes, Africa), South America and Europe.

    • Raion

      I’ll agree with you on that. Considering the way the industry is run, it was truly improbable that the carriers would leave all the pricing unchanged. nekkidtruth has it right though; the term should have nothing to do with the price of plans (after all, it never had before).

    • Sean-Paul

      the price of the plans are unfortunately increasing to make back the subsidy of the device on a 2 year plan. the 3 year plans made them $20/month out of your plan to pay back the subsidy on a 3 year. the 2 year increases it. i dont know the specifics of the costs…but you should understand how it affects us now.

    • Raion

      It sure makes sense from their point of view, but then why not reduce the price plan once the device is paid off, which would only be fair. The carriers will tell you that the plans have nothing to do with the device and that what we call subsidies aren’t subsidies, they’re promotions that aren’t worked into the plan pricing.

      It seems most people will be better off keeping their old plan and buying a device outright.

    • Jasey Zy

      Once you fulfill the 2-year term, I believe you can downgrade to the $35 plan, thus saving a whooping $20 per month. The data plan prices remain the same though…

    • Raion

      That’s what I’m wondering. Will they consider a device they subsidized as a device you paid for? Because that would make sense. (I still think the pricing’s crazy though and am seriously considering using a tablet plan for my phone.)

    • Josh Brown

      That is dumb, I have done the math before on Mobilesyrup.

      S4 costs $649

      Used to cost $199 on 3 year contract $450 subsidy.
      Now it cots $249 on a 2 year contract $400 subsidy.

      So $450 /36 months = $12.5 a month
      $400 /24 months = $16.50 a month

      So raise the prices $4 a month and were even. not $50 or $60.

    • kroms

      your delirious

    • Guest

      If wrong was a planet you’d be in another solar system. Muppet.

    • Sam Kennedy

      I bet if you asked any consumer if they would prefer to pay an extra 4-500 dollars a year on their plans or just pay an extra 100 dollars for new devices. Plus you speak for all Canadians when you say we got what we wanted but we didn’t this is worse than before this is like not having Any cake at all. I think all Canadians expected a hardware price increase on 2 year plans

    • Goran Mihajlović

      Are you kidding me? T Mobile charges 50 for unlimited talk text and 500 mb of data. 10 dollars to add 2 GB extra. 20 to add unlimited. The second line costs 30. All subsequent lines cost 10. And they charge significantly less for phones than anyone does in Canada. I don’t get this diatribe of people claiming Canada now has better rates than in the states, or the same. Verizon is the US’s Rogers, and AT%T is their Bell. So of course it won’t change much. Gotta protect that 49% profit margin somehow. Even Verizon usually posts 40% or so.

  • therealphil8

    because telus sells tablets at street cost…..hence cheaper data…
    telus sells its smartphone by subsidizing the cost….hence expensive data..

    • therealphil8

      plus, not everyone buys a tablet plan with their tablet…but most of the ppl will WANT data on their smartphone…

    • ToniCipriani

      If it’s the subsidy, how come they still charge $35 for BYOD?

    • greatman

      My bet would be access fees + the base plan.

    • skullan

      Because, they can.. Welcome to Canadian Telecommunications 101… make up a random fee for something.

    • Sean-Paul

      i do have to agree though. the $35 activation fee/$15 connection fee is a load of BS. those fee’s dont need to be charged and only piss off the customers more.

    • Eric Yuen

      I don’t think Telus charges those fees, only $10 for a sim card if you do not have your own.

  • Stephen K

    Please, Telus. F@#$ us in the @$$ harder!

  • skullan

    I think it’s time to come to realize, I’m not going to carry a cellphone much longer. This type of lubeless love we get from our Big 3 just re-emphasizes how corporations will charge whatever they can get away with.

    I personally hope Verizon comes into Canada. I also hope that the Big 3 continue pissing their pants, trying stop them from coming while whining to Industry Canada and the CRTC.

    Will it do something to lower the prices? Unlikely, however, it will nice to see someone not part of the Old Canadian Club, who has the financial clout and the will to do something in Canada. Good or bad, just as long as it is different.

    I tire of Canadian Telecommunication firms…

    • Sean-Paul

      lol go to the US and compare the plans from ATT, Verizon and TMo. See how much better they are.

      Complaining about cell phones. whats next…complaining about water costs? totally ridiculous.

    • skullan

      I don’t pay for water, I pay for electricity.

      As I did say however:

      “Will it do something to lower the prices? Unlikely, however, it will
      nice to see someone not part of the Old Canadian Club, who has the
      financial clout and the will to do something in Canada. Good or bad,
      just as long as it is different.”

      I know where the pricing of the US are, however, there was a different option and that was increasing the price of the phones upfront. With that said, it appears that the agreed upon course of non-collusion action was for 3 out of 3 independently owned Telecommunication Firms in Canada was to raise their monthly costs.

      Odd isn’t it. Not one of the three chose a different path, you’ve got to question that oddity.

    • Martini

      T-Mobile’s plans are actually far better than what the incumbents are offering.

    • Sean-Paul

      i just did a tentative plan for Tmo

      here ya go.

      $105.00 a month for S4. nationwide calling and unlimited data. TMo isnt the most reliable data and network but there ya go for plans. With $20 subsidy each month for the S4. $100 up front cost for the phone.

    • Martini

      Funny. I scoped out T-Mobile’s site, and for the $25/month for the S4, and their entry level data plan option (still unlimited, but 500 MB is at 4G speeds), I’m only coming up to $75/month. Perhaps TMo isn’t the most reliable regarding coverage, but that’s not the focus point of your argument. I thought we were talking specifically of plans.

    • Sean-Paul

      yup plans. $105.00 a month for what I had priced out.

    • Martini

      Yet what I priced out came out as far less.

    • Sean-Paul

      yup so your needs that what you priced out.

      for my needs from Tmo, i priced out 105 a month. i pay right now 67 a month for a lot more than i need. so yeah cant really complain much with anything.

    • skullan

      Ah, still better than Canada I see.

    • Me Ted

      Look up Vodafone UK plans. Now never post on here again because you’re always wrong.

    • Philosoraptor

      Best reply ever.

    • skullan

      We’d see. Really hard to say, considering the initial spectrum owned by them, the difficulties of penetrating a market where your reach will be finite and localized as opposed to the tower sharing agreements that Bell and Telus have in order to make up a national footprint.

      With that said, I’ve already indicated I don’t really expect a difference in pricing.

    • BT

      They don’t have the market position in Canada that they do in the US, or the existing network penetration. Long run they might end up with the same pricing as Bell, Rogers and Telus, but in the short to mid range they would have to be at least a little competitive on price to gain any traction.

      Very few people would put up with Wind’s network if they had the same pricing as Robellus, and that won’t change if it becomes Verizon’s network instead.

    • kroms

      Exactly

    • BoJackson

      Oh my god. Cry me a frickin river. Sure, go ahead and drop your cell phone. I highly doubt that will happen.
      The reaction of the big 3 is a direct consequence on the CRTC and “what the people asked for”. The big 3 could have taken 4 different approaches:
      1) Continue satus quo – not going to happen as that will drop revenues and increase expenses too much.
      2) Increase price of devices, leave rate plans the same.
      3) Increase price of rate plans, leave device pricing the same.
      4) Increase both rate plans and device pricing.
      We’re obviously seeing option 4 unfold. Option 2 would have seen a much higher increase on device pricing than Option 4 and Option 3 would have had a much higher increase on rate plans than Option 4.
      It also makes sense that we’re seeing a complete overhaul on rate plans as this is the best time to do it – when the industry is in chaos.
      Canadians obviously didn’t ask for this type of scenario to unfold, but when the CRTC decided to stick their nose into this, you knew things were going to change.
      Go regulate gas prices. Thanks CRTC!

    • skullan

      Unlike some, while I enjoy smartphones, they are not critical to my life. I still have a home phone and cells are a nice to have, as opposed to a critical need.

      If I say I’m dropping it, it’s not an idle comment meant to dramatize, it’s the simple truth.

    • Sean-Paul

      so drop it.

      please stop complaining about how the new plans and prices have been adjusted.

      or to go Wind/Mobi/Virgin/Koodo

      thanks bye.

    • skullan

      I’m not going to stop complaining, they are absolutely horrible.

      My current plan is $50 dollars, that includes the national my10, callerid, voicemail, unlimited after 6pm, 200 minutes, Blackberry 1Gig Flex, unlimited text messaging.

      And that included a subsidy at the time.

      Something similar would be about $85 bucks now.

      Trash, trash, trash.

      Although, your advice on how what to do is good. Once Verizon comes in and fills in the blanks with Wind’s network, that might be an option.

  • Stephen K

    Thanks for gouging us, Telus!

    I have a great grandfathered plan, and it looks like I can never have it if I upgrade through Telus. Guess I will just buy factory direct from now on.

  • Frank

    I’m honestly never buying a subsidized/locked phone, or changing my plan, ever again.

    • skullan

      I’m sure there will be better plans, maybe they can have ‘coupon days’.

  • Accophox

    It’s Verizon’s model… except a lot more expensive. :X

  • Jason Fortin

    1 year ago:
    wah wah wah I want a 2 year term.

    now:
    wah wah wah I want my 3 year term back.

    YOU PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE HAPPY.

    • ToniCipriani

      We want 2 year, but not 2 year while increasing both handset base price and monthly. And most certainly not when these guys are posting record profits.

    • Jason Fortin

      Why don’t you open up a business and offer it to everyone dirt cheap and pay for it out of your pocket then? Or move to a country like china where everything is state owned and you have no choice.

    • Salinger

      Give me a break, the only people saying they want 3 year terms back are the people who always tried to defend them, not rational people who saw the inequity of them in a supposedly competitive marketplace.

      I guess what you’re seeing as unreasonable, is people reacting to the incumbents no longer being satisfied with world-leading profit margins, but using what should have been a pro-consumer move to even further increase those profits. Given what we already knew about the Big 3 carriers’ disdain for consumers, we probably shouldn’t have been surprised, but you can’t blame people for reacting.

      The “told you so” posts are getting so tiresome.

    • Sean-Paul

      its true…

      they wanted 2 year plans with no increase to anything (improbable)

      when they get 2 year plans they b*tch and complain about it because the prices has to be adjusted to cover the subsidy of the devices..

      everyone wants everything but unwilling to pay for the luxury of having it..

      if you dont want it….dont get it…
      if you cant afford it….dont buy it
      if you complain about it..you probably shouldnt have gotten it

  • MarkLastiwka

    I don’t get it. Why are they cramming unlimited talk and text down our throats? I want to have as little talk and text as possible and more emphasis on data.

    • Chris Johnston

      Because Talk & Text are really easy to offer on the networks. Data requires a lot more bandwidth and spectrum that just isn’t available right now.

    • MarkLastiwka

      if it’s so easy to offer, why do they charge so much for it? I pay $62/month for unlimited text, 200min and 6GB data with voicemail and caller ID. Why do I all of a sudden have to pay ~$50/month more just to get unlimited talk that I won’t use?

    • Chris Johnston

      Hardly anyone uses the minutes – that’s why they up them.

      Marketing 101 – give “value” to things people don’t need. How long have they charged for voicemail and caller id? You think that is worth anything to them.

      I used to work at a small telecom, have had phone lines in for 100 years. When we did cost analysis we actually put $0 in for the cost of providing phone service (with some many clients the service issues ect were that negligible). I need to see more security systems one month – here new customers have 6 months free phone but pay $10/month more than the competition security system. – Great value right? Even if you don’t need a home phone line it feels like your getting something extra.

      The extra cost though is to get people used to new 2 year pricing points so that in a month when back to school pricing hits everyone will think it is a great deal with huge savings.

    • Sean-Paul

      start boy cotting mobile data and people start to use voice/text more and you ll see the market shift from unlimited talk/text to start charging for minutes.

      if the population actually does that though. they give more of what you dont use and charge more for the things you do use. ie: voice – data

      its just business

  • Guest

    canadians are some miserly a*s people. a website dedicated to complaining how expensive cell phone plans are… ya’ll need to get a job.. or move somewhere to where cell phone plan pricing is to your liking

    • Sean-Paul

      ha ha ha ha ha awesome!!!!!!! i totally agree

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      I guess that in your world, whenever something is not right you just move to another neighbordhood,city,state or country instead of fighting for what you think is right. Let me know when you move back to earth.

    • Jerome

      fighting for your rights on a phone gossip forum? we’re talking about cell phone plans, not women’s suffrage…

    • kroms

      And you are here because ?

    • kroms

      You and Sean-Paul should move in together.

      Or maybe you 2 already have.

    • Sean-Paul

      so to validate yourself you make fun of people who understand how the business works.

      good job arm chair CEO. thats why you are a multi millionaire and im not.

    • kroms

      There called Trolls. Most likely work for the BIG 3

  • jaysim

    Telus was once the lesser of the big three evil carriers… seems like they might be relinquishing that spot… lucky for them, bell or rogers aren’t in a hurry to claim it XD

  • BT

    Well, with the updated prices on 3, 6 and 10GB Telus is STILL has the most expensive plans. But at least it’s no longer absurdly so, I guess?

  • Allen Martin

    You can paint a turd gold. But it’s still a turd.

    • kroms

      LOL. Ditto +1

  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    I guess we can agree in one thing. Manufacturers are not selling their phones at 700 or 600 to carriers. Carriers are making profit on the phone sales too.

    Take the nexus 4 for example, sold online at the play store for at least 60 or more less than the same price at carriers.

    • Chris Johnston

      That actually is incorrect. The phones are generally about $50 less but sometimes not even. I used to have access to the Bell price cards (worked for a small telecom that resold Bell mobility) as recently as this year.

      I know that for the LG L5 on a prepaid for instance – it was actually being sold at a loss (recovered by mandatory start up money on the phone).

      The S4 cost about $650 if I remember correctly which was then marked up to $700. So by the time you factor in retail store costs, employee commissions or whatever, the phones really are sold at break even. That’s why they work hard to get you in a contract.

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      be it 60 or 50 they should not be focusing their efforts on making money on the phones, rather procurring better service and at an affordable price. that is the only thing that will make them money on the long run. You can expect a lot of migration for Dec 2015 and in 2016.

    • Chris Johnston

      Why? Everyone here is keeping their plans and never giving them up – haven’t you read how loyal everyone is to the big brands right now? Effectively people keep saying they are never expecting another subsidy and will be happy on their grandfathered plans. Music to the Big 3s ears.

    • Sean-Paul

      dis illusioned consumer who doesnt understand how the system works.

      buying a Nexus 4 from Google was a heavily subsidized device from the manufacturer. that is how the price of the phone was so low.

      no other manufacturer, will heavily subsidize any device as Google did.

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      true

  • Devin

    Go home Telus, you’re drunk.

  • D-Virdi

    I’m on month to month plan (The promotional $20 plan). Will the monthly also be affected??

    • skullan

      Hard to say. Telus hasn’t really pulled much in the way of the grandfathered, but you sure won’t be getting any subsidies with it. They have been known to increase the price of plans before, however…

    • D-Virdi

      I talked to customer care and they said nothing will change for monthly plans. :)

  • 4beaches

    Go to Koodo. I get 1 GB data 400 min unlimited long distance, call display , pic messg, etc for $41 (I own my nexus 4). Watch for double data and double talk promotion and grab it.

    • ToniCipriani

      That ship has long sailed. There is the double data promo but the plans are severely neutered. Unlimited incoming is gone and data overage doubled.

    • 4beaches

      Just checked it out. My plan is basically now $45 (with 1000 minutes talk) (you also get 10% off for bringing your own phone) and the $5 per 250 mb overage is reasonable (Im am not a large data user). I see that the double plan is on right now

  • Matt

    B*tch and moan all you want about WIND but I’m happy with my unlimited $30 plan and my unlocked iPhone 5.

    • kroms

      LOVING Wind ! Never going back.

    • Dana Mahar

      As a university student Wind looked fantastic, until I was on it and couldn’t get any service anywhere on my campus. Not to mention opening a pdf over Wind’s network would take literal minutes.
      Wind needs to work hard on improving coverage and speeds before I ever recommend them or think about returning to them.

  • kroms

    $80 a month for 1GB. WOW!

    What a deal !! NOT

    • Sean-Paul

      totally agree….

      plans suck. prices increase suck…

      sigh.. yay for 2 year plans……. *sarcasm*

  • Josh Brown

    Almost feels like there is people on here paid by the “BIG 3″ to convince us that the $60 plan from last year is totally justified at $130 this year because it costs them and extra $5 a month in phone subsidy.

    • kroms

      Exactly , they are few and honestly they are totally brain dead.

    • skullan

      That’s exactly what I think is happening. The spin doctors are on full offense trying to make their Master’s drippings seem like full-course meals to us.

    • Sean-Paul

      nope. that is total BS. paying $130 for what the plans used to be on a 3 year is not justified. it is a total rip. but what can we do…. it is what it is now…

      the 2 year plans are coming in..and nothing we can do to avoid it.

  • Blocknards

    OMG. On their site “$105/month for a single device on a TELUS SharePlus plan”

    • skullan

      Yes, I’m beginning to wonder if that single device is made out of silicone and is dishwasher safe.

  • SuperDSpamalot

    My wife and I switched over to the old $100 plans that are exactly same as the new $130 plans before this went live. We’ll be buying our phones from eBay from now on. Atleast then we’ll be getting them unlocked.

  • skullan

    What’s your Telus exit strategy if they force you off the current grandfathered plans you are on? Me, I’m taking my number to VOIP and leaving it there indefinitely.

    • HelloCDN

      But you’d still need a data plan on one of them. You’ll need an LTE network to have quality call on VOIP. And right now it means one of Big 3.

    • skullan

      I existed before Cellular… cellular means nothing to me if it isn’t affordable. The number however, is worth more.

    • HelloCDN

      That’s the point – the number. A lot of people these days, including me, don’t even have a home phone. So VOIP is really not an option…

    • skullan

      Unless plans go down, it will be :)

    • Raion

      You could try using a tablet plan. That’s what I’m thinking of doing. Transfer number to voip provider and use data to make calls, send sms, etc. That solution could lead to problems for people who use the voice part of their plan, but I’m not among those people. I already tried a few calls on HSPA and the quality was good enough, so I’m not too worried. From what I can see, the big con would be the drain on battery life from the voip app. Roaming in the States would also be out of the question, but I don’t go there much anyways.

  • HelloCDN

    Well, hope people got what they wanted…

    • skullan

      Telecoms did.

    • HelloCDN

      Well, “the peoples” wanted competition like in States and contracts like in States, so there you go. I still shiver when I remember my “wonderful” time as AT&T client…

    • Philosoraptor

      I for one wanted EUROPEAN 2-year contracts, not US 2-year contracts.

  • L Joel

    I guess ill buy out right my next devise to keep my 60$ 500min/10fav/5gig/vm/cd plan from telus. Hopefully Google keeps offering 300-350$ nexus phones going forward. I personally never had an issue with 3 years if i got the phone cheap up front. To just come close to my current plan on the new 2 year deal. i would have to keep my device and pay 110$ !!!! Thats terrible…

    Why the hell is a 500meg plan costing 80$!!!! WTF!! with old phone its 60$??? 1Gig should be the base line at 50$ a month

  • ABCONMan

    BYOD to Koodo for the same coverage for much less.

  • Sam Kennedy

    So telus thinks Canadians are so naive that they would prefer to pay 4-500 more dollars a year compared to their old plans just so they can get their device for the same price on a 2 year plan as opposed to just paying an extra 100 dollars or so upfront. This is excessive price gouging. I guarantee when the rules where changed this isn’t what the govt had in mind. I’d prefer it to still be 3 years on the old plans and just pay out my device if I wanted to switch. The data has gone up a crazy amount it used to be like 10 dollars per gig. Right now with telus I have unlimited talk and text and 3 gigs of data for 60 bucks

  • Jasey Zy

    I swear some people complain just for the sake of complaining. They don’t look at the big picture and think about the repercussions. I think the plans we had before were fine. I have a nice plan that includes 200 mins, 10 nationwide myfaves, call display, unlimited texting, voice mail and 6 GB for $65 all in. With the new plans, it’ll be over $100 to get something similar.

    Upgrades AREN’T a big deal anymore. Since most carriers offer trade-ins, you can just trade in your current phone to offset some of the remaining subsidy.

    I just checked the TELUS website and the Galaxy S3 has a potential trade value of $180…Just trade that in after 2 years and upgrade to a new phone.

    Hope everyone is happy with these new plans.

    And let’s be real, Verizon is not going to make as big as an impact that everyone is hoping for. Get real.

  • Krew

    Of course they are trying to get this kind of chatter started; that we were better off before. Paying more for the hand set upfront makes sense. Raising the monthly plans that make me want to chuck my phone and send smoke signals does not. Naturally like spoiled brats they will try and say told you so… Ton of crap

  • Astro Boy

    No Telus. No. No. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. My plan on fido is $65 for Unlimited talk, international texting, vvoicemail, call ID, 6 GB data. I wanted to switch to Telus a month ago because Fido doesn’t get as much new phones, but it looks like I’ll be just selling my phone and buying outright.

  • Eric Yuen

    I have no idea if anyone here is even comparing the plans correctly. Seriously what is everyone bitching about. The plans are all the same really, the difference with Bell is they give you the option of having nationwide for $10 (may be good for some). Rogers and Telus have virtually the same plan. However Bell still charges a $35 connection fee and Rogers charges a $15 connection fee. Telus dropped phone prices by $50 today so effectively they are the cheaper carrier of the 3 both in the short term and the long term. You also forget that if you BYOD for telus you get a $20 discount, and if you keep your device past the 2 year term it drops the $20 as well, so far bell does not have that and no word from Rogers on that key feature as well

  • Eric Yuen

    I’d rather pay more for the device and less for the monthly plan, ie koodo. Why telus can’t offer the same plans is beyond my reasoning apparently. Why can’t they give the client an option of paying more so the rate plan is less? instead they make them have to run around to compare companies.

  • PatcheZ

    although the prices are higher now, they aren’t actually THAT much higher than people think them to be.
    you’ll have to compare over 2 or 3 year periods.
    it’s just that telus has put more value into their voice/text plans (eg. telus adds unlimited nationwide calling/text and bumped up the price).
    old:
    BASIC: voice + 500MB ~ $50/mo
    Add in $10-15? caller id, texts, voice mail
    Add in another $5-10? for nationwide calling
    Total ~$70/mo

    that’s not that much different than the new plan at ~$80 ($55/mo for smartphone + $25 for $500/mo)

    i don’t think many of us care that much about nation wide calling… but remember with new plans, you used to have to pay for things like caller id, text messages, and voicemail.

    also, something people can’t compare is their retention’s plans to these new plans.

    *note:factor in discount for byod for new plans (for 3 year comparison) and $50 (service charge) + device balance for old plans (for 2 year comparison)

  • Brendan MacDonald

    how the hell can Vodfone in the UK offer a HTC One for free on 2 year contract with unlimited uk calling and txt and 1 GB of data for £33 a month ($50)….and we get this god damn joke of a deal and still paying for the phone upfront

  • Sean-Paul

    i didnt say i had unlimited data. my plan with Rogers is one of the first 6GB plans that came out when the first iPhone came out. i pay $67 for unlimited text, 300mins 6pm evenings and weekends and 6GBs of data. Im more than happy with that for now…
    Cause lord knows none of the new plans would even come close to it.

  • Ethanick

    Four iphones in my family …. on July 3 I had 1gb date, unlimited texting 10 numbers to call. $55.00 per month each. Same plan today, $83.00 each net. $1344.00 per year more gee thanks Telus!

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